étangs de Corot

The ponds of Corot

In Ville-d’Avray in the Hauts-de-Seine, the Ponds of Corot - named after the 19th-century painter - invite visitors on a romantic and intimate walk in an environment where nature has been preserved. Walkers and fishers alike will find true tranquillity here.

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Address

55 Rue de Versailles
92410 Ville-d'Avray

A little history

The Étangs de Corot, in Ville-d’Avray in Hauts-de-Seine, are a particularly good place for a romantic walk. They are tucked into a haven of greenery with a variety of trees, including weeping willows and poplars, oaks, cypresses, and chestnuts. The water in the ponds is dotted with water lilies and reeds. This intimate setting attracts walkers and fishers alike. The site is made up of the "Vieil étang" pond, with a more wild atmosphere, and the "Étang Neuf", the largest pond, extending over more than 7 acres, with a walking path. The history of the Étangs de Corot goes back to the creation of the oldest pond, the Étang des Célestins, at the end of the Middle Ages. The second pond was created by Philippe I, Duke of Orleans, the brother of Louis XIV, who used it to supply the Saint-Cloud Château and Park with water. An underground aqueduct links the Étang Neuf to the royal estate. The Étangs de Corot ponds bear the name of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. This French painter particularly appreciated walking here to find inspiration. The walking path that links the town of Ville-d'Avray to the ponds also goes through his estate.