A still lived-in Louis XIII château

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A little bit of history..

Built between 1622 and 1630 by Claude Ier Gallard, the Château de Courances has undergone many changes over the centuries.

Left in a state of neglect during the 19th century, it was entirely restored in 1872 by Baron Samuel de Haber, a wealthy Swiss banker seeking a large estate.

At the time, Baron Samuel de Haber added important elements, including the famous horseshoe staircase, copied from the Château de Fontainebleau, and the red bricks on all the facades, which are typical of the Louis XIII style, but were inexistent until the end of the 19th century.

This is why the Château de Courances is said to be twice Louis XIII!

The chateau today

Today, the château is still entirely private, and is home to four generations of the Ganay family, the current owners.

The Château de Courances, through the intermediary of the City Junction agency in Fontainebleau, rents out apartments to INSEAD students.

In August 2014, the first tenants, coming from all over the world, took up residence in five recently renovated apartments located in former outbuildings of the château.

With private gardens, a common room, laundry and gym, these furnished one- or two-bedroom flats are all equipped with TV and high-speed internet.