An 18th century chateau with listed facades and roofs, parklands, French formal gardens,
water-filled moats, a lake and a forest, spanning some 40 ha 40 km from Paris
Tournan-en-Brie, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77220 FR


This estate is strategically located 40 km from Paris and 50 km from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
It can be directly reached via the A4 motorway and the main N4 road.


A little background:

In 1782, this property known as “Terre des Boullets”, which was given noble status in the 16th century and was owned by the Ségur family under Louis XIV, belonged to Dame-Angélique-Labouré, widow of a gentleman of the royal hunting grounds and captain of the cavalry in Santo-Domingo. When she died, her nephew Claude-Bellanger, colonel of the Guard and highly ranking member of the King’s household, was named as her heir provided that he rebuilt the old residence which was starting to fall down.
Claude-Bellanger, born without wealth, was a brilliant adventurer as existed at this time. He was also a very good-looking man, said to be the most attractive of his regiment. He consequently became the protégé of the King’s favourite, Madame-du-Barry, for whom he offered to go to England to kidnap the author of a lampoon that insulted her. However, this lady’s man nearly died following an indiscretion as the author of the lampoon was expecting him and Bellanger almost met his ending through drowning in the river Thames. Having later become first officer of the King’s Guard and set to inherit his aunt’s wealth, he met Adelaide-Giambonne, daughter of a Genoese banker and a former “resident of the Parc-aux-Cerfs”, as Louis XV’s mistresses were modestly called. Bellanger married the beautiful Adelaide, but the latter, perhaps inspired by her mother’s example, soon fell for a noble aristocrat, Prince-de-Conti. After a divorce which was the talk of the town and several duels which opposed him against some of De-Conti’s friends, Bellanger withdrew to his property and rather than repair the old residence, decided to replace it with a brand new chateau, worthy of his current rank. After many adventures, the work was entrusted to Nicolas-Claude-Girardin. This renowned architect, third in the 1772 Prix-de-Rome in architecture, ran the agency of Etienne-Louis-Boullée, one of the century’s greatest architects, whom he had succeeded. Girardin was responsible for such buildings as the Elysée Palace greenhouses, Saint-Nicolas-du-Roule Chapel and Beaujon hospital. His style was marked by the simplicity of the plans and the room layout as well as his taste for bare surface areas and straight edges which gave his creations a powerful, austere character, much admired by his contemporaries.


The estate, spanning a total surface area of 40 ha, comprises:
- a chateau and its outbuildings,
- French formal gardens, extending on either side of the building, the moats of which are filled with water and the surroundings largely unobstructed. The main, wooded alleyway leads to a main courtyard between parterres featuring lawn, boxwood and other decoratively-trimmed trees. Behind the building, a double row of lime trees provides an outstanding view over the forest estate. Rectangular parterres featuring water are also bordered by lime trees.
- Wooded parklands, spanning approx. 30 ha and enclosed by 2 m high fencing, feature sumptuous forest alleyways and are planted with deciduous trees including oak, ash and beech trees.
- A listed lake, spanning approx. 10 ha, features banks lined with flat stone taken from the old chateau.
- An old, walled vegetable garden spans a surface area of approx. 2 ha.

The chateau

Completed by Nicolas-Claude-Girardin in 1785, this chateau is certainly one of the most brilliant architectural successes from the end of Louis XVI’s reign. Its moats, still filled with water, curve around the contours of the facade facing the parklands.
The building displays a simple, plain construction plan spanning three levels above the cellars that extend under part of the chateau. The contour and profile of the four facades features an uninterrupted series of forty-two colossal pilasters, encircling the entire building such that the bays they flank are perfectly identical.
Upstairs, a rectangular casement window crowns each of the arched bays on the ground floor, the proportions of which are more streamlined. In the centre of both facades, a slight protrusion unites five bays to form a projection. The entablature is topped by a balustrade, enhanced with fire pots on the projections and cherubs on the corners.

