L’Atelier de Courances


In the heart of the picturesque Hameau de Courances where la Pompe and le Moulin are also situated, sits l’Atelier. This welcoming house with its refined charm will seduce you for your family reunions. L’Atelier is the ideal place for a pause in time from the daily rush of our lives. The biggest of the three houses can accommodate 4 people. It is ideal for a family weekend close to Paris, as it is only 20 minutes away from Fontainebleau. L’Atelier, once powered by the waters of the Moulin was used as a sawmill until World War II. It was then used by the gardeners, lock keepers, and fishermen of the Domaine de Courances for storing materials. Just like at la Pompe and le Moulin, l’Atelier is a small welcoming country house with a refined decoration: the wood panels and floor tiles create a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The spacious living room and the modern open kitchen lends itself for convivial quality time with your loved ones. In winter, sit comfortably next to the fireplace, drinking your tea or hot chocolate. During the summer months, relax in the lounge chairs in your very own private garden. After a good nights’ sleep, what a pleasure to wake up to the flamboyant colors of the Japanese Garden. Take an invigorating walk in the beautiful green park of the Chateau de Courances (a small forest accessible only to Pierres d’Histoire guests) or organize a family bike ride on the paths of the imposing Fontainebleau Forest. Do not hesitate to reserve both la Pompe and le Moulin together for those larger family get-togethers.

  • Nomber of persons
    • 4 people
  • Area
    • 90 m²
  • Price
    • From 330€ the night 2 nights minimum
  • More product
    • Fire
    • GARDEN
  • Exterior & Environment
    • Garden
  • Configuration
  • Near
  • Location
  • Services included
  • A la carte services

Hors nos murs

L’Atelier, in the heart of the Hameau de Courances, is a fifteen-minute drive from le Château de Fontainebleau. The gardens of the Château are not to be missed by any means. After the visit, food-lovers can stop at the pastry shop Dardonville known for their exquisite cakes and pies. Or perhaps at the cheese shop Les Terroires de France , rue des Sablons. For nature lovers, the Regional Parc du Gatinais a protected park, offers a variety of interesting walks. Horse riders can start their ride at the equestrian centers of Moigny or Arbonne la Forêt. La Fôret de Fontainebleau offers wonderful choices of rock-climbing. Globe Climber offers classes both for adults and those between 11 and 16. Golf du Château de Cély, designed for competition golf is intended for the better golf players. However, beginners can use the practice and free initiation classes on the course are available (reservation only). Finally, a visit to Château de Rosa Bonheur in Thomery is well worth the detour. The life of this painter, still quite unknown by the general public, will enchant old and young.



Les Coqs (5 km)
Restaurant gastronomique

Les Délices fromagers (5 km)
Fromagerie et épicerie fine


Se détendre

Equitation à Arbonne la Fôret (10 km)
Cours d’équitation et balade en forêt

Golf de Cély-en-Bière (7 km)

