BELLEFONTAINE is a peaceful village of hardly 500 inhabitants, set in the valley of Ysieux and, therefore, included in the perimeter of the classification of this valley.
It is also a locality integrated into the Regional Natural reserve Oise-country of France.
Geographically Bellefontaine is in the interface between the Plain of France, in the South, and, the forest massif of Chantilly in the North unless two kilometers of the urban area.
Points of view are remarkable since the paying pond, or of the South northward or the North southward.
A hiking trail coming from the Parisian suburb and going to Chantilly and Senlis crosses the village.église-Bellefontaine
It invites, having discovered the church of the XVIth century and Bellefontaine du XVIIIème's castle reshaped to the XIXth ( current retirement home) in the stroll.
We shall notice then, on the south hillside, the golf blue green of landscaped Bellefontaine (twice 18 holes) which extends partially over Plessis-Luzarches and over Bellefontaine.
This one, besides the meeting with the varied landscapes, allows to approach quickly and easily old Pits and his(her,its) beautiful church, the site of the abbey of Hérivaux the priest of Bellefontaine of which the father abbot still presented to the XVIIIéme century to the archbishop of Paris, with the aim of his appointment.
Bellefontaine has a particular history :
In Antiquity, the village of Bellefontaine sheltered a center of manufacturing of grindstones in stoneware to grind the grain: of what give evidence vestiges which were found as well in the fields as in the field of the castle.
In the Middle Ages he had there a number of potters' workshops. The bench of clay (raw material) went on along Ysieux since Pits.
They remained until the XVIIIth century.
We find the track of their productions in all the region but also in Rouen to Beauvais, and ... in Paris (during the searches in the square court of the Louvre), this while ovens were spotted, in the southern part of the municipality in particular in the former street of Brenc and in the street Abraham. Afterward developed watercress beds which were exploited up to the Second World War.
This attaching village invites you to discover its heritage :
- The church St Nicholas' Day-XIIème-XVIème century:
Small characteristic church of the villages of the Country of France.
- The castle 2nd quarter of the XVIIth century:
The castle was reorganized under Louis XIV He underwent numerous modifications; he shelters the house of retreat of craftsmen today.
- The dovecote - assists half of the XVIth century :
This dovecote is in the park of the castle and not in the court of a farm as we could think of it. With the room of justice or public, raised by the Lord, he trained a set with the castle of Bellefontaine.
- Stables - XIXth century:
Former stables in the park of the castle.
- The fountain:
Source fitted out in public fountain on the scene of the former village of Brene, named "au-delà-de-l'water". Buildings, domestic ovens of the high Middle Ages, potters' ovens of the environment XVIIth century were updated in 1992, on 1994 and 1998.
- On the domain of Bellefontaine we can find "Pierre Longue", menhir witness of the prehistoric civilization in Country of France.
- Pierre Saint-Martin, polisher: this stone served to polish the tool in flint to give him the deliberate form. She was discovered in 1994.