mansion houses for sale fontainebleau in france

A listed, 18th century mansion house and its outbuildings
in the centre of the royal, imperial town of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

Less than an hour from Paris via the A6 motorway and 40 minutes by train (Gare-de-Lyon).
The imperial town of Fontainebleau and its palace are set in the midst of a very large forest estate, once the favourite hunting grounds of many French kings. The town is very well known to tourists courtesy of its palace and its gardens, the artist’s workshop-studios or “artists’ houses”, which are to be found in the local surroundings, as well as its many international equestrian events which take place at the “Grand Parquet”. It also has an Italian-style theatre, numerous restaurants, several large weekly markets and many shops.
This region and its famous rocks are much-appreciated by hikers and rock-climbing enthusiasts.

Description

This property stands in the town, near to the palace, on a completely walled plot of land, spanning approx. 5,763 m².
An impressive gateway and a pedestrian gate mark the entrance, flanked, on one side, by a building in use as stables, where a flat has been laid out upstairs, followed by a tack room and a greenhouse. On the other side stand a gatehouse and garages. A dovecote and a woodshed complete this property’s outbuildings. The elegant mansion house can be seen set back from the street. It is preceded by a main courtyard, the centre of which is laid out as a French formal garden, composed of decoratively trimmed boxwood and yew.
The opposite facade to that facing the courtyard looks out over a large garden with, at a distance, a swimming pool and a gazebo.

The mansion house

This listed mansion house dates from the first half of the 18th century.
At this time, it was chosen to house the offices of the king’s administrators.
The central, rectangular building, topped with a slate roof and featuring roof dormers with triangular pediments, is flanked by two turrets, one octagonal and the other rectangular. The beige rendered facades are regularly aligned with wide openings, enhanced with raised framing decorated with foliated scrolls,.
The house spans a total of approx. 500 m² of living space over three levels.


Ground floor
A few steps lead to the porch providing entrance to the residence. It opens into a luminous vestibule leading, on one side, to a vast lounge, with a central, Louis XV style white stone fireplace, flanked by two sets of double doors. The oak wood parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern; the walls are enhanced with fabric or painted panelling. It is followed by an independent flat which is currently laid out as a study, lined with glossy panelling; a curiosity cabinet takes up the octagonal tower; a bedroom, a small kitchen, a shower room and a toilet as well as a door leading to the garden. On the other side of the vestibule is a dining room, the panelled walls of which are adorned with very good quality paintings, representing Boucher-style pastoral or bucolic landscape scenes. The parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. One impressive stairway goes upstairs; another goes down to a cellar which houses a boiler room, a wine cellar and the filtration system for the swimming pool. They precede a laundry room, a toilet, and a large fully fitted kitchen.
First floor
This level comprises a suite, made up of a lounge, with a fireplace, a little bedroom, with an alcove, a bathroom, a toilet, a bedroom, a room in the square tower used as a workshop and a dressing room. A concealed stairway leads to an attic. On the other side of the landing is a bedroom, with a marble fireplace. Its parquet flooring, laid in a Versailles pattern, is particularly outstanding. It precedes a large lounge-library, with a fireplace, and a toilet. Another suite comprises a dressing room, a bedroom, with a Louis XV style stone fireplace, enhanced with a trumeau, a small lounge, laid out in the octagonal tower, and a bathroom with a shower. A stairway goes up to the second floor.
Second floor
This level has sloping ceilings and houses a games room where the impressive roofing framework is exposed. It also includes a toilet, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The stables

The stables comprise four horse loose boxes. A flat, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 58 m², has been laid out upstairs. It comprises a living room, a fitted kitchen, a bedroom, a shower room, a toilet and a mezzanine.

The caretaker's cottage

This cottage stands at the entrance to the property. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 90 m², it comprises a kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. The building is extended by two garages.

The swimming pool

A swimming pool, measuring approx. 11x5 m, has been installed at the end of the garden. Next to it, a gazebo is topped with a zinc roof and decorated with bevelled wooden motifs. It is illuminated via large, stained glass windows.

The garden

On a plot spanning approx. 5,763 m², the entrance protected by tall chestnut trees shelters a garden, well-structured with decoratively trimmed shrubs and boxwood bushes, dotted with sandstone statues. A large stretch of lawn, bordered by flower beds featuring a wide variety of plants, leads to the swimming pool at the end.

Our opinion

This is a perfect example of 18th century architecture.
The site is ideal, just a stone’s throw from the palace. Once through the heavy open gateway, visitors are captivated by the stateliness of the premises. The main courtyard is a little gem of topiary art and acts as a beautiful setting for the elegant building.
The through rooms, with their high ceilings and wide windows, let in copious amounts of light. Decorative features and original materials have been perfectly preserved and enhanced by the successive owners. A lift could easily be installed in a rectangular tower so as to make getting upstairs easier.
A family or a company seeking somewhere to live or entertain could take up prestigious residence here.

3 600 000 €
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Reference 280859

Land registry surface area 5763 m2
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 240 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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