Near Chenonceau, in the Cher valley, a mill with full French ownership and
usage rights as regards the water, with a stream and lakes on 9.8 ha of greenery
Chenonceaux, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 37150 FR

Location

In the tourist region of the Loire Valley, 4 km from the castle of Chenonceau and 25 km from Beauval zoo. The mill is close to a very dynamic village, in the heart of a wine-growing area with shops, amenities and a school. Paris is 220 km away via the A10 and can be reached within 1 hour from the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station situated 36 km from the property.

Description

The mill is located in the heart of the countryside, just outside the village. A tree-lined driveway along a lake leads to a large courtyard in front of the building. The millstream is 700 m long and crosses the property, passing under the building where the wheel and its mechanism have been removed. The mill has four levels. Further on is a house followed by a garage. A guest house is situated to the side of the main building. To the rear, an ornamental garden, a 1.5 ha lake and woodlands form the heart of this estate which extends over nearly 6 ha in one piece. Separate plots of meadows and woodland of about 4 ha are located nearby.

The mill

Acquired in the 18th century by the owners of Chenonceau Castle, the mill was rebuilt around 1810 on the site of the old mill which was indicated on the Cassini map. The building is made of tuffeau stone and has five levels including the attic. Its gable roofs are made of flat tiles and slate. There are many large windows. Today, part of the mill, which ceased its activity in 1967, is used as a dwelling on a surface area of approximately 135 m² spread over three levels. In the other part, the mill machinery is still present on the four floors, including grinders, converters, sifters and other clappers. They allow for large open spaces covering about 400 m².


Ground floor
The hallway gives access to all the rooms on this level. The floors are made of Burgundy and Touraine stone and create a sense of unity. Opposite the entrance, the wooden staircase is situated next to a toilet in a corridor. The hallway leads to a kitchen with a door to the outside, a living room with a stone fireplace and a beamed ceiling. A door gives access to the mill. On the other side, an opening leads to the house.
First floor
A landing with straight strip parquet flooring leads to a large full-width bedroom and a bathroom with toilet.
Second floor
A landing with storage space serves two bedrooms with strip parquet flooring and a shower room with toilet.

The house

The 18th century house has two levels, with a surface area of approx. 110 m². The gable roofs are made of flat tiles and feature three dormer windows. The walls are lime plastered and the door and window frames are made of tuffeau stone. Two front doors open onto the living room and the semi-buried cellars comprising the boiler room, the woodshed and a workshop. A third double door opens onto the garage of approximately 37 m².


Ground floor
The dual-exposure living room also has Burgundy and Touraine stone floors and a white-painted beamed ceiling. The monumental fireplace, with a mantle rising up to the ceiling, is made of straight dressed tuffeau stone. The living room communicates on one side with the mill hallway and on the other with the winter garden. Its frame is made of ironwork and covered with zinc and opens onto the park. A second hallway is accessible from the living room. A staircase leads to the first floor and the cellar.

First floor
A landing serves two bright bedrooms, with exposed trusses, and their shower room and toilet.
Garage

Cellar

The guest house

Separate from the main house, this guest house is built on two levels. The gable roof is made of flat tiles. It has two dormer windows on each side. The walls are rendered with lime. A terrace overlooks the garden at the back.


Ground floor
An entrance hall with a wooden staircase leads to a living room with a tuffeau stone fireplace with wooden lintel, a kitchen and its cellar, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet.
First floor
The corridor serves three bedrooms, a shower room and toilet.

The park

The property extends over nearly 6 hectares and includes four lakes, the largest of which is abundant with numerous species of fish such as carp, pike, pike perch and roach. An ornamental garden planted with various species, vast meadows and wooded areas, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse at the back of the house complete the ensemble. Flowerbeds and shrubs illuminate the different areas.

Our opinion

In the Touraine region, home to the gardens of France, and in a gentle and restful countryside setting, water is very much the main theme of this estate. The imposing building and its successive occupants have never tried to hide the industrial origin of the place, no more than they could alter the force of the water flowing beneath the building. As always with industry and mechanisation, a single machine could now produce far more energy than all those honourable, partially preserved wood and metal mechanisms. A building with a strong character which is enjoyable to live in.

697 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 447826

Land registry surface area 9 ha 84 a 89 ca
Main building surface area 245 m2
Outbuilding surface area 125 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Éric Baudran +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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