a stately, 17th century mansion house and its outbuilding
Nestling on the Versailles’ plain, adjoining Saint-Cyr-l'École, Noisy-Le-Roi and Bailly, Fontenay-le-Fleury was long a military fiefdom. A strategic point for centuries, the area was home to several strongholds, transformed during the medieval era into impressive manor houses, surrounded by their farmland. All were purchased by Louis XIV in the 17th century, with one exception, this stately mansion. This property is 7 km from Versailles, some 20 km from Paris via the A12 and A13 motorways, and near to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. It is but a 5-minute walk from the nearest train station, the line N of which provides 30-minute links to Montparnasse. Several schools are nearby as well as three prestigious golf courses, including “Le Golf National”.
The manor house
A sober, majestic driveway, inside the perimeter wall and its gates, leads, on one hand, to the manor house and its vast courtyard and, on the other, to the outbuilding and a carport, concealed out of sight. Another pathway leads from there all around the parklands which abound in trees over a hundred years old, lawns and decoratively shaped rhododendron bushes. One of the property’s two wells, with its stone coping and pulley, stands in the courtyard. It is but the first of numerous features bearing witness to the estate’s history. The heavy entrance door gives access to a series of vast reception rooms, where clarity and harmony rule.
The entrance hall of the main building stands out courtesy of its impressive stone fireplace, whilst a French window lets in copious amounts of sunlight. Said entrance hall provides access to a dining room, also featuring a fireplace, a kitchen, with its eating area, and a cloakroom as well as a long corridor leading to the reception rooms. A wide stairway goes upstairs. The floors, covered with Burgundy stone tiles inlaid with black decoration, exude a classical air throughout. This atmosphere is reinforced by exposed beams, small-paned, double windows with their indoor shutters and espagnolette bolts, typical of the 17th century. Period ironwork embellishes every door. The corridor, with its many openings reminiscent of a gallery, leads into a vast lounge. Once again, a fireplace enhances the room. Three French windows provide access out into the parklands and two windows overlook the courtyard. A wonderful interior door leads to a summer lounge, elegantly known as the orangery, as well as to a workshop and cellars.
The stairway goes up to a landing which leads, initially, to a richly decorated library with Versailles pattern parquet flooring. A wide corridor then leads to two bedrooms, one of which features exposed beams and parquet flooring. This flooring, taken up during the reign of Louis-Philippe, came from Versailles Palace. Further on, a flight of steps goes to a vast study overlooking the parklands, with a fireplace, flanked on either side by bookshelf units. This level is completed by a large bathroom, enhanced with a window, and a bedroom, with a wardrobe and built-in cupboards.
The second floor is divided into two sections. On one side are four bedrooms, a bathroom and attic space. On the other, a vast attic features a magnificent exposed roofing framework and 17th century terracotta floor tiles.
The grounds alone consist of a journey through the world’s forests, with sequoia, Lebanon, blue atlas and Arizona cedar, yew, hornbeam, beech, plane, chestnut, American oak, lime, birch as well as other walnut trees. These trees, over a hundred years old, have grown to impressive sizes and further enhance the splendour of the residence, just like the colourful flower bed with its pink rhododendrons in the middle of the lawn.
This 80 m² outbuilding stands over a vaulted cellar. It is the property’s oldest building and was, no doubt, an old farmhouse with a well.
This is a carport for three vehicles.
Numerous illustrious personalities have lived in this manor house, including Gilles-Juigné, advisor to Louis XIV, Alphonse-d'Hautpoul, Minister under Louis-Napoleon-Bonaparte and Félix-Barthe, Minister of Justice. The origins of the estate date back to 1331. As of the 17th century, the property was home to several architects, including Ange-Jacques-Gabriel, responsible for Place-de-la-Concorde, the French Military School and the Petit-Trianon. This explains no doubt why the residence has always been so meticulously extended and renovated without excessive embellishment. Everything has been done to preserve the period features and to protect them from the ravages of time. These premises will offer life in a chateau in the centre of town to its owners who, in return, will have to take care of this gem.
|Number of rooms||14|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Possible number of bedrooms||9|
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 57 a 37 ca|
|Reception area||135 m2|
|Living space||530 m2|
Nathalie Dubreuil +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.