An 18th century farm in a little over 2 ha of meadows and woods,
with springs and a lake, in the Loir Valley
Tours, SARTHE pays-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

The Loir Valley, where the borders of the Maine and Touraine regions meet, still has vestiges of its history. This property stands halfway between Le-Mans and Tours. Tours-Val-de-Loire airport is 40 minutes away. Slip roads for the A28 Rouen-Tours motorway are less than 10 km away. Le-Mans and Tours TGV train stations provide links to Paris-Montparnasse taking less than an hour. The mild climate, the soil and the vine varieties in the Loir Valley encourage the production of wines such as Coteaux-du-Loir (with an AOC appellation since 1948) and Jasnières (with AOC appellation since 1937). Just a few kilometres away is Bercé National Forest, spanning more than 5,000 hectares, A royal forest in the 14th century, it is renowned for its top-quality oak plantations. A little town, some 10 minutes away, has all amenities (a market, shops, a health centre, all schools and a sixth form college, cultural and sports centres as well as a TGV train station).

Description

A little country lane, going along the hillside amidst meadows, valleys and woods, leads to this old farmhouse, renovated less than five years ago. Concealed behind hedges and woodpiles, a car parking space has been laid out on the edge of the property which comes into view, on the east side, by following a pathway that passes in front of a spring and leads to a group of well-preserved buildings, reflecting an authentic character. On one side of the main house is a wood-clad outbuilding, currently used as a back kitchen-laundry room. Set at right angles on the other side, an old scullery is used as an art studio and houses the machinery for a swimming pool. The latter is to be found after this little building, partially surrounded by a terrace and looking out over a vista of the entire meadow. Beyond extends a lake, another meadow going up the valley and a coppice stand.

The house

A rectangular house, it spans two levels under a slate roof. The quarry stone block walls are rendered and painted, with freestone surrounds framing the openings. Windows are double-glazed. Floors are laid with old terracotta and cement tiles. Its authentic architectural features include freestone fireplaces, exposed beams and wooden parquet flooring. It faces south-north.


Ground floor
This level has two entrances, both set in the south facade. One opens into a kitchen, next to which is a dining room, with a fireplace, adjoining a lounge, with a stairway going upstairs. These rooms precede a large bedroom, opening on to the swimming pool area, another bedroom and a shower room, with a toilet. Following on from the kitchen are a toilet and a laundry room which can be accessed from the outside.
First floor
A walkway above the lounge provides access, on one side, to a bedroom and, on the other, to two adjoining bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet.

The art studio

An old, independent scullery follows on from the bedroom and precedes the terrace and the swimming pool. It is built all on a level with its roofing framework exposed. One section is used as an art studio and the other houses the pool machinery.

The exteriors

This property is bordered and enclosed by thick hedges. Two springs feed a lake on a lower level. A wood, spanning approx. 1 ha, delimits the land on the east side and is, itself, bordered by a brook. Further on, behind a hedge, a meadow has been planted with several fruit trees. It could, however, be sold separately should potential buyers find the grounds too extensive. A south-facing, 4.4x2.3 m swimming pool looks down on to the meadow and over the rest of the grounds. It has a salt filtration system. Near to the house, in front of the kitchen, a very tall lime tree provides the shade needed for those large summer tables.

Our opinion

With water, woods and meadows, enthusiasts of crop or animal farming will find all the features and conditions required for starting a permaculture farming project. Furthermore, the renovation and vegetation composition work enables the property to regain a simple, rural architectural unity that is extremely comfortable. These premises are ideal for creating a family home, the many leisure activities in the surrounding area making it possible for each family member to enjoy their favourite pastime. A land of inspiration for artists, of appetising local cooking and of Bohemian second-hand markets.

415 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 299700

Land registry surface area 2 ha
Main building surface area 180 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2
including refurbished area12 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Consultant
Sarthe


Catherine Boivin +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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