in the historic town centre of Chinon
The building stands on a choice site in the town centre, near to the fortress, restaurant terraces, shops and several carparks. Chinon has all the shops and amenities of a subprefecture with 10,000 inhabitants. The towns of Saumur, Angers and Tours, all with TGV train links to Paris, are less than an hour’s drive away. Slip roads for the A85 motorway are 15 minutes away.
The shop takes up the ground floor of the building and a section of the first floor, whilst the flat spans the first and second floors. This property has two entrances, one on the road side for the shop and the other on the square side for the flat. It is adjoined to other buildings which also have busy shops on the ground floor and dwellings on the upper floors.
To the rear of the building is a courtyard shared with three other plots as well as an alleyway leading to a neighbouring street, making deliveries to the shop easy and discreet.
This shop has existed and been transformed through the ages. Nowadays, the shop sells decoration. Its freestone facade, topped with cream-coloured, wooden decor, features large openings overlooking the street and the square, on both the ground and first floors.
The entrance to the shop is in a busy, attractive shopping street.
The freestone walls and the beams have been left exposed. A first vast area is widely illuminated by the large facade openings and a mezzanine. In this first room, an old wood and wrought iron stairway leads to the rest of the shop laid out upstairs.
A corridor provides access to a second room, laid out at the back. A concealed door opens on to a courtyard and an alleyway which communicates with a neighbouring street. This courtyard is used for delivery purposes. An outside stairway goes down to three vaulted cellars housing storage space.
The quarter-turning wooden stairway goes up to the mezzanine which forms a lightwell, illuminating the lower level. It is protected by railings, fixed to the outside edge of the mezzanine.
This flat, above the shop, is laid out over two levels, one of which is under the rafters. It has an entrance separate from that of the shop.
The entrance, off the town square, adjoins the shop windows. A wooden stairway goes directly up from the entrance door to the first floor.
The stairway leads to a large living room with a kitchen area. This level also includes a toilet and the stairway going up to the second floor. The interior is soberly decorated. The windows look out over the square.
The landing provides access to four bedrooms, a toilet, a bathroom and a shower room. The floor is laid with long strip parquet flooring. Three bedrooms look out over the square and the street through large windows, with indoor wooden shutters. The fourth bedroom as well as the bathroom and the shower room, laid out in the centre of the building, are illuminated via skylights.
Appealing to passers-by courtesy of the architecture and attracting customers courtesy of the layout of the premises. Such is the aim to promote the activity whatever it might be. Finishing works have been artfully and meticulously carried out on the ground floor beams. Great luminosity is provided by the lightwell created by the mezzanine. Delivery access to the rear of the shop is extremely practical, whatever business is pursued.
The flat is both vast and bright. Its layout is flexible courtesy of a partition on the first floor which could be altered for extension or communication purposes.
The town of Chinon is indisputably one of the Loire Valley’s gems, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, from architectural, natural and historic points of view. Rabelais has long sung the praises of Chinon, which “On old stone long has stood; there's the Vienne, if you look down; if you look up there’s the wood”. Furthermore, the area around Chinon includes numerous character villages, some of which are among the most beautiful in France.
|Land registry surface area||300 m2|
|Main building surface area||100 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.