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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 9 habitable rooms
  • 350 square meters of living space
  • 956 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A 16th century mansion house and its outbuildings in parklands, free of any nuisances, near to Tours - ref 883926
2½ hours from Paris. In the Val-de-Loire region, the cultural landscape of which is classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. Less than ten kilometres from the centre of Tours, its TGV train station with 50-minute links to Paris and its international airport with regular, direct flights to London, Dublin, Marseille, Porto and Marrakech. In a village renowned for its vineyard, 500 m from shops, doctors, primary and secondary schools as well as public transport.
The parklands, set in a little quiet street between the vines and the village, are fully enclosed by high walls. Heavy gates open on to a gravel courtyard. On the left-hand side are the old stables; straight on, are vast wine cellars hewn in the freestone rock and troglodyte outbuildings, a laundry room and a workshop; on the right-hand side is the old stately home. The attractively landscaped garden, with trees over a hundred years old, extends over approx. 1,300 m² on the other side of the residence. It is also bordered along its entire length by troglodyte rooms, including the orangery, an old chapel, a dance studio, storage areas and a cellar. A flight of steps leads to a terrace planted with evenly spaced yew trees, above the full length of the troglodyte outbuildings, which is a hundred or so metres. A few steps then go to a swimming pool area, enclosed on three sides by a hornbeam hedge, with the fourth side providing an outstanding view over the Loire Valley. Behind the hornbeams, an old listed farm where it would be possible to replant vine stock on land spanning 3,400 m². This area is currently a meadow planted with thirty truffle trees. And lastly, the wood spans almost 5,000 m². An enclosed, 1,200 m² vegetable garden is opposite the garden on the other side of the street.

The residence

Although this residence underwent several transformation and conversion works between the 16th and 19th centuries, its overall appearance remains classical. Constructed up against and at right angles to the hillside, the residence has but one gable, the other end comprising a partially troglodyte room, the kitchen. Openings are regularly spaced over the freestone facades, with more on the courtyard side than the garden side. The main entrance door is enhanced by a horseshoe-shaped porch way. A brick and freestone turret was added upstairs on the hill side in the middle of the 19th century. Both sides of the main slate hip roof feature two stone, arched, broken roof dormers as well as a bull’s eye window.

The former stables

These former stables date from the late 16th century. They were extended in the first half of the 19th century, creating an L-shape with an upstairs. The sober, elegant facade is made of freestone. Two tall arcades are flanked with pilasters; in the centre, above a well, are two recesses, one concave and the other round. The left-hand arcade opens into the old stables, an area spanning 86 m²; that on the right-hand side opens into a passageway where the dove-holes of a dovecote are still to be found. This passageway leads to cellars and to a stairway going upstairs. The latter, used as a doctor’s surgery in the 19th century, comprises two rooms, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 55 m² and awaiting full renovation works.

Our opinion
This property is, without doubt, exceptional. Its first asset is its nuisance-free location, with its outstanding view, so near to the centre of a village as well as Tours. Also, the surface area of land, just over a hectare divided into a courtyard, a garden, terraces, a meadow, a vegetable garden and woods, gives residents free rein for all leisure and relaxation activities. And lastly, the architecture of the buildings and the numerous outbuildings abounds with old features both inside and out.
Tours, France
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