Vivier de Courances (sur place)
Massages et cours de yoga sur réservation

Everything to know about the adress
  • Is the access to the Château automatic if I rent a Pierres d'Histoire house?
    • Château de Courances is a private house, therefore you cannot visit it outside of public visiting hours. On the other hand, you do have access to "Petit Parc" of the château.
  • Do we have access to the Japanese Garden from le Hameau?
    • From the Hameau, you can follow the special trail set by Pierres d'Histoire that allows you to pass in front of the garden so as to admire it. However, because of the fragility o f the garden you cannot enter it unfortunately.
  • Can we build a fire?
    • Yes , you can build a fire. All the houses of Courances have either a fireplace or a woodburning stove as well as a reserve of firewood.
  • What is the cost of a massage? How can we make reservations?
  • Are there washing machines in the houses of le Hameau?
    • No, there are no washing machines in the houses of le Hameau
  • Is firewood provided for the fireplace or the woodburning stove?
    • Yes, firewood is provided should you wish to start the chimney or the woodstove
Everything to know on a Pierres d'Histoire reservation
  • How can I reserve?
    • You are interested in on of our houses? You can reserve directly on our website or by calling our number at 01 84 83 04 00. If you reserve directly through Pierres d'Histoire, we guarantee you the best price.
  • Is housekeping included?
    • It is possible for a daily housecleaning service if requested and if available for a fee of 25€/hour. If you stay longer than a week, at mid-stay the bathroom and kitchen will be cleaned with a change of your bedsheets. This is free of charge.
  • Is it possble to rent a single room?
    • Our houses have to be rented as a whole, except for Hôtel de Tingry and the suites of de Fleury.
  • Can I reserve for a single night?
    • You have to stay a minimum of two nights as the rent of our houses necessitates a high cost of upkeep in order to always maintain our high quality.
  • Does the price include half-board?
    • No, meals are not included in our service. Our kitchens are fully equiped enabling you to prepare your own meals. However, if you do not wish to prepare your meals, most of our houses have a local catering service selected especialy by us. Our caterers prepare the meals themself and work with local products.
  • Are animals allowed?
    • Yes, dogs are allowed in our houses for an extra fee of 20€ per dog.
  • At what time can I arrive and at what time do I have to leave the house?
    • The house is available as of 4:00 p.m. on the day of your arrival. Check-out is at 11:00 a.m. at the latest. On Sundays, Pierres d'Histoire gives you the opportunity to decide yourself your departure time (except for Hôtel de Tingry).
  • In case of a poblem during my stay, who should I contact?
    • There is no reception desk at the Pierres d'Histoire houses. For any problems or queries you can get in touch with the house manager whose contact number is given in the confirmation mail when you reserve.He/she can be reached by telephone should you encounter any problems and will answer any of your questions.
  • Can I cancel my reservation?
    • You can cancel directly your reservation on line or by calling us at 01 84 83 04 00. Cancellation is free upto 30 days before your date of arrival. Less than that there will be a cancellation fee (see General Conditions of Sale).
  • Can I change my reservation?
    • If you wish to change your reservation, please contact us at 01 84 83 04 00.
  • What means of payment do you offer?
    • Reservations are made on line with your credit card. Our site is of course fully secured. We do not accept any other kind of payment and you cannot pay on the premises.
  • Do I have to make a down-payment?
    • For all reservations we ask a down-payment. A direct debit pre-authorisation will be registered a few days before your arrival. The security deposit is upto the amount of the down-payment depending on the house, but will not be debited unless damage has been noted.
  • When will I be debited?
    • A 30 % down-payment will be debited when you reserve. The balance will be debited between the 2nd and 5th day before your arrival.
  • Am I insured/responsible if I break something in the house?
    • Should we note an important damage in the house or if the furniture is damaged by misuse or volontarily broken, all or part of the security deposit will be debited in the 30 days following your departure.
  • Do Pierres d'Histoire houses have baby beds and high chairs?
    • Yes, upon request we can provide a baby bed and a wooden high chair. Ask your house manager when you call . However, baby bed sheets are not provided.
  • Is there air-conditioning and heating in the houses?
    • The houses are heated (heaters and fireplaces or wood-burners) but not air-conditioned (except for Hôtel de Tingry).
  • Is there a television in the houses?
    • Yes, every house has a television as well as wifi access and speakers.
  • Is household linen provided?
    • Yes, we provide sheets and towels in all the houses.
  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms equipped according to modern standards?
    • Yes all the kitchens and bathrooms of our houses have been built and equipped according to modern standards and European rules.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?
    • Yes, every kitchen at Pierres d'Histoire has a stove, an oven and a refrigerator. They also have all the pots and pans and various utensils you might need.
  • Is there internet service in the Pierres d'Histoire houses?
    • Internet coverage varies. Some of our houses have excellent internet service whereas others because of their geographic location in the countryside are less well covered.
  • Is there wifi in the Pierres d'Histoire houses?
    • Yes all our houses have wifi.
  • Are the basic necessities such as toilet paper, soap, tea or coffee provided?
    • Yes, in every Pierres d'Histoire house you will find toilet paper as well as shampoo and liquid soap shower. In the kitchens, dishwasher soap, tea and coffee are provided.
  • Are Pierres d'Histoire houses accesible to a person with reduced mobility?
    • Our houses are not accessible to a person with reduced mobility because of the architecture that very ofen are old, the stairways are narrow, the doors are not large enough, etc….
  • Are Pierres d'Histoire houses child friendly?
    • Yes, most our our houses are child friendly. They have gardens for them to ran around in and explore. However, some of the houses might be less adapted for very young children because of their proximity to water such as a swmming pool or a river, or else there might be stairs. Pierres d'Histoire declines any/all responsibility in case of an accident. For more information on the amenities of a house, do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Do we need to clean the house before departure?
    • The house will be cleaned after your departure, however we do ask that you leave the house the way you found it. Garbage cans need to be emptied and the dishwasher run.
  • Do we need a car during our stay?
    • Our houses are very often in the countryside, in places that are calm and peaceful. To get to these houses, to be able to discover the area or to be able to go grocery shopping we recommend that you have a car.
  • Is there a bed and breakfast rate?
    • No, breakfast is not included except for Hôtel de Tingry where it is. However, it is possible to order breakfast ahead of time, when you get in touch with the house manager.
  • When is the swimming pool open?
    • Our swimming pools are open between May and end of September depending on the weather.
  • Is the swimming pool heated?
    • The swimming pools of la Marcotte and la Clairière are heated, that of Tingry is not.
  • Is there a barbecue?
    • The houses with a barbecue are : La Marcotte la Clairière, the 3 houses of de Ravenoville as well as that of le Moulin de Pézenas.
  • Do you do long term rentals?
    • Yes we would be happy to welcome you for a long term rent subject to availability. Do not hesitate to call us so as to discuss the possibilities.
  • How do I get to the house that I have booked?
    • Prior to your arrival, you will receive a mail giving you all the necessary informations including the code for the key box of your house


