Beautifully Remodeled Large 17th Century Family Home
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
A beautiful and enchanting house, close to Paris, but far enough away to be surrounded by the lush farmland and mysterious forests of the Ile de France. Within easy distance are the chateaux of Versailles and Rambouillet and the extraordinary cathedral of Chartres. Paris is 30 mins by a local train into the heart of Quartier Latin, or a 25 min drive to the peripherique. It is on the road to Normandy, with easy access to Giverny, Deauville, and the D-Day beaches.
The house was built as a monastic hospital in the middle of the sixteenth century under an edict by Louis XIV, and was known as the Ancien Hotel Dieu. It was built on the ramparts of what used to be a fortified village, Neauphle le Chateau. Under the house survive cellars dating from the eleventh century. The house is built on the forward edge of a hill so has wonderful views across the garden and out over farmland to the west. The house was completely restored two years ago to enhance the ancient character while bringing in the best of modern living. It is filled with antiques gathered over three generations by the same family, the present owner's grandfather and his father, the writer, Sir Peter Quennell.
The house has a very private garden and is hidden behind a high gate with a sun filled cobbled courtyard. There is a fountain and fish pond many hundreds of years old. Beside the house is a large garden of grass, hedges and an abundance of roses. On a lower terrace there are an organic vegetable garden, fruit trees and vines, as well as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and kiwifruit depending on the time of year. There is also a tree house to be discovered, hidden in an ancient conifer hedge.
Keywords: Historical House
- Vacation Rental
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- 3.5 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Organic vegetable and fruit garden
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Free Long Distance
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
The house is only 30' away from Paris by a direct train. It is within easy reach of Monet's garden at Giverny. It is on the road for the DDay landing beaches and beautiful little ports of Normandy. The chateaux of the Loire are a great day trip as well of course as Versailles and EuroDisney....morecollapse
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A quirky but unique pleasure
A quirky but unique pleasure
A beautiful family house perfectly situated an ideal distance from Paris, only 25 mins but train from the centre but in a charming village with a great view over rolling fields and far away churches. Maybe not for very rambunctious families as there are fragile furnishings and antiques but a glorious opportunity for spending time in an ancient family house. We loved it and hope to go back.
- Guest sophiefrance
- Date of stay 10/13/12
- Review Submitted 01/10/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Beautiful, relaxed French experience
Beautiful, relaxed French experience
We stayed for a few weeks in July this Summer. The house has lots of character and charm ... big rooms, lots of space to relax and large windows with views of the French countryside. Our two little girls (5yr and 9yr) had fun playing around the big house and also outside in the garden, picking flowers and playing in the tree house. We also had family visiting for a few days and they used the top floor of the house which is like a big apartment. The neighborhood has two outstanding bakers and a great butcher - there is also a good supermarket nearby. We enjoyed fresh bread, pastries and savory treats for a late brunch at home many mornings. Versailles is close by and definitely worth a visit - the gardens and Grande Triannon / Petite Triannon especially. Note that you can drive into Versailles and park for about $6 (this is an easy way to access the gardens and not spend ages hunting for parking in the town). Paris is an easy 30 minute train ride from the local train station. We went several times - we even enjoyed renting a Vespa (see Ciao Paris website) which they dropped off for us at the Montparnasse train station. It was a little crazy riding the streets of Paris on a Vespa but definitely fun (prefer weekends for less traffic on the roads). Highly recommend this house and the owners were great to deal with.
- Guest Jonathan C.
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 08/30/12
Recommended for: Families with young children.
Owner response: It was great having you and we are so glad you enjoyed the house and the gardens, I hope you managed to eat some of the salads and fruit from the vegetable patch. Thank so much for looking after everything so beautifully. Anyone who braves Paris on a vespa deserves admiration. Hope we see you back here one day soon. Alex and Carine
This house is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful place to stay! Alex and his wife are so welcoming and kind. Once you walk into this house you instantly fall in love with it! Every room is quaint and comfortable. You could spend your entire vacation in this home without seeing the sights and be happy! Myself and a group of friends stayed here for the weekend and although it is rented out on a weekly basis, Alex accommodated us for only the weekend. Very nice of him! Within 5-10 minutes from the local train station and about a 20 minute drive to Versailles. Would highly recommend this home to anyone! Thanks for letting us stay Alex. We so enjoyed it!
