character houses for sale barbizon in france

An astonishing property, with more than a hectare of land,
in the centre of Barbizon 45 minutes to the south of Paris
Barbizon, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77630 FR


The village of Barbizon, some 50 km away from the French capital with a slip road leading directly on to the A6 motorway, is known the world over for having formed the background in the painting “L'Angélus” (The Angelus) by Jean-François-Millet whose artist’s studio can still be visited today. Barbizon was a place of inspiration and work for many artists, poets and landscape painters who, at the end of the 19th century, used the local countryside or Fontainebleau forest for their plein-air painting. The famous “Barbizon School” was founded.
The main street, forming the backbone of the village, is lined with local shops, galleries, boutiques and several good restaurants where it is pleasant to eat.


This property stands in a private no-through road in the village. Its immediate surroundings are highly residential and very quiet.
It can be entered via one of two different gateways, one opening near to the caretaker’s cottage with the carpark, the other facing the residence, a large rectangular building enhanced by several terraces. A covered swimming pool is on the left-hand side and, just behind, two donkeys watch the comings and goings from their enclosure. A front garden is well laid out on the swimming pool side, whilst a more wooded section at the back, dotted with several rocks, is already part of Fontainebleau forest.

The residence

This large, rectangular, neo-Norman style building dates from the early 20th century. Typical of regional constructions at this time, its facade features dressed stone on the first level and half-timbering on the second. A central projection marks the main covered entrance. The rear, with two protruding ends linked via a large neo-gothic style glazed gallery running the full width of the ground floor, is U-shaped.
This residence, spanning approx. 800 m² of living space, was constructed and decorated using quality materials, such as herringbone pattern parquet flooring, marble stone floors, old floor tiles, sandblasted beams and panelling, marble and granite.

Ground floor
A vast entrance hall provides access, left, to a cloakroom and, right, to a toilet and a shower. Straight on, a double, majestic, completely carved, neo-gothic stairway goes upstairs. The long glazed gallery, which overlooks the garden and runs the width of the house, is accessed between the two flights of stairs. On the left-hand side are a first bedroom, a library, where an impressive stone fireplace takes pride of place, and a very large, predominantly glazed lounge, which overlooks the greenery and features ceiling beams and a fireplace. On the right-hand side are a linen room, a spacious study, adorned with an impressive sculpted stone, neo-gothic style fireplace, and lastly a fully fitted kitchen, with all domestic appliances, a first class cooking range and large black granite work surfaces. It includes a predominantly glazed eating area, opening on to the garden and a very comfortable terrace. It communicates with the outside, with a stairway going up to the first floor and with another that goes down to a vast cellar, housing, amongst other things, a boiler room and a wine cellar.
First floor
A long corridor provides access to four large bedrooms, with a marble shower room and toilet, a suite, with a dressing room and a bathroom with a shower and a toilet, a large room and a small glazed room, in use as an exercise room. A stairway goes up to the attic.

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker’s cottage stands at a distance from the main house and has its own garden. A small building nearby is used as a DIY workshop and a woodshed.

Ground floor
The garages once on this level have been converted into a large artist’s studio, with a kitchen area and a toilet.
First floor
This level comprises a flat consisting of three rooms, a bathroom, with a toilet, and a kitchen.

The swimming pool

The rectangular swimming pool is covered with an atrium which means that it can be used all year round and that it can be widely opened into the garden during clement weather. This area also includes a bar, a Jacuzzi, a hammam, a shower and a toilet. The basement houses a boiler room and the filtration system. The installation has all the latest cutting-edge technological features.

Our opinion

Never has the Anglo-Norman style been such an apt description. The half-timbering is indeed that of the French province. And the abundance of neo-gothic features, with monumental fireplaces, a large stairway and the design of the stained glass windows in the interior gallery, appear to come from straight across the Channel. To complete the picture, the village, in which this large property is lucky to be, has the same name as one of the most famous movements of 19th century French painting: the “Barbizon School”. On the outskirts of the immense Fontainebleau forest, the landscape is still as beautiful as it was at the time of Millet, Daubigny and Théodore-Rousseau. This recently fully restored residence appears to be more than worthy of such a heritage.

3 950 000 €
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Reference 645306

Land registry surface area 11729 m2
Main building surface area 806 m2
Outbuilding surface area 189 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

Gilles Baleria       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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