An old, 17th century stately manor and its 22 ha of woods
some 20 km from Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

Paris is only about 60 km away; Fontainebleau and Melun, some 20 km away. This property stands in the midst of an immense forest, once hunting grounds for the court of King Louis XVI and, now, part of a protected area with “Natura 2000” classification.

Description

This property comes into sight at the end of a little forest road. Remote-controlled gates open on to a driveway leading, on one side, to a car parking area able to take about 150 cars and, on the other, to a path leading to a residence and its annexe buildings. Straight on, a bridge provides access to a stately manor. The latter comprises a rectangular, central courtyard, that is partially paved, a manor house, a building set at right angles, followed by a rectangular house, a turret and a marquee used for functions. All these buildings are surrounded and protected by a moat.

The manor house

This manor house was destroyed and rebuilt in the 17th century. The building is constructed in an L-shape, under a terracotta tile roof. Its stone walls, covered in pink rendering, feature numerous small-paned windows. A gatehouse in the left wing provides access to the inner courtyard. The other wing, however, is extended by a lower building, the end of which houses the boiler room.
It spans approx. 1,400 m² of living space over three levels.


Ground floor
The main entrance is set in the interior corner formed by the two wings. A heavy door opens into a vestibule, where pride of place is given to a stairway, the terracotta tile and oak wood steps of which are enclosed and enhanced by wrought iron railings, bearing witness to the skill of the ironwork craftsmen at that time. A toilet. On one side, a door opens into a long dining room, with a fireplace. It is followed by a large room, a toilet and a spacious, fully-fitted, professional kitchen. On the other side, a little corridor provides access to a toilet, a large reception room, spanning approx. 97 m², divided into three separate sections. One constitutes a little lounge, with a Burgundy stone, Louis XV style fireplace; the central section houses a billiard table, whilst the biggest section is laid out as a relaxing lounge, with a bar in one corner and an immense brick fireplace. Another door opens into a caretaker flat and a study. The floors on this level are covered with terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature exposed beams and joists.
First floor
A long corridor, on one side, leads to five, extremely spacious suites, each with a bathroom, a dressing room and a separate toilet. The other side is taken up by a shower room, a toilet and two bedrooms.
Second floor
Laid out under the rafters, this level features an ingenious, exposed roofing framework. It comprises, on one side, a large lounge, with a fireplace, another room, followed by a family bedroom, with a fireplace, and a shower room with a toilet. The other side is taken up by three bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet.

The house used for rental accommodation purposes

This rectangular building has stone walls, covered with pink rendering and featuring numerous small-paned windows and French windows that open on to a wide wooden terrace bordering the moat. Its terracotta tile roof is enhanced with roof dormers. The toilet facilities, composed of five toilets, can also be reached from the outside. An old turret keeps watch on the moat, the meadow and the swimming pool which can be reached via a walkway crossing the moat. It spans approx. 550 m² of living space over two levels.


Ground floor
Several doors provide access to this level. A large room, spanning approx. 60 m², with an air of a hunting lodge, is laid out as a lounge-dining room; another room is used for storage and cloakroom purposes. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature exposed beams. Toilets, a bedroom, with a shower room, and a fully-fitted kitchen.
First floor
A corridor provides access to seven bedrooms, all with showers, and two toilets.

The residence

This residence, at a distance from the manor house, is more recent and dates from the early 20th century. Its quarry stone block walls are topped with an interlocking tile roof, the slopes of which are very steep. A front courtyard is delimited by annexe buildings. It spans approx. 450 m² of living space over three levels and a cellar which houses the boiler room.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, with its cement floor tiles, houses an oak wood stairway. A toilet and four bedrooms are laid out in the former living rooms, one of which, originally a lounge, is adorned with a white marble fireplace, enhanced with a tall trumeau mirror. The floors are covered with parquet flooring and each bedroom has its own shower.
First floor
Three bedrooms, a bedroom with a shower, a shower room and a toilet.
Second floor
Four bedrooms and a shower room with a toilet.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings stand near to the residence and are constructed in an L-shape. They comprise garages and a gatehouse, composed of a large room with an open-plan, fully-fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet. They are followed by a very large, fully-fitted laundry-linen room. At the back are another covered building, a sheepfold and a henhouse. The outbuildings span a total surface area of approx. 1,000 m².

The function marquee

This marquee stands in the inner courtyard formed by the manor house. It comprises an immense room, with parquet flooring, and a kitchen for caterers. It spans a surface area of approx. 325 m².

The parklands

This plot of land, spanning approx. 22 ha in the middle of the forest, is composed of meadows and, above all, a large wooded tract, planted with some 250 oak trees and dotted with ponds.

Our opinion

It is rare nowadays to find a property that has so many qualities. Its nuisance-free location in the midst of a forest estate, spanning more than 4,000 ha; its large areas of living space and land; its architectural and historic interest; its moat which, once refilled with water, will regain all of its splendour of yesteryear and its excellent state of repair.
Everything is there, ready and waiting for those who might wish to continue a function activity and receive guests who will, very shortly, be looking for wide open spaces, natural surroundings as well as rest and relaxation. They will also be able to go walking or cycling along the long forest paths. New owners could also make the residence set at a distance their own private home.

Exclusive sale

2 690 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 320936

Land registry surface area 21 ha 99 a 12 ca
Main building surface area 2400 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1325 m2
Number of bedrooms +20

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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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