In the Loire Valley, between Blois and Amboise,
a village house and its delicately manicured garden
Tours, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

2h30 from Paris by the A10 motorway or a little less by train. Between the Loire and the Cher, thirty minutes from Blois or Amboise. On the borders of Touraine, the county of Blois and Sologne, in a village with 1700 inhabitants renowned for its heritage, its school and its festival. The village offers two restaurants and all the necessary services and shops.

Description

Situated on the corner of two streets, in a quiet area, the property is entirely enclosed by walls. A gate with four folding leaves opens onto the garden, the entrance is paved, the house faces the garden. Consisting of two buildings at right angles to each other, the house sits on the edge of the property, with one of the two buildings bordering the road. On one side, the house is extended by a porch with a vegetated façade filtering light and temperature. Yew trees shaped like buttresses abut the main façade, hornbeams on stems augment the surrounding wall, box hedges border small protected spaces. In the ground or in pots, shaped in balls or cones, box topiary is abundant and gives this modestly sized garden the illusion of a larger space. Flowers, whether climbing, in beds or in pots, add a delicate and fragrant touch. The garage for two vehicles is located on the same street, about 100 metres away from the main property.

The house

Partly built on a cellar, the late 19th century building originally only had one habitable level. The attic was converted at a later stage. The slate roof features triangular pediment dormers. At the junction of the two buildings, a large picture window topped by a triangular pediment with an œil-de-bœuf has been installed.


Ground floor
At the far end of the building, a white door with a transom window opens onto the hallway. The walls are white, one of them features a red stone ablution fountain inviting you to wash your hands. The floors are terracotta-tiled. The corridor leads to a first small bedroom and its shower room, then to a toilet. A large reception room lies at the junction of the two buildings. It boasts a cathedral ceiling, a tiled stove heats the room cheerfully, two staircases lead to the attic and the French window gives direct access to the garden. A small corridor leads to the cellar and the kitchen. The kitchen also opens onto the garden via a wide small-paned French window, the worktop is made of Souppes stone and the floor is terracotta-tiled. The connecting dining room features a fireplace with a Directoire-style mantelpiece. Finally, a corridor opening onto the garden serves a bedroom and its bathroom with toilet.
Attic
One of the staircases from the reception room leads to an open plan bedroom which could be closed off and fitted with a shower room and toilet, if required. The other staircase leads to a study/library followed by a bedroom and its bathroom with toilet.

Our opinion

The layout of the rooms, divided into four areas around the large reception area, brings the guests together while at the same time preserving their privacy. The two ground floor bedrooms allow easy access. This is a cosy and comfortable house. The garden is well maintained, and it is up to the next owners to use their hoes and pruning shears to keep it as it is or to show their imagination in topiary art.

550 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 219833

Land registry surface area 758 m2
Main building surface area 278 m2
Number of bedrooms 4
Outbuilding surface area 61 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Marie-Antoinette de Groulard +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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