Built in 1631 by the celebrated architect François Mansart (1598-1666) at the request of Jean de Choisy, the Château de Balleroy and its village are one of the first urban plans that inspired other castles, including Versailles.
Everything was built ex nihilo. The château itself has retained almost all of its original features and thanks to this bears witness to the major innovations of the 17th Century.
In 1970, Malcolm S. Forbes, owner of a major U.S. newspaper group acquired the château which was then fully restored and refurbished. Today, his four sons and his daughter continue his work.
Inside the château, you will admire about ten rooms furnished in a 19th century style. You will notably enjoy a beautiful hand carved oak panelled ceiling in the vestibule, one of the first suspended staircases in France and also the salon d’honneur, a room that has survived the centuries without any modifications.
During the guided tour you will also be able to see plenty of paintings, including one of Claude Vignon from 1623, many works of Comte Albert de Balleroy, a talented animal painter who shared a workshop in Paris with Édouard Manet for seven years, or a series of royal portraits (restored in 1998) that was produced by Juste d’Egmont, a Rubens’ student in the 17th century.