Hello, I'm Karin !

41 years old, I live in LAMORLAYE

Break advisor, Heritage advisor, Chantilly

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I discovered Chantilly from my Mexican perspective. I struggled to take in the sheer beauty of this amazing heritage and was bedazzled by the great stables and château! I keep up to speed with everything that happens here and I’ll be delighted to let you in on my favourite days out in English, in French… or in Spanish.

My insider tips

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Romantic walk in the heart of Chantilly Forest

Head for the “Etangs de Commelles” where you can see the Château of the White Queen, one of the most mysterious places in the Department of Oise. I find this location absolutely fascinating. In the heart of the forest, you can see the striking silhouette of a château straight out of a fairy tale reflected in the dark water of an enigmatic lake. After having fallen for the romantic charm of the Château of the White Queen, I suggest taking a break on the terrace of the “L’étang d’Art” pancake house: a cold or hot drink, a snack or meal, the choice is yours!

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Feeling like a gourmet break?

After working up an appetite walking up and down the majestic “Domaine de Chantilly”, why not go to my favourite place to taste genuine “crème Chantilly” (whipped cream)? le Hameau. Right in the middle of the château gardens, Jean-Michel Duda, the great French crème Chantilly specialist looks forward to showing you his wide range of desserts for lunch or tea.
I absolutely adore delicious strawberries served with “crème Chantilly”…a classic and you can see why!

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A day out at the races at Chantilly

Take advantage of your break here to see horseracing at Chantilly racecourse. The stables and training centres in the area have a fine reputation. More than 3,000 racehorses train daily at Chantilly and you’ll be free to admire these beautiful animals put through their paces on the racecourse. The purebloods are then in peak condition and ready to cross the finishing line first. Don’t hesitate to drop in at the Tourist Office and I’ll give you a list of the year’s races.
 

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Discover the Horse Capital in Chantilly

I really recommend this unusual equestrian experience. Starting out at the “Pavillon de Manse”, in the town centre, cutting through the Château Park and the surrounding forest, perched up high on a Henson (a breed originating from the Bay of Somme) there really is no better way of discovering all of Chantilly’s treasures. Everybody can enjoy these three-hour outings combining nature and culture: proficient riders, people with some experience or absolute beginners. Rides possible throughout the year but don’t forget to book!

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Walking through the Potager des Princes

Stroll through a Japanese garden or formal garden, discover a delightful vegetable garden and orchard and round things off by visiting the romantic caves and ponds... Do you like the sound of that? Then let’s go to the “Potager des Princes” (Princes’ Vegetable Garden), a stone’s throw away from château de Chantilly. You’re bound to be won over by the peace and quiet that reigns here and in the various parks and gardens surrounding it. But the Princes’ Vegetable Garden has even more surprises in store! Don’t hesitate to contact me; it will be a pleasure to give you more details!

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Discovering the Pavillon de Manse

Coming from Mexico, I’d love to take you on the visit that allowed me to gain a better understanding of this outstanding heritage and the way my new home town has changed. If you go to the “Pavillon de Manse”, located on the banks of the River Nonette, you’ll be taken back in time when discovering the “machine des Grandes Eaux” the pumping system that supplied the fountains of the princes’ gardens and later on the waterworks of the Duke of Aumale that provided the town with drinking water. Visiting this highly impressive water system enables visitors to discover a major technical achievement of the period and a little-known example of industrial heritage.

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I’m Mexican and I studied Tourism and the Hotel Industry. Picardy adopted me in 2009 when my family and I moved to Chantilly. When I came here for the first time, I was staggered by the magnificent château as I wasn’t used to seeing such buildings. The setting is simply breathtaking with the large stables and forest. Today, along with my three daughters, we’ve carefully kept the pleasure of discovering all the local attractions. We love going through the forest with our mare, riding along the cycle paths and attending events. Working at the Tourist Office means I’m always in the loop about local events!