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€635,000
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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 15 habitable rooms
  • 370 square meters of living space
Property description
An authentic, 17th century country house on the outskirts of Tours - ref 499256
This residence is on the outskirts of an ideally located, vine-growing town, bordered by a forest on one side and surrounded by country landscapes. Housing, composed of large properties, is dotted throughout the surroundings. Regional heritage notably comprises a wealth of chateaux and manor houses. To the south of the river Le-Cher, the centre of the main urban town is 20 minutes away. Paris takes a little over two hours by car, making the pastoral setting even more enjoyable.
This country house, nestling in its peaceful setting, is slightly concealed behind a small fold of the land, surrounded by a copse of trees, some of which are outstanding.
A little road, out of the town, leads to a delightful alleyway, bordered with lime trees and grassy areas, which goes to the residence.
This hamlet is featured on Cassini’s map. It is cited in certain works and was initially referred to as a farm.
The first acquisition of this fiefdom dates back to the late 16th century and the first official document relating to it, the end of the 17th century.
It has undergone several transformations over the years and, for more than two centuries, was no more than an outbuilding used for storing cereal right up until the beginning of the 20th century.
The large, luxurious home was separated from the rest of the farm and a chapel with a bell-tower destroyed at the very end of the 19th century.
The building was then almost in a state of ruin. Patient restoration works were to give it back its appearance of a local country house.
The beams in some of the ceilings and partitions have been exposed. The end result does honour to the craftsmen that carried out these rehabilitation works.
The reception rooms on the ground floor are, even now, as they were in the 17th century. Two of them still have their period panelling.
The inside has been renovated in keeping with the original character, style and materials. Several fireplaces date from the 17th century, one of which is to be found in the outhouses, with an incorporated oven and a wooden lintel supporting the chimney breast.
The considerable thickness of the house’s loadbearing walls, very probably indicates the existence of two pavilions that were originally separate and then joined.
The outstandingly even appearance of the vaulted stone cellar no doubt makes it an older section.
Two gardens are amongst the verdant areas enhancing the property. An interior one, bordered with slate paved alleyways, features two garden sheds, built of brick with slate roofs, and an aviary.
At a short distance, on one side, is an old well and, on the other, an old pond.
The surroundings comprise wooded parklands, with some species over a hundred years old, as well as a meadow and an orchard.
A small French parterre extends in front of the house.
Two majestic cedar trees dominate on the side.
There are, in total, more than two hectares of greenery.

The country house

This house, as it was defined at the end of the 18th century, is a large, luxurious home. With openings on both sides, the rooms are accessed via a very pleasant vestibule, laid out between the courtyard and the garden.
This property is composed of a main building with an old outhouse set at right angles.
A perfectly symmetrical building, it is constructed from stone with freestone framing, spans a ground floor and a converted attic floor, is topped with a slate roof and has two harmonious facades.
Above each of the four small-paned openings, the roof is adorned with elegant shed dormers, topped with triangular pediments and featuring reversed stone consoles.
The windows and French windows are protected by interior wooden shutters.
The double French windows, forming the main central entrance, are flanked by two thin Doric order pilasters. These open into a paved hall, the ceiling of which has moulding. It also comprises a decorative stone fireplace with a trumeau mirror.
Straight on, another French window leads to the interior garden. On the left-hand side is a paved study with wall panelling and paintings above the doors. It is followed by a vast, paved reception room with an original, 18th century corner cupboard, panelling, an impressive stone fireplace with a semi-circular hearth, exposed ceiling beams and a small-paned French window opening on to a small balcony overlooking the garden and the parklands.
On the right-hand side of the entrance hall is a paved lounge, with panelling, a marble fireplace with a mirror trumeau and cupboards.
The corridor, with its paving stones, has panelling and wall shelves.
A dining room, with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, has panelling, a fireplace with a wooden mantel, numerous wall cupboards, some of which are glazed, and ceiling moulding. It opens via double glazed doors on to the interior garden.
Then comes a vast side entrance hall, with floor tiles, a stone fireplace, wallpaper and exposed ceiling beams. It also houses a stairway, the handrail and railings of which are made of oak wood. One wall is half-timbered and there is a wood-burning stove.
A small, tiled vestibule includes a cloakroom and a separate toilet. A fitted kitchen features oak wood and ceramic tiles, floor tiles and exposed ceiling beams.
A tiled hall area, with a door on the interior garden side, houses a wooden stairway and a hall area as well as a boiler room.
These are followed by a small, tiled summer kitchen, a laundry room and a storeroom.
There are also two bedrooms, with terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams as well as doors leading to the interior garden. One of these bedrooms has a tall stone fireplace.
Upstairs, with terracotta floor tiles and exposed ceiling beams, are a small landing, an attic as well as a large landing, with cupboards, a hall area, a shower room with a shower, cupboards and a toilet.
These are followed by a tiled bathroom, a small landing, a bedroom, a wide hall area in use as a bedroom and four more bedrooms, two of which are spacious, some intercommunicate and one has a stone fireplace, as well as another marble bathroom and a toilet.
This house spans a total of almost 400 m² of living space.
Below the ground floor, a basement runs the full length of the house with a vaulted cellar divided into three sections.
Every window has a pleasant view over the wooded parklands and the surrounding countryside.



Our opinion
This property is very well balanced. Between the countryside forming its setting, the parklands surrounding it and the nearby large town. Between the modern-day home comforts and the numerous old decorative features, balanced in turn between the Rocaille and the Classical styles. Balance is also to be found on the facade, enhanced by its sober, elegant openings. New owners who use this as a holiday home will find space, as much quiet as they require and a never-ending list of places to visit in the region. Those who make it a main family residence will congratulate themselves every day on having found not only a distinguished home but also an ideal setting.
Tours, France
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