in Chinon town centre, just a stone’s throw from the river Vienne
In the heart of the Loire Valley, in an area classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Chinon is a town of art and history on land once home to Rabelais. The town and its royal fortress are built on a freestone hillside, looking down over the verdant Vienne. Its proximity with the Loire chateaux, such as Azay-le-Rideau and Rigny-Ussé, as well as well-known cultural sites such as Fontevraud’s Royal Abbey and Saumur’s Cadre-Noir, the famous French national riding school, make the area around Chinon a dynamic tourist region.
All shops and amenities, including the train station, are within walking distance of the property. The station provides 50-minute train links to Tours, with ten return journeys per day. The town of Tours itself is linked to Paris by 1-hour TGV train journeys. Slip roads for the A85 motorway are 10 km away.
The main house, constructed in the 19th century, spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. It is built entirely from freestone, giving a light-coloured, cared-for appearance. The double entrance doors are topped with a tympanum, adorned with crossed iron arrows. This former carriage doorway once let carriages advance up to the current patio and garden. On the main facade, one of the openings on the first floor, above the entrance door, is protected by a wrought iron balcony with a rose motif. The gable, slate roof features three roof dormers, each topped with a low pediment. The windows are fitted with outside slatted shutters on the first two levels.
The long, entrance corridor does not go right through the house. After two steps, it provides access, on one side to a dining room, a toilet and a kitchen. On the other side, a stairway, with wide stone steps protected by wrought iron railings, adjoins a door opening into a lounge. A French window at the end of the corridor leads to the patio. The floor is laid with natural travertine stone tiles and the freestone walls have been left exposed as have the ceiling beams and joists. The windows in the dining room look out over the square. The floor is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring and the ceiling is decorated with moulding. A sober looking fireplace is made of black marble. The kitchen, facing the glazed patio, is at the back of the house. As in the entrance hall, the beams and joists are exposed. A discreet, little corridor forms a link between the dining room and the kitchen, without going via the entrance corridor. The lounge, with its double doors, faces the dining room on the other side of the corridor. It is illuminated via a large window set in the front facade and is decorated with a plain, freestone fireplace.
The landing, laid with brickwork-pattern parquet flooring, provides access to three bedrooms, a toilet and the stairway going up to the second floor. Each bedroom has its own bath or shower room. A French window in the main bedroom’s shower room opens on to the facade balcony. The bedroom floors are laid with wide or narrow strip pattern parquet flooring. The windows in two of the bedrooms look out over the square.
Under the rafters, the landing, with its strip pattern parquet flooring, provides access to an attic and two rooms awaiting conversion. The attic is widely illuminated via a tall roof dormer. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles. The size of this room and the height of its ceiling make it possible to envisage numerous conversion projects. These three rooms look out over the square and the river Vienne. One of them leads to a laundry area, with a wash-hand basin and machines.
A stairway, in the little corridor leading between the dining room and the kitchen on the ground floor, goes down to three vaulted cellars, constructed from freestone.
The guest house
This guest house, also constructed from freestone, spans two levels. Its walls feature wide openings, some of which face the garden. Its gable roof is covered with slate.
Double doors in the glazed patio, at the back of the main house, mark the entrance to this outbuilding. The ground floor is a large living room. The floor is covered with natural travertine stone tiles, the beams and joists are exposed. Some freestone, structural columns stand out from the painted walls, giving the room a certain character.
A wooden stairway with two quarter turns, protected by carved wooden railings, leads upstairs.
The vast landing is made bright by two large openings. Beams and joists are exposed. At one end of the landing is a bedroom, illuminated via a skylight, with its shower room and a toilet.
Reached via a neighbouring street, less than a minute’s walk away, the garage is in a private courtyard that includes several other garages as well as some outside parking spaces.
The garage adjoins the guest house. It is laid out in a building, identical in style and shape to the guest house. Deep, it is able to take several vehicles.
A facade window makes it possible to reach the attic upstairs.
This garage is a significant asset in a historic town with limited parking space.
The white exterior and interior, coupled with a pleasant local atmosphere, is enough to make citizens forget large towns, without losing certain advantages. All that without taking into account the price per square metre which will attract those in search of additional space.
Wine, gastronomic heritage and architectural wealth are all to hand. An enormous cultural world surrounds this spacious house and its outbuilding.
|Land registry surface area||410 m2|
|Main building surface area||260 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||135 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Yannick Lafourcade +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.