Castle Fontainebleau (77)
A very rare, 27-ha property, between the meanders of the river Seine and the national forest, just a few minutes from Fontainebleau.
More than 2 km of a loop of the river Seine borders this chateau which is near to a village just a few minutes from Fontainebleau, Paris’ 21st arrondissement. This property is on the outskirts of a village renowned for its golden Chasselas grapes and its walls of vines, extending over more than 300 km. With its wealth of artistic history, the region that has inspired a large number of impressionist painters now attracts a large number of tourists.
Paris is some 60 km away via the A6 motorway and just 45 minutes away by train.
This chateau, in a dominant position between river and forest, can be reached either directly from the village via a long private driveway, running alongside the river Seine, or via the heights of the property from the national forest by passing through impressive wrought iron gates and following a private road through the woods for about 1.5 km. The latter provides an extremely majestic way of approaching the chateau. On the wooded heights, the vestiges of a gatehouse could easily resume their original function. On the lower land, the chateau is laid out in a U-shape, its main facade looking out over the river. A garden, enhanced with aviaries, designed by Emilio-Terry is at the bottom of Penthièvre’s flight of stone steps which goes up into the forest. On the east side, a rectangular paved courtyard is enclosed by various outbuildings and leads to an old, walled orchard-vegetable garden, enhanced on one side by greenhouses backing on to the building housing the horse loose boxes. On the west side, a small pavilion, standing in line with the other buildings, can be glimpsed at the end of a large meadow on the edge of the forest. Opposite, an islet is part of the property.
The chateauThe origin of this chateau dates back to the 16th century. It was constructed on behalf of Henry IV’s doctor, Roch-Le-Baillif, and was then redesigned over the centuries by its illustrious owners, such as the Count of Toulouse, godfather to Louis XV, who stayed here on several occasions, the Duke of Penthièvre or General Ségur. A slate roof, featuring numerous triangular pediment roof dormers, resting on a modillion cornice, covers the U-shaped building. The white-rendered facades are symmetrically aligned with numerous openings, flanked by slatted shutters. The facade facing the river is marked in the central section of the ground floor by a glazed projection, topped with a balcony supported by columns. The building spans a total of approx. 900 m² over three levels, built above cellars. The rear facade features two protruding pavilions, flanking a glazed gallery.
The entrance door opens into a large vestibule which provides access on either side, in both pavilions, to a first stairway that goes upstairs and to a second, leading down to the cellars. One of the pavilions houses the pantry, where original features such as zinc sinks have been preserved, and a large kitchen which opens on to the outbuilding courtyard. The other pavilion, however, comprises a bedroom, with its shower room as well as a toilet. Opposite, double doors open into a predominantly glazed dining room, looking out over the river Seine. The floor is laid with herringbone pattern, parquet flooring. The walls are lined with panels of wallpaper depicting hunting scenes. On one side is the main lounge, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 67 m², with its herringbone pattern parquet flooring and its French ceiling. The wall panelling is painted the “king’s white”, a grey hue that was very fashionable in the 18th century. Numerous openings provide views over the water. On the other side, a little lounge precedes a large bedroom, with a bathroom, a toilet and a dressing room. …
Le Figaro Properties reference: 31620939