A medieval fortress transformed into a fairy tale castle
in Essonne, less than an hour from Paris
Bouville, Essonne Île-de-France FR

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

Our family has lived in the region for three generations, so the location was appealing to us. It is both isolated from the rest of the world and close to all conveniences. The castle of Farcheville is a pure medieval jewel on the outskirts of Paris. The beauty of the place, the history of this historic monument and its roots in the Middle Ages were the three predominant criteria.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

A high quality of service in a 13th century castle listed as a Historic Monument, combining history and modernity. An extraordinary setting, twenty two prestigious rooms, a spa with a steam room and five treatment and fitness rooms. A ten hectare French-style garden and two hundred hectares of forest including a hunting ground and a panoramic lookout. A large number of diverse activities and workshops for seminar attendees seeking privacy in an exceptional setting. An outstanding chef or event coordinator for private events and receptions.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

The castle of Farcheville is a feudal fortress that was built in 1291 at the time of Philip the Fair. It a large rectangular enclosure with corner towers. The enclosure is surrounded by large moats and topped with a crenellated walkway. Inside a beautiful barn, a chapel and a 13th century building (rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries) are on the south side. All of the other buildings date back to the 17th century. Two large-scale restoration campaigns were carried out in the 20th century, the last of which, in the nineties, lasted for fourteen years.

Places you would personally recommend

The village of Barbizon and its painters. In Milly-la-Forêt, The National Conservatory of Perfume, Medicinal, Aromatic and Industrial Plants in Milly-la-Forêt invites visitors to discover the fabulous world of plants. "Le Bouche à oreille" is a Michelin-starred restaurant in the area. Salis airfield offers areal baptisms.

What is its history ?

Marguerite de Provence, first lady of France and wife of King Louis IX, gave the lands of Villiers en Beauce (county) to the Bouville family. Hugues II de Bouville, chamberlain of Philip the Fair, then built this "lowland fortress" to reflect his personal style. Hugues II de Bouville was the Bouville family's key figure, a whole dynasty of chamberlains, powerful figures and advisers of the kings of France. He took care of important business for the kingdom. To reflect this power, Hugues II of Bouville constructed "a notable castle that showed itself for what it was". By order of the pope, the consecration of the chapel was celebrated in March 1304 by Étienne, Archbishop of Sens to mark the completion of the construction work. Hugues II de Bouville did not have the chance to enjoy it, he died during the last war of Flanders on 18 August 1304. He is buried in the chateau's chapel.

Our opinion

The tree-lined drive that leads to the entrance of the castle does not prepare you for the spectacle that awaits. "Considérable", as announced by an inscription still visible on its 17th century door, this fortress emerges like a mirage. The entirety of the Middle Ages suddenly stand before your eyes. The walls, which are reminiscent of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, exude such power and authority that you can almost hear the wars of religion raging in the distance. But the biggest surprise is yet to come. A complete reversal of sensations takes place when one steps inside. "Here, all is order and beauty, luxury, peace, and pleasure" (Baudelaire, L'Invitation au Voyage). The splendour remains, now fulfilling the wildest of dreams, a new invitation to the voyage even Baudelaire could not have imagined.


Contact us

Réf 766168

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

200 14

Sleeping capacity

22 | 22 | 22

The castle is ideal for day and residential seminars. The many rooms can accommodate a total of two hundred people. The castle has a spa located in the former orangery of the castle, there are five treatment rooms, a steam room and a 25-metre pool. A 1930s-style bar, a theatre with a large-screen cinema and stereo, a tennis court and petanque are also available. Many "team building" workshops can be arranged and food is prepared on site by a high-end chef.

Facilities and amenities
  • catering service
  • podium
  • swimming pool 25m
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • safe
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Carpark
  • spa bath
  • DVD player
  • Animals welcome

Languages spoken



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