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  • 8 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • 11 habitable rooms
  • 400 square meters of living space
Property description
An 11th century watermill, its long traditional farmhouse and its wash-house between Amboise and Blois in the Loire Valley - ref 743564
This mill is a little more than two hours from Paris via the A10 motorway, 35 minutes from Tours, with its TGV train station as well as its airport, and 25 minutes from Blois. It stands in the Loire Valley, a natural setting for Renaissance chateaux, chosen by kings for its mild climate. It is a blend of damp areas at the bottom of the valley and dry areas on the hillsides. This property is 2 km from a village, with 870 inhabitants, shops, amenities and a primary school.
This property is in a hamlet, on the edge of a secondary road, little used by cars as their drivers prefer the straighter, clearer Loire embankment. A little lane, under which the river of the mill’s race passes in an east to west direction, provides access to the property. The parklands, stretching out for almost two hectares on either side, include the meanders of the river that create delightful islets here and there, reached via stone or wooden bridges. The banks, clear or planted with pollard willows are much appreciated by mallard ducks. The old wash-house is on the side of the millrace. The mill adjoins and intercommunicates with the long traditional farmhouse. The old barn is used as a garage and the former stable for storage purposes. Near to the squares used as a vegetable garden are a garden shed, a henhouse and its aviary.

The mill

This mill, with an almost square base and cubic form, is topped with a three-sloped roof covered with small tiles and featuring a shed dormer, with curved sides, on two facades. It has a brick cornice. The brick chimney stack, with its outside flue going up the south gable wall, is oval. The mill paddle wheel is sheltered under a lean-to on the north facade. The mill has small-paned windows, freestone framing around its openings and rendered walls.

The long, traditional farmhouse

The long, traditional farmhouse was constructed at right angles to the mill, using the same materials and creating a perfectly homogeneous property. The farmhouse is lower as it only spans two levels. Its main facade faces south. This farmhouse is now predominantly used as a guest house as the actual owners live in the mill.

Our opinion
Tall trees are reflected in the mirror-like water of the millrace where ducks love to feed. The little bridges in the parklands celebrate the marriage of water and land. The indented mill wheels are quite naturally part of the dining room furniture. The long, traditional farmhouse acts as a lookout post over its abundant, lush, natural surroundings. This place has attracted famous guests such as Monaco’s Grâce and Rainier. A family could, nevertheless, be tempted to keep such a cosy, little world all to itself.
Amboise, France
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