Our home is beautifully located in Fontainebleau center, 10mns from the remarkable Château and 10mns by foot from the forest. Fontainebleau is located 55.5...
Where is it?
Our house is in a very small rural village (634 inhabitants at the last count!) on a dead-end road so there are very, very few cars that drive past (maybe 15 or 20 a day: usually the people who live in the 10 or so houses further down the road).
The village has a shop that stocks vital necessities; a café; a school; a wine press; an early 20th century wash-house, and is surrounded by fields with cows, sheep, horses. There are wonderful walks through the surrounding woods and lovely restaurants along the river Seine which is a 10-minute drive away. The rocks in Fontainebleau forest (just 10-minutes drive or a half-hour cycle) draw climbers from all over the world but there are also nice easy rocks for children to scramble on. There are golf courses, swimming-pools, riding clubs etc. within a few minutes drive of the house. We are also very close to both the Seine and Loing rivers where you can rent canoes and kayaks and a number of artificial lakes in former sand quarries where you can rent sailing boats and water-ski.
We are a 10-minute drive from the train station in Fontainebleau from which there are half-hourly trains for the 40-minute ride into Paris (my husband does it every day). Our home would be a very good base for visitors who would like to spend some, but not all, of their holiday time in Paris (an hour by car if you prefer driving).
Fontainebleau is a beautiful town also famous amongst horse-riders as it is the French centre for show-jumping. It is also home to the INSEAD business school so has a very international population for a small town (pop.16,000) and an astonishing number of restaurants and bars. Fontainebleau is also famed for its beautiful 16th century palace and gardens. Ten-minutes' drive north-east is another world-famous chateau: Vaux-le-Vicomte which inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles. A 30-minute drive east takes you to the the UNESCO World Heritage medieval city of Provins while a 90-minute drive south will take you to the Loire Valley and all the chateaux there while less than an hour north will get you to Disneyland Paris.
You can swim in both the Seine and the Loing (at your own risk) and there are siwmming pools in Fontainebleau, Moret-sur-Loing, Nangis and an Olympic-size outdoor pool at Nemours.