A 16th century chateau, now a hotel, its outbuildings and
its 40 hectares of parklands in the Touraine region
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

A little under three hours from Paris in the Centre region of France. 45 minutes from Tours, its TGV train station and its airport. 10 km from all shops and amenities. In a little village with 450 inhabitants. Neighbouring illustrious houses and royal towns, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Loches and Blois, this region is heavily marked by history. The landscape is varied, predominantly comprising marshlands, known locally as “gâtines” and forests on plateaux and in valleys.

Description

A driveway, off the local road, leads some 600 metres to the main courtyard with, on one side, a carpark, followed by a swimming pool area and, on the other side, an orangery. This L-shaped chateau takes up the south and west sides of the courtyard. To the north are the perimeter walls of an old farm which no longer belongs to the estate. A caretaker’s cottage is on the edge of the property, near to a second entrance. The 40 hectares are divided into about 23 hectares of woods, 12 hectares of parklands and 5 hectares of meadows. The woods, with a wealth of more than 160 different species, are essentially planted to the south of the chateau. The parklands are also planted with some wonderful specimens, trees hundreds of years old, admirably planted by the first owners on their return from their travels. In constant search of new experiences and invention, this site also includes several unusual dwellings, much appreciated by those seeking to escape the run-of-the-mill for a night or two. Wild life is also to be found throughout the estate, whether in the woods, the meadows or in the animal enclosure reserved for exotic species.

The chateau

This chateau was constructed in the late 15th century by a follower of Leonardo-da-Vinci for an Italian aristocrat who came to live in the Touraine region and to whom Charles IX is said to have confided his writing on naturality. Redesigned over the centuries, the chateau is basically laid out in an L-shape, comprising several rectangular buildings. The latter are delimited by pavilions or flanked on their corners and their ends by freestone edifices, built outside or partially incorporated into the carcass. In addition to said freestone edifices, the walls are lime-rendered. The framing surrounding the openings is also made of stone. The slate roofs on the main sections of the building feature two slopes, enhanced with gable roof dormers; those on the other edifices have three or even four slopes.


Basement
Only the west wing has a semi-underground basement. With a packed mud floor, it houses the geothermal heating system, the old boilers, a water tank and wine cellars.
Ground floor
Up until the beginning of the 2000’s, this estate welcomed large groups of teenagers during the holidays. The estate had been converted especially for this purpose; all the old features having been removed. The aim of the current owners was, therefore, to give this chateau back the character of a chateau. The ground floor of the west wing is currently private. It comprises a lounge, with geothermal underfloor heating laid under stone tiles, with inlaid slate decoration, enhanced by a monumental fireplace, with a dressed stone mantel and lintel. It is filled with through light, guaranteeing a wonderful luminosity all day long. It precedes a kitchen, an entrance hall with a stairway going upstairs to the private quarters, a bedroom with its shower room, a toilet and a study, with its marble fireplace and its herringbone pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. A dining room is also of a good size, with oak wood parquet flooring and a fireplace, with a wooden mantel and lintel. The chateau’s main entrance is set in the interior corner, together with a vestibule and a reception office. A professional kitchen, cold rooms and a linen room are laid out to the rear of the south side. Next are three adjoining lounges used for serving breakfast, followed by a fourth smaller lounge in the end pavilion.
First floor
Three stairways provide access upstairs: the central stairway, a private stairway and the fire escape in the south wing. Wide corridors lead to twelve bedrooms, all laid out in basically the same way. Only the size and shape vary in accordance with the architecture. One of these is adjoined by a second, smaller bedroom. Nine bedrooms have their own bathroom and toilet, whilst the other three bedrooms have shower rooms and toilets. The terrace, on the south side, faces a majestic American chestnut tree and looks out over a panoramic view of the parklands and the woods. It can be reached via the main lounge or meeting room laid out in the middle of the floor.
Attic
This level comprises eight bedrooms, with bathrooms and toilets, as well as three bedrooms with shower rooms and toilets. As on the floor below, the rooms differ in size and shape.

The chapel

This building is set at a 45° angle on the north-east side. It communicates with the private section of the chateau.

The orangery

Although this building was constructed last century, a much older buttress is visible in one corner. The ground floor consists of a function room opening on to a covered terrace, a kitchen for caterers, cloakrooms and several rooms used for storage purposes. The upstairs can be reached on each gable via an outside stairway. It comprises a lounge and eight bedrooms, with shower rooms and toilets. The attic space can be accessed and is in need of works.

The unusual dwellings

Dotted throughout the parklands are two, 15 m² wood cabins nestling in the trees, five chalets offering complete immersion in verdant surroundings for six people and two small houses straight out fairy tales and legends.

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker’s cottage, constructed in the 1960’s or ’70’s, stands near to the second entrance. With all the features of this era, it spans a floor surface of 150 m² over two levels.

Our opinion

Committed to a responsible approach towards preserving the ecosystem and taking advantage of the lack of any nuisances, this is an ideal place for relaxing and recharging one’s batteries. Although the current owners have successfully taken up the ambitious challenge of restoring character to this chateau after its 1960’s conversion, there is still work to be done. Future owners will then be able to add their own personal touches just like all buyers of such a site.

2 450 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 645432

Land registry surface area 40 ha 99 a
Main building surface area 1540 m2
Outbuilding surface area 560 m2
Number of bedrooms +20

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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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