A 19th century, large luxurious home, with outbuildings,
in landscape parklands six minutes from Tours’ town centre
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR


To the south of Tours, in the midst of a little, sought-after town, with all amenities (shops, schools and public transport), in a residential district with many old properties. Six minutes from Tours’ town centre and seven minutes from a train station with one hour-links to Paris. Although the motorway network is but five minutes away, it does not cause any nuisance. This property, protected by wooded parklands, is in a historic setting in a town.


This property’s parklands are completely enclosed by walls, featuring three entrance gates. The first gateway opens on to a superb lime tree-lined alleyway, leading to the house; the second gateway, in the parklands, leads directly to a large troglodyte cave; the third, a wicket gate flanked by freestone pillars, opens on to a terrace and the main entrance to the house. The south and west-facing landscape parklands come right up to the house, with old species, copses and boxwood alleyways leading to a little, old, thatched water tower, composed of brick and freestone. The south of the parklands comprises a wooded section, with a brick garden shed and a large troglodyte cave. Near to the house is an outbuilding, topped with an old, flat tile roof, currently in use as an artist’s studio.

The large, luxurious home

This main house, with its slate roof and freestone framing around the doors and windows, immediately reveals the traditional architectural style typical of the Touraine region. Its soberness is demonstrated by the symmetry of its openings, doors and windows. The presence of a watch-tower on the west facade provides a tasteful touch of medieval fantasy. The south side of the house is composed of freestone with two loop-holes on the ground floor, reminiscent of those in the watch-tower. The flat section of the roof features bull’s eye windows, surrounded by zinc decor. A pavilion on the south-east corner, reflecting similar architecture, is linked to the house by a wooden veranda. Composed of freestone and slate, it has two shed dormers, topped with a triangular pediment, similar to those of the main house. Once again, there are three possible entrances: the main entrance is on the east facade, reached via the wicket gate opening on to the street; that on the west facade is reached directly from the parklands; and the last, on the south facade, via the veranda.

Ground floor
The main entrance, with its glazed door decorated with wrought iron, opens into a vestibule, housing the stairway. On one side, a dining room features parquet flooring and a black marble fireplace, decorated with fleur-de-lis. It precedes a fully fitted kitchen that opens on to a veranda. On the other side of the vestibule, a lounge is enhanced with parquet flooring and a light-coloured marble fireplace. The double aspect of all the rooms makes the ground floor particularly luminous. A toilet is to be found on a half-floor.
First floor
A vast landing provides access to two large, double and triple aspect bedrooms, with parquet flooring, as well as to a very contemporary bathroom, with a toilet.
Second floor
This level has parquet flooring throughout. It comprises two small rooms, with sloping ceilings, exposed beams and bull’s eye windows. They could be used as a small bedroom, with a study or a dressing room.

The pavilion

The pavilion can be directly reached from the house via the veranda. It comprises a shower room and a dressing room on the ground floor with two bedrooms upstairs. The basement houses a boiler room and a linen room.

The outbuildings

A building constructed from quarry stone blocks and brick stands next to the residence. With a steep roof covered with old flat tiles, it is currently used as an artist’s studio. Its attic, reached via a little outside stairway is used for storage purposes.
A brick construction in the wooded section of the parklands houses garden tools.
Under the wooded section, but with car access, is a large troglodyte cave, with a section used for laying down wine.
A garage can be accessed by a car from the street.

The parklands

Spanning a surface area of approx. 5,000 m², these south and west-facing parklands are completely enclosed. They are predominantly wooded and filled with flowers, landscaped in the area around the house and left in a wilder state with a little wood on the south side. A little maze of boxwood-lined pathways leads to the original, atypical, little water tower. The vegetation, composed of one-hundred-year-old trees, a lime tree-lined alleyway, hedges, rose bushes, a vegetable garden and an orchard, gives these parklands privacy and keeps them free of nuisances despite being in the middle of a town.

Our opinion

A property for tranquil spirits. An unpretentious, middle-class character, in a pastoral setting despite being in the midst of a little town. A touch of fantasy here and there, such as the medieval style watch-turret and the little water tower, provides an air of originality, preventing monotony. Every effect is measured and pleasant. Moreover, the existence of outbuildings is an invitation to comfortably separate the property’s various activities with the residence and the guest house on one side and all kinds of professional and artistic activities on the other.

895 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 214879

Land registry surface area 4978 m2
Main building surface area 200 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

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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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