Near Fontainebleau, on the banks of the Seine,
a 16th century château and its topiary garden
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

The property is located in a small village between the banks of the Seine and the forest of Fontainebleau. The train journey to the Gare de Lyon takes about 30 minutes. The A6 and A5 motorways are nearby. Fontainebleau is 14 km away and Melun 7 km.

Description

A gate opens onto a gravel driveway, bordered by flowerbeds enhanced by pruned yews. The castle sits at a certain distance from the small road that runs between the property and the banks of the Seine. The partly wooded garden lies at the rear. On one side, a terrace and an alley of lime trees lead to the orangery and the garage.

The castle

The building dates back to 1595. Various owners have succeeded one another, including Léon Franchetti, commander of the “Éclaireurs à cheval de la Seine” during the siege of Paris in 1870, but also, at the beginning of the last century, Marie-Louise Cebron-Norbens, a famous operetta singer. Inspired by one of the Henri IV pavilions of the Château de Fontainebleau, the main building has three bays and rises over three levels above a cellar. It is flanked by two lower wings, each followed by a one-storey extension with a flat roof and balusters. One of the wings houses a laundry room, the other is the start of the staircase to the basement. Large brick-framed windows punctuate the rendered facades. The corner quoins are dressed stone. The slate roofs, with four or three pitches, are enhanced by a modillion cornice and concave eaves. The main building features a central dormer window topped by a triangular pediment and framed by two oeil-de-boeuf windows. The floor area is about 500 m².


Ground floor
A few steps lead to an imposing wrought iron double glass door with a transom. It opens onto a vast hall with a beige marble stone floor with black cabochons. Opposite, a French window opens onto the garden. The hall first serves a small study, the walls of which are covered with “Zuber” panoramic wallpaper, and a toilet. On one side, it then leads to a spacious dining room featuring the same flooring as the entrance hall, followed by a living room with painted wood wall panelling. The floor is straight strip parquet, the fireplace with white marble columns is topped by a mirror. A door leads to the laundry room, which has its own exit to the outside. The living room on the other side offers the same flooring as the entrance and features a marble fireplace. The contemporary style kitchen is furnished with white units. A door opens onto a shaded terrace. The basement houses the old kitchen, which has retained its original tiling, a wine cellar, the boiler room and the oil tank.
First floor
A landing leads to a suite comprising a large bedroom and a connecting smaller one, a bathroom with toilet and a shower room. A second suite comprises a large bedroom, a smaller bedroom, a bathroom with toilet and, in the centre, a bedroom with painted wood panelling, a bathroom and toilet. On this level, the flooring is a mix of travertine limestone and terracotta tiles. Each room has a marble fireplace.
Second floor
This level offers one bedroom with a small room, a bathroom with toilet, and a second bedroom with bathroom, toilet and a small bedroom. There is a toilet on the landing. The entire floor features terracotta tiles flooring. There is a marble fireplace in each room.
Third floor
With slightly sloping ceilings, it is partly lit by oeil-de-boeuf windows. It comprises a large bedroom with bathroom and toilet and a second bedroom followed by a room with a wash basin.

The orangery

This building is divided into two areas of approximately 75 m²: on one side the orangery with large arched windows and on the other side a garage.

Our opinion

So close to Fontainebleau and Paris, the location is ideal. The advantages of this castle are countless. The landscape design of the topiary garden is a real showpiece: rows of balls topped with bells, truncated pyramids and benches. Numerous windows, which also offer wide views of the Seine, allow full enjoyment the scenery. The proportion of the rooms and the presence of many original decorative elements, such as the floor coverings, the marble fireplaces, the woodwork and the interior shutters on all the windows, lend a genuine "family home" atmosphere to the residence.

Exclusive sale

1 680 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 587837

Land registry surface area 11344 m2
Main building surface area 500 m2
Number of bedrooms 9
Outbuilding surface area 150 m2

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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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