near to the cathedral in the centre of Blois
Blois is 160 km from Paris in the Loire Valley, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Standing on the river Loire, it is half-way between Orleans and Tours. Its train station provides 1½-hour links to Gare-d'Austerlitz. This old royal town, with its wealth of historic, architectural and natural heritage, is also one of the first to have been given the French “Territoires à énergie positive pour la croissance verte” (Positive energy territories for green growth) award.
The mansion house
This rectangular house is constructed over cellars. It spans three levels of living space and is topped with an attic floor, illuminated via three roof dormers. The roof is covered with slate. Enhanced with Virginia creeper, the facade features two Renaissance style, freestone, geminated, arched windows on the first floor, despite most of the building reflecting the mark of the 17th century. In the centre on the courtyard side, the single-storey above the porchway is half-timbered, with red and black masonry filler, topped with stained glass windows.
Once through the porchway, French windows, with small, diagonal-shaped panes, form the main entrance to the house and open into a vestibule. This welcoming room, with its bluish cement floor tiles, houses a wide stairway, with shallow, carpeted steps, going to the three upper floors. The kitchen can be reached from the porchway via a wooden opening, with a fanlight, as well as via the vestibule. This spacious fitted kitchen includes an eating area. Its three windows are aligned on the street side, their high position preventing furtive looks from passers-by. An impressive Louis XIV style door opens into a lounge. The latter is illuminated via two wide, south-facing windows overlooking the courtyard and three windows on the patio side.
The landing provides access, on one side, to a bedroom, with a dressing room and a shower room, with a toilet. On the other side, a corridor leads to a bathroom, a bedroom and then to a gallery, with red and blue stained-glass windows, laid out above the porchway. This gallery gives access to a second lounge via double doors, through light therefore floods in on both the street and the courtyard sides. On this level, the parquet flooring is laid in ladder or herringbone patterns and the windows are fitted with indoor or rolling shutters. Marble fireplaces have been preserved in the lounge and the bedrooms.
The landing leads, on one side, to two adjoining bedrooms. On the other side are a study, a shower room, with a toilet, another bedroom and a door leading to the attic.
The annexe building
The laundry room, reached via the porchway, is an old shop. This could easily be reopened on the road side should new owners wish to give it this vocation once again. A narrow spiral stairway, dating from the Renaissance period, goes up from the laundry room to a bedroom and a shower room, with a toilet, on the first floor which can also be reached via the gallery above the porchway. A few more steps provide access to a workshop, widely open on the north side courtesy of tall windows, letting in copious amounts of light ideal for creative work. And lastly, on the top floor, the stairway goes up to a bedroom, looking predominantly out over the street, and a shower room, with a toilet.
The sober street facade gives no indication of the character contained therein. Blending in perfectly with its historical surroundings, this property is also characterised by a major asset, one that is rare for townhouses: its privacy is greatly preserved. The patio and daybeds can be used in all tranquillity, without any traffic noise interrupting afternoon naps or the birdsong. Only the cathedral has this privilege. Another significant advantage is the ability to park cars, safely within the perimeter of the property. And lastly, the location is both comfortable and reassuring, everything is within walking distance: the banks of the river Loire, restaurants, shops, schools and the train station.
|Land registry surface area||465 m2|
|Main building surface area||374 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||56 m2|
Marie-Antoinette de Groulard +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.