An 18th century mansion house in its parklands
in the middle of Fontainebleau

Location

61 km to the south-east of Paris, in what is often referred to as “Paris’ 21st arrondissement”, just a stone’s throw from Fontainebleau Castle and near to all shops. Paris can be reached in 50 minutes via the A6 motorway and in just 30 minutes via the SNCF train station. Fontainebleau Forest, spanning a surface area of more than 20,000 ha, has formed vast royal hunting grounds since the Middle-Ages, a holiday destination since the 19th century and has long inspired numerous artists from all over the world.
The international INSEAD, “The Business School for the World”, considered to be one of the world’s best business schools, attracts an international public to Fontainebleau.

Description

This residence, built in 1748, was commissioned by Charles-François-de-Montmorency-Luxembourg (1713-1787), Prince of Tingry, Duke of Beaumont and Lieutenant-General of Louis XV’s armies. It was initially built as a hunting lodge to enable the Prince to join the royal hunts in Fontainebleau Forest, a favourite pastime of Louis XV. The painting entitled “Un déjeuner de chasse” (A Hunting Meal), painted by Jean-François-de-Troy in 1737 for the main dining room in Louis XV’s apartments in Fontainebleau Castle, currently exhibited in the Louvre Museum, is a perfect illustration.
The residence stands behind an impressive porch way, opening into a vast paved courtyard. Its refined facade, forming a natural extension of the courtyard, is topped with a roof covered with flat terracotta tiles. On either side of the entrance, two matching pavilions, topped with pediments, face one another. Behind is a vast walled garden, followed by the neighbouring gardens. The orangery, at the end of the parklands, adjoins a high dividing wall.

The residence

This residence, with its classical architecture, is a prime example of that of the mid-18th century, which is notably refelcted in the architecture of the “Hôtel de Panette” in Bourges, built just a few years later. It spans three levels partly over cellars. A straight flight of white stone steps, adorned with two Medici vases, on the courtyard side, provides access to the porch way, followed by a glazed door with Empire-style, small diagonal framed panes (similar to those of Salan Castle), flanked by two lanterns. Another door provides direct access to the kitchen.


Ground floor
The floor in the vestibule is covered with white octagonal tiles with black inlaid decoration. Its walls are decorated with paintings representing landscapes of the Italian countryside painted by Pascal-Amblar who was also responsible for decorating the lounge in Dordogne’s Treyne Castle. On the right-hand side of the entrance, a door opens into a small study. Straight on, double wooden doors open into the large lounge with herringbone parquet flooring. The ceiling is decorated with a cornice. Views of the garden can be seen through the tall windows following one after another. The frieze, running along the wall with the white marble fireplace, also painted by Pascal-Amblard, is cited in the book “Demeures peintes” (published by Vial). On the right-hand side, the large lounge provides access to a small lounge as well as a study and a vast room in use as a vestibule with terracotta floor tiles and a separate toilet. On the left-hand side, the 18th century style dining room also has octagonal tiles with inlaid decoration. The walls and the sides of an alcove are adorned with trompe l’œil representing trelliswork, similar to that of Versailles’ Enceladus Grove. A door opens into the fully renovated kitchen, decorated with the traditional blue and white ceramic tiles, which leads to a back kitchen featuring large wooden cupboards and old terracotta floor tiles. A glazed door opens into the garden. The kitchen is connected to the entrance hall via a corridor. The entire ground floor has undergone good quality restoration works but still has some interesting period features such as marble fireplaces, parquet flooring, panelling and rosettes.
First floor
This level is reached via the main wooden stairway with Empire-style wrought iron railings as well as via the original back stairway, featuring terracotta tiles and wooden nosing, decorated with wrought iron railings. A through corridor provides access to five bedrooms, each with its own marble fireplace, to the main bedroom with its dressing room, two shower rooms, a linen room as well as a separate toilet. All the bedrooms have strip pattern parquet flooring. Those looking out over the garden have a superb view.
Second floor
This floor is reached via the back stairway. A through corridor provides access to miscellaneous rooms in use as attic space and to the old maids’ rooms that have great conversion potential.
Cellar
Reached via a stone stairway, the miscellaneous vaulted cellars, one of which houses the boiler room, extend under part of the residence. An original low door also provides direct access to the main courtyard.
Outbuilding
The outbuildings comprise two pavilions, with pediments featuring walled up bull’s eye windows, facing one another at the entrance to the residence. Spanning two levels, they are currently used for storage purposes but have great conversion potential.
Orangery
Built of stone and brick, the orangery is topped with a brick cornice. Its roof has fallen in and the building is in need of full renovation works. Adjoining the garden wall, an open gallery featuring unobstructed openings simulating windows appears to be an extension. It resembles the orangery of Villebon Castle in the French department of Eure-et-Loir.
The garden
Completely walled, the garden is planted with plane trees over one hundred years old and other superb species such as cedar of Lebanon and lime trees. It is also adorned with parterres featuring boxwood, peony and rose bushes. When visitors catch their first glimpse from the main courtyard, its resemblance to parklands transforms the mansion house into a family home in the country. The slightly sloping land widens at the end of the garden which enhances the view and the feeling of space. Similar to a theatrical backdrop, the end of this view takes in a water reserve, the entrance to which is delimited by the roots of a cedar tree.

Our opinion

The garden, with its parkland air, appears much bigger than it really is courtesy of its shape which cleverly enhances the impression of surface area. Hence, this feeling of living in a little bit of countryside in the very centre of a town. And yet, this elegant mansion house is no trompe-l'oeil. Its prestigious pedigree and distinguished stature makes it one of the most outstanding residences in an aristocratic old town with many such buildings.
Its equivalent in the French capital would cost seven or eight times more and would not have such a large garden.

1 500 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur simple : 1 500 Euros TTC*
Avis de valeur argumenté à partir de 2 500 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 3000 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des avis de valeurs argumentés et des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établis respectivement sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de :
Avis de valeur argumenté : 60 Euros TTC*
Expertise : 80 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 751841

Land registry surface area 3141 m2
Main building surface area 675 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 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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