Les Bréviaires are a commune of the Yvelines, 45 km south-west of Paris, in the Île-de-France region. The village is located less than 10 km north of Rambouillet, in the heart of the forest of the same name. Under the old regime, the small parish was at first dependent on the abbey of Clairefontaine before Guillaume de Beaumont, cousin of the Count de Montfort, became first lord of the Breviaries. Then, from the end of the 15th century to the Revolution, Les Bréviaires are integrated in the domain of Rambouillet.
Consisting of several hamlets, it was during the reign of Louis XIV that the locality was overwhelmed by the development of the water supply system connected to the Château de Versailles. This site will require the digging of numerous channels to feed a chain of ponds (known as Holland) feeding the basins of the castle. The remediation of the land that results from the works encourages the development of agriculture while modifying the landscape.
However, the environment remains mainly forested, combined with the creation of farms and breeding centers. That is still the case today. The municipality, which has nearly 1,300 inhabitants (a population which has quadrupled since the Second World War through the creation of residential areas), hosts one of the sites of the National Stud farms but also a leisure base. With the potential in terms of hikes that offers the forest, this makes the Bréviaires a popular commune.
The Rambouillet Forest, with its 14,800 hectares, is the most important tourist and recreational attraction in the municipality, although the territory of Rambouillet only receives a small part of it (1,000 hectares). Half the territory of the Breviaries). Consisting of 75% hardwood and 25% coniferous, this forest is of great biological richness. Run by the NFB, it is crossed by a hundred kilometers of paved bicycle paths prohibited to motorized vehicles. There are also many hiking trails for walkers and mountain bikers. All information and thematic brochures (discovery of the riches of the fauna, the flora and the small patrimony) available on +33 1 34 83 21 21 or +33 1 34 84 15 15.
Some routes include the chain of ponds created to supply water The castle of Versailles and the King's table, on the level of the rotunda of Serqueuse. It is not a picnic table but equipment fitted out in 1788 to allow Louis XVI to unwind on the return of the hunt...
Finally, according to the trails, traces of the old Roman roads can To be seen, which formerly connected Poissy with Chartres and Orleans.
As for the national breviary stud farm (established in the old outbuildings of the castle of La Mare), the only one of its kind in the region, it hosts a training school and offers training on different themes (reproduction, Food, care...). Information on visits and activities on +33 1 34 57 85 30.
For horse lovers, the equestrian center and pony club of Les Bréviaires offers many activities (including hiking). Information on +33 (0) 1 34 84 99 30.
Finally, you can combine farniente and nautical pleasures at the level of the recreation base of the Ponds of Holland. Possible activities on or near the sandy beach: supervised swimming, mini golf, volleyball, pedal boat rentals, canoes, cycles and rollers. Open from May to mid-September (Wednesdays, weekends and holidays in May, every day until the beginning of the school year, then Wednesdays and weekends). Price: 3,50 and 5 euros. Information on +33 1 34 86 30 50.
The second weekend of September, the patronal festival program fairgrounds, balls, torchlight retreat, fireworks and convivial meal on Sunday.