loading
Menu Search
Tours
€2,840,000
Property features
Email AgentEmail Agent
  • 7 bedrooms
  • 15 habitable rooms
  • 310 square meters of living space
Property description
Very near to Tours, facing the river Loire, an 18th century manor house and its 1 ha French formal garden, both listed, a chapel and numerous troglodyte caves - ref 498280
In the midst of the Loire Valley, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 8 minutes from the historic centre of Tours. 10 minutes from its TGV train station with links to Paris taking less than an hour. Also nearby are the A10 motorway, linking the French capital to the south-west of France, and an airport with direct flights to London. This manor house, in a sought-after commune with shops, schools and public transport, dominates the river Loire.
This property’s perimeter wall runs alongside the road on the banks of the river Loire. Double, 18th century, wrought iron gates, featuring a pediment adorned with black and gilt ironwork and once belonging to the Couvent-des-Dames-de-l'Union-Chrétienne (Christian Union Ladies’ Convent), open into the property. Spanning a total surface area of approx. 1.2 hectares, this property extends over two levels. The lower section, facing the gates, includes the manor house. The outbuildings, now converted, close the east side of the property. The hill on the north side shelters the property and conceals its many troglodyte caves. French formal gardens extend as far as the property boundary on the west side. In the upper section a large hillside terrace is landscaped; it includes the swimming pool and looks down on the river Loire.

The 18th century manor house

Construction of this manor house is said to date from the first half of the 18th century; it was the work of local architect Pierre-Meusnier, several buildings still exist in Tours. Classified as a “Louis XV folly”, this residence is constructed from freestone and topped with a slate roof. The south facade of the manor house is both middle-class and elegant. A wide, porch comprising five steps goes up to central double doors, flanked by stone pilasters and topped with a triangular pediment, sculpted and engraved with the former owners’ initials. Two tall windows are on either side of the doors. The roof features two roof dormers and two bull’s eye windows. Other features include freestone decorations such as clusters of flowers and modillions. An atrium provides another entrance and also leads to the troglodyte rooms. The entire manor house faces south and still has all of its original features.

The converted outbuildings

This old manor house outbuilding, dating from the 19th century, is constructed from freestone and brick, topped with a slate roof. The west facade includes a projection, with red brick decor, resembling a pavilion. The many doors, windows and roof dormers let copious amounts of light into the inside. It spans approx. 155 m² of living space. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, housing a stairway, a kitchen, a dining room, with double doors opening on to the outside, and two bedrooms, each with a bathroom and toilet. Upstairs are a wide lounge, featuring a cathedral ceiling, and two bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets. Once again, original features such as terracotta floor tiles, parquet flooring and exposed beams have been preserved and enhanced with modern-day home comforts.

The troglodyte caves, a chapel and outbuildings

Renowned for being one of the biggest troglodyte properties in the French department of Indre-et-Loire, the numerous 18th century caves are in an excellent state of repair. In the most spacious, once a wine museum, can still be seen the old wine-presses, one of which dates from the Renaissance period. Steps hewn in the rock, dating from the 15th century, link these lower sections with the top of the hill. Today, these numerous caves are used for a multitude of purposes such as a garage, an orangery a wine cellar, a storeroom and a woodshed. The biggest of them still has some of its old museum decor, including wine-presses and illuminated bottle alcoves. A door has been made so as to connect this cave with the manor vestibule. On a level with the first floor of the manor house, the equally troglodyte chapel opens on to a hillside terrace and dominates the garden.

The parklands

The parklands span a surface area of approx. 1.2 hectares over two levels. Granted French Historic Monument listing in 1965 by the municipality of Tours, the current owners have restored their original beauty through reorganising and redesigning works. In the lower section, facing the manor house, the geometric, French formal garden is adorned with beautifully trimmed boxwood, conifers and hornbeam hedges. Landscaped alleyways border the lawns. A central fountain provides coolness and tranquillity. A small vegetable garden, with its herbs, in the south-east corner is separated from the rest by wrought iron gates.
There are two ways of getting to the upper section of the parklands. A drive, on one side of the manor house, winds its way above the caves to reach the wooded section and the plateau. Whilst wide stone steps, on the other side, go up, first of all, to the chapel terrace, enhanced with perfectly aligned vines, boxwood as well as herbs, and then to the hilltop terrace. The view from here is absolutely amazing, taking in both the parklands below and the river Loire. Also immaculately kept are the long row of trimmed lime trees, the wisteria growing along the wall as well as the boxwood and lawns enhancing the plateau. The swimming pool and its pool-house are out of sight of onlookers.



Our opinion
Its history, its geographic location, its parklands and the quality of its renovation works unquestionably make this property one of the most interesting in the region. Meticulous attention has been paid to its authenticity and to the smallest detail of the perfectly designed parklands, the manor house and its subtle decor, the comfortably converted outbuildings and the well-maintained caves. This entire property is inspiring courtesy of its elegance, its tranquillity, its tasteful stonework and the respect given to its history, all perfectly blended together with modern-day home comforts.
Tours, France
More Properties From This Agent
Other Results From Your Search
People who viewed this item also viewed
Scroll To Top