A very rare, 27-ha property, between the meanders of the river Seine
and the national forest, just a few minutes from Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

More than 2 km of a loop of the river Seine borders this chateau which is near to a village just a few minutes from Fontainebleau, Paris’ 21st arrondissement. This property is on the outskirts of a village renowned for its golden Chasselas grapes and its walls of vines, extending over more than 300 km. With its wealth of artistic history, the region that has inspired a large number of impressionist painters now attracts a large number of tourists.
Paris is some 60 km away via the A6 motorway and just 45 minutes away by train.

Description

This chateau, in a dominant position between river and forest, can be reached either directly from the village via a long private driveway, running alongside the river Seine, or via the heights of the property from the national forest by passing through impressive wrought iron gates and following a private road through the woods for about 1.5 km. The latter provides an extremely majestic way of approaching the chateau. On the wooded heights, the vestiges of a gatehouse could easily resume their original function. On the lower land, the chateau is laid out in a U-shape, its main facade looking out over the river. A garden, enhanced with aviaries, designed by Emilio-Terry is at the bottom of Penthièvre’s flight of stone steps which goes up into the forest. On the east side, a rectangular paved courtyard is enclosed by various outbuildings and leads to an old, walled orchard-vegetable garden, enhanced on one side by greenhouses backing on to the building housing the horse loose boxes. On the west side, a small pavilion, standing in line with the other buildings, can be glimpsed at the end of a large meadow on the edge of the forest. Opposite, an islet is part of the property.

The chateau

The origin of this chateau dates back to the 16th century. It was constructed on behalf of Henry IV’s doctor, Roch-Le-Baillif, and was then redesigned over the centuries by its illustrious owners, such as the Count of Toulouse, godfather to Louis XV, who stayed here on several occasions, the Duke of Penthièvre or General Ségur. A slate roof, featuring numerous triangular pediment roof dormers, resting on a modillion cornice, covers the U-shaped building. The white-rendered facades are symmetrically aligned with numerous openings, flanked by slatted shutters. The facade facing the river is marked in the central section of the ground floor by a glazed projection, topped with a balcony supported by columns. The building spans a total of approx. 900 m² over three levels, built above cellars. The rear facade features two protruding pavilions, flanking a glazed gallery.


Ground floor
The entrance door opens into a large vestibule which provides access on either side, in both pavilions, to a first stairway that goes upstairs and to a second, leading down to the cellars. One of the pavilions houses the pantry, where original features such as zinc sinks have been preserved, and a large kitchen which opens on to the outbuilding courtyard. The other pavilion, however, comprises a bedroom, with its shower room as well as a toilet. Opposite, double doors open into a predominantly glazed dining room, looking out over the river Seine. The floor is laid with herringbone pattern, parquet flooring. The walls are lined with panels of wallpaper depicting hunting scenes. On one side is the main lounge, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 67 m², with its herringbone pattern parquet flooring and its French ceiling. The wall panelling is painted the “king’s white”, a grey hue that was very fashionable in the 18th century. Numerous openings provide views over the water. On the other side, a little lounge precedes a large bedroom, with a bathroom, a toilet and a dressing room. Each room is enhanced with a marble fireplace. Ceilings are approx. 3.60 m high.
First floor
In the central section: two bedrooms, each with its own toilet; a third bedroom. On one side, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet; on the other, three bedrooms and two bathrooms with toilets. They are all very spacious. All the floors are laid with parquet flooring, some in a Versailles pattern, and all have elegant marble fireplaces. Most of the bedrooms overlook the river.
Second floor
This level comprises some 15 rooms of varying sizes, all with sloping ceilings. Some still have fireplaces.

The gatehouse

This gatehouse, standing at the entrance to the outbuildings, spans a floor surface area of approx. 80 m². The ground floor comprises a lounge, a dining room and a kitchen. On the first floor are three bedrooms and a shower room with a toilet. There is an additional room under the rafters.

The outbuildings

The first building, set at right angles, has numerous small-paned openings, all with brick surrounds, on the ground floor. Its slate roof, featuring hanging roof dormers, awaits restoration. It is converted into several workshops as well as a 2-roomed flat with a shower and a toilet, an old slaughter house, cattle stalls, a stable and a cellar. (Surface area of approx. 350 m²). Opposite, an impressive, ivy-covered house cannot currently be accessed. It spans three levels, above cellars, with a ground surface area of approx. 140 m². It is followed by a long building, spanning approx. 200 m². Backed on to by the old greenhouses, it housed horse loose boxes and a barn. A small barn. A spring-fed well. On the other side of the chateau, at the end of the meadow, a pavilion.

The garden

This pleasant garden has been laid out around “Penthièvre’s steps”. Aviaries are home to white doves. Flower beds and an old tunnel rose garden which is now a very romantic wisteria-covered walk. An unused swimming pool.

The wooded section

This wooded section, spanning approx. 22 ha, takes up the largest surface area of the property. It is planted with beech, chestnut, lime, ash and maple trees. A simple management plan is in force. This section also includes lime kilns and an ice-house. An islet on the river Seine (approx. 0.80 ha) completes the property.

Our opinion

A chateau is always unique and this one is no different given its amazing location. It is no doubt unparalleled in the Ile-de-France region. Coming across it on the water’s edge, at the end of a long, wooded driveway, is an impressive sight. This elegant building stands there, looking down on to the banks of the river Seine like a ship. The classical layout of its rooms provides views throughout of the meandering river or the wooded hillside. Its proximity to the royal town and to the French capital is particularly appealing. The surface area of the outbuildings gives free rein to the imagination as regards large-scale projects. Stéphane-Mallarmé, who lived not far away wrote of his great love of the river and its ability to heal: “J'oubliais mes fugues aussitôt que pris de trop de fatigue d'esprit, sur les bords de Seine et de la forêt de Fontainebleau, en un lieu, le même depuis des années : là, je m'apparais tout différent... j'honore la rivière.”

Exclusive sale

3 690 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 785804

Land registry surface area 27 ha 79 a 42 ca
Main building surface area 900 m2
Outbuilding surface area 770 m2
Number of bedrooms 10

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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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