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Chateau de Groussay: Part I

by habituallychic

01 . 18 . 11
One of the key members of key figures profiled in Cafe Society is Charles de Beistegui (also known as Carlos de Beistegui).  I first heard his name after seeing a watercolor by Jeremiah Goodman of one of his rooms. He’s a fascinating aesthete who was best known for the “party of the century” he gave at his Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951. Chateau de Groussay in Montfort-l’Amaury, France was built in 1815 and after de Beistegui purchased it in 1939, he set about expanding it with the help of Emilio Terry.  Even though the chateau was in France, he took his cue for the decoration from the English.  It was warm and comfortable and because of de Beistegui’s Spanish neutrality, the chateau was never occupied during the war.  Instead, it hosted parties for all of Paris society and his friends who included Baron and Baronne de Cabrol, Cecil Beaton, Alexis de Rede, and Jacqueline de Ribes.  Dominique Dunne wrote a very thorough profile of Charles de Beistegui in Vanity Fair in 1998 entitled All That Glittered which is available online.  It’s definitely worth the read. You might be able to see in the photos of Chateau de Groussay that the decoration influenced many decorators including David Hicks, Mark Hampton, Daniel Romualdez, and even Miles Redd.  After his death, the chateau was passed to de Beistegui’s nephew who later sold it to Jean-Louis Remilleux who has opened it for tours.  I’ll post photos of the garden and its follies spearately. Enjoy!

Photo by Cecil Beaton

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  1. eclecticrevisited January 19, 2011 | 1:12 am

    gorgeous architecture….
    but naturally I became fixated with the antlers….my favorite pics..but then I saw the library and all the books..then envy set in…lol…
    have a great week..

  2. Southgate January 19, 2011 | 2:51 am

    Wow! that library is the stuff dreams are made of! On my list of “must haves” should I ever be fortunate enough to build my dream house is a two story library with a circular stair. Gorgeous pics, thanks!

  3. ruffledrose.com January 19, 2011 | 3:22 am

    This is truly beautiful, Heather! I love the 19th C decor. So rich and deep.
    – xo, Vanessa Elizabeth

  4. columnist January 19, 2011 | 3:35 am

    An exercise is symmetry – perfection. Doubtless this aspect influenced David Hicks.

  5. Cupcake January 19, 2011 | 10:31 am

    That’s what you call old money.

  6. The enchanted home January 19, 2011 | 11:57 am

    What an incredible feast for the senses! I have to come back and really study each picture but they are just fabulous. The colors are so rich and full bodied, that library..wow! Thank you for this fabulous post.

  7. LiveLikeYou January 19, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Nothing is better than old castles to me!!

  8. Emily Amy Gallery January 19, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Over the top and fabulous. Makes me think I need to marry a prince. Hmmmm.

  9. Reggie Darling January 19, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    The sale of Groussey’s contents, prior to its sale to the current owner (who bought much of it, by the way), is one that Reggie would have killed to attend. Friends did, but he didn’t, he says gnashing his teeth and an unpleasant ache in his stomach.

  10. jones January 19, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    Heather–I am speechless. So many paintings, much furniture, follies. Hedonist is a good adjective to describes Beistegui.

  11. mespetites January 20, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    I swear this house was featured in “Young Victoria” as Prince Albert’s house. The staircase is unmistakable. Thoughts?

  12. the coolbirth kid February 1, 2011 | 3:15 am

    so beautiful.
    and sumptuous.
    so sumptuous.