A short walk away from the Palace of Versailles there is a courtyard tucked away that is well worth a detour. Due to the presence of the royal court here Versailles has always been home to a tradition of luxury, and in particular perfume making for the Kings and courtiers. The Cour des Senteurs opened recently and is now home to a traditional, family owned luxury glove maker, the gorgeous French perfumer and candle maker Diptyque, Guerlain and a café by Le Notre: it’s a little haven of peace and tranquility away from the crowds at the chateau.
Go through to the end of the courtyard and along the passageway and you find yourself in a beautiful garden. Designed around over 200 plants and essences used in perfumes, you also have a wonderful view over the old town of Versailles, and can continue your walk as far as the King’s vegetable garden, still in use today and still producing an amazing array of fruit and vegetables.
Diptyque have produced a special set of candles for their shop here, jasmine, green mint and roses – burned together they apparently smell just like the gardens of Versailles!
If you have an hour or so free after visiting the palace, especially in the crowds of high summer, I highly recommend you come down here and enjoy a few moments of quiet and relaxation.
- Cour des Senteurs, rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles