character houses for sale barbizon in france

A spacious property, with a covered swimming pool,
a tennis court and a caretaker’s cottage, in the centre of Barbizon
Barbizon, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77630 FR


The French capital which is but some 50 km away can be easily and directly reached via the A6 motorway.
On the edge of Fontainebleau Forest, 10 minutes from the town, Barbizon is renowned worldwide for having attracted and sheltered numerous painters as of the 19th century. It notably became home to landscape artists, who were pioneers of the impressionist movement. They found an inexpensive inn, Auberge-Ganne, where they were free to work, laugh, sing and discuss things with one another. The famous “Barbizon School” was founded. Jean-François-Millet’s studio and the rocks painted by Camille-Corot are both good excuses for taking a walk.
The main street, lined with elegant residences, has some very good restaurants and galleries as well as local shops all within walking distance.


This property is in the midst of the village. It is accessed via gates that open on to a first area, containing a caretaker’s cottage. A covered porch way marks the entrance to a second area, from where a long driveway, crossing the garden, leads to the house. Prior to the latter, a little lake is spanned by a bridge. A little further on is a tennis court. The residence is flanked by a large garage and a covered swimming pool, all forming a continuous building.

The residence

This recent residence spans approx. 865 m² of living space over three levels. The facades, featuring numerous, predominantly drop-arch windows and French windows, are constructed from exposed stone or covered with beige rendering, all under a local tile roof. An impressive front door is flanked by the two wings, both enhanced by a projection with paved flooring, the roof of which is supported on columns. The building ends, on the left-hand side, with a square turret, a large garage forming the right-hand end.
The section housing the swimming pool extends at right angles behind the house. Widely open on to the parklands via large picture windows, it features a flat roof, surrounded by stone balusters and supported by columns.

Ground floor
A vast entrance hall, where pride of place is given to an impressive stairway, enhanced with wrought iron railings created by a skilled craftsman, provides access to a billiards’ room and a toilet. The right-hand section comprises a dining room and its pantry, a large, fully fitted kitchen which opens on to the garden via several French windows, a laundry room, a storeroom, a toilet, a back stairway, leading to a vaulted stone wine cellar and upstairs, as well as a door which provides access to a large, 4-car garage. The left-hand section begins with a first lounge, with a view over the swimming pool courtesy of a French window. It precedes a second lounge, spanning approx. 75 m. Adorned with a stone fireplace, it communicates with a study laid out in the square tower.
First floor
A large landing provides access to a fitted study and marks the separation between, on one side, an area housing a particularly comfortable suite, spanning approx. 80 m², with a bedroom opening into a bathroom, with a shower, a dressing room and a toilet, and, on the other side, a long corridor, with cupboards and a toilet, which leads to five bedrooms, each with a dressing room, a bath or shower room and a toilet.
Second floor
This level, with its slightly sloping ceilings, is divided into four very large rooms, laid out as an exercise room, a television room and a games room.

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker’s cottage stands at the entrance to the property, at a good distance from the main residence. It spans approx. 90 m² of living space and comprises a lounge, a kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet and two bedrooms. It has its own garage and a private garden.

The swimming pool

This section is an extension of the main building. It is reached via the first lounge and also includes a Jacuzzi. During clement weather, all the sliding pocket windows disappear completely into the walls, opening the area totally on to the garden.

The tennis court

Although the tennis court is near to the house, it is out of sight of onlookers.

Our opinion

The architect who constructed this vast residence a few years ago was not adverse to the charm of local materials such as exposed stone or terracotta tiles or decorative features such as drop-arch windows, the square tower, the design of the wrought iron railings or the vaulted cellar which resembles a vestige of the past. The vast living area has been well-thought out to optimise light penetration and to make it easy to move around the inside and the large garden. Everything is to hand: a billiards’ room, a swimming pool, an exercise room and a tennis court. Several lounges and various studies lend themselves to all reception and work configurations. Comfort and well-being have found their own style here.

1 700 000 €
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Reference 539035

Land registry surface area 7932 m2
Main building surface area 1102 m2
Outbuilding surface area 90 m2

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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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