La Marcotte

Forge, Seine-et-Marne
+33 (0)1 47 03 66 42
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After a day touring châteaux, come back to birdsong and the swishing of trees. A house for lovers of art and eccentricity


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

In a modest village near fabulous Fontainebleau is a large wooden gateway in a high stone wall, with a ‘cottage’ behind and five acres of grounds – quelle surprise! It was home to a couple for 40 years: she the aunt of the owner of a nearby château, he a Russian… hence the wonderful, whimsical collection of art. Note the busy, bohemian, sumptuous salon; it is awfully grand – the sofas are not for sprawling – but it’s homely too (play a boardgame, browse a book) and excessively cocooning at night. Within a 15-minute drive are some of the greatest French châteaux – Courances, Dampierre, Fontainebleau – as well as the cobbled painters’ village of Barbizon, the school of landscape made famous by Millais, Corot and Rousseau. Back home, the vast ‘salon’ opens to a courtyard and a garden with immaculate topiaries and towering trees. Take a rug to the tufty grass, or swim a long lap in the pool; it hides behind a hedge (of course!).  This is an untouched home, perfectly preserved, The kitchen may be of an era less sumptuous than the rest, but you can always book in a chef.  


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 10-minute drive. Chef by arrangement.


Nightly price
from €382
Weekly price
from €2678
Damage deposit
Singles €3700-€5800.
1 House for 9
From €3826 beds5 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Pierres d’Histoire

  • Château de Fontainebleau - visit one of the most iconic château of french History and discover the royal apartments of kings and emperors who lived there.
  • Wander in the charming village of Barbizon, the school of landscape, made famous by the masters of impressionist movement.
  • Enjoy wonderful walks in Fontainebleau Forest and discover the Gorges de Franchard, amazing rocks in the heart of the forest.


Pierres d’Histoire

Picture the wilds of Scotland and a beautifully-restored Landmark Trust house surrounded by wild moors and hardy sheep. It was while staying here that the seed of the idea for Pierres d’Histoire was sown for its founder, Dominique Imbert. Passionate about the preservation of ancient heritage, he restores or re-builds abandoned historical houses in France, not only breathing new life into them but making them comfortable holiday homes.