in a historic town on the outskirts of Tours
The town, 12 km from Tours and its TGV train station, providing 55-minute links to Paris, is on the side of the river Loire, the valley of which is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Surrounded by historic places with renowned chateaux, it is within easy reach of the capital of the Touraine region. The town, anchored in history with half-timbered houses and freestone buildings, is looked down on by its castle. Actively engaged in a heritage protection programme, it is listed as a Notable French Heritage Site. All shops, amenities and schools are within walking distance.
The large, luxurious home
Entirely constructed from freestone, it spans three levels, the top one of which is under the rafters. The gable roof is covered with slate. This rectangular building is perfectly symmetrical with two windows on either side of the main entrance. Upstairs, five windows align the facade. A sculpted stone string course separates the two levels. An entablature enhances to top of the facade.
The architrave around the wooden doors is sculpted and the arch adorned with an ova frieze. The lintel-to-sill spans are decorated with roses above the windows, enhanced with foliage for the front door. On the first floor, modillion cornices look down on the sculpted lintels above the windows.
The main entrance opens into a vestibule, with stone floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern and a ceiling adorned with a wooden cornice. Straight on, two arched, glazed doors open on to the garden and the main, single-flight, quarter-turning, oak wood stairway, with its wrought iron railings. On either side, double doors lead, on one side, to a lounge and, on the other, to a study-library, followed by a dining room. The lounge, with its herringbone pattern parquet flooring, is illuminated by two large windows. It is decorated with a painted ceiling and a black marble fireplace, topped with a trumeau sculpted with palmettes. It opens into a hall area that leads to the garden via a glazed door and also gives access to a shower room, with a toilet, and a utility and storage room. On the other side, a study-library leads to a dining room. The floor is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring and the ceiling adorned with a cornice. The fireplace, made of grey marble, has a wooden trumeau, decorated with vine leaves. The dining room, opening on to the kitchen, is illuminated with through light courtesy of two large windows and a glazed door leading to a covered terrace in the garden. The black marble fireplace matches the central kitchen unit, topped with Portuguese granite. The floors are tiled. The kitchen is extended by a laundry room. A toilet is concealed under the stairway going up to the first floor.
The floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring. The landing provides access to a room, currently in use as a dressing room, and to two corridors, one on either side. Said landing is partially illuminated by natural light coming through a glazed fanlight in the room’s partition wall. One corridor leads to two bedrooms. The first has a grey marble fireplace, the second a brown marble fireplace. Opposite, a vast bathroom, with a shower, is illuminated by two large windows looking out over the garden. The toilet is separate. A door opens on to a second stairway going up to the second floor. The corridor on the other side leads to a bedroom, with a grey marble fireplace and, facing it, a shower room, with a toilet. A fourth bedroom, adorned with a beige marble fireplace, is completed with a vast storage space. It opens into a room, currently in use as a dressing room.
The stairway goes directly up to a vast room, currently in use as a leisure room, with the roofing framework beams exposed. It is illuminated by four skylights. A wide corridor leads to a bathroom, with a toilet, followed by a study. Very bright, it is extended by a storage area, running along its full width.
Constructed from freestone, with a slate roof, this building comprises a vast garage, reached from the street and the garden, on the ground floor and an upstairs attic, with two hanging roof dormers.
A flight of stone steps in the garden goes down to a vaulted, freestone cellar.
Immaculately kept, this garden is totally protected and planted with shrubs, fruit trees and flowerbeds. It is laid out around a covered terrace, ideal for meals, a Jacuzzi and an area laid to lawn. An outdoor shower completes the facilities.
Behind the impressive main entrance is a wonderful family home. The elegance and authenticity of its old features blend perfectly with modern-day home comforts. Although the parquet flooring, the moulding and the fireplaces have been preserved out of respect for the building’s past, resolutely contemporary restoration works have made everyday life very easy. The attractive garden concealed behind its walls adds to the impression of tranquillity exuded by this townhouse. The current owners have lovingly given all of its charm back to this house which is now ready to continue its history.
|Land registry surface area||426 m2|
|Reception area||62 m2|
|Living space||320 m2|
|Number of rooms||10|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Stéphanie Lecomte +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.