in the midst of a village, crossed by the Briare Canal
In the French department of Loiret, in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, just a few kilometres from the little towns of Montargis, Conflans-sur-Loing and Châtillon-Coligny; the Gallo-Roman village of Monte-Cresione, with some 1,300 inhabitants, is crossed by the Briare Canal. This 54 km long, architectural heritage, dotted with 41 locks, is the oldest summit canal ever constructed in Europe. The towpath is great for hiking. The “Scandibérique” or the “Le Loiret au fil de l’eau” cycle path also makes it possible to roam this vast area, featuring lakes, forest, moorland and rivers, including the nearby royal river, the Loire. The area also includes nationally renowned arboretums and outstanding gardens. Paris is 130 km away via the A6/A77 motorway and this property is just 10 minutes from the train station with links to the French capital taking an hour.
The main building
An old farmhouse, it has been restored and transformed into a rectangular house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 409 m² over two levels. The external facades are constructed from lime-pointed stone. The main facade and all the outbuildings face south, looking out over the parklands, whilst a wide, raised, stone terrace, adjoining the north wall and spanning approx. 45 m², is laid out above a cellar. A lean-to, a stone barbecue and sheds wall in this side. The numerous windows and stable doors on the north and south sides are made of wood. The gable roof features roof dormers and is covered with old tiles. The chimney stacks are made of brick. It was completely redone in 2014.
This level spans approx. 225 m². The entrance hall, followed by a long corridor, provides access, on one side, to a fully fitted kitchen, spanning approx. 41 m², and a back kitchen. A large, open-hearth fireplace and a bread oven are built against the gable wall. Both hearth and architrave are composed of diagonally-laid bricks. The walls feature exposed stone and the beam system is exposed. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles with inlaid decoration. The corridor, lined with large cupboards, leads to a toilet, with a wash-hand basin, and a first bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet. A lounge, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 70 m², has a cathedral ceiling going up to a ridge height of 7 m, a mezzanine and a monumental fireplace, with a dressed stone mantel. This area is illuminated via an alcove, large windows, Comblanchien stone flooring and white-painted walls. A wide, oak wood stairway goes up to the mezzanine, currently laid out as a billiard room, and provides access to the second level. The last room, reached via the lounge, houses a second bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet. A wooden stairway goes to a lovely additional room.
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 184 m².
A corridor leads, from the mezzanine, to two large bedrooms and a bathroom, with a shower and a toilet. The bigger of the two spans a floor surface area of approx. 70 m² and has a 4 m high ceiling. Parquet laid in squares and an oak wood bookshelf unit decorate this room, with its exposed beam system. The bathroom, spanning approx. 26 m², is fully fitted with a barber’s wooden furniture, including a double vanity unit, topped with marble. The floor is laid with old terracotta tiles as are the corridor and the second bedroom.
The guest house
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 50 m², this square, 2-storey house stands facing the main house. Its structure resembles that of the other buildings. The exposed stone, outside walls are topped with a gable roof, featuring a roof dormer. The ground floor is taken up by a living room, spanning approx. 20 m², with a fireplace, a kitchen as well as a bath-shower room and toilet. The walls are lined with wallpaper and the beam system is exposed.
The upstairs, with sloping ceilings, comprises two small bedrooms, intercommunicating via a little, suspended wooden walkway. Electric and wood-fired heating.
The second house
This rectangular building, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m² over two levels, is partially built over a vaulted cellar. The first level is divided into several rooms. Outside, two open stairways provide access upstairs. This level has a very high ceiling and features superb exposed oak beams. A stone fireplace. Next, utility rooms spanning approx. 50 m² and a garage, spanning approx. 20 m².
The artist’s studio
This little house spans a floor surface area of approx. 60 m² over two levels. It is used as an artist’s studio and a boiler room.
This exposed stone building, featuring a large wooden door, is covered with a slate roof. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m², it goes up to a ridge height of approx. 9 m.
The farm shed
Constructed from exposed stone, this shed spans a floor surface area of approx. 54 m² and has a 6 m high ridge. Its roof is covered with local tiles. It stands apart from the other outbuildings on a small, grassy, wooded, fenced plot, spanning a total surface area of approx. 620 m², which is in front of the main house, on the other side of the lane.
This farmhouse, reached off the little country lane bordering the property, is well away from all audible and visual nuisances. The current owners have carefully crafted this collection of harmonious buildings by means of meticulous restauration works in keeping with the original appearance of the premises: airy and spacious, they are as easy to move around as a traditional, long farmhouse.
The way is clear for all kinds of decoration, personal, artistic and professional projects.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 28 a 10 ca|
|Main building surface area||409 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||460 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Dalila Bessahli +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.