by the side of the royal river, 2 hours from Paris in Burgundy
This house stands in a medieval town on the banks of the river Loire. Everyday, local shops are within walking distance via a 16th century bridge. An SNCF train station provides 2-hour links to Paris-Bercy.
A town of art and history, one of the main historic features of which is its church, renowned for its apse with its radiant chapels and its facade, featuring two tympana. In the Middle-Ages, this was the biggest church in France after that of Cluny. The town’s Benedictine priory, classified as a French historic monument in 1840, has been included on UNESCO’s world heritage list as part of the Way of Saint James. And, its 12th century defensive ramparts, constructed around the town, can be seen from the house.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed in 1729, it has known several residents, including the former wife of Gaston-Deferre who liked to admire the river Loire from her bedroom, sitting in an armchair, still preserved and forming an integral part of the house’s memories.
The building spans three levels: a garden level and two upper floors. A wrought wooden terrace, giving glimpses of several floral bouquets, opens on to the courtyard and runs alongside the first floor which has a view of the river.
The facade features numerous openings, fitted with small-paned windows. The main entrance is composed of double doors, topped with a glazed fanlight. Slatted wooden shutters enhance the facades. The building is topped with a hipped, Mansard-style roof, which has four sides each composed of two different slopes. The break features pediment dormers typical of the 18th century. The white stone surrounds are enhanced by the rectangular, natural slate tiles affixed to the newly redone roof.
A vast, through hall is adorned with black and white floor tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. It matches another entrance hall that opens its doors on to the second terrace, laid out behind the house. This area is made luminous by two sets of glazed doors, one at each end. It provides access to a fully fitted kitchen, enhanced with a floor laid with coloured ceramic tiles featuring geometric designs. A large window looks out on to the garden laid out behind the house. A discreet, little door makes it possible to directly access a dining room. It features an open-hearth, paved fireplace with old terracotta tiles that extend the surface of the hearth, topped with a gilt trumeau. The honey-coloured, strip pattern parquet flooring highlights the presence of wainscoting. Lining the room, its large, oblong panels are topped with cap moulding. Two large and one small window on one side make it possible to admire the entire town and its ramparts. Opposite is a lounge, with a stone fireplace. Its herringbone pattern parquet flooring and its ever-present wainscoting give this room its aristocratic appearance. A wide hall area provides access to a first bedroom, with a French ceiling and an impressive fireplace, dominated by its mantel, its moulded surround delimiting the opening of the hearth and a stone splayed stricture. An adjoining, fully tiled shower room with a dressing room completes this area. At the end of the corridor, a landing covered with old terracotta tiles precedes the oak wood stairway, with its wrought iron railings.
A first landing, illuminated by a window, gives access to a toilet. A second leads to a corridor which provides access to several bedrooms: the first, fitted with cupboards, has strip pattern parquet flooring and an adjoining bathroom, with old, oxblood-coloured ceramic floor tiles as well as a large, cast-iron bath. The second, vast in size, has similar parquet flooring and a marble fireplace. A shower room, with a toilet, is near to it as is a dressing room. The bedroom communicates with another room, in use as a library. At the end of the corridor, the owner has converted an immaculately decorated and well-furnished flat which he lets out from time to time. A small lobby provides access to a bedroom, with parquet flooring and a fully-tiled shower room. A fully fitted kitchen includes an eating area and is enhanced with a marble fireplace. An opening leads into a very pleasant, very bright lounge.
An authentic, pedestrian, wooden door opens on to a landing, laid with Burgundy stone tiles. Opposite is the stairway that goes up to the ground floor, and underneath a wine cellar with a packed mud floor. On the side, another opening, with a semi-circular arch and a dressed stone surround, leads to a vaulted room that is currently used as a laundry room and, following on, a woodstore, illuminated via little windows.
This large, luxurious home, with its elegant architecture, is pleasant to live courtesy of its luminosity. It has an unobstructed view over the river, described by Jules-Renard as “a large river of sometimes wet sand” and over the medieval town because of its dominant position. This house still bears undeniable witness to the entertainment continually taking place in front of it, the colours changing in keeping with the seasons as well as the hours of the day. A spectacle that can be admired from the outdoor terrace during the summer months and from most of the rooms in the house in the winter. One sign of the cleanliness of France’s longest river, now home to a complete natural heritage, is that beavers have returned and enhance the scenery.
|Land registry surface area||340 m2|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Isabelle Ponelle +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.