Yvelines is a small department of France, located in the Ile-de-France region which surrounds Paris. Yvelines is a department of lush countryside, with fantastic castles at almost every turn, and excellent access to Paris. Walking, riding and fly fishing holidays thrive in the countryside of Yvelines, perfect for a relaxing holiday with plenty of culture.
The lush countryside of Yvelines is adorned with huge, extravagant chateaux, castles and villas, including the famous Castle of Versailles. The Castle of Versailles and Castle of Breteuil are both hugely impressive monuments and well worth exploration, as is the Thoiry Arboretum, which offers delightful walks through some of the most impressive gardens in northern France, as well as a fantastic butterfly house.
There is some wonderful walking, riding and cycling to be done from a Yvelines property. The Ile de France Potager du Roi natural reserve, the Marly Forest and the Park of Versailles are magnificent places to walk and ride, and there are regular themed walks provided by English speaking guides.
The Golf des Yvelines golf course is one of the best in France, with two separate 18 hole golf courses, a golf school, practice facilities and a fantastically luxurious club house. The golf club spreads over 90 hectares of wood and pasture land, reaching the edges of the Rambouillet Forest.
The capital of Yvelines, Versailles, is absolutely packed with historical sites associated with the French royal family. The Palace of Versailles is one of the most important tourist attractions in France, attracting over 3,000 visitors a year. By taking a Yvelines holiday rental, you can ensure you beat any queues by arriving early.
A villa in Yvelines is just half an hour from Paris, meaning that you can head into the French capital, experience all the best attractions and leave the crowds behind in the evenings as you return to relax in your peaceful, scenic country property in Yvelines.
The very mild climate of the Ile-de-France is wonderful all year round, with summer temperatures reaching 25°C on most days during July and August. Even during the winter months, temperatures are mild enough for golf, walking and enjoying the huge number of sightseeing possibilities afforded by a Yvelines villa.
Although it receives fewer direct flights than its neighbour, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris d’Orly Airport (ORY) is the closer to Yvelines. Reaching Paris from the UK is unbelievably easy, and from there, it is only a half hour’s drive to Yvelines.