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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • 6 habitable rooms
  • 230 square meters of living space
  • 200 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
On the outskirts of a village south of the river Loire in the Touraine region, an old tanbark mill with a hectare of parklands - ref 628952
230 km from Paris and 6 km from a train station with 1¾-hour links to the French capital. 20 km from Amboise. In the very midst of the Loire Valley chateaux. In a market town with 2,600 inhabitants, schools, shops and doctors.
A first set of gates opens on to a driveway leading to a second set of gates. These open into a courtyard, with the mill on one side and the outbuildings on the other. Straight on are a lake and a bridge. The property is delimited to the west by the stream that once powered the mill. This little, 16 km long stream flows into the river Cher. At the southern end of the grounds, a canal diverts some of the stream water towards the mill’s old reservoir. The water then returns to the stream at the northern end of the grounds via a weir. An open, 71 m² barn, facing the mill, is built at right angles to the outbuilding. The mill’s main facade faces south. A garden behind the mill, between the two sets of gates, is planted with several young trees.

The mill

Now fully restored, it is a mill but in name as the wheel and grinding stone are no longer in existence. The roofs are covered with small tiles and feature hip roof dormers.
The facades are rendered such that the stone is exposed and enhanced with freestone quoins and window surrounds. The windows on the south facade of the main section feature semi-circular arches. A pavilion adjoining the facade communicates with the mill. A small outbuilding, in use as a boiler and storage room, is adjoined, in turn, to this pavilion. The oil-fired central heating system provides underfloor heating on the ground floor and heats radiators upstairs.

The outbuilding

This east-west-facing building is undergoing restoration works. The construction of the outside reflects that of the mill, with small roof tiles and facades rendered such that the stone is exposed. Its main openings face west. The facade rendering is not completely finished.
The vaulted cellar has a separate entrance. The outbuilding comprises three rooms, spanning 14, 17 and 22 m², a 7 m² shower room, a large, 45 m² room with a fireplace and, lastly, a 67 m² room with a cathedral ceiling, reached via a 4-leaf French window.

Our opinion
This bright house is very easy to live in. Restoration works have preserved its authentic features. The resulting effect corresponds to a vision and a contemporary, refined and natural expectation. The completed outbuilding could be used for a variety of accommodation, workshop or other projects. Cool on hot summer days, these premises are peaceful and relaxing. The gentle, tinkling sound of the running water, its energy, is a continual reminder of how life goes on.
Tours, France
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