Château Mont-Royal

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The Château Mont-Royal

The Château Mont-Royal is a French castle in La Chapelle-en-Serval, Oise, built for Fernand Halphen by the architect Guillaume Tronchet.

It was to offer his wife a view which enchanted her, he said, that Fernand Halphen bought the house at la Chapelle-en-Serval, near Chantilly (Oise) and decided in 1908 to erect a country house in a wooded valley there, which became known as the Château Mont-Royal. After having rejected the project with the Anglo-Norman style of the architect René Sergent, then the first project of a mediaeval style of the architect Guillaume Tronchet (drawings in the Musée d'Orsay), Halphen chose Tronchet's second plan, of a castle celebrating hunting on the outside and music on the inside.

Constructed from 1907 to 1911, the castle (transformed into a hotel by Jean Pierre Hermier in 1989) was a great architectural success.

Under the façades, the bas-reliefs made by Georges Gardet celebrate the pleasures of the hunt. The interior includes, notably, a theatre, a replica of that of the Opéra-Comique.

Coordinates: 49°7′34″N 2°32′58″E / 49.12611°N 2.54944°E / 49.12611; 2.54944