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Noel Vaux le Vicomte (c)Franklin Lecointre

France’s largest privately-owned chateau opens its doors to just 15 guests this Christmas

Be treated like a king this Christmas at the legendary Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France’s largest privately-owned chateau, whose sumptuous architecture inspired centuries of elaborate baroque design.

Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte

Be treated like a king this Christmas at the legendary Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France’s largest privately-owned chateau, whose sumptuous architecture inspired centuries of elaborate baroque design. For the first time in history, the doors of the chateau will open to just a select few – 15 people will have the festive celebration of the lifetime in this historical monument.

Organised by La Réserve Paris, the festivities begin on Christmas Eve, when guests are flown into the chateau by helicopter from Paris. Then, guests will be treated to a soothing carriage ride through the chateau’s manicured gardens, landscaped by the principal gardener of King Louis XIV himself.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image
Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image

Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image
Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image

Dinner is set to be a lavish affair: prepared by two-star Michelin chef Jérôme Banctel of the Parisian Le Gabriel Restaurant and accompanied by a unique selection of wines from Bordeaux’s famed Château Cos d’Estournel, the meal looks set to be nothing short of a journey. A private firework display will round off the night. It’s an unprecedented opportunity of the lifetime that’s reserved for a select few fortunate enough to experience the grandeur of kings for themselves.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image
Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image

Noel a Vaux-le-Vicomte (c) Franklin Lecointre
Noel a Vaux-le-Vicomte (c) Franklin Lecointre

Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte is a stunning exemplar of classic French Baroque architecture, and is the crowning work of Louis XIV: in his reign, he employed architect Louis Le Vau, painter and sculptor Charles Le Brun and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre – three craftsmen, each a virtuoso at his art – and combined the talents of each to create this unforgettable chateau. The Chateau would go on to become the model that would inspire the whole of Europe – including the famed Palace of Versailles.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image
Vaux-le-Vicomte Noel (c) Collectif Image

Noel (c) Graziella Lech
Noel (c) Graziella Lech

Though Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte was carefully preserved over the years, restoration works were undertaken at the end of the 19th century, which would see the chateau brought back to its initial stunning glory. vaux-le-vicomte.com

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