Ground floor
A total floor surface area of 580 m².
Ceilings 4.8 m high.
A wide vestibule, featuring floor tiles with inlaid decoration, provides access to the main lounge with its Versailles pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. A Louis XVI style, marble fireplace accompanies eight painted trumeaux that alternate with eight sets of double doors. Four of them are topped with admirable stucco putti, three French windows open into the parklands and the indoor shutters are made of oak wood.
On the left-hand side of the vestibule is an old hunting room transformed into a reading room, a room featuring floor tiles with inlaid decoration that is heated via a brick fireplace.
This room precedes a fairly dilapidated kitchen with cream and brown floor tiles as well as a back kitchen with a stone floor. A hall area, set at right angles with a back stairway, provides access to a laundry room, a pantry and a corner, tiled sewing room. These are followed by the dining room, featuring floor tiles with inlaid decoration. It has three French windows that open on to the parklands and six others that open into the corner lounge, the main lounge, the kitchen and the reading room. The painting of the imitation marble walls is outstanding.
On the right-hand side of the vestibule is a room featuring floor tiles with inlaid decoration and containing the main stairway, the magnificent 18th century, grey and gold wrought iron railings of which feature a gilt knob.
Straight on, following on from the main lounge with its Versailles pattern parquet flooring, is a small lounge with strip pattern parquet flooring a marble fireplace and a sculpted ceiling. The walls are covered with oak wood wainscoting, painted grey and gold around the edge, which alternates with tapestries. Two windows with oak wood, indoor shutters look out over the parklands.
The right-hand section of the chateau, to the right of the main stairway, comprises “small winter apartments”. An entrance hall, with a solid pinewood stairway going down to the mezzanine floor, precedes two elegant rooms in use as a lounge and a dining room as well as a small kitchen. All are tiled.
A bedroom with Versailles pattern parquet flooring, enhanced with painted panelling, is extended by a second bedroom with strip pattern parquet flooring, a room with a window overlooking the parklands and a fireplace where an alcove has been installed between the panelling. There is an adjoining bathroom.

Mezzanine floor
A total floor surface area of 131 m².
Ceilings 2.1 m high.
The mezzanine floor comprises three bedrooms and a bathroom which form part of the “small winter apartments”.

First floor
The main stairway leads up to the large, first floor landing which provides access to two corridors. All these areas feature black and white floor tiles.
A succession of rooms begins at the end of the left-hand corridor. First of all, bedroom no. 1 with a separate toilet and bathroom facilities; then bedroom no. 2 with its two windows overlooking the parklands, its dressing room and its separate toilet; bathroom no. 1; and finally, an extremely beautiful lounge-library (or master bedroom), with strip pattern parquet flooring, illuminated via three windows overlooking the parklands and featuring a marble fireplace as well as a dressing room. These are followed by bedroom no. 3 which faces the main stairway. This room has strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, a toilet, a dressing room and a separate toilet. And lastly, a shower room and a toilet precede bedroom no. 4 which is at the end of the right-hand corridor.
Straight on, on the right-hand side, are bedroom no. 5 with strip pattern parquet flooring, a linen room, a pantry and a utility room, followed by the main stairway. On the left-hand side is bedroom no. 6 which has parquet flooring and shares a bathroom adjoining bedroom no. 7 which also has parquet flooring, a dressing room and a separate toilet. Bedrooms no. 8 and 9, with parquet flooring, immediately precede the back stairway.

This floor area, covered with old terracotta floor tiles, can be reached via two back stairways set, one at each end. Awaiting full renovation works, it comprises numerous small rooms that were once used as staff bedrooms.

The outbuildings

The rooms in these two buildings, old caretakers’ cottages used as storage areas, await full renovation works.

Our opinion

The origins and history of the chateau as well as its residents could provide inspiration for many a film director, who would find a decor here that has remained intact for more than two centuries. In its own way, the long white parallelepipede evokes Versailles’ Grand-Trianon to such an extent that the property could easily be taken for a royal residence. Constructed in six months in keeping with an outstandingly coherent and successful architectural vision, this leisure chateau exudes an unusual character as its neo-classical perfection is magnificently combined with its interior mannered style and with the splendour of its parklands. Even its surroundings and its setting, in the immediate vicinity of the French capital, make it an unusual residence. Reinforced by its status as a French Historic Monument, this pure expression of a flamboyant past can but promise a radiant future.

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5 900 000 €
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Reference 491546

Land registry surface area 40 ha
Main building surface area 1260 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2

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Seine & Marne

Corinne Angeli       +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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