A listed manor house in 3 hectares of parklands
2½ hours from Paris in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region
Vendôme, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41100 FR

Location

8 km from a TGV train station with 40-minute links to Paris and 3 km from the nearest shops. In a hamlet. A land of bocage countryside between the Perch region and the Loir valley, where scattered, little woods, hamlets, plateaus and small valleys contribute to the rich landscape.

Description

Once a stately home, constructed in the 15th century on the site of a Knights Templar commandery, it was to be protected a century later, when the Catholics and the Protestants opposed one another, by a perimeter wall on three sides, the river delimiting the fourth side. In the 16th century, residents set up home within the perimeter walls, protecting the courtyard with its house and the outer bailey with its outbuildings, the two separated by a wall, the ruins of which are still visible. Over the years, with peace restored, these walls were opened on to parklands and a garden. The 2 hectares of parklands, beyond and to the north of the perimeter wall, are bordered, on one side, by a river and, on the other, by a shrub hedge running alongside the country lane. The garden, also outside of the perimeter walls on the west side, is enclosed by walls and fencing. It is crossed from east to west by an alleyway, lined with cypress trees, giving a view of the house. A second alleyway, perpendicular to the first, crosses the garden to the gates opening on to the parklands. It is then extended by a row of maple trees as far as a laurel parterre.

The manor house

This manor house is composed of two buildings set at right angles to one another: a 15th century stately home and a 17th century house. Both buildings are rectangular and span three levels. The gable walls feature signs of their transformations: on one side, three doors one above the other indicate that they once opened into a tower, housing a spiral stairway; on another, the arcade of a vaulted room is the site’s oldest feature.


Ground floor
Three adjoining reception rooms in the stately home are filled with through light. They are enhanced with indoor shutters, square terracotta floor tiles, exposed beams and whitewashed walls. A living room is decorated with a listed, 15th century, monumental fireplace and the lounge an 18th century fireplace with a wooden lintel. The third room is illuminated via a mullioned window with a window seat. A vaulted room, once the old, 16th century kitchens and now an exhibition or concert room, takes up the entire ground floor of the 17th century house. The bathrooms, the utility rooms and the stairway leading to the various levels are to be found where the two buildings meet.
Mezzanine floor
A few steps lead to a first narrow door that opens into two adjoining bedrooms. Another few steps go to a bathroom, with a toilet.
First floor
In the stately home, a 13-metre-long corridor provides access to four vast bedrooms, two of which have fireplaces, the last, facing south, is illuminated via a mullioned window with a window seat. In the 17th century house, a corridor leads to a small bedroom, a dressing room and the larger, King’s bedroom, with its monumental fireplace.
Half-story
A few steps go up to a narrow door, opening into a shower room with a toilet.
Second floor
On this floor, on a gable wall, an astonishing recess, with a window seat and a stained-glass fresco, questions the construction era of this stairway. The latter comes to an end in two large attics, with impressively high ridges, that could easily be converted.

The dovecote

The dovecote, constructed at the same time as the perimeter wall, was one of six towers. Peace restored, 800 dove-holes, representing the estate’s 800 acres, were added to the tower. Several openings were made at the beginning of the 19th century in order to create a dwelling. A stairway adjoining the wall makes it possible to go upstairs and to admire the conical roofing framework. The ground surface area is approx. 19 m² per level.

The small house

Standing within the perimeter walls, the outer bailey’s old house has been completely restored. The current owners, not having any particular use for this building, use it as a storage area, but a few minor works could make it habitable. It spans a ground surface area of approx. 85 m². The roof features hanging roof dormers and the attic space could easily be converted.

Our opinion

This stone building bears admirable and peaceful witness to a time when it belonged to the Knights Templars of the good King Henri IV. Abounding in architectural gems, the manor house has been outstandingly preserved over the last five decades. The addition of all modern-day home comforts has scarcely disrupted the authenticity of the premises.

Exclusive sale

880 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 498339

Land registry surface area 3 ha 9 a 59 ca
Main building surface area 421 m2
Number of bedrooms 8
Outbuilding surface area 215 m2

Consultant


Marie-Antoinette de Groulard +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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