Château de Villette
The Château de Villette is a château (a French manor house) located 40 minutes away from Paris in Condécourt, France. There are numerous outbuildings including a chapel and adjacent reception room, horse stable and greenhouse.
More than 185 acres (75 ha) of garden were designed by Le Nôtre and spread out behind the chateau in the central axis with two rectangular lakes filled with swans, ducks, birds and fishes, as well as a cascade and fountain that resembles the one at Louis XIV's Château de Marly, surmounted by Neptune. The grounds provide outdoor activities for the château guests, including jogging, biking, and hunting. There is also a swimming pool and a tennis court. Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Le Nôtre designed the Palace of Versailles at the same time as they designed the Château de Villette in the 1680s. Therefore Villette was nicknamed Le petit Versailles (the little Versailles).
This French château was chosen to be a part of the shooting locations for a number of films:
- Sky Fighters (original French title: Les Chevaliers du ciel, first released in 2005), featuring a private mansion owned by the French Air Forces general staff.
- The Da Vinci Code (2006), in which it is the home of Sir Leigh Teabing.
- In Paradisum (2012), a video by the German fashion and art photographer, Iris Brosch.
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