one of the most beautiful villages near to Fontainebleau
Set in the midst of Fontainebleau forest, 8 km from the royal town, Bourron-Marlotte can be reached from the French capital via the A6 motorway and a train station with regular 1-hour links from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon.
An entire colony of artists settled here in the 19th century, at the same time as in Barbizon. “The brush then rivalled the quill”, Sisley, Monet, Musset, Cézanne as well as Renoir who, when lacking funds, went to Barbizon on foot, and then to Marlotte. They stayed in “L’auberge de la mère Antoni” (Mother Anthony’s Tavern). Ever exuding all its charm, this village is crossed by numerous narrow streets, where it is still possible to glimpse an artist’s studio in each of the houses.
This building is constructed from sandstone and topped with a terracotta tile roof, featuring hanging roof dormers, some of which are arched. A clock characteristic of equestrian buildings is a reminder of its original vocation. A metal stairway has been added to the outside to provide independent access to the upstairs. These old stables were built on the site of the famous “Mother Anthony’s Tavern”, the cave of which is still in existence.
Courtesy of Henry-Murger, the modest tavern became a boarding house where a number of artists stayed.
It spans a floor surface area of approx. 350 m² over two levels and includes two cellars.
A large, arched, industrial workshop style, picture window opens into a spacious entrance hall with a floor paved with sandstone and old brick. (This area originally housed a stairway which could very easily be reinstalled.) It provides access to a toilet, a fully fitted, professional kitchen, a room spanning approx. 30 m² which overlooks the street and, on the other side, a very large room, spanning more than 60 m² and opening on to the garden. The latter has a 4 m high ceiling, featuring brick jack arches, and is enhanced with an impressive white stone fireplace. Two stone, vaulted cellars can be reached in the courtyard via stairways with sandstone steps. A wide picture window opens on to an area which is part of the building on the road side: a bedroom, a shower room with a toilet and a separate entrance hall with a wooden stairway leading to the upper floor.
This level, with slightly sloping ceilings, comprises four spacious bedrooms with shower rooms and toilets. (The English taps are of a very good quality.) A laundry room and a dressing room.
This history-filled village is very well-known amongst enthusiasts of art and history. “L’Auberge de la Mère Antoni” (Mother Anthony’s Tavern) was immortalised by Renoir who said of this painting: “Mother Anthony’s Tavern is one of my paintings that evokes a very pleasant memory as it reminds me of the excellent Mother Anthony and her tavern in Marlotte”.
It also has all of the architectural features of the old stables, from the paved floors to the jack-arched ceilings. Currently in use as a restaurant, the ideal site of this building is but an invitation to envisage other projects. It could, for instance, quite simply become a private home once again or be divided into a shop and accommodation or even a tavern as it once was.
|Land registry surface area||708 m2|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Gilles Baleria +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.