La Régie de Courances

A FAMILY PROPERTY FROM ANOTHER TIME

La Regie sits proud and imposing at the entrance of Le Chateau de Courances. This vast manor at the edge of an immense park was the home of the Chateau’s manager, the second most important person of the property at the time. Today it has been completely renovated and transformed into two spacious apartments. Although they can be independent from each other, the apartments can also be connected, with the possibility of creating one big house for large family or friend reunions.
Visible from the street, La Régie is a witness of the richness and identity of the Chateau. The nobility of the house perpetuates the memory of its past occupants. The slate mansard roof, the sandstone chains, the red bricks and the very high ceilings typical of the Louis XIII period all add to create the charm. The interior decoration of la Régie is classic and sober, true to the Pierres d’Histoire philosophy. Both apartments are equipped such that it allows full autonomy. An amazing view of the Courances park creates a feeling of time suspended. You wish to organize a bigger family event? You can also book the houses of le Hameau which are just a short five-minute walk from la Régie!

  • Nomber of persons
    • 4 to 8 peoples
  • Area
    • 90 m² per apartment
  • Price
    • From 265€ the night2 nights minimum
  • More product
    • Large family living room
    • garden
  • Exterior & Environment
    • Private garden
    • Access to Courances small park
    • exceptional view
  • Configuration
    • 2 apartments de 2 double bedrooms
  • Near
    • CHÂTEAU & FOREST OF FONTAINEBLEAU, BARBIZON PAINTERS’ VILLAGE, GOLF DE CÉLY
  • Location
  • Services included
    • LAUNDRY, CLEANING, BICYCLES, HOUSE MANAGER AT YOUR SERVICE
  • la carte services
    • BOUTIQUE DES JARDINS DE COURANCES, WELL-BEING, DELIVERY OF PREPARED MEALS AND BREAKFASTS

Outside our walls

For your main grocery shopping when you arrive, head for Milly-La-Forêt. In the heart of this small picturesque village, you will find all the stores that you might need. When you need some extra fresh vegetables during the weekend, be sure to head for Boutique des Jardins de Courances, with its choice of wonderful fresh seasonal products all produced on location, in the vegetable garden of the Château.

If looking for activities, how about an afternoon of initiation in the land of illustrious Polo players? To book lessons, get in touch with Romain Darroux, Polo Manager in Courances. Perhaps you prefer to be standing up? Well how about trying out your golf swing at Golf du Château de Cely, a ten-minute car drive.

To make the most of the great outdoors, you need not go far; the surrounding fields are perfect for walks. Looking for an unusual experience with your children or teenagers? Take them to the Rosa Bonheur museum workshop. This out of ordinary house and the fabulous history of its owner will captivate one and all! And why not take pottery lessons as a family with Christine Charles in Milly?

If you admire castles, do not miss Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte. For the gourmets, be sure to sample the delicious fresh cooking of the restaurant Les Coqs de Milly-la-Fôret. If you wish to try a one-star restaurant you must go to L’Axel in Fontainebleau, a French restaurant but with a twist of Japanese influence.

When in Milly be sure to discover or rediscover the inventive artist Jean Cocteau. By visiting his last home, open to the public, you can admire his unlimited creativity that has left us such a surprising heritage. A little further, the Paul Bedu gallery, presents, amongst other things, a collection of lithographies, drawings and ceramics decorated by the artist. This was donated to the town by Karsten Butt, a German antique dealer. You can also find around ten lithographies and serigraphies signed by Nikki de Saint Phalle.

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

History

Built at the entrance of the Château, the Régie was to show off the wealth and status of the Baron. The desire of nobility and luxury is explained by the wish of showing his social status through the ownership of land and property. In this manner his status changed from an industrial to that of an aristocrat.

Till 1987, the Régie always had a manager living and managing the estate
Historically, they are the most important person after the owners, as they are in charge of the finances and the management of the staff as well as that of the buildings and the annexes.

The architectural neo Louis XIII style of the Régie is characteristic of the huge work Baron de Heber undertook with his architect friend and renowned historian Hyppolite Destailleur.
The Régie became known as “a castle of bricks with stone corners” a style using the esthetics of fake red bricks. It deployed high ceilings with moldings and skylights and slates. In addition to the restauration work of the buildings, Hippolytes Destailleur did a numerous amount of reorganization work in the garden with the aim of bringing back its splendor.

The primary goal for the Régie, already particularly sophisticated with its high ceilings and marble fireplaces, was to be reorganized in a contemporary way and yet keep the feel of authenticity. Régie, although always having been lived in, had become rather dilapidated, especially the windows (damaged during the two world wars) and its electric system. A new layout had to be thought out so as to create two communicating apartments with a kitchen and a bathroom.
During nine months, the current administrator, Patrick Deedes and Manolo Da Silva, the manager, supervised the construction site of about ten tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters etc…in order to see through the project.

The main constraint in the planning project was to create two communicating apartments with a real autonomy between the two floors without disrespecting the structure of the building. All the elements belonging to the building have been kept: the moldings, the old doors, the wood floors and the fireplaces. On the first floor, the outside pruning of trees has enabled to bring in light. Most of the furniture are from the Château such as the chest of drawers, the mirrors, while other pieces have been bargain-hunted.

Pierres d’Histoire wished for the interior decoration to be sober and classic, inspired from the original interiors of the castle. Patrick Deedes chose to add just a few contemporary and modern touches, which can be noted in the kitchen for example.

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