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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 8 habitable rooms
  • 220 square meters of living space
Property description
An impressive, 19th century, village house 1½ hours from Paris in the French department of Loiret - ref 655627
This old stone residence, just a few minutes from Briare SNCF train station and near to local shops, is in the centre of a village, with a large number of picturesque houses, alongside the river Loire. Furthermore, it is one of rare market town to be near the river. Three towers bear witness to a tumultuous past but its way of life nowadays is extremely peaceful.
This house stands facing a large square, featuring a 17th century church, constructed by the “Confrérie Saint-Vincent”, a guild of vine-growers who pay tribute to Saint-Vincent, patron saint of vine-growers. The house was probably home to a vine-grower in the 19th century, just like most of the houses in the village.
Impressive, it is bordered by a lane that leads down to the river Loire. Wooden carriage gates open into a garden, largely taken up by a swimming pool. A small terrace is ideal for eating outside when the weather is warm. The church bell-tower appears to keep a discreet watch on the garden.

An impressive village house

The architecture of this house is marked by the attractive stone used for its varied, cheerful facade. Several basement windows can be seen on the basement level. The ground floor features two large, basket-handle arched, paned windows, fitted with solid wood shutters and framed with white stone and brick. The plain front door also has a wooden shutter. The colours are pale, like the pastel green of the carriage gates. The roof is covered with old tiles. The overhanging, tiled cornice provides a great deal of character. A little opening surrounded by orange bricks, on the left-hand side of the carriage gates, must have been used for taking delivery of the wine barrels which arrived by boat on the river Loire. In the garden, a fenced swimming pool faces the quarry stone block walls, sometimes adorned with half-timbering, mixing wood and brick. Tile fragments fill the gaps between the half-timbering.

Our opinion
Just a stone’s throw away, the river Loire provides an ever-changing view and long walks along its towpath. The bell-tower on the little village church keeps an eye on this immaculately kept house, exuding an immediately reassuring impression of tranquillity. The interior has been tastefully converted. The conviviality of the reception areas and the autonomy of the bedrooms fully justify a bed & breakfast activity as well as a permanent family residence or a holiday home for those moments of relaxation and fulfilment that these premises inspire.
Briare, France
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