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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 11 habitable rooms
  • 400 square meters of living space
  • 949 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
An 18th century manor house and its farm buildings in 2 walled hectares in the south-west of the Touraine region - ref 555595
In the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, near to Chinon and Richelieu, near to slip roads for the A10 and A85 motorways; an airport and a TGV train station are 1 hour away.
In an undulating region, this walled property stands halfway up the hillside, thus protecting it from the winds at the top and the humidity at the bottom. It comprises three main buildings, the caretaker’s lodge, the manor house and the farmhouse, forming four separate areas as well as the vegetable garden-orchard, the main courtyard, the farmyards and the landscaped parklands.

It has several entrances off the tarmacked lane bordering its south side which comes up from the road running through the bottom of the valley.
The first entrance, bordered and dominated by the caretaker’s lodge, provides access to the lower section of the grounds, the vegetable garden and the orchard still being used for their original purposes except that the fruit trees have been replaced by 380 truffle oak trees. This section comprises a large covered area used for storage.
The second entrance leads into the main rectangular, landscaped and gravelled courtyard which can be seen through wrought iron gates. This entrance, comprising two wrought iron gates flanked by two moulded dressed stone pillars and two stationary grilles on low stone walls on either side, is delimited and closed on the left-hand side by the first farm building, one part of which includes an old 16th century dwelling, another is used as a garage.
The central section of the manor house spans two floors and features a hip roof. It has a wing on either side, both spanning a ground floor and attic space. The left-hand one features a Mansard-style roof, whilst that on the right has a gable roof featuring through, stone, pediment roof dormers.
On the right-hand side, when passing by the caretaker’s lodge, is a pavilion with a hip roof, extended by a lean-to at the back and by the end wall of the covered area. The swimming pool was installed in this retreat. wooded public gardens, on the other side of the lane, face the gates.
The third entrance leads to the 19th century farm, no longer in use, with its farmyard closed by a carriage porch way which goes through the middle of the first building, the former stable and cowshed. The first farmyard is delimited by open farm sheds on the left-hand side, the farmhouse at the end and the building on the right-hand side, separating it from the main courtyard. A second farmyard behind the farmhouse is enclosed by walls and pigsties.
The farm and the manor house are extended by landscaped parklands. A dovecote is integrated into their perimeter wall.

The manor house

Leading out on a level on the garden and the courtyard sides by means of a terrace added in the 19th century, this masonry dressed stone building features quoins, framing around the openings, cornices and string courses. It has an oak wood roofing framework covered with slate tiles. Its left wing straddles a section of the old dwelling.
It underwent internal renovation works during the 19th century and has decorative features dating from this period in various rooms: wainscoting, fireplaces and floor tiles.
Upstairs, the centre of the main facade features a sundial with the motto “hora ultima deo” (God’s last hour).

The caretaker’s lodge

This masonry, lime-rendered, rubble stone building features dressed stone quoins and framing around the openings as well as an oak wood roofing framework covered with slate tiles.
It comprises 4 rooms, one of which has a Touraine fireplace, all under a large empty attic space.

The farm buildings

These masonry buildings, built of lime-pointed rubble stone, are not rendered. They feature dressed stone quoins, reinforcing string courses and framing around the openings as well as oak and white wood roofing frameworks, partially covered with slate tiles and partially covered with flat tiles.
Solar panels spanning a surface area of 60 m², providing 3 x 3 kw power under contract to the EDF (French electricity board) have been integrated into the roof of the building on the roadside.
On the raised ground floor with an access porch way, the building on the right-hand side, separate from the courtyard, still has a communal room featuring a fireplace with an overhanging mantelpiece and an integrated oven as well as a large vaulted scullery from the old dwelling, these two rooms being built over a large vaulted cellar. This is followed, under the left-hand wing of the manor house, by a straight stone stairway which provides access upstairs to another room.
There is a well in the courtyard.

The dovecote

A square dovecote, incorporated in the perimeter wall of the parklands, is isolated from the other buildings.
The ground floor has been converted into a small oratory. The upstairs, accessed via an outside ladder, still has its 296 dove-holes, to which the turning ladder provides acces and four exits facing the points of the compass.
A terracotta finial in the shape of a pigeon is dated 1740.

The parklands

Forming an L-shape going from the top end of the farm as far as the vegetable garden, the parklands comprise three sections:
- a copse-maze, the circumvolutions of which intertwine between trees over one hundred years old and notably comprise a little bridge over a miniature ravine as well as a pergola.
- an intermediary section comprising grasslands.
- the manor house’s garden with an ornamental pool in line with the main facade, a greenhouse backing on to the perimeter wall and a well.
These landscaped parklands are planted with various species of deciduous trees such as white lime, maple, purple beech and hornbeam trees as well as conifers such as cedar trees.

The swimming pool

Installed in 2004, measuring 9x4.5 m and extended with a 3 m diameter semi-circle, the swimming pool is surrounded by tiled decking and features an electric safety cover.
The machine room is under the covered area.

Our opinion
This manor house is a good example of plain, functional and spacious architecture such as it was in the 18th century. It has been wisely converted and cleverly improved throughout the generations and the evolution of the way of life. Near to the Loire chateaux, the surrounding countryside is peaceful and truffles are to be found within its grounds.
The caretaker’s lodge and the farm buildings are not currently used and could be converted for a multitude of purposes without detriment to the calm reigning throughout the main section.
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