Homes With a History: Regal Residence in Proche Dreux, France

Built in the 17th century, this stately brick home has been occupied by King Henry IV of France and other notable residents.

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Belles Demeures de France, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Regal Residence in Proche Dreux, France

Dating back to the 17th century, this stately brick home was once occupied by King Henry IV of France and has since passed through a number of distinguished French families. This century, it was owned by Consuelo Vanderbilt, later Duchess of Marlborough, whose guests included Sir Winston Churchill.

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Pond

A rippling pond adds beautiful movement to this Proche Dreux yard and brick home. Large trees fill lawn space and add life and shades of green to the property. 

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Arched Windows

A long wall is lined with large archways, creating a wave-like motion. Bricks line the arches creating an exterior border. 

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Living Room

Rich wood walls and flooring bring a cozy feel to the spacious living room. Large green area rugs and matching green details throughout the room add color to the design. A mix of fabrics and patterns give the room life while upholding a traditional look. 

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Sitting Room

Decorative neutral walls and a feminine, floral area rug set a calm and sophisticated stage allowing wood and red velvet furniture to pop as accents in the room. The large space provides room for ample seating and splitting the space into two seating areas. Huge windows bring in beautiful sunlight to brighten the room. 

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Living and Dining Room

A trio of French doors allows natural light to flood into this living room. High ceilings and an open design add to the beautiful, spacious feel of the home. White furniture shines against the brown tile flooring while exposed beams decorate the open space. 

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Stone Statue

This stone accent piece keeps the beautiful, rich feel of French history alive in the midst of fresh landscaping and private tennis courts. 

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Stone Monument

This 17th century monument, located in Proche Dreux, is surrounded by an arched stone frame. A gravel walkway leads through the gate to the peaceful and beautiful display. 

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Covered Patio

A covered patio area leads out to a dreamy stone bridge with wrought iron railing. The large and dreamy yard is landscaped beautifully with small potted trees lining the walkway and large trees creating a natural wall. 

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Pool

Gray stone tiles create a bright walkway around this refreshing swimming pool. Trees create a natural wall around the property while the yard opening allows the sun to beat down on the water. 

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Wrought Iron Gate

An ornamental wrought iron gate is the perfect entrance detail decorating the natural gravel driveway and short, weathered-brick walls lining the sidewalk. 

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