Living in Maisons-Laffitte means having access to everything you need. The city is stunning and full of history. Surrounded by over 8500 acres of forest and boasting a château that is a listed historical monument, our town has been baptized the "City of Horses" for its rich equestrian tradition. Just west of Paris, many English speaking families have settled here and commute to work in the capital. More than a pretty façade and certainly more than a mere suburb, Maisons-Laffitte is an incredibly pleasant place to live!
740 acres of green space extend from the town center, encouraging long promenades in a safe and vibrant setting. Our students can walk or bike around town to meet friends or go to the various shops and cafés in our active community. Many festivals, cultural and sporting events are organized each year.
Whether they live on campus or at home, our students can participate in a variety of leisure and sporting activities, cultivating their personality and taste for adventure.
An Active City
Sports are an important part of life in Maisons-Laffitte. Horseback riding comes to mind first, as it has contributed to the international reputation of the city and given Maisons-Laffitte its nickname. We have 30 stables and 7000 horses as well as a racetrack. There's also a beautiful 9-hole golf course, hikes and jogging trails in the Saint-Germain forest as well as opportunities to play team and individual sports: tennis, rowing, swimming, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, etc. In short, everything you could ever need to stay in shape or have fun, giving our students the opportunity to achieve the physical and psychological equilibrium they need to excel in their studies.
Sporting activities, horses, and… culture! It is everywhere in Maisons-Laffitte. Known for the magnificent Château de Maisons, one of the hunting lodges of Louis XIV, our city is also located in close proximity to the Palace of Versailles and its extraordinary gardens.
And only 10 miles away: Paris. The City of Light is one of the most magical world capitals with incredible architecture, amazing food and picturesque neighborhoods for taking a stroll and absorbing the Parisian je ne sais quoi. It's quick and easy to get to Paris from Maisons-Laffitte. The RER A train or SNCF regional train network make the trip in just 20 minutes. Our students get to explore Paris during their time at Ermitage, becoming familiar with some of the most celebrated museums, theaters and monuments in the world! This privileged location gives them a chance to learn from their surroundings and gain independence throughout their schooling.