They lived the experience at the castle
"I wish I'd stayed here my whole year rather than just P4 and 5."
"Thank you very much for my stay Fluery. It was a singular experience and one I will be hard-pressed to forget. It is a special place and I appreciated all the organization you put into the stay and your availability to come to the rescue whenever something went terribly wrong. We all appreciated that night in the first week or so of P3 when you had us over for a drink. It was a very charming touch that brought everyone together at the start of the year."
"Dear Simon, Thank you again so much for everything! Living at Fleury was a highlight of my INSEAD career."
"Living in Fleury was a great experience during my MBA journey. I was based in renovated flats with high quality equipment. I had the immense privilege to participate and take part in many different events such as BBQs or sport events. The Chateau offers many pleasant and various facilities such as lakes, gym or common living areas. It is also located in between INSEAD campus and Barbizon village. I would definitely recommend living in Fleury for an upcoming MBA student who is looking for a unique experience"
"Picking Fleury as a residency was one of my best decisions of the INSEAD MBA. It truly added to the experience - having nice and roomy apartments, allowing for nice walks, BBQ with fellow INSEAD students and great networking and friendships. The Chateau is truly beautiful and offers much to explore in its surroundings. I am looking forward to visit Fleury again after my graduation! Having Simon as a landlord made everything so much easier, he couldn't have been more helpful and kind."
"Living at Chateau de Fleury is an amazing and very special experience during the INSEAD MBA. The Chateau and its surroundings are really beautiful, allowing you to spend lots of time in nature in the French countryside. The apartments are modern, extremely spacious, well-equipped and each have their own bathroom and kitchen. You share the Chateau with a community of 15-20 other INSEADers, making the time there a very fun experience !"
"Fleury has been one of the best parts of my INSEAD experience. A place of nature and history, it’s been the best possible home, and I certainly couldn’t imagine having lived anywhere else. There is a charm to the partial isolation of being away from town, because the community of Fleurisiens is nothing less than a family who benefits from living in the most breathtaking place imaginable."
"Living at Fleury was the highlight of my INSEAD experience. An incredible year spent with friends from around the world. Just a stone's throw from beautiful Barbizon and a short drive to Fonty, we were the home of countless lunches, dinners, sporting activities and musical nights. Not to mention the best parties of the class. I couldn't imagine INSEAD life without Fleury."
"Fleury is a beautiful chateau located in a rural village nestled into the Fontainebleau Forest. It became a home away from home where I bonded with INSEADers over intimate dinners and big parties. Advantages include having your own space (no shared kitchens or bathrooms) to get away from the craziness of the MBA, and the beautiful running paths around the chateau."
"Many alumni friends had recommended to use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and live in a French castle with a number of like-minded and interesting students. I followed this advice and stayed in Fleury for four months. I have to say I was not disappointed. My apartment was spacious and charming, I enjoyed living in the countryside (for a big change), and was almost looking forward to the early morning rides through the forest of Fontainebleau. Overall, the living situation was very special and unique."
"I had an absolute amazing time living at Fleury. This was a truly great experience: a beautiful castle, very nice apartments and close to INSEAD. The perfect package. I really enjoyed it and can recommend it to anyone."
"Living in a chateau is always an amazing experience. But Château Fleury topped my expectations. The place has a magical touch that makes it charming. A strong recommendation for INSEAD students to fully enjoy living in the french countryside."
"Spent 4 amazing months living at Chateau Fleury. I moved there with 4 other good friends from Singy. It was a unique experience to live in such a beautiful place. We organised the best BBQs and parties, and also thank you very much to Simon for looking after us. One of the best decisions I've made at INSEAD."
"Chateau Fleury is an amazing place to stay. Beautiful, peaceful and a home outside of the INSEAD bubble. Perfect for dinner parties or party parties. The landlord Simon is really friendly, polite and very helpful. Located 15 minutes drive from campus, close to a gigantic supermarket in Villiers en Biere, as well as the lovely village of Barbizon, and if you like climbing, some of the best bouldering spots are a few minutes drive away. Fleury is definitely the best place to stay if you are coming to the Fontainebleau campus."
"Many thanks for everything. We had a great time at the Château. Hope to come back soon".
"Thanks for all the help this year at Fleury. It was one of the best experiences of my life living there"
"This is the BEST place to live outside Fontainebleau. The Fleurysiens as we are called, sure know how to put on some good parties in the most beautiful surroundings in France! I doubt I'll ever live in a Château again, so I didn't want to miss this opportunity. Thanks to Simon too, who looked after us so well."
"Dear Simon, Thank you for a wonderful 4 months, my apartment was huge and I loved all the beams and stone floors."
"Chateau de Fleury is the coolest place to live, the parties, the park and the peace and quiet away from campus and Fonty helped keep me sane when things got really busy. I loved lying in bed listening to the bells ring from the Church"
"Staying at Maison d'Amis for a full year was a beautiful experience! My wife and I enjoyed the serenity and the privacy of the place as Fleury-en-Bière is the perfect choice for the break needed from the busy days of INSEAD and Fontainebleau. We loved the cosiness of the house and the beautiful nature all around us and the chateau, and the proximity to Centre Commercial Villiers-en-Bière made everything available. Thank you Simon for being a great host and always making sure we had the most comfortable stay !"
Wassim & Zeina 17D
"Dear Simon, It was a true pleasure to meet you too. You were always supportive with our gatherings and it felt very welcoming. Fleury is such a beautiful house. What a pleasure it was to come through the gate everyday, into a world of squares and ovals, alternating around you against the high surrounding walls. The proportions of the castle are brilliant, impressive and so elegant. I will dearly miss Fleury. Merry merry Christmas to you and your family. Sincerely"
“I usually don’t write reviews but in the case I have to note an effort that was above and beyond. When I was in need of getting some important documents he was willing and able to not only help procure them he had also done me the tremendous favor of bringing them to the train station after hours. Truly went the extra step to do this. Much appreciated to Simon.”
"If I had to do it all over again, I would again 100% choose to live at Fleury! Not only do you get the rare opportunity to live in a beautiful, historic French chateau, but you also get to become part of a community—a family during your time at INSEAD. From Fleury dinners in the common room to some of the best parties, the memories, experiences, and friendships you create and share with your fellow Fleurysiens will stay with you long after graduation!
p.s. don't be worried about having to have a car: 1) it's only a 12min drive to campus; 2) having a car makes for easy road trips to explore France and surrounding regions !"
"Staying at Fleury was the best decision I made at INSEAD. Living in a Château in the middle of the beautiful French countryside with 15+ fellow INSEADers, you form a community within the INSEAD bubble. You make incredible friends, have your own space as opposed to a shared house in town, and are part of a tradition of hosting the best dinners/parties/activities at INSEAD. Living at Fleury was undoubtedly the highlight of my MBA experience."