Ville-d’Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from the center of Paris, just East of Versailles. Despite its proximity to the French capitol, it is surrounded by large national parks that once formed a network of royal hunting grounds for the kings of France and his entourage. Notably, near the center of the village, is the Etangs de Corot. Two man-made ponds or basins, one of which was created at the end of the Middle Ages by noblemen as a fishing reserve. The second one was created by Louis XIV’s brother, Philippe Duke of Orleans, who needed water and power for his castle, the nearby Château de Saint-Cloud.