1 hour from Paris and 20 minutes from Marne-la-Vallée or Charles-de-Gaulle airport,
an 18th century chateau in the middle of a 5 ha park
Meaux, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77100 FR

Location

This region has witnessed a certain number of famous battles. It was here that France was saved when the German army was stopped in September 1914 during the famous "Battle of the Marne". However, the castle is still there, unmoved, with its English-style park exuding a calm and bucolic atmosphere since the 18th century.
In the north of the Seine-et-Marne department, the property is 55 km from Paris and 25 km from Marne-la-Vallée, via the A4 motorway. Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 20 km away. The large residence sits in the middle of a village, next to the church.

Description

Right next to the church and its early Renaissance pepperpot bell tower, a large wrought iron gate marks the main entrance. An alley, with the outbuildings on the right, crosses a small river over a stone bridge, and reaches the majestic chateau in front of an expanse of lawn. The overall atmosphere is English, even Londonian, with the layout reminiscent of Hyde Park and the Serpentine River. This is not really surprising, as Queen Victoria is said to have slept in the castle in the 19th century. Under the Ancien Régime, a noble family open to the ideas of the Enlightenment lived here in harmony with the local population. This allowed them to survive the French Revolution without a hitch. In the 19th century, two families followed one after another, in particular a painter, pupil of Ingres, who was also the inspirational figure behind the construction of the Sacré Coeur basilica in Paris. For these families, this was a true place for enjoyment. And it is still an imposing building set in the middle of a park, a place protected from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The chateau

The striking white facade is divided into three distinct parts: first, the main building, followed by the entrance building and finally a much more rural extension wing. The main building has a high hipped slate roof, topped by two brick chimneys. The high French windows, the simple decor and the five symmetrical bays lend the building a stately appearance. The only decorative elements are the windows on the first floor with triangular pediments, the moulding on the ground floor and the upper decorative border with a geometric pattern. The entrance is exceptional for an 18th century building, as it is defined by an elevation that is very distinct from the rest of the facade, with a double door surrounded by columns supporting a terrace with a balustrade. Corner quoins rises to an entablature that conceals the roof, with a purely decorative semi-circular arch underneath where an œil-de-bœuf window is nestled. Finally, in the extension, a much simpler wing, without the stiffness of the central structure, completes the facade. This was probably the wing for the servants and children of the chateau. Here, simple shutters and Jacobean dormer windows ornament the wing, not to mention a bell for calling meals. The three parts of the building remain coherent thanks to the unifying white colour of the entire facade.


Ground floor
The entrance is via a stone porch leading to a double door with glass panes protected by wrought ironwork with a scroll motif. A hall with black tile flooring serves the entire level. The first thing that stands out on entering is the winding staircase with its solid wood steps and cast iron post decorated with a gilded brass handrail ball. All reception rooms are full-width and give a feeling of clarity and communion with the outdoors. They mark their era with black and white floor tiles in the dining room, Herringbone parquet flooring in the living rooms, high ceilings of almost four metres, marble fireplaces, particularly the impressive fireplace in the dining room in the Louis XVI style made of deep black marble with white veins, large windows and oak woodwork. These rooms are conducive to conversation in good company. The billiard room features two French doors leading to the front courtyard or to the park. Finally, the large living room follows at the end of the main building with five openings, including a French window that leads to the park via a porch with a terrace. Like the light that pours into the different areas, the new ideas of the Enlightenment must have circulated in these reception rooms. To the right of the hall, the dual exposure fitted kitchen is truly a family room. The ground floor also includes a laundry and a service entrance.
First floor
The main staircase leads to the small rooms on the right, formerly the children’s and servants’ quarters. Today, this is the "wellness area" with a sauna, whirlpool, gym and a small lounge. Everything is intimate and cosy here, with low ceilings, small areas, blue, old pink and ivory wall colours and tiled or parquet floors. To the left of the staircase, a corridor leads to three master bedrooms with their bathrooms and a study. They breathe the 18th century with lots of light, marble fireplaces and Herringbone parquet flooring, except for the most beautiful one, the one at the back, with Versailles parquet flooring. The latter also features a terrace. Each room enjoys a panoramic view of the large park. An amusing detail is that in one of the bathrooms, the height-marks of the children of the past are still there, mainly with dates from the 19th century.
Second floor
On this level, three master bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, follow in succession along a bright corridor. To the right of the staircase, two studies (or additional bedrooms) face each other, complemented by a drawing room. In each room, the Herringbone parquet floor (with an elegant wooden rose inlay in the floor for one of the studies) and small marble fireplaces provide a soft, calm atmosphere.
Attic
From the main staircase, a discreet door provides access to the attic space, which could potentially be converted.

The park

Partly enclosed by walls, it extends over more than five hectares. This is a landscaped park with a river winding through the middle of the lawn, not far from the main facade. At the rear of the chateau, a spectacular visual perspective emerges with a central lawn surrounded by centuries-old trees that extends to the back of the park. The gaze wanders into the distance. At one end is a tennis court, in front of the castle is a swimming pool in the form of an antique pond, and, slightly hidden, a vegetable garden. Everything is in place for a happy time.

The former service quarters

This outbuilding is next to the entrance of the property. It forms a U-shape around a small courtyard and is topped by an old dovecote. Two flats have been fitted out. They are rented out.

Our opinion

This is a family residence with a soul, but it is also a reception venue built in the era of literary salons and philosophers. Its longevity is based on this balance between intimate and social life, happily in line with the tradition of French aristocratic residences. Here, Paris is easily reached and just as easily forgotten! The property represents a good compromise between urban and country living. The city and its professional opportunities are within easy reach, with the proximity of Paris, Marne-la-Vallée and the economic activity of Charles de Gaulle airport. But above all, the surrounding park and countryside are there, soothing and eternal.

Exclusive sale

1 920 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 516030

Land registry surface area 5 ha 8 a
Main building surface area 610 m2
Number of bedrooms 11
Outbuilding surface area 300 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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