on the side of the river Loire just 2 hours from Paris
In the Loire Valley, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 30 minutes from Tours and near to Amboise. On the side of the royal river bordered by chateaux and beautiful houses, this wild, tranquil river where landscapes endlessly change between wooded islets and sand banks, a migratory path for birds. A natural mosaic with a rare biodiversity. In the “Garden of France”.
Originally a defensive building, it was remodelled as a holiday home during the Renaissance era. This property belonged to Princess Orsini under Louis XIV, to the duke of Choiseul under Louis XV and to Julia-Daudet under the Third Republic. The main, south-west facing facade of the building is flanked by a central, octagonal stairway tower, composed of brick and freestone. The rear, north-east facing facade is flanked, on one side, by an oblong tower and, on the other, by a round tower, both of which are built outside of the main carcass. The roofs are covered in slate, that of the main building has two slopes featuring, on one side, two stone dormers with curves and pinnacles, richly enhanced with floral decoration and chimera. The windows are mullioned.
The main entrance is set in the octagonal tower which has a through vestibule. The latter provides access to a study, a lounge and a dining room as well as to several utility rooms. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles, walls are composed of brick and freestone, beams are exposed and the spiral stairway is made of white stone. The reception rooms have oak wood parquet flooring, laid in a ladder pattern, leaded light windows adorn the main and side facades, a set of interior double doors. The lounge features brick and freestone walls, a white stone monumental fireplace and painted joists. Fabric covers the walls in the dining room.
This level comprises three bedrooms, two of which intercommunicate, a study, a toilet and two landings, one for the main stairway and the other for the back stairway going down to the kitchen. Each bedroom has its own shower room. One of the bedrooms is enhanced with a monumental fireplace, the stone mantel and the brick chimney breast of which are painted. This fireplace is listed and has been meticulously restored. The bedroom floors are laid with parquet flooring, whilst those in the study and the bathrooms are covered with terracotta tiles.
Perched on the sculpted stone guardrail, a chimera is ready to pounce. The spiral stairway is the only one that leads to this floor which comprises five bedrooms, two of which have anterooms, two shower rooms and an attic.
These follow on one from the other, extending over a length of approx. 45 metres. The roofs are covered with small tiles, the facades are rendered such that the stone is exposed and the openings vary in accordance with the use of the building.
Spanning approx. 112 m² of living space, this cottage comprises a living room, with a fireplace, a kitchen and a back kitchen on the ground floor. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a shower room.
The stables include 13 horse loose boxes spread around in various places, 5 in the outbuildings and 8 in the pastures.
The barn, spanning a ground surface area of 134 m², has a 9-metre-high ridge.
Spanning a surface area of 52 m², the old cowshed is well preserved and still in its original condition.
The main Renaissance-style building is comfortable and of a reasonable size.
Its history and its architecture dictate that it should join its peers on the French Historic Monument List. Favoured by its location, it has an outstanding view over the last wild river and could make more than one of them envious. A place of inspiration, it is easy to understand why the site was so dear to Julia-Daudet and why her painter and poet friends liked to come and stay.
|Land registry surface area||22 ha 33 a 39 ca|
|Main building surface area||480 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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.