Destination guide

Essonne: a place for royalty

This French department lies just south-west of the capital along the river of the same name. Its proximity and ease to reach make it a popular spot for getaway breaks from Paris. Booking up an Essonne vacation rental? Expect elegant French chateaux, fascinating little museums which focus on the department's notable residents of the past and a ton of family-friendly attractions. The history can even be found in the department's woodlands and parks, which once served as the hunting grounds for many a king, while today they are used for all manner of outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Things to do

Elegant French chateaux awaits in Essonne

Essonne is littered with things to see. Being so close to the capital, it's not surprising that the department is packed to the rafters with palatial chateaux. If elegant 17th-century French architecture is your thing, try the gorgeous Chateau de Courances or the Chateau de Chamarande. Aviation buffs shouldn't skip the Salis Flying Museum which showcases an impressive array of vintage planes. Alternatively, the Jean Cocteau House was the former home of the poet and playwright in the 50s, and you might want to check out Le Cyclop, a quirky 74-foot-high mirrored sculpture created by French artist Jean Tinguely.


Exquisite horseback riding in Essonne

You can take your pick from a long list of outdoor adventures near your Essonne vacation rental. It might be near to Paris, but the rolling French countryside in this district is a far cry from the capital. The exquisite horseback riding trails are an equestrian dream, particularly in the Gatinais-Francais Regional Natural Park. Canoeing, like the rest of the France, is big around these parts and there's no shortage of places to paddle. There are some golf courses par excellence in Essonne and if you've brought your clubs, you're in for a treat.


Essonne: a summertime getaway for Parisians

Its proximity to the capital makes it a popular weekend getaway for Parisians looking to escape the stuffy city during the summertime. Planning a break between June and August? You'd best book up your Essonne vacation rental quick, or you might be out of luck. Don't discount the other months though. If you catch it at the right time, the spring and fall climate can be sunny and bright, though if northern France's fickle weather takes a turn, there are plenty of cozy bistros to dive into. Winter sees almost no travelers, but if you don't mind the cold weather, it could just the ticket.

Natural features

An enormous wildlife-laden forest in Essonne

It might not be in Essonne itself, but the nearby 22,000-hectare Rambouillet Forest is a rambler's paradise. The ancient oaks and pine woodland once served as the magnificent hunting grounds of France's kings. Fast forward to today and its now a haven for wildlife. It's not far from the Essonne vacation rentals and a walk through the forest will likely bring you in contact with rutting red deer, elusive roe deer and wild boar. If you look above the treetops, you'll see birds of prey soaring overhead, keeping their beady eyes on the lookout for creatures below.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Essonne

The nearest airport is in Paris (ORY-Orly), located 15.3 mi (24.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Paris (CDG-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), which is 36.5 mi (58.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Lardy Station, Lardy Bouray Station and Marolles-en-Hurepoix Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Essonne by catching a ride on the metro at Chamarande RER Station, Étréchy RER Station or Arpajon RER Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Essonne?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,784 vacation rentals near Essonne. From 342 Houses to 3,000 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Essonne for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Essonne?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Essonne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Paris (XJY-Gare de Massy TGV Train Station): 6,317 vacation rentals
  • Longjumeau: 841 vacation rentals
  • Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois: 240 vacation rentals
  • Gif-sur-Yvette: 427 vacation rentals
  • Orsay: 565 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Essonne! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Essonne?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Essonne:

  • Longjumeau: 841 rentals
  • Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois: 240 rentals
  • Gif-sur-Yvette: 427 rentals
  • Orsay: 565 rentals
  • Massy: 5,578 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Essonne?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Essonne are:

  • Evry (JEV-Evry Heliport): 5,645 vacation rentals
  • Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG): 6,142 vacation rentals
  • Paris (JDP-Paris Heliport): 6,180 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Essonne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Essonne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Paris (XJY-Gare de Massy TGV Train Station): 6,317 rentals
  • Orangis-Bois-de-l'Epine Station: 5,948 rentals
  • Saint-Martin-d'Étampes RER Station: 135 rentals
  • Palaiseau-Villebon RER Station: 6,264 rentals
  • Evry Le Bras-de-fer Station: 5,581 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Essonne listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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