A 17th & 19th century mill and its 1.5 ha of parklands
in the Indre Valley 25 km from Tours
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

To the east of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, there where the river Indre meets the river Loire, the countryside is wilder, the landscape dotted with famous chateaux and the way of life marked by the streams and the seasons. Authentic and picturesque, the region has inspired a good number of writers, from Rabelais to Alfred-de-Vigny. This property, less than 30 minutes from Tours, is not far from a small, bustling town.

Description

This property, reached via a little lane, is set back with wrought iron gates opening on to a tree-lined driveway, going through meadows. Partially concealed by the vegetation, it only comes into view once a first wooden bridge is crossed. The old miller’s house, constructed on an islet alongside the millrace, contemplates the mill, standing proudly on the water. It is reached via a second wooden bridge. Numerous terraces look out over the stream. Meadows bordering the bank form a meditative and poetic landscape.

The miller’s house

Constructed in 1889, this house is composed of a central building adjoined at right angles at each end by two wings, with triangular pediments. The central building has a gable roof, those of the wings are hipped; all are covered with slate. The edges of the eaves are enhanced with a wooden frieze. Facades are rendered such that the stone is exposed and openings are framed with freestone surrounds. The entrance door is in the centre. Two doors in the wings open into a kitchen and into a living room. Terraces, protected from the millrace by a low stone wall, run the length of the main facade.


Ground floor
A good-sized room is used as an entrance hall, housing a wooden stairway going upstairs. A dining room and a little lounge share the area that gives access, on one side, to a kitchen and, on the other, to a living room. Throughout this level, floors are laid with terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature jack-arches. A balcony and a terrace run alongside the rear facade of the house and can be reached from every room on the ground floor.
First floor
The landing provides access, on one side, to a bedroom, with a marble fireplace, a bathroom, a toilet as well as a dressing room, and, on the other to a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet. Straight on is a bedroom, with a marble fireplace and a shower room. Floors are laid with parquet flooring, apart from in the bathrooms and toilets which have terracotta floor tiles. A covered balcony, running alongside the rear facade, can be reached from one of the bedrooms and the landing.
Attic
The vast landing room, in use as a bedroom with a storage area, gives access, on one side, to a hall area followed by a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet; another bedroom is on the other side. Floors are laid with parquet flooring.

The mill

Constructed in the 17th century and modified in the 19th century, the mill stands in the middle of the river. Both the upstream and downstream cutwaters are enhanced with terraces. Rectangular in shape, this 3-storey, stone building is rendered. Its gable roof is covered with slate and its openings are framed with freestone surrounds. The main facades feature three symmetrical bays. The waterwheel is still on one side of the building.


Ground floor
The main entrance, via the vestibule, opens into a good-sized room, housing a wooden stairway going upstairs. Straight on, a door opens on to a south-facing terrace. A little lounge and a dining room, with a kitchen area, share the space. This room is enhanced with a brick and freestone fireplace. Its walls are rendered such that the stone is exposed. One of two doors opens into a toilet, the other into a laundry room.
First floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets. The bedrooms floors are laid with parquet flooring, whilst the bathrooms and toilets have terracotta floor tiles. Beams are exposed.
Second floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets. The bedrooms floors are laid with parquet flooring, whilst the bathrooms and toilets have terracotta floor tiles. Beams are exposed.
Attic
A vast room, laid out as a lounge, takes up this level.

The meadows

This property spans 1.41 hectares. Two vast meadows border the bank on either side of the access driveway leading to the mill.

Our opinion

The mill, like a dormant vessel in the middle of the millrace, has mastered the river since the 17th century. From an industrial vestige to a picturesque backdrop, it evokes the not-so-distant era when the simple force of the water had to meet the needs of those living in the valley. The size of the property brings to mind the importance of such a tool, made from the best quality and most noble of materials. An outstanding architectural property, it also includes an elegant 19th century miller’s house, converted into a spacious, comfortable home. Nowadays, the estate can take life easier as a pleasant family home or a luxury inn, not far from the attractions of the town.

1 785 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 226617

Land registry surface area 14138 m2
Main building surface area 267 m2
Number of bedrooms 9
Outbuilding surface area 231 m2
including refurbished area231 m2

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Éric Baudran +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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