Enjoy the heart of Fontainebleau's forest

House Exchange in Samois sur Seine


We feel we are very lucky to live all year round in our home ! It is a three floor traditional french style 19th century house (300M2), just on the border of the Seine river situated in a very cute and charming little village. Our house is very well exposed, clear and sunny with Seine views from almost every room. We have a large wooden deck terrace bathed with sun including a spa, barbecue, table tennis, bicycles and other commodities. All year round our house has more the style of a holiday family house than else. 6 comfortable rooms, 3 large bathrooms, two office, a separate living room with a fireplace and a big living room with american kitchen style makes it a very easy and pleasant place to share for all. We are all non smokers and no-one ever smokes at our place except on the terrace.


Samois is famous for its International Jazz Festival as Django Reinhardt  lived in Samois. Its situation near Paris, FontainebleauVaux-le-Vicomte, the Loire valley makes it a very convenient and interesting place to be for tourism in the Ile de France and Paris area. A train takes you in 35 mn time to the center of Paris so you can take advantage of all the city entertainment but when you need nature and rest, you enjoy the large Fontainebleau forest to hike, VTT bike ride or climb on rocks…row on the Seine river (we have a little row boat), water-ski, rent a boat, etc…if you prefer water scenes. There are several Golf courses in the vicinity, horse riding clubs, tennis courts, etc…. if sport is your thing. Otherwise hundreds of cultural and tourism activities are at a close distance around Fontainebleau.

Our house is on the “quai” in Bas Samois, just on the border of an “arm” of the Seine river meaning that we have a view on a small island in front and sharing the activity on this part that is little tourism activity with small boats staying for a night or two coming from anywhere in the world. All the industrial traffic of river boats being behind the island so we have no nuisance at all but just the pleasure of having “passengers” next door. Our direct neighbors are English speaking people on both sides, INSEAD (International Management Institute) drives a lot of the people living in Samois. “The best place to be in the Fontainebleau area”. There are 4 restaurants on the “Quai”, fine food and wine, music as Jazz is a “must” here. You can walk to the center of the village to find a mini market, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, post office and all first need commodities. The place is very quiet at night, no noise nuisances, just hearing birds or swans flapping on the water when landing on the river.


We are a big family with 6 kids  from 14 to 32 years of age, the 4 eldest live on their own but we all have a lot of pleasure gathering together during week-ends and holidays in Samois. My wife has a shop in Paris call “l’Embellie” and I work in Education and Research in Paris Est-Creteil University. Our eldest is a journalist, the 2nd one is working in “humanitarian” projects and the youngests are doing their best in school or University. We all had experiences abroad mainly in the USA and speak english. We do all our best to be an opened-minded and welcoming family, keen on sharing world-wide experiences, sharing our taste for art and literature and all subjects driving our life as economy, politics and sports.



Nice villages
Barbizon and Moret-sur-Loing :

Castle and Palace
Very close to the house, you can visit Fontainebleau palace where Napoleon resigned.
You can also go to Vaux-le-Vicomte which inspired the creation of Versailles.
http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/  (we recommend the Candlelight evenings).
We also like to go to the château de Courances (30mn). It’s park is beautiful.
Blandy-les-Tours (castle XIVe) (25 mn)

You can discover the Fontainebleau forest. Most famous trails :
Les gorges de Franchard (Denecourt N°7, GR 1 et 11) ; Les gorges d’Apremont ; (Denecourt N°6, GR1, TMF) ; Rochers du mont Ussy (Denecourt N°1) , Tour Denecourt (Denecourt N°2 ou 14) ; Le Long Rocher (Denecourt N°11) ; Rocher des Demoiselles (Denecourt N°9) ; Les 3 pignons (Le Tour des 3 pignons ou le Denecourt N°16)
http://www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com/index.php/en/ (Tourism office)
http://www.aaff.fr (Amis de la fôret, in french)

Melun : every wednesday and saturday morning (very popular)
Fontainebleau : every tuesday and sunday morning

Fontainebleau golf club (7Km) : http://www.golfdefontainebleau.org/EngPages/engindex.php
Base de loisirs de Bois le Roi (5Km) : http://boisleroi.ucpa.com/ (fr)

Amusement Park
Disneyland (1H) : http://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/
Parc Astérix (1H30) : http://www.parcasterix.fr/en

Caval & Go : http://www.cavalngo.com/products/1/we-horseback-france-fontainebleau-forest
Base de loisirs de Bois le Roi (5Km) : http://boisleroi.ucpa.com/ (fr)

Other places : http://www.tourism77.co.uk


Versailles (1H) http://www.chateauversailles.fr/
A little bit further away, you can visit les châteaux de la Loire : http://loire-chateaux.co.uk/en-gb/
We love in particular : Chenonceaux (3H), Chambord (2H30) and Azay le Rideau (3H). If you like gardens, don’t miss Villandry (3H).

We love Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. We suggest you go to the nice village of Sancerre (1H30 drive). Our favorite in white : domaine Delaporte at Chavignol, well known for the crottin de Chavignol (goat cheese). We like in red : château de Maimbray (Sury-en-vaux) and of course, the famous domaine Vacheron (the best one but the most expensive).  http://www.sancerre.net/

If you prefer Chardonnay, you can go to Chablis, which is at the same distance (1H30).

Burgundy and their best “crus” are about 2h30 drive :

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