Beautiful Large Manor, Perfect for Families, Close to Versailles and Paris

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Last updated: 10/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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 driving distance are the chateaux of Versailles and Rambouillet and the extraordinary cathedral of Chartres. Paris is 30 mins by a local train (3 min drive / 15 min walk) into the heart of Quartier Latin, or a 25 min drive to the Paris ring road. It is on the road to Normandy, with easy access to Giverny, Deauville, and the D-Day beaches.

The house is in a small town, that has a bakery, butcher, grocery and a number of restaurants within an easy stroll.

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 objects and books 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 and a trampoline (with net)

Keywords: Historical House

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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 360 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a trampoline with net in the garden, and lots of space to run around. The house does have valuable antiques and so parents have to make sure children are careful inside the house....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    I am so sorry but there are stairs and no downstairs bedrooms...moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Celeste room: 1 twin/ single

    1st floor...moreless

  • Red room: 1 twin/ single

    1st floor...moreless

  • Japanese room: 1 double

    small bedroom on the second floor...moreless

  • Master suite: 1 queen

    1st floor, with wonderful panoramic view from balcony...moreless

  • Yellow bedroom: 1 double

    Large bedroom & playroom on the 1st floor...moreless

  • Green room: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    2nd floor...moreless

  • Dressing room: 1 twin/ single

    A small bedroom off the master bedroom, with a single bed...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (3), Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) plus 2 additional bedrooms (1 double, 2 bunk beds) in converted chapel in the courtyard....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master suite: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Original huge cast iron roll top bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: shower

    Shower room with washer dryer...moreless

  • 2nd floor bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Original roll top bath, with a great view...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Organic fruit garden, children's treehouse, new large trampoline (3.4m width) with safety netting....moreless


  • Books:

    The house is full of books in English and French, a bibliophile's heaven....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    In the basement there is a babyfoot table and a mini pool table....moreless

  • Games:

    We have a selection of board games, such as monopoly, scrabble, backgammon and puzzles....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is a stereo with a minijack line in for attaching your own phone/ipad etc...moreless

  • Television:

    There is French and International TV with movies on-demand available....moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Games:

    There is a WII system...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    All the necessary shops within walking distance. A supermarket is 2 min drive. The railway station for Versailles and Paris is 3 min drive or 15 min walk...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining area is next to the open plan kitchen, with a wood burning stove and outdoor seating on the balcony beyond the kitchen....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    The sitting room has a large fireplace ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The house is heated by a zero carbon system using recycled wood waste - it is fully automatic....moreless

  • Internet:

    We have wifi throughout the house. Speeds vary between 12-18 Mbps...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking is on street, outside the gates. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a fixed line phone that offers free calls to the US, and fixed lines in Europe....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    There is a Samsung washer dryer...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In the kitchen dining room there is a wood burning stove....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cafetiere and drip coffee maker, as well as italian stove top expresso maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped, with a SMEG gas hob and large electric range oven and a range of devices such as a blender etc. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    SMEG Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    The house is our home so there are a full range of spices etc - on a 'use it - replace it' basis. ...moreless


  • Balcony:

    There are two balconies to admire the wonderful views over the vally...moreless

  • Golf:

    There are a number of very good golf courses nearby...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is 9000 sq ft of garden, with fruit trees and vegetable patch (in season) and a trampoline....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Mid-sized Weber grill...moreless



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from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autumn / Winter
Sep 1 - Dec 17, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 18 - Jan 14, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$2,564 $8,485
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning (one off) $122.09
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,220.92
  • Taxes Not included


The house is available for long term rental from JULY 2015 - JUNE 2016

Additional house - the old Chapel is available with 2 x bedrooms (1 double, 1 with bunk beds) a double height sitting room with wood burning stove and kitchen area. Could be rented separately from main house.

There is a house keeper living on site who is available to do additional cleaning and baby sitting if needed. We have known her for over ten years and she is trustworthy in every way!

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/14/2016
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61 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Charles de Gaulles (CDG)
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Neauphle le Chateau
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Villiers Neauphle Pontchartrain
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Neauphle le Chateau
176 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

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.


Owner info

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 Neauphle-le-Château, France:
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 Chateau / Country 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.

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Speaks: english, french, italian



  • dining table, that seats a cosy 14 with the extensions

    dining table, that seats a cosy 14 with the extensions

  • hall and view into sitting room

    hall and view into sitting room

  • first floor corridor

    first floor corridor

  • Master bedroom and balcony

    Master bedroom and balcony

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • child's room & single bed - previously owned by poet laureat, Sir John Betjeman

    child's room & single bed - previously owned by poet laureat, Sir John Betjeman

  • 2nd floor sitting room

    2nd floor sitting room

  • view from 2nd floor

    view from 2nd floor

  • The view from the street

    The view from the street

  • lunch with a view

    lunch with a view

  • Kitchen, Dining Room

    Kitchen, Dining Room

  • Sitting Room

    Sitting Room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • View from the master bedroom south facing

    View from the master bedroom south facing

  • Yellow bedroom, with double bed and sofa bed

    Yellow bedroom, with double bed and sofa bed

  • one of the children's single bedrooms

    one of the children's single bedrooms

  • 2nd floor double bedroom

    2nd floor double bedroom

  • small double room on the second floor

    small double room on the second floor

  • gold fish pond and C18 mask

    gold fish pond and C18 mask

  • The old chapel (available to rent  for additional space)

    The old chapel (available to rent for additional space)

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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