“Englishmen fire first!” thus was field marshal Saxe’s stance on the Fontenoy battlefield in 1745. His superb soldiery defeated the long-standing enemy. A grateful Louis XV rewarded him with Chambord along with its many privileges, after naming him Maréchal de France.
In 1748 Saxe purchased Chateau de la Grange, which proudly bears his name to this day.
We owe the beautiful decor of the ‘Grande Galerie’ to his time here. Chevalier, the artisan to whom the king entrusted his stuccowork, created designs based on battles and hunting trophies from La Touche’s drawings. Saxe commissioned a major project of remodelling of the castle and grounds. His striking full-length portrait hangs in the white and gold grand salon designed by the famous architect Oppenordt.
Saxe is accredited with other brilliant conquests such as that of Princess Iva Ivanovna, who lends her name to the most beautiful apartment in the chateau. In a return to a more democratic ‘Ancien Regime’, your carriages will set you down in the special place of Parisis, just half an hour from Paris.
Within an immense walled park there stands in Yerres this privileged estate where “Les Menus Plaisirs” now flourishes.
And it is here that we can hear the song that Fontaine sang:
“O Solitude! whose secret charms I know, Retreats that I have loved when shall I go, To taste, far from a world of din and noise, Your shades so fresh, where silence has a voice?”