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19th Century Manor House - Paris
Our home is a typical French manor house, built in 1860 and full of character and atmosphere.
The house is on three levels, totalling 300 m2 (3000 sq ft), and is surrounded by a beautifully maintained garden of approximately three quarters of an acre, with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The house is enclosed on all sides with electric security gates, operated by remote control.
There are five main bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with en-suite facilities), lounge, dining room, study/library, wine cellar, laundry and workroom.
We have a gourmet kitchen with an American-style fridge-freezer, a breakfast bar, and all the gadgets you can use!
For children and adults there is a playroom with Wii Fit, Playstation, electronic piano/organ, many board games, table games, and a library of DVDs and CDs.
There are four TVs with DVD players and satellite receivers, offering nearly 1000 channels in English or French, as well as broadband WiFi.
In the garden there are facilities for playing soccer, basketball and table tennis, and there are five bikes of all sizes, as well as a huge trampoline!
This is a family home in every sense, very welcoming and comfortable.
Bouffémont is a village situated in the Val d'Oise (the Oise Valley), 25 minutes' drive from Paris CDG airport, and 25 minutes from the centre of Paris.
It has the benefit of being in the country but within a stone's throw of Paris.
There are excellent communication links by local train or road to Paris itself and all its wonderful history and monuments.
The Oise Valley was a favourite haunt for such great painters as Camille Pissaro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh. The latter is buried in Auvers-sur-Oise, which is fifteen minutes' drive from Bouffémont. You can visit the village and see some of the subjects he painted, as well as visit his grave.
Other tourist attractions close by include Chantilly with its famous horse racing course and stables (the largest in the world when built), and Enghein-les-Bains with its "trotting" race course and lakeside casino.
For the children you have Parc Asterix (www.parcasterix.com), various other parks, as well as EuroDisney (1Â½ hours' drive away).
Normandy is only one hour's drive away, and you can visit many World War I and II sites.
If you are really ambitious, you can drive to Brussels in Belgium in two hours, and reach the ferry port in Calais in 2Â½ hours, if you want to take the short trip to England!
Although Bouffémont has little more than the regulatory two boulangeries (bakers), enabling you to walk and buy fresh baguettes and croissants in the morning, plus a restaurant and two pharmacies, there is a shopping mall five miles away, with a hypermarket and various other outlets for buying things!
We are a multi-cultural family, having lived in Asia, Africa, UK and Canada at various times in our lives.
Colin is a retired CEO of an international telecommunications company now part of France Telecom, he now spends his time looking after the children and is a qualified Cordon Bleu chef.
Isabelle is the Managing Director of a subsidiary of a major quoted (NYSE) international company.
We have two children, Alexandre, 12, and Florence, 11, and Colin has three children from previous marriages, of whom Harriet, 16, will be travelling with us.
We must not forget our two-year-old labrador Réglisse (liquorice), who could stay at the house if you so wish.
We are all bi-lingual in French and English - including Réglisse!
We also travel with Isabelle's father, a retired neurologist, and her sister Caroline, 21, who is a university student current enjoying an exchange visit to Perth, Australia.
We have a small apartment in Cannes which can sleep four people, and which could be included in the exchange.
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|Sleeps||10 (5 Bedrooms)|
|Airport||Paris CDG (25 km)|
When & Where
|Dates not specified|
|Travellers||7 (4 Adults, 3 Children)|
|Languages||English / French|
|Occupation||CEO & Consultant|