- Guest Tiffany
- Date of stay 09/23/11
- Review Submitted 12/28/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Hi Tiffany, Thank you for the kind review, it was great having you and we are so glad you had such a good time! Alex & Carine
I was so excited to finally see this home in person and it was so much more than I had hoped for. Once we entered the courtyard we were enchanted. The home was spacious, clean, comfortable, and equipped with everything we could possibly need. This was our home base for the week while we made daily excursions to Normandy, Chartres, Paris and Giverny We all thoroughly enjoyed and spent most of our at home time in the beautiful kitchen and dining area cooking, enjoying the views off of the deck and plotting our next adventure in the beautiful French countryside.. We loved the gardens, especially the organic fruit/vegetable garden. The small village had a grocery, a butcher and a lovely bakery. All of this was only a block walk up the cobblestone street for our daily bread and wine. What a week, not quite sure how we will top this!
- Guest Brigitte and Bryan
- Date of stay 08/18/11
- Review Submitted 09/15/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Wonderful family experience
Wonderful family experience
A truly unique experience for our family of 5, including 3 young teens. Alex is right - the house does have a soul, and style! We were comfortably ensconced in no time and there was plenty of room to congregate in the huge kitchen or individually disperse in the many spaces throughout the house and gardens. Comfortable beds, bedding. Everything works. Oven, washer, Internet WiFi, TV, etc. The home is exactly 30 min from the Neauphle station to Montparnasse, and about the same driving time on an August weekend with no traffic, so it was a relief to come back after a day with the crowds in the city, or at the Normandy beaches, settle down to cook a family dinner, and enjoy the quiet country life and views. Grocery store, bakery, supermarket all within walking distance or a short drive. An unanticipated bonus - there are books in the library you could easily lose your days and nights, completely immersed. This is our third, and by far the most memorable stay in a VRBO home. (Bring sandals or slippers for the ancient tiled floor). Very highly recommended.
- Guest C&G
- Date of stay 08/08/11
- Review Submitted 08/23/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
That Was Easy!
That Was Easy!
Two London (Anglo - American) based Families with Children between 7 - 11, rested, explored (Versailles), ticked off (Euro Disney - less than 1 hour away), sucked in the Countryside and even worked a little. An eclectic, historic (never seen a 3rd floor like it) yet comfortable clean,property with ample room for kids and adults. Hello basket of local goodies very much appreciated and deposit returned without issue. Undoubtedly a visit to remember. However its very features and strengths from 800 years (cobbles, stairs and uneven surfaces) mean anybody with stability issues will be challenged and needs to be aware. Try it, you will be sure to enjoy and remember this little piece of historic France.
- Guest Jack and Sara and Family
- Date of stay 04/17/11
- Review Submitted 06/17/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you so much for the review and look forward to seeing you again soon
This lovely home seemed to be everything we were looking for. Once we arrived, it became clear that the home and garden, the furnishings, the village and the location actually exceeded our expectations. It provided the ideal base for our family to venture into Paris or the gorgeous countryside...or to simply stay home and relax in great comfort. My wife enjoyed getting up early each morning and taking the short walk up the cobblestone street to the village square for her coffee and croissant. We had a wonderful experience and credit Alex's and Carine's warm cordiality as well. Many thanks!
- Guest Randal W
- Date of stay 04/07/11
- Review Submitted 04/20/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: It was great having you; we are so glad you liked the house so much. See you soon!
ideally placed close to Paris, but in the calm of the countryside. Beautifully decorated, it has the feeling of a cosy family home. Great garden, looking forward to going back
- Guest laura_d
- Date of stay 09/01/10
- Review Submitted 10/12/10
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you Laura.
Jul-Aug .. from €2100/week Sep-Jun .. from €1600/week The house is available for 1 wk minimum periods, with 2 wk minimum July and August Payment via Paypal or Moneybookers available
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We are an English and French couple with three children. This is our primary residence and we also have a farmhouse in the centre of France that could be rented as well. We are both film makers.
Why the Owner Chose Versailles:
The house combines the best of both worlds, it is a very easy trip into the heart of Paris yet remains a wonderfully peaceful spot to come home to, with marvelous views and a fascinating history.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house bears witness to a long history but is a very comfortable and spacious family home. It is perfectly situated to make the best of being close to Paris and all the wonderful attractions around the city while remaining an oasis of calm. It is filled with books, comfortable furniture, wi-fi and a modern kitchen.
- Primary: +33 61 440 7999 (France)
- Secondary: +33 6 14 10 02 37 (France)
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