An old Seigneury, its 18th century chateau and its outbuildings,
surrounded by 67 ha in the area around Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

Less than 100 km from Paris, on the borders of the Ile-de-France and Burgundy regions, the Bocage-Gâtinais Regional Nature Park, composed of large areas of land used for growing crops and raising animals, is peppered with deep valleys, where tributaries of the river Loing flow. This tourist region, Fontainebleau is but 25 km away, is well-known amongst enthusiasts of rural tourism and hiking. Montereau train station, 10 km away, and that of Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, 14 km away, provide frequent return journeys to the French capital.

Description

All the buildings are laid out around a rectangular courtyard, enhanced with a central parterre laid to lawn. A long, paved driveway, bordered with orchards, leads directly to the chateau, protected by heavy, spiked, metal gates set between pillars, topped with stone vases. These pillars are continued by a low stone wall that encloses the parklands, most of which are laid out on the west side of the property and include an old fishpond, a vegetable garden and a small stone construction, linked to the vestiges of a dovecote.
To the east, the chateau is flanked, on one side, by a little, low building that currently houses a holiday accommodation rental unit, itself extended by a high stone wall featuring a carriage entrance. Next comes an old sheepfold, followed by a farm shed. On the other side, a wing set at right angles continues the main house. Forming a corner, a house precedes a large shed, a garage, a toilet, three holiday accommodation rental units and a small farm shed. At the back, a pond. A henhouse and a large barn, partially converted into four horse loose boxes, enclose the courtyard.
The property is predominantly surrounded by its cultivated land, meadows and wooded knolls. It includes some seven springs, improving the fertility of the soil.

The chateau

In the 19th century, a second floor and an attic were added to this 18th century chateau. An elegant rectangular building, it is protected by a hip, slate roof, enhanced with two dormers. The main, rendered stone facade features numerous inward-opening windows, fitted with slatted shutters, and is flanked in its centre by a slightly protruding bay which, extending up to the roof, is crowned with a semi-circular arch enhanced with a dormer. The double entrance doors are protected by a canopy, supported by two spears. Dressed stone has been used for the quoins.
In the 20th century, the chateau was extended and opened into a much older wing, dating from the 15th century and set at right angles. It now spans a total of approx. 760 m² of living space.


Ground floor
Double doors, the upper glazed sections of which are protected by thin metal grills, open into the chateau’s vast vestibule. Straight in front, a Louis XV style, carved wooden fireplace takes pride of place and black and white floor tiles are laid in a chessboard pattern. It provides access, on one side, to a little dining room, opening into a living room, its walls lined with blue-painted bookcases and a Louis XVI style, grey marble fireplace; on the other side is the stairwell, separated from this area by wrought iron railings. Its floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. It includes a small utility room and a cellar. It is extended by another entrance hall that opens on to the courtyard, a little lounge and a spacious room, laid out as a study. Fireplaces here are made of sculpted white stone and French windows open on to the parklands side. Then come a boiler room and a back kitchen. The latter communicates, on the one hand, with the large kitchen, fitted with a heavy cast iron cooking range and a stone sink, and, on the other hand, with the dining room. Floors in the chateau’s reception rooms are covered with black and white tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern.
The wing, renovated more recently, has its own entrance hall on the courtyard side, with an oak wood stairway going upstairs. In this section of the chateau are the main dining room, one of the walls of which is enhanced with an immense painting dating from the 18th century and depicting chateaux dominating several lakes, a vestibule, housing a toilet, and a vast lounge, spanning approx. 65 m², enhanced with an impressive stone fireplace. This area also provides access to a little television room, opening into the kitchen. These rooms feature French windows that open on to a wide terrace. Floors are paved with white Yonne stone.

First floor
The chateau side of this level comprises two bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets, as well as a third bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. The bathrooms are very spacious and enhanced with marble fireplaces, whilst those in the bedrooms are made of white stone. Floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring or covered with carpet.
In the renovated wing, a wide landing gives access, on one side, to a bedroom, followed by a suite, notably composed of a bedroom spanning approx. 65 m², with a dressing room and a bathroom as well as a toilet; on the other side are an area laid out as a games room, a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, another bedroom, a shower room, with a toilet, and a smaller room. Floors are covered with carpet and most of the windows have wide views over the parklands.

Second floor
The level is laid out but in the chateau. It comprises two bright bedrooms, with their bathrooms and toilets, as well as a third bedroom, with a separate toilet. Fireplaces are made of marble or sculpted white stone. Floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring or covered with carpet. Above are vast attics, featuring an exposed roofing framework and hexagonal terracotta floor tiles.

The old castle chapel

Dating from 1236, at the beginning of the gothic art, and devoted to Saint-James, it is now an independent house. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, a large living room, with a fireplace, a kitchen-dining room and a shower room, with a toilet. The first floor is given over to a large landing-study, two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet. It spans a surface area of approx. 115 m².

The four holiday accommodation rental units

Three of these units comprise a ground floor with a living room, including a kitchen area, and an upstairs bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet. The fourth, slightly bigger unit has two bedrooms. They respectively span approx. 40 and 60 m².

The outbuildings

Laid out on either side, they protect and enclose the rectangular courtyard. The pointed stone facades are topped with local tile roofs, covering numerous different areas. At the back are a garden and a pond.


Garage
Illuminated via a wide, semi-circular arched, small-paned door, it is spacious and has a first floor housing a large attic, spanning approx. 64 m² which has been restored.
Carport
This area can take several cars. Next to it is a toilet.
Barn
This barn houses four horse loose boxes and a large attic. A henhouse adjoins the building.
Sheepfold
This old sheepfold has been renovated and converted into a function room. It spans approx. 120 m².
Open barn
These comprise one small and one large shed, both used for storing farming equipment.

The parklands

A large stretch of lawn in front of the chateau extends eastwards towards the parklands, dotted with stone pedestals topped with vases. The wooded section, planted with age-old trees, includes an old fishpond. A little further on, the vegetable garden encompasses a little stone building and the old dovecote.

The land

Spanning a surface area of almost 67 ha, most of which is continuously laid out around the chateau, the land is currently cultivated by the owners and dotted with meadows and small copses.

Our opinion

Refined and noble, magnificent and majestic. Surrounded by at least 50 ha of its land, this elegant chateau and its farm buildings, so representative of local architecture, blend homogeneously together in the midst of a 700-year-old property. Its fine facades and its adjoining outbuildings take pride of place in the landscape like a resolute and steadfast sovereignty.
Such large, first-class properties so near to the French capital rarely come on to the market. Moreover, the vast surface area of its buildings could be further increased as planning permission for a building, spanning approx. 200 m², has already been given. The leasing of the land to local farmers could prove to be a significant source of income.

Exclusive sale

3 500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 901988

Land registry surface area 66 ha 72 a 73 ca
Main building surface area 768 m2
Number of bedrooms 10
Outbuilding surface area 810 m2
including refurbished area325 m2

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Gilles Baleria +33 1 42 84 80 85

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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