An 18th century townhouse and its outbuildings with a 2.2 ha garden
just a few kilometres south of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 77300 FR

Location

This property is in the south of the Ile-de-France region, in the north of the Loiret department, where it meets the borders of those of Seine-et-Marne and Essonne, 70 km from Paris. It stands in the midst of a little town surrounded by the green belt of Fontainebleau Forest. Every year the latter, in the heart of the Gâtinais Regional Nature Park, dotted with heritage, welcomes numerous tourists and enthusiasts of hiking, rock climbing and horse riding as well as nature lovers.
The town of Milly-la-Forêt is but some 15 km away and Fontainebleau is about 25 km. The station, within walking distance and making it possible to reach Paris-Gare-de-Lyon via the RER train line D, provides an alternative to the famous “sun motorway”.

Description

The road facade of the main house features a porchway, no doubt fitted with carriage gates in times gone by, which with its lantern provides access to pedestrians and vehicles. A long, paved driveway leads from here to a gravel courtyard. A terrace enhances the house. On the west side, set at right angles, a long outbuilding is extended by a carport. On the east side, at a distance and out of sight of onlookers, a caretaker’s cottage is adjoined by its private garden. Following on is a garage, complete with its own entrance off of the street.
The garden, embellished with flowerbeds, trimmed shrubs and a vegetable garden, extends as far as a wooded section. It is completely enclosed by walls and fencing.

The house

Once an outbuilding of the neighbouring chateau, this house dates from the 18th century.
On the road side, its facade features numerous outward-opening windows, enhanced with painted, slatted, wooden shutters and wrought iron railings. A wide, semi-circular arched porchway, closed by heavy, double wooden gates, protects the entrance. On the courtyard side, a dual stone stairway gives access to a raised terrace, itself composed of blocks of dressed stone.
The house is entered via a semi-circular arched doorway, with a glazed tympanum, flanked by dressed stone pilasters, which are also featured on the left-hand section going up to the first floor. On the opposite side to the porchway, a small section of the building is set at right angles, forming an L-shape. Under a slate roof, the house spans a total floor surface area of approx. 220m² over three levels and a vaulted cellar.


Ground floor
The main oak wood stairway is enhanced with cast iron railings supporting a wooden handrail. It goes upstairs from the entrance hall which also houses a toilet. On one side, a cloakroom is set into the wall whilst, on the other, double doors provide access to a living room. The floor is paved with stone tiles with black inlaid decoration. Opposite is a dining room, heated via a Louis XV style stone fireplace and lined with painted wainscoting. Following on is a little library which communicates with a kitchen, fitted with large wooden cupboards and opening on to the terrace. On the other side, a through lounge, spanning approx. 37 m², is widely illuminated via four large windows. A second stairway, featuring oak wood balusters, goes directly up to a bedroom. The floors are laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and the fireplaces reflect the Louis XV style.
First floor
A wide landing, laid with cement floor tiles featuring grey and black geometric motifs, provides access to a spacious bedroom, with a shower as well as a wardrobe, and to a second bigger bedroom. The main wall of the latter is embellished with a stone fireplace, enhanced with a Louis XV style trumeau, as well as cupboards and doors topped with panels depicting gallant scenes. An adjoining shower room, with a toilet and walls lined with slate-style sandstone tiles, is shared with a third bedroom. The floors are laid with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. And lastly, a fourth bedroom has a wardrobe and a shower room, with a toilet. The walls are lined with grey sandstone tiles and the floor laid with parquet flooring.
Second floor
With sloping ceilings, its landing features a wash-hand basin and its surface area is divided into three bedrooms and two attics.

The annexe house

This annexe house, set back a good distance from the main house, dates from the 1930’s. Well concealed behind its little, private garden and protected under a local tile roof, it spans a surface area of approx. 60 m², comprising an entrance hall, a living room, with a wood-burning stove, and two bedrooms, with strip pattern parquet flooring. These are followed by a kitchen and a bathroom, with a toilet. A garage, with direct access to the street via the courtyard of the neighbouring building, completes this property.

The outbuilding

This long building is constructed from exposed stone walls under a slate roof, featuring a few Jacobin-style dormers. It is initially divided into various workshops and storage areas, followed by a flat, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 60 m². The latter is composed of a large room, with a fireplace, a kitchen area, a little shower room, with a toilet (awaiting renovation) and a spacious lounge-library, looking out over the garden via a wide picture window. It ends in a carport.

The garden

Laid out with flowerbeds where roses, dotted with decoratively trimmed boxwood, give off their perfume, it is extended, on one side, by a large area laid to lawn, enhanced with a little metal structure, like a pergola, On the other side, a row of lime trees leads to a wooded section, planted with age-old trees, where the first of Fontainebleau’s rocks are to be found. A second gateway gives access to the end of the garden.

Our opinion

With its air of a country house and its porchway, illuminated of an evening by its lantern, this property reflects an 18th century character with an atmosphere influenced by the romantic 19th century. Featuring the aesthetic and architectural codes of the first century, its flowerbeds, its climbing plants and its 2-ha wooded, flower-filled garden, which once adjoined the local chateau, with its coolness on hot summer days and its wonderful sunsets, undeniably make this the little tranquil setting of the novels from the following century.
So near to Paris, and yet nestling in one of biggest forests in the Ile-de-France region, with all local shops within walking distance: three features which will make it possible to develop the use of the two outbuildings, a genuine asset in such a tourist region.

695 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 537456

Land registry surface area 2 ha 24 a 32 ca
Main building surface area 220 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 160 m2
including refurbished area116 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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