|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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
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.
ALEXANDER OR CARINE QUENNELL purchased this chateau / country house in 2007
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 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.
Our family experienced a most memorable and really, magical, summer in the Quennells' very special home and gardens. My husband and I were there for the whole summer. Our family, 10 of us in all, including grandchildren ages 5-12, joined us for 3 weeks. Other family members and friends joined us at different times. Everyone who came loved this special place which inspired creativity as well as many great conversations---even some dancing in the kitchen/dining room! Sharing this kind of experience of France with our children and our grandchildren, who had a fantastic time, meant a lot to us. We loved these times with family and friends, but my husband and I were also thoroughly enriched just being in the house ourselves. The character and charm of the house and gardens created a setting that allowed us to slow down, reflect and be in touch with the beauty of life and of France, the past and present. We had delicious food easily available for cooking "at home" and there were many wonderful restaurants in Neauphle and the wonderful old villages and towns nearby. Trips to Paris, Giverny, Versailles and Chartres were easy and wonderful. The Quennells provided many helpful ideas. We have always loved France, but this experience was truly unique and greatly enriching.
We had a wonderful time in this spacious family house. With 4 adults and 5 children we stayed in the house for one week during our Christmas holiday. The house is full of perfectly chosen details and has a great atmosphere. There is a huge fireplace in the living and a nice wood-stove in the kitchen. Because we love cooking, we enjoyed the very well equipped kitchen. The house is perfectly located near Paris, the train station is nearby, and brings you in half an hour into the center of Paris. We absolutely like to come back in a different season to enjoy the garden as well.
My family and I stayed at the Quennells' captivating house for two weeks in August. The beautiful exterior was the precursor to the wonderfully intriguing interior which exuded the feeling of a family home. There were so many interesting features from the amazing chandelier in the kitchen to the huge selection of books found all through the house - many reflecting the history of the Quennell family and the people they knew.
Outside the extensive garden allowed plenty of space for my grandsons to play in. We also enjoyed being able to eat outside and to use the BBQ. We were able to pick tomatoes and herbs from the pots on the balcony outside the kitchen. Friends, who were only able to stay for one night, did not want to leave as they said they felt very at ease and relaxed in the house and garden and would have loved to have stayed longer.
The short walk up the hill to the square was a daily treat. I enjoyed shopping at the boulangerie, which even sold gluten free bread which was a bonus as one of us is a coeliac, at the boucherie with its fabulous tasting meat, especially the pork and also at the small supermarket which sells virtually everything one might need. However I must mention the two proprietors of this small supermarket who were both charming and very helpful. On my first visit I bought more than I expected but they packed it all into a box and, although I explained I was staying at the bottom of the hill, one of them carried it all the way to the house. After that we helped each other with speaking French and English. I was genuinely sorry to say goodbye to them. At the house Ludmila was very kind, always ready to help if needed.
We visited Giverney, Chatres, France Miniature, the Playmobil Fun Park at Fresnes, the local lake and beach, Versailles and Paris.
And so to Alexander and Carine. Thank you so much for putting your home into our care. Although we were unable to meet you personally the email contact I had with you, Alexander, from arranging the booking through the intervening months to the holiday itself and beyond was so kind, helpful and patient. I could not have wished for a better host and I thank you for that.
I would certainly return for the house itself, for the friendliness of those we met, for the peace and quiet, the stunning views and the nearness to other interesting places to visit.
All in all a wonderful experience. I thoroughly recommend L'Ancien Hotel Dieu.
My wife and I invited our grown up children to France to explore Paris, and the surrounding countryside. This house suited us so perfectly, the beautiful rooms, so well decorated, and enough space for everyone. The house is great for day trips into Paris, with a blessed feeling of relief to get 'home' after all the heat and the crowds, and jaunts to the Normandy beaches , Giverney, and the forests that surround the house. The garden is ideal for lounging about with a glass of wine admiring the view, or bouncing on the trampoline with the kids. We very much hope to be back next year. Thank you to the Quennell's for being such perfect hosts. We loved it!
One of the most unique and enchanting properties I've had the pleasure to stay in - the addition of the warm and welcoming Quennells and the merits of the house's ideal location make this a 'total package'. I and my family stayed here for 3 months, from Jan-Mar 2015, and indeed found it very hard to say goodbye when it was time to go. Highlights of the house for us included: the wonderful view of the valley; the romantic ambiance of the courtyard; the extensive and eclectic collection of books; and the large claw-foot tubs. Easy access to Paris (a 3min drive to the train station - a 30min trip to Montparnasse from there). Neauphle itself has a great bakery and butcher, an excellent cheese shop, a farmers' market, and all the necessities (bank, pharmacy, Carrfour) within a few minutes' walk or a 1-2min drive. Farther afield, the general region has a lot to offer. Plenty of farm-direct or organic markets and rewarding restaurants, and things to explore like antique shops and chocolatiers.
Whether as a long-term rental or a weekend getaway, I highly recommend the Quennells and their beautiful home.
This is an extraordinary home. We felt we were guests at the home of a friend, rather than staying in a rental home.
The house, originally an ancient hospital, is furnished with love and eclecticism--overflowing with books and art. The Quennells, who were so very nice, and helpful, have captured the essence of France in their home.
Three generations of our family stayed very comfortably. We loved going up the hill to the village. The Pizza restaurant, butcher and baker were all wonderful. We had cocktails in the beautiful garden, and prepared meals in the magnificent kitchen. Everything was clean and well maintained--we even snipped a few herbs from the planters on the patio off the kitchen. We would recommend this home highly, and hope to come back again.
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.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,000|
|Cleaning (one off)||£100|
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!
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.