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Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines 78610 France

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Last Updated: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Magnificent country house 30 miles from Paris

Magnificent country house and dependance, 30 miles from Paris, 4 miles from one of most beautiful villages of Paris area - Montfort l'Amaury - (castle, church, Ravel's former home now a museum).

Located in the heart of the Forest of Rambouillet - protected area of 200 km2 of forest with deer, stag, criss crossed with walkways. Direct entry into the forest, ideal for horse riding, cycling, walking (GR pathway). 3 km from the "Etangs d'Hollande" which formed part of the water circuit for the Versailles water fountains.

Paris easily accessible by car (40 mins - 45km to Porte d'Auteuil) or public transport – train station 15 minutes away – Paris Montparanasse 35 mins.
Deauville and the Normandy coast an hour and a half away.

Bus for schools in Rambouillet and International school in Montfort– 5 mins walk.

400 m2 of living space consisting of 3 reception rooms, 8 bedrooms, including 2 en suites, 6 bathrooms, steam bath shower, barn, garage, stables, 120 m2 of convertable loft space, 5 wells, duckpond with bridge to miniature island. House is comprised of 2 parts - main house and adjoining farm type buiding - which can be separated. Attic 80 m2 with floorboard.

Heating, electricity, roofing renovated. Decorated and interior space redistributed by well known French architect

22 000 m2 of grounds with numerous fine trees and pathways contourning property. Enter a beautiful wooden entrance gate, drive down a 100m alley lined with rhododendrons to catch a first glimpse of this magical house. Lots of character. Many films have been shot here.

The region is home to many celebrities, Philippe Starck, Brigitte Bardot, Chantal Thomas, family Lagardere, Family Pinault, Guillaume Canet, Anouilh, Victor Hugo, Anne de Bretagne... Proust talks about the Stained glass windows of Montfort in "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu".


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
4300 Sq. Feet
Suited for
8 people
Property Type
Cottage or Country Home


Available from Thursday, August 15, 2019 until Saturday, August 15, 2020
Minimum Stay
1 year(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Looking for a year long or more with possible holidays to return home.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines
Postal Code - State or Province 78610 Île-de-France
Country France
Neighborhood Keywords Montfort l'Amaury, Rambouillet Forest
Closest University University de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines
University nearby ORSAY, Sorbonne University, Université Paris-Saclay, Nanterre, Paris University etc

Home Exchange:

We are only interested in a home swap with the following location(s)...

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: Los Angeles
Los Angeles

State or Province
United States of America

Neighborhood Keywords
and surrounding areas

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, September 1, 2019 until Saturday, August 15, 2020

Destination 2: New York
New York

State or Province
United States of America

Neighborhood Keywords
and surrounding areas

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Thursday, August 15, 2019 until Saturday, August 15, 2020

Rental Price:

Rental price not specified.


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other: A nice horse and even a very nice dog if desired


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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After a degree in physics and philosophy, a PhD in radiation dosimetry from the Royal Naval College I pursued a career as a health physicist. For the last ten years I have been presenting science programmes on French TV. I'm looking to develop this work in the States.

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