10 Properties for sale in Val-d'Oise, Paris - Île-de-France, France
Situated to the north of the centre of Paris, the department of Val d'Oise benefits from local environment policies which have seen it preserve its parkland landscapes. With two regional natural parks, Vexin Français and Oise, as well as three national forests and chalky cliffs overlooking the Seine which runs through it, the department is a wonderful place in which to escape the noise of the city. Inspired by the setting, many artists took up residency here including Van Gogh, Daubigny and Rousseau, and one way of exploring the area is to follow the artists' trail to no fewer than 42 galleries and museums. The River Oise runs through 20 towns in the department, of which l'Isle-Adam, Auvers-sur-Oise and Pontoise are of particular note. Perhaps the prettiest village of them all, however, is La Roche-Guyon and its imposing castle, which is nestled in a meander of the River Seine and has been awarded with the Plus Beaux Villages de France label.
Access from UK
By air: Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly
By train: Eurostar to Paris
By road: Paris is 296km from Calais
Average annual temperature: (Paris): 8.9°C/16°C
Average annual rainfall: 637.4mm
Average annual sunshine hours: 1,661.6
The artists' trail links some of the best museums and galleries in the area including the Maison de van Gogh and the Atelier Daubigny. Other highlights of the department include the Absinthe Museum, the Paris International Golf Club and Enghien-les-Bains, which is the only spa resort within the Île-de-France region and offers a raft of attractions including a spa, casino, theatre, hotels and even its own jazz festival. The department is also home to the Château d'Écouen, which houses a prestigious collection of works from the Renaissance period.