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We can be certain that it is designed as a royal hunting lodge for three reasons. Firstly, the chateau has extremely grand gardens and only reception rooms without principal bedrooms. Secondly, the hunting carriage, seen entering the front gates, is made with two wheels for negotiating rough forest tracks and thirdly, the royal intertwined double L over the gates is confirmation that this is a royal chateau belonging to the King.
As there are no known engravings of any royal hunting lodges, it is not possible to prove that this hunting lodge is near Choisy but it is highly likely, for the following reasons. The similarity of size and location of the river Seine, its proximity to the forest and its very similar topography of rolling hills to that of the Chateau de Choisy. Louis XV spent most of his time at Choisy when he was not at Court at Versailles as hunting was his passion, so it would be logical to assume that this grand hunting lodge was near to where the King did most of his hunting. The hunting lodge made it possible to hunt over a much larger area, as it allowed the King to travel by carriage to a distant part of the forest so he could start hunting with fresh horses and allowed him to eat and drink in comfort either immediately before or after the hunt.
|Height||130.00 cm||(51.18 inches)|
|Width||130.00 cm||(51.18 inches)|
|External Height||156.00 cm||(61.42 inches)|
|External Width||156.00 cm||(61.42 inches)|