An elegant, 19th century chateau and its outbuildings
amidst 4 ha of parklands, 30 km from Tours
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

In the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, just under 3 hours from Paris via the A10 motorway and 30 minutes from Tours and its TGV train station, with 55-minute links to the French capital. This estate is in a quiet, countrified setting, just a short distance from several small towns, with shops and amenities.

Description

A long, tree-lined driveway leads to the entrance to the estate. Flanked by impressive stone pillars, wrought iron entrance gates open on to a wide lawn, dominated by a majestic cedar tree in front of the chateau and a wooded section crossed by pathways. This house stands in the midst of parklands, partially enclosed by high walls. The converted outbuildings are spread out on either side and behind the chateau. A swimming pool, set in the middle of a garden on a slightly lower level, is near to the outbuildings. Chalets, at the end of the parklands, stand facing the surrounding countryside. In another section, the parklands are sometimes open on to the horizon and sometimes divided by hedges, boxwood and tall trees. Two other secondary entrances also provide access to different parts of the estate.

The chateau

This rectangular chateau, spanning three levels on granite lower sections, was built of rendered stone masonry in 1882. The main facades feature five symmetrical bays. Two main entrances, preceded by a porch and a flight of wide, granite steps, are set in an imitation central projection. The window surrounds and facing, the crowning cornices and the quoins are made of freestone. Its Mansard style roof, covered with slate, features five roof dormers with triangular pediments and wrought jambs.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, with its terrazzo flooring, provides access, on one side, to a lounge, enhanced with strip pattern parquet flooring and a dark grey marble fireplace. And, on the other, to a dining room, with strip pattern parquet flooring. The walls in these three rooms are embellished with panelling as well as ceiling roses, cornices and moulding. Straight on, double doors open into a secondary entrance hall, housing a monumental, oak wood stairway, with baluster railings, and a lateral corridor. The floor is covered with terrazzo flooring. It leads to a kitchen, a back stairway, a hall area, with a toilet, and a study. A few steps go down in the stairwell to double doors forming a second entrance.
First floor
The landing provides access to a study, with an enamelled cast-iron, wood-burning stove and strip pattern parquet flooring, and to an adjoining bedroom, decorated with a marble fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring. A bathroom, with a toilet, completes this section. On the other side, a corridor leads to two bedrooms, with shower rooms and toilets. Both rooms are enhanced with fireplaces.
Second floor
The second floor is reached via a continuation of the back stairway. A central corridor provides access to five bedrooms, three of which have marble fireplaces. A last room is in use as a billiard room. Floors are carpeted. All the rooms are illuminated via large roof dormers.
Attic
Reached via the back stairway, the ceilings on this level are sloping. The rooms are illuminated via pediment roof dormers and hinged skylights. A central corridor, with a toilet, gives access to four bedrooms, with wash-hand basins, a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, and a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet. Floors are carpeted.
Base level
This semi-underground basement can be reached from the outside via a lateral stairway. Inside, the back stairway also goes down to this vast level, spanning almost 150 m². A long, central corridor provides access to the old kitchens, a room, with a shower and a toilet, and a semi-professional cold room. Two vast wine cellars are directly below the chateau porches. Another two rooms are used for workshop and storage purposes.

The old farm building

An old, rectangular outbuilding, flanked by a round tower, with a candlesnuffer roof, stands facing the north-west gable of the chateau. Constructed from local stone, it is topped with a roof covered with flat tiles and slate. A round entrance hall reached via the tower leads to a vast room, with exposed beams and a monumental stone fireplace, followed by a kitchen, a shower room and a toilet. An outside stairway goes up to a vast room under the rafters.

An outbuilding

A large, 19th century pavilion stands facing the south-east side of the chateau. Spanning two levels, it is constructed from freestone, topped with a slate roof and adjoined by an orangery-greenhouse. The ground floor comprises, on one side, two independent garages, with glazed doors, and, on the other, two rooms in use as boiler and laundry rooms. An outside, metal, spiral stairway goes up to the first floor which is laid out as a vast flat, spanning more than 90 m². It includes a double living room, with an open-plan kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. A room with a stairway provides access to the attic space which could be converted.

A function building

In the centre of the parklands, a 19th century dovecote with a square tower adjoins a vast building. Laid out all on a level and spanning more than 180 m², it is used as a function room with a bar. A kitchen has been installed on the ground floor of the dovecote. Two terraces, on either side of the building, and units housing bathroom and toilet facilities, constructed under awnings, complete this area.

An outbuilding

This vast annexe building, used for contemporary style accommodation purposes, spans three levels, one of which is a basement with an access ramp to a garage and a storage area. The ground floor comprises a vast room used as a lounge and four bedrooms, with toilets and showers on the landing. The second level is taken up by six bedrooms, with toilets and showers on the landing.

The pavilion

A corner pavilion, standing near to the gates of the secondary entrance, is used for holiday rental accommodation purposes. Constructed from rendered, local stone and topped with a hip, slate roof, it is laid out as a vast bedroom, with a freestone fireplace, and a shower room, with a toilet. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles and the roofing framework is partially exposed.

The parklands

This estate, spanning 4 continuous hectares, is composed of wooded parklands, planted with rare species some of which are hundreds of years old (sequoia, cedar, oak, lime, Corsican pine, etc.) and crossed by pathways. At the entrance, a vast lawn, featuring a central fountain, is dominated by a majestic cedar tree. On a lower level is a vast area with spinneys, hedges and bridlepaths, followed by a more open area, laid to lawn. Courtesy of the many terraces, residents have a variety of vistas over the estate and the surrounding countryside. Flower beds, boxwood and ornamental pools further decorate the premises.

The swimming pool

This 15x6 m swimming pool is set in the midst of a vast garden, enhanced with flower beds and trimmed boxwood. Its machine room is installed in old underground caves.

Our opinion

This family-sized chateau perfectly reflects the architecture of the 19th century, successfully characterised by its balanced symmetry. Its wealth of architectural features such as its tall roof dormers, its raised dressed stone alternately laid lengthwise and end on, its modillion cornice as well as its sculpted keystones harmoniously match the particularly immaculate, interior decoration that enhances numerous ornamental details. The house and its heavily wooded parklands, dotted with outbuildings, are but an invitation for a well-defined project for living in one of France’s most popular tourist regions. The proximity of the river Loire’s main chateaux and the regional capital is an undeniable asset. This multi-faceted property is set in the midst of the “gardens of France”.

Exclusive sale

1 490 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 685627

Land registry surface area 4 ha 4 a 10 ca
Main building surface area 700 m2
Number of bedrooms 15
Outbuilding surface area 700 m2

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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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