manors for sale - yvelines - Île-de-france

A 17th century manor with outbuildings and 9 ha of rolling, landscaped, wooded parklands
40 km from Paris in the Upper Chevreuse Valley Regional Nature Park

Rambouillet, YVELINES ile-de-france 78120 FR


Ideally located on the edge of a residential town in the national Rambouillet forest, set in the peace and quiet, surrounded by nature and free of any nuisances. This property blends the charms of the countryside with urban comfort and dynamism. It is totally unspoilt with forests and undulating, verdant countryside offering a variety of open-air activities, bike rides and walks. The proximity of lakes is an invitation to fish or swim. Easy access from Paris in less than forty minutes by car. The railway station is five minutes away, and the suburban “Transilien Rambouillet” line takes some forty minutes to reach Paris’ Montparnasse station. Easy access to Paris’ airports. Infant, junior and secondary schools in the town, together with extra-curricular activities. Sixth form colleges are in Rambouillet.


This property, in a protected area surrounded by a large wooded copse, is completely enclosed by walls and fencing. In a dominant position with its outbuildings, it comprises undulating, landscaped parklands, planted with various species of trees and features terraces, rose beds and a stream running through the bottom of its valley. Once through the gates, a gravel driveway with some paving, adorned with Scotch pine trees, leads to various buildings. Visitors can experience a majestic view over the small wooded valley and find a caretaker’s cottage, a workshop, a garage, a manor house, a small paved courtyard with its central well surrounded by a lounge-library, a covered gallery and an old orangery transformed into a summer lounge, all extending one after the other. Following on from the orangery are a woodshed and steps leading to the cellars. There is a large terrace in front of each building. After the buildings is a separate entrance courtesy of a second gateway. On a lower level are a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool, almost 20 m in length, heated by a heat pump and protected by a rolling safety cover. On the right-hand side of the main gateway are an oil tank, concealed by a wooden shed, and a kennel with a henhouse, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse on a lower level. The property comprises several vestiges listed as French historic monuments which came from the old Palais-des-Tuileries, including the bas-reliefs and a pediment that adorns the main opening of the large lounge.

The manor house

This manor house and it outbuildings, the origin of which dates back to the 17th century, takes the form of a long building with a south-facing main facade. Standing on the highest of the terraced ground, all the buildings dominate a small, wide valley with a stream running through its hollow. The opposing hillside constitutes forest whilst that to the south provides access to the vegetable garden, the greenhouse, the orchard, the tennis court and the swimming pool via successive terracing. Long paths cross the property through plain and undergrowth, all of which is completely unoverlooked. Most of the buildings, built of stone and millstone grit with rendering in places, span two levels and are covered with roof tiles. The building facade has numerous arched openings, some of which are very large. It is adorned with many decorative features such as stone steps, terraces with balusters or wrought iron railings, a decorative mascaron on an arch keystone with the face of the reigning king as well as 16th century bas-reliefs featuring arms trophies from the demolition of the Palais-des-Tuileries. The size of some of the rooms brings a majestic air to the premises.

Ground floor
Having climbed a few steps in the middle of the buildings, the main entrance on the raised ground floor opens into a vestibule with a separate toilet. Said vestibule provides access, left, on a lower level to the vast, fully fitted kitchen with its convivial eating area. It has oak wood units, brushed Burgundy stone floor tiles and a 4 m high ceiling. The two south-facing windows look out over the parklands. The vestibule also leads, right, to the large lounge with its 6 m high ceiling, its walls hung with old fabric, its old strip pattern parquet flooring and its fireplace, with an oak wood mantelpiece, housing a refractory brick, closed hearth fire. Three south-facing, glazed, arched openings with small panes look out over the small valley, opening on to a terrace protected by stone balusters. The painted ceiling has exposed beams. In this lounge, an oak wood stairway leads up to a loggia used as a study and looking out on to a terrace dominating the small valley. A doorway under the loggia leads to the games room, a bathroom and four bedrooms, one of which has its own adjoining shower room and toilet. A door provides access to the basement which houses the boiler room. One of the doors in the master bedroom leads out all on a level into the garden, another oak wood door communicates with an authentic library, featuring decor marked by the patina of time and old strip pattern parquet flooring. It opens on to the parklands as well as the orangery and communicates with the kitchen, the dining room, the hunting corridor, the summer lounge (old orangery), a back kitchen, the toilet in the orangery as well as a half-level used for storage purposes with a door opening on to the outside on the lane side.
First floor
A stairway leads from the main entrance hall up to the first floor above the entrance hall and the kitchen. It comprises a landing, a corridor, three large bedrooms, two of which have wash-hand basins and open on to a terrace, as well as two other bedrooms with wash-hand basins. A bathroom, a shower room and a separate toilet. All the south-facing bedrooms look out over the parklands, the small wooded valley and the swimming pool below. There is a superb oculus in the corridor looking outside on the lane side. The bedrooms and the long corridor have terracotta floor tiles or parquet flooring. Above the orangery, a studio flat under the rafters comprises a bathroom, a room that could be transformed into an open-plan kitchen and a bedroom-lounge. Three south-facing windows, one of which has a small balcony, look out over the small wooded valley. A French window on the east side opens on to a wooden balcony. A second studio flat, reached via an oak wood stairway in the garage, is over the top of the workshop. It comprises a large room, an open-plan kitchen, a bathroom and a separate toilet.

The caretaker’s cottage

A fully renovated, millstone flint building stands at the entrance to the property, adjoining the workshop. This caretaker’s cottage is completely self-contained.

Ground floor
The entrance door opens directly into the lounge and an open-plan kitchen. A separate toilet and a boiler room are under the stairway leading upstairs. There are also a bedroom and a bathroom.
First floor
A bedroom under the rafters has a south-facing window, looking out over the small wooded valley. There is a small attic.

The workshop

The workshop is set up in the old stables.

The garage

The garage can take at least two cars. A door leads directly from the garage to the kitchen. A stairway, at the end of this garage, leads up to the second studio flat.

Our opinion

This site, right out of a pastoral poem, exudes romance.
The feeling of domination is overwhelming as the small valley, laid out in front of the building, provides an impressive panoramic view over the natural surroundings from every point of view. There is enough space both inside and outside to guarantee privacy for all residents. It has a studio bathed in light for artists, a large library for booklovers, a games room for children, a spacious kitchen for gourmet cooks, large, independent guest bedrooms for those who enjoy entertaining, a large pool for swimmers, a greenhouse for gardeners, superb alleyways for those who like walking, a forest for woodcutters and an omnipresent nature for those inclined towards contemplation.

2 490 000 €
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au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 880457

Land registry surface area 8 ha 86 a 52 ca
Main building surface area 800 m2
Outbuilding surface area 82 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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