The domain

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Just some of the secrets of the Château from the day it was built to today… !

The history of Raray dates back to the 13th century with the Bouteiller Family who were the first owners of the domain. Robert de Cressonsart, Bishop of Senlis, Arnould d’Audename, les Ghistelles and the Lisgny succeeded respectively until the 16th century.

In 1600, Jehan de Belloy sold the domain to Nicolas de Lancy who was at the time advisor to the King, Chief Accountant for the King’s army and Chamberlain to the Duke of Orléans all at the same time. He was also responsable for the choice of architectural design of the Château and the Game Walls.

The Château was then passed on to the Marquis of Barres in 1760 who chose the famous English landscape gardner, Thomas Blaikie, who changed the style creating the effects of an English garden and has remained unchanged up to this day.

After the Second World War, it was on the large screen that we discovered the Château de Raray but this time quite unique with the filming of the ‘Beauty & the Beast’ in 1946 where he chose the famous Game Walls and Diane’s Gate to illustrate the story of the enchantment and desires that have become timeless icons of this cinematic wonder.

Important dates

  • 13th century owned by the Bouteiller family.
  • 1600 : Château is sold to Nicolas de Lancy.
  • 1760 : Château is purchased by the Marquis des Barres.
  • 1782 : The daughter of the Marquis des Barres maries the Count de la Bédoyère
  • 1924 : The facades, roofs, towers and the Game Walls all classed as historic monuments.
  • 1946 : The filming of the « Beauty & the Beast ».
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Join us for a visit !

It’s well worth the drive to this splendid destination with it’s 17th cen tury architecture : Painted ceiling in both the main dining room and the conference room on the first floor. The impressive Game Walls and the Red Gate are also historic listed buildings.

The history of Raray starts in the 13th century but it is from 1600 on the arrival of Nicolas de Lancy that the Château was rebuilt giving it the finished look that remains untouched to this day

The Game Walls, built between 1600 (with the arrival of Nicolas de Lancy in Raray) and 1633 (the year of his death). The statues of 44 dogs, a deer and wild boar decorate these walls, untouched since the day they were placed there and protected by 18 statues of Roman Empires and Olympian Gods. It is written that perhaps these sculptures have some relationship between the gentry from Firenze when the daughter, Lucrèce de Lanchese. Married Nicolas de Lancy in 1594. The walls being one of the rare features of Italien Renaissance in France. The Red Gate, also referred to as Diane’s Gate or the Unicorn Gate was built to seperate the Château park from the forest. The forest has been replaced by the practice range of the golf club. No-one actually knows why this was named Diane’s Gate with no trace in the archives. It is believed that the unicorn, being the symbol hunting, approached the young lady and finally found peace. The gate was built around the 17th century, decorated by the sculpture in the shape of a triangle on which one can see a lady sitting peacefully with her two dogs at her feet. Each dog symbolises justice and peace. The unicorn on the top symbolises the spirit with the two dogs symbolising misericord and justice

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Nature at your fingertips!

Sitting in the heart of it’s own park, Chateau de Raray boasts that bucolic peaceful atmosphere, surrounded by natural beauty.. For lovers of nature and ancient stonework, the gardens are a gift for those who just want to stroll the treelined lanes or relax while reading a novel at the foot of a tree. Time becomes another matter when basking in the pleasure of this unique architecture. For those wishing to find out more or trace back to the ancient history of this estate, guided visits are now possible, but of course, some of the secrets will remain untold…

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Why not choose to sleep in a tree house situated in the grounds of the Château and only 45 minutes from Paris.. Les Cabanes des Grands Chênes

Luxury and cosy treehouses perched as high as 13m in the grounds of the Château, all the comforts of home in natural surroundings. Guests can come down to earth and enjoy all the advantages of being close to nature along with the pleasures of the Château a short walk away : restaurant, bar and golf.

Les cabanes des grands chênes

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A short break at Château de Raray can also be synonym to sport.. !

Whether you are a golfer of any level of play, a ardent tennis player or simply out to take in the scenery with a brisk walk, there’s plenty for everyone.

At Château de Raray, things will soon be moving with a choice of International sports events being broadcast on giant screens on the panaramic terrace during the summer months.

Improve your game or putt on one of our 3 courses.. !

ExclusivGolf du Château de Raray, part of the group NGF Golf is open to golfers of all levels of play, be it professional or amateur, everyone is welcome.

With a choice of three courses of entirely different play, there is a spot for everyone. La Licorne is of championshionship standard and boasts 6145m Par 72 – front holes of wide open fairways, back holes more narrow and challenging within beautiful scenery of woodland surroundings and hidden bunkers.

Le Daguet, a 9-hole Par 36, 2955m offers more parkland views over the surrounding Valois region. In Spring & Summer seasons, golfers can enjoy the numerous variety of fruit trees that line the course giving it a look of freshness and flavour.

La Faon rounds off the choice of places to play on the domain with a training zone in the shape of 9-hole Pitch & Putt. Challenging bunkers, raised greens and an impressive water hazard makes play quite fun even for the best of players.

With plenty of choice and diversity, players of all levels can enjoy a few hours of relaxing golf either on one of the courses or just hitting a few balls on the impressive pratice range and its 60 bays.

At the end of play, the Château Clubhouse welcomes golfers, offering them the privelege of their very own space in the Bar with its stunning views over the 18th green, or the panoramic terrace.

Improve your game on one of the tennis courts.

Two tennis courts can also be hired by the hour or half day, subject to availability at the time of booking. What more can a tennis player want from such stunning surroundings… !