Chantilly is a small city in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune in the department of Oise.It is in the metropolitan area of Paris 38.4 km. (23.9 miles) north-northeast from the centre of Paris.Chantilly and six neighbouring communes form an urban area of 36,474 inhabitants (1999 census).The Château de Chantilly was home of the princes of Condé, cousins of the kings of France. It now houses the Musée Condé.Chantilly is also known for its horse racing track, the Chantilly Racecourse, and the Living Museum of the Horse, with stables built by the Princes of Condé. In 1995, Chantilly was twinned with the racing town of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England.Chantilly gave its name to Chantilly cream, popularised by the "maître d'hôtel" of the princes of Condé, François Vatel.