This is where I stayed for a couple of months with Jethro Tull when we recorded the first version of "A Passion Play.” I remember it being a nice rambling old Chateau and a great experience for a young 19 year old lad! 
This clip below is about Elton John’s experience of recording there. It’s where he recorded the "Honky Chateau” album.



The author of Life on Mars has a connection with the Val-d'Oise. A strong bond. He has recorded two albums at the Château d'Hérouville and designed the album The Idiot Iggy Pop, released in 1977. 
In the early 70s, was the first French Hérouville residential studio, second in the world, where you come save but also eating, sleeping, walking around ... It will remain the only french studio known around the world. 
David Bowie is therefore made wo stays. The first in 1973 to record Pin Ups album of covers. But especially in 1976, producing both The Idiot Iggy Pop and his own Low, first revolutionary aspect of the so-called Berlin trilogy.

In the early 1970s, the composer Michel Magne welcomed in his recording studio castle the cream of the pop world: Elton John, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead or the French ... Magma.
Legend has it that David Bowie had come to the castle of Hérouville to explore new textures and this house reminded him of Haddon Hall, old house in the London suburb where he lived at the turn of the sixties and seventies.