A splendid art nouveau villa to be renovated,
nestled between the cities of Tours and Châtellerault
Châtellerault, VIENNE poitou-charentes 86100 FR


The villa is tucked away in the centre of a historical village that lies 40 minutes from the city of Tours and 20 minutes from the city of Châtellerault. Shops and amenities can be reached in 15 minutes by car. There is a train station four minutes away from the property. From this train station, you can get to Tours and Châtellerault by rail.


A roofed gate marks the property’s entrance. Tall walls enclose the garden, giving it absolute privacy. This rectangular garden extends alongside the road and the villa. A garage and a small house stand opposite the main dwelling.

The villa

The villa was built in the 1890s. It was possibly designed by the French architect Henri Deglane, one of the architects behind the Grand Palais in Paris. The remarkable edifice is emblematic of the art nouveau movement that was emerging at house’s time of construction. Rodolphe Salis, the founder of the famous Parisian cabaret nightclub Le Chat Noir, ordered construction of the villa for his mistress, Marie-Louise Boulanger. Its elevations break free from the search for balance that marked previous centuries: it includes two sections, one of which protrudes and rises higher than the other to resemble a tower. The facade is punctuated with several windows of different sizes. A frieze of glazed tiles runs along the top of it. The wide range of materials used is characteristic of the era when the villa was built: the second-floor windows have brickwork surrounds and there is an oriel window made of metal. A trellis covers the facade, which features wooden balustrades too.

The ground floor
The atmosphere that reigns here recalls the house of Pierre Loti. On one side of the hallway, there is a lounge decorated in an oriental style with two mashrabiya-style cupboards. This lounge also features a marble fireplace with 18th-century characteristics. The room’s three stained-glass windows have blue tones. Oak parquet extends across the room. On the other side of the hallway, there is a Renaissance-style dining room. Here, upon the mantelpiece of a monumental fireplace, there is a bust that represents Marie-Louise Boulanger. The initial of her surname is engraved within a cartouche sculpted into the face of the mantelpiece. A finely coloured stained-glass window looks out at the garden. Its colourful panes feature portraits of the characters Pantagruel and Gargantua, created by the French Renaissance writer François Rabelais, with the Rabelaisian invitation ‘Tenez vous joyeux, beuvez le meilleur’ (‘Be merry and drink the best’). The floors of the hallway and dining room are adorned with glazed tiles patterned with foliage motifs and ‘M’ monograms for ‘Marie’. There are also two cupboards embellished with stained glass in their upper sections. The ceiling is around 3.65 metres high. A door that is flush with the wall leads from the dining room to the kitchen. In the corridor that leads there, a staircase takes you up to a bedroom above it. It looks out at the garden and leads to a small court via a door. You can reach a lavatory from the kitchen. Glazed tiles adorn the floor.

The first floor
The landing connects to two bedrooms and a bathroom, which leads to a third bedroom and its walk-in wardrobe. The first two bedrooms are decorated plainly. The third one is decorated more boldly. The bathroom has an oriel window. It enjoys privacy from this stained-glass window with glazing painted with floral and animal motifs, which include a remarkable peacock. The fashion at the time was for the stained-glass window to represent what you could see in the garden. For example, irises and peonies can be seen outside. In the third bedroom, an extensive ceiling painted in an academic style depicts chivalrous scenes with putti in the clouds. This bedroom also features a marble fireplace with a trumeau panel that evokes the 18th century. Lastly, in its walk-in wardrobe, another ceiling represents the famous painting ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Alexandre Cabanel, probably painted with the traits of the house’s first occupant. The cupboard is also painted with foliage motifs. A carpet covers the wood strip flooring, which can be seen in the two other bedrooms. The ceiling is around 2.80 metres high.

The second floor
A staircase, where a lavatory is nestled, leads up to a spacious room that has openings on three sides. Two windows look out at the village and three others face the top of a cedar tree. The ceiling is around three metres high. Wood strip flooring extends across the room.

The basement
In the hallway, a door under the stairs leads down to two cellars. One is a boiler room with a boiler and a heating oil tank. The other is a wine cellar.

The outbuildings

One outbuilding adjoins the villa at a right angle to it but without access between the two. It has a ground floor with two rooms and a loft that could be converted. The second annexe is a garage. A small house adjoins the latter. It has an upstairs level. You reach it via an outdoor flight of steps.

The garden

The walled garden features a remarkable Lebanese cedar. This secret haven of greenery is dotted with elms, rose bushes and a variety of plants. There is a pond at the foot of the house. A plot that a footpath separates from the main garden completes the outdoor space.

Our opinion

This charming art nouveau villa creates a refined, poetic ambience. It has a unique story: the dwelling was built for the muse of the owner of a famous cabaret nightclub in the Montmartre district of Paris. The nascent decorative arts movement from the house’s era finds full expression here in an abundance of fine motifs inspired by the natural surroundings. The property would be a perfect main home, yet it would also be an ideal second home. It offers several adaptable spaces. And the dwelling is nestled in a delightful garden with the fragrance of wisteria and peonies. Some renovation work would bring back the past splendour of this romantic villa that lies less than an hour away from the city of Tours.

Exclusive sale

390 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 436099

Land registry surface area 1413 m2
Main building surface area 170 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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