in the area around Fontainebleau
This property stands on the outskirts of the Ile-de-France region, on the wooded edge of Fontainebleau forest, in a little rural commune which is part of the Gâtinais Regional Nature Park. The famous Larchant rocks are but 6 km away and Fontainebleau 20 km away. Some 10 minutes away, the equidistant Nemours, Malesherbes and Bourron-Marlotte stations make it possible to reach Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, via TER and RER train lines. The A6 motorway, 5 km away, gives direct access to the French capital.
A bakery, cafés, a bank and a supermarket, most of the main shops and amenities are to be found in a small neighbouring town.
A first front garden is composed of parterres laid to lawn and rose beds. A vast back garden is dotted with palm trees and enhanced with tall bamboo. A third garden, on the side, is currently an orchard.
The main house
As with many of the buildings in the surrounding countryside, this is an old farm which has been rehabilitated and restored over the years. The pointed, sandstone facades feature numerous windows, fitted with light grey shutters, revealing the thickness of the walls under a roof covered with local tiles and featuring hip-fronted dormers.
The house spans approx. 190 m² of living space over two levels as well as a cellar.
The entrance door opens directly into a very spacious reception room, spanning approx. 60 m². On one side, a living room is flooded with natural light via a row of single windows. It is further enhanced by an impressive, protruding, white stone fireplace, with a straight chimney breast, a paved hearth and a blacked rear wall. On the other side, a dining area also houses a sandblasted, oak wood stairway, with a first exposed stone step. Floors are laid with strip pattern, light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring and ceilings feature exposed, white-painted beams. This dining area is extended by a very bright kitchen, fully fitted with numerous cupboards. Set at right angles is a little eating area which could be used as a study. Another door opens into a shower room, with a toilet. In these rooms, floors are covered with large, white, imitation marble, stoneware tiles.
A corridor provides access to a vast suite, including a large dressing room and a bathroom, a bedroom, with a dressing room, and a second suite, with a shower room and a dressing room. Floors on this level are laid with strip pattern, light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring and, in places, ceilings reveal the roofing framework, with its main and tie beams as well as its splines, etc. There are also two toilets.
This large, stone construction is topped with a gable roof, covered with terracotta tiles, the rear side of which slopes down much lower than the front and acts as a canopy. The building features wide picture windows, topped with large atria that let copious amounts of light into an open-plan interior, with an exposed roofing framework 7.50 metres high. In addition to the main room, an area separated by a glazed partition is divided between a shower room, with a toilet, and a glass-partitioned lobby, enhanced with a white stone fireplace. Upstairs, a room, with a brick fireplace, is reminiscent of an open-plan flat typical of New-York.
This building spans a floor surface area of approx. 150 m². It is completed by a woodstore.
White, wood and windows are three words that could be used to describe the buildings of this property. Set in the peace and quiet and completely unoverlooked, the three gardens guarantee a certain privacy courtesy of their high, stone walls. Light and space, modernity and elegance, are the key words of the renovation works carried out by expert hands. They required the close involvement of the owners for a whole year. Priority was given to the choice of first-class materials, not forgetting comfort and layout, with the integration of numerous cupboards.
With its characteristics as well as the artistic and cultural traditions of the area around Fontainebleau, it would, for example, be easy to imagine an artist’s studio in the outbuilding. The possibilities could also include the development of a seminary or of a large family home.
|Land registry surface area||2273 m2|
|Main building surface area||190 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Outbuilding surface area||150 m2|
|including refurbished area||50 m2|
Gilles Baleria +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.