L'Isle-Adam,
the most beautiful village located in a river meander

Discover and enjoy a pleasant stopover in L’Isle-Adam, Balzac’s earthly paradise and one of the most beautiful villages in France. The museums, cultural events, and the river beach will contribute to the success of your stay.

Take your time to discover the valley of the Impressionist painters and the famous historical buildings such as Saint-Martin Church, the Château of Stors and its chapel. You can either cycle, hike, take a boat or a coach to participate in the visits offered by the Tourist Office whatever your age.

The Château of Stors

In 1748, the Prince of Conti bought the château of Stors from the Aubespine family. Constant d’Ivry was trusted to modernize it and designed a system of monumental terraces overlooking the Oise and adorned with two Chinese Pavilions.

The two-hundred year old lime trees of the park have successively seen Alembert, Rousseau, Beaumarchais and Buffon pass. However, in August 1944 when the Americans fought against Hitler’s forces, a third of the estate was severely damaged by bombing. Abandoned since then, Stors has regained life thanks to its present owners who wish to share their passion with their visitors. Subsequently,you will learn about its history through their anecdotes when visiting this magical place.

Château of Stors

Park of the Château

The Chinese pavilion

It is one of the Three XVIII century “follies”still in existence in France! This pavilion was designed in Italy by the painter Fragonard who accompanied M Bergeret, the tax-chief general inspector, in 1774. His son decided to build the pavilion in the park of his château of Cassan. It was built on an octagonal plan. Its double pagoda-shaped roof is supported by a peristyle of eight wooden pillars and bears a mast adorned with bronze bells. It has just been renovated under the management of Pierre André Lablaude, Chief Architect of Historical Monuments.

The museum of Arts and History of Louis Senlecq

Since its opening in 1950 by Doctor Senlecq, the museum has unceasingly enlarged and expanded its collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, objects and documents.
When he was the mayor of l’Isle-Adam, Louis Senlecq was eager to gather“everyone who felt like sponsoring men, events and things concerning the town and helped them pay tribute to them”. He held his bet!

Louis Senlecq museum of Arts and History

The National forest of L’Isle-Adam

For lovers of hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, the national forest of L’Isle-Adam offers 1600 hectares of playing fields. This is a real fauna and flora kingdom where the oldest tree is 10 metres wide and has reached the canonical age of 550 years old. Don’t miss popping in at the L’Etoile de Conti, a former hunting meeting point, in order to catch a glimpse of the Table of Cassan, a large hunting table carved in a limestone monolith.

On the river banks

L’Isle-Adam offers cruises on the river Oise so that you can discover the river and the landscapes which inspired famous painters such as Daubigny. This is surely the best way to discover the aquatic heritage of the Oise while being lulled by the flow of the river.
This is a real moment of relaxation and pleasure to share with family or friends.

L’Isle-Adam also has the largest and oldest river beach in France. You can play and relax on one hectare of fine sand and enjoy swimming too. There are tennis lessons, crazy golf, an outdoor swimming pool, children’s playgrounds, beach-volley, table tennis, row-boats, canoeing, and pedal boats on the Oise river.

The town has a river stop on its former hauling wharf enabling yachtsmen to enjoy a break at anytime of the day and night. A further advantage: you can use your international credit card on the automatic post!

Jean Gabin

Finally, Mériel, the place where the actor Jean Gabin spent his childhood and teenage years. A museum is entirely dedicated to him and helps you discover the man behind the actor. Numerous personal souvenirs (correspondence and films) are presented as if appearing in an animated script, on the theme ‘the film of his life, the life of his films’.

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Notre-Dame du Val Abbey

Enjoy a stop at Villiers-Adam and Notre-Dame-du-Val Abbey which is the oldest Cistercian foundation in Ile-de-France.  It was built more than a century before the construction of well-known Royaumont and Maubuisson abbeys. The remains of the monastic cloister buildings were classified as historical monuments in 1945 and 1947. As far as the estate is concerned, it is classified in the Inventory of protected sites.

The Château of Stors
The Château of Stors
The Chinese pavilion
The Chinese pavilion
Fôret et voie romaine
Fôret et voie romaine
Beach
Beach
Jean Gabin Museum
Jean Gabin Museum
Notre-Dame du Val Abbey
Notre-Dame du Val Abbey