Both spaces, one downstairs, one up, have high ceilings, huge windows and views of the park and surrounding countryside – take both floors, or just one depending on the size of your group. The decoration is simple, relaxed and traditional with big comfy sofas, pretty fabrics, good artwork and lots of light. Beds and linen are superb, bathrooms have antiques, rugs, retro sinks and lovely organic soaps.
Cook in good-sized kitchens with all the basics left for you plus a bottle of wine. A cobblestone terrace in front has wrought iron tables and chairs for a sundowner, or nip through the hornbeam hedge for a shared lawn and some sunbeds. The gardens are open to the public on weekend afternoons, or you can ask for a private visit.
The nearest shop is at the château garden where you can buy organic food and which also has a salon de thé. Drive 10 minutes to Fontainebleau Forest for gentle and more robust trails or hike through the famous rocks in the Gorges de Franchard.