Château de Mortefontaine
Château de Mortefontaine, Mortefontaine, Oise, Hauts-de-France
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Louis-René de Gramont
Lt. Louis-René de Gramont, Comte de Gramont, of Chateau de Mortefontaine
Bonaparte sold Mortefontaine to Louis-Henri Bourbon, last Prince de Condé, but three years later he was found swinging at the end of a rope. Rumors ran rife that either his revengeful illegitimate daughter, Sophie, had plotted his demise with his Orléanist rival for the French throne, Louis Philippe I, or it was the result of a sexual act gone wrong. Either way, Mortefontaine was soon afterwards inherited by the same illegitimate daughter implicated - but found innocent - in his death. In 1894, retaining the "Petit Parc" she sold the "Grand Parc" to the north of the chateau to the Duke of Gramont and his wife, Marguerite de Rothschild, where they built the palatial Chateau de Vallière.
Mortefontaine remained in Sophie's family until 1928 when it was sold to Louis-René de Gramont, who grew up the Chateau de Vallière. Having by then fallen into a bad state of repair, he carried out the much needed renovations only to be evicted during the Second World War when it was occupied by the Nazis. Five years later, he sold it to an Order of Dominican Monks and it became a school which operated until 1985 when Mortefonatine was purchased by Monsieur Pontheiu who converted it into a luxury hotel. This eventually failed by about 2004 and today it is once again a private home.
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