The park as well as the outer walls of Chateau de Courances are inscribed as Monuments Historiques. Although the rest of the buildings of the domain are not listed per say, they are pretty much subject to the rules governing the Monuments Historiques in case of any works. When renovating the Hameau, the architect of the Batiments de France required, quite rightly, that the buildings keep the rural aspect of their original functions. The restoration took eighteen months and needed about ten people. Manolo, the Courances gardener was hired to help. He knew everything there was to know about Courances and becomes little by little the site manager coordinating the different artisans: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter who executed the door and window frames, the shutters and the staircases. A few masons and four other people who usually worked for the upkeep the Park of Courances were also hired. Because of the proximity of the buildings to the water, the biggest difficulty of the work site was to clean up the foundations; without knocking down anything it had to be repaired from underneath so as to reinforce and protect it from the waters. This structural work implied moving … the Pump. It can be imagined how difficult it was to move such an imposing system. As for the very bad state of the paved court it was best to completely redo it. It was set in the traditional way, that is to say, on a bed of sand slightly treated with lime. Following damages during World War II, some sections had been repaired in the seventies and eighties with concrete. When talks of restoration took place, there was very little if any, of the original elements that could have been used. However, it was obvious that high quality materials had to be used. This is why the walls were worked with whitewash and the floors covered with old terra cotta tiles. Insulation was done with hemp, a vegetable fiber known for its transpirant qualities. The regional park of Gatinais, in which sits the château de Couranes, has put in place a procedure for the availability of local hemp and encourages the use of this wonderful material that not only is very efficient but also perfumes pleasantly the walls. Decorated both soberly and elegantly, each of the three houses have a particular charm and atmosphere. A place for the family or a group of friends, for relaxing, breathing, simply taking a pause. The peacefulness of the Hameau de Courances comes very much because of the pretty paved courtyard. But also because of the grandiose beauty of a small hidden, private garden : THE Japanese garden, known to be one of the most beautiful of Europe.

Prochaine adresse
La Régie de Courances