Chateau apartment 1/2 hour from Paris

The Chateau de la TrousseThe studio's antique handmade cabinet doors.A modern bit -- the heated swimming poolA deer and her fawns among the old trees.The antique wrought iron gates, from the chateauFrom the terraceSome of the 17th century buildingsThe beautiful and useful antitque greenhouseOne of the stone lion guardiansView of the 1865 and 17th century estate
Ocquerre, Ile de France, France

Overview

Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps 2
Per month €900 - €1,500
Type: Condo
Description of the Ocquerre vacation condo rental
Birdsong throughout the day, silence at night, starry skies, and clear air make the chateau like another, better world. Please make yourself at home on the terrace at sunset and enjoy the infinite hill-top view with some fresh bread, local brie, and a glass of wine within easy reach....

The complex was built in the 1600's. In 1864, the chateau itself was razed and replaced by a new building. Stables, orangerie, and other outbuildings from the 17th century are still in use.

The 16-hectare (about 40 acres) grounds include beautiful old stone work and elaborate antique wrought-iron gates, a long allee of tall ancient plane trees and another of chestnut trees, other huge ancient trees and structures, ornamental pond, herb garden, rose garden, garden with espaliered fruit trees, mature orchard (enjoy the fresh fruit), small forest, greenhouse (glass house; its ornate iron roof is below), cobbled courtyards, tennis court, heated swimming pool, and other unexpected good things.

Guests are welcome to enjoy all this and the petit salon, stone cellars, and other shared areas in the chateau itself, where the studio apartment is on the 2nd floor. The chateau is never crowded--there are only a few apartments, and your neighbors are terrific.

The studio is fully renovated, heated, furnished, and very comfortable, with a ceramic tile bathroom (with toilet, sink, and shower); tiled kitchenette with refrigerator, oven, microwave oven, hot plate; comfortable IKEA double-bed sofa with birch slats and high-end mattress that's more comfortable than my bed at home; single aerobed and foam hassock-bed so you can sleep separately or share the double bed; two wicker chairs; antique French-oak dining table & 4 chairs; kitchen, bed, and bath linens; and everything you need for kitchen and dining except the food.

NUTS AND BOLTS
To keep the chateau quiet, we ask guests not to have parties there, and we also ask guests not to smoke indoors or have pets, since we and probably others have allergies.

We're glad to have you pay in dollars or euros by personal check (if sent early), credit card, cash, cashier's check, or money order. If you pay for conversion to dollars or euros, any currency is fine.

The minimum stay is one month. These longer stays cost 25% less than the old weekly prices.

When you arrive, the caretaker will collect 200 euros as a deposit for damages, and she will refund it when you leave. We've never had to charge anyone for damage. There is a 35 euro charge for cleaning.

Please e-mail me for more photos and information!

Dorita Sewell

Area Info
The area abounds with quiet walkable and bikeable roads, music and art performed in ancient buildings, restaurants, beautiful old structures, and river and canal vistas and activities, and it's an excellent base for enjoying Paris while staying in a beautiful, restful haven, 45 minutes from Paris by train and 30 minutes by car.

Or walk or bike whenever you feel like it to Lizy-sur-Ourcq, 1.8 miles away. Lizy has the shops you'd expect in France--great bakeries with fresh bread twice a day, butcher, etc.--and also a supermarche with everything you possibly could need--food, wine, maps, even clothes,.... The supermarche has amazingly good refrigerated (not frozen) dinners we've seen only in France, offered by the great French chefs. So you don't have to cook OR go out to eat well. The local restaurants are terrific--some on gardens, some on rivers, some on both--and their prices are much lower than in Paris-- ''''''11 for a 3-course meal.

TRANSPORTATION
The Lizy-sur-Ourcq train station is about 3 km or 1.8 miles from the chateau, an easy walk, a bus ride from the gate, or a quick taxi ride. A bigger train station is at Meaux, about 10 km or 6 miles away. From Paris, Lizy is about 45 minutes by train, with a stop in Meaux, a few minutes away.

To enjoy Paris from the chateau,
1) you can drive 1/2 hour and be right there.
2) You can take hourly trains to/from Paris from Meaux from around 5 am to about 1 am. Driving or taking the train from Meaux, you can stay late in Paris. You could park a rental car at Meaux or go to Meaux by train and return from Meaux by taxi or bus instead of parking a rental car.
3) Lizy-sur-Ourcq is 3 km from the chateau--you can drive, take the bus, or walk to the station at Lizy and return from Paris around 8 at night, when the last train leaves Paris '''''' Gare de l ''''''Est for Lizy (sncf.fr).

We reach the chateau by car from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) in about half an hour. CDG is one of many sites in Europe of national-brand, rental cars costing about $300/week- compared to as much as $1400 from other vendors. You can rent a car in our area for however long you are staying and then rent another car in Avignon or another city for the time you will spend there, and the cost will be the same as if you'd rented in just one city for the same length of time. The N2, N3, and other major highways, go directly into Paris from near the chateau.

We're happy to help you find inexpensive tickets, too.

You can ride horses, play golf, see museums, hear music in ancient buildings, see theater and movies, etc., in the vicinity, including many hidden treasures, and the Champagne region is less than 40 minutes away. You're also within easy reach of a farm that welcomes visitors, Eurodisney (20 minutes) not to mention Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vincennes, Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, La Malmaison, Courson, Vaux-le-Vicomte, the race course at Chantilly--the Romans were here, too, leaving 2nd Century aqueducts and amphiteaters. There are too many beautiful places to explore--enough for a lifetime.
Property Rates
Begins Ends Week
Night
Weekend
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Weekly Monthly Min
Stay
Jul 01 2014 Aug 31 2014 - - - €1,500 -
Sep 01 2014 Oct 31 2014 - - - €1,200 -
Nov 01 2014 Dec 20 2014 - - - €900 -
Dec 21 2014 Jan 21 2015 - - - €1,200 -
Jan 21 2015 Mar 31 2015 - - - €900 -
Apr 01 2015 May 31 2015 - - - €1,200 -
Deposits: A deposit of 1/2 a week's rent will hold the apartment and serve as a damages deposit. If the apartment is left in good order, the deposit is returned. So far, it always has been returned in full.
Payment Options: Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check
Other Fees: Guests usually use their mobile telephones; we don't have telephone service, though we do have wiring if you want to have telephone service turned on. If usage of electricity is 150% of normal, we ask guests to pay for electricity. If it's normal, we pay it. This is to encourage guests not to go out with the windows open and the heat on.
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
The duke lived at the chateau until 1985, so the grounds, gardens, architecture, chapel, terraces, forest, allees, and other beautiful features are much as they were for centuries. The forest, huge old trees, and gardens provide restful vistas and a sense of a vast peace.
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