A large, luxurious home and its outbuildings
in a village between Tours and Amboise
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

In the Loire Valley, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 30 minutes from Tours, 10 minutes from Amboise and 2 minutes from the nearest shops. Amboise train station is 4 km away and it takes at most 2 hours to reach Paris-Austerlitz or 1⅔ hours to get to Paris-Montparnasse. Tours-Val-de-Loire airport, 30 minutes away, provides regular, direct flights to Marseille, London, Dublin, Marrakech and Porto.

Description

This large, luxurious home stands at the foot of a hill, facing the Loire Valley. The main facade faces directly south. Following on from a terrace, the garden slopes gently down to the perimeter wall. Behind the house, a succession of rooms and storage areas hewn in the rock open up the base of the hill along its length and come to an end in a large cellar. On the hillside, 0.67 ha of woods protect the estate from the north winds, much to the delight of the palm trees and exotic plants growing in the garden.

The house

Typical of the 19th century and rectangular in shape, the two main facades are virtually identical. The entrance door is set in the centre. The hip slate roof features three dormers, with triangular pediments, on the south side, one centred dormer on the north side and four tall chimney stacks. The quarry stone block walls are rendered, the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings are composed of freestone.


Ground floor
The entrance hall provides access to two reception rooms, set facing one another. The latter are both closed by double doors. The 3.4 m high ceilings, the large windows opening on to the garden and the white walls all enhance the spaciousness and luminosity. The oak wood parquet flooring is laid in a strip pattern in one lounge, and in Versailles patterned squares in the other. Cement floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern pave the floor in the entrance hall and another slate colour in a dining room and the utility rooms. The white marble mantel of the fireplaces is topped with a trumeau in one lounge and enhanced with panelling as well as showcases on either side. Both the dining room and the kitchen are double aspect and of similar sizes.
First floor
Under ceilings, measured at a height of 3.11 m, the rooms are spacious. The parquet flooring is made of pitch-pine. The landing, laid out as a reading area, provides access to a dressing room and two bedrooms, each of which have a shower room and a toilet.
Attic
This level also has high ceilings at a height of 2.65 m. The parquet flooring is made of pitch-pine. The landing gives access to three bedrooms, a bathroom, with a toilet, and an attic.

The outbuildings

These troglodyte outbuildings were hewn out of the freestone at least two centuries ago. They constitute dwellings, a wine storehouse, cellars and various areas linked to the wine-growing activity. A 53 m², renovated flat is now converted with all modern-day home comforts. The inside remains very authentic, notably with its fireplace. In addition to the various storage areas used as a boiler room, a wine cellar and workshops, the cellar is vast. It comprises a maze of galleries, one of which has been converted into a heated garage.

Our opinion

On the heights, on the hillside, the view extends over the wooded, pastoral valley that stretches to the horizon. Timeless and distanced from man, sheltered from the elements, this large, luxurious house makes an elegant holiday home, full of charm. Flanked by its two palm trees, giving it the air of a tropical residence, the house is further enhanced by its welcoming, warm and spacious interior. However, there are some even bigger spaces concealed in the cliff, extending the visit in a troglodyte fashion which ends in grand style in a monumental cellar. Over the south-facing garden floats a fragrance of flowers and nostalgia, bringing the idea of guests on a Sunday lunchtime and the sound of children playing to mind.

955 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 216229

Land registry surface area 9600 m2
Main building surface area 277.50 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2
including refurbished area53.50 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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