in 7 ha of parklands, 15 minutes south of Tours
South of the town of Tours, 10 minutes by car from slip roads for the A10 motorway and 15 minutes from a train station. TGV trains provide 1-hour links to Paris. The setting is very rural. Shops and public transport a kilometre away are a reminder that the town is not far away.
The manor house
Constructed from dressed freestone, this manor spans approx. 180 m² of living space over two levels, under a slate, gable roof, featuring Jacobin-style dormers. The main facade has wide openings, whilst the rear facade has two half-casement windows, flanking a bull’s eye window. An extension, featuring the same architecture, has been built in its alignment.
A flight of steps, protected by wrought iron railings, leads to two doors, framed with moulded dressed stone surrounds. One opens into a vast room, with kitchen and dining room areas, the other into a lounge. The rooms are illuminated via wooden-framed casement windows. The beams and joists are exposed, just like the freestone of some of the walls which elsewhere are half-timbered. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles. Large, they reflect a range of warm hues in the lounge. The latter has a dressed stone fireplace, with a chimney breast going up to the joists and a brick hearth. A spiral, wooden stairway toes up to the second level. A door in the kitchen opens into the extension. It comprises a study, a utility room, a room, with a shower and toilet, and a linen room. A stairway goes up to the second level.
Some of the rooms on this level have sloping ceilings. The stairway goes up from the lounge to a vast landing which gives access to a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet as well as a dressing room. It is illuminated via the Jacobin-style dormers. The first floor of the extension is taken up by a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet.
The traditional, long farmhouse
Constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks, this farmhouse spans approx. 210 m² of living space over two levels. Its gable roof is covered with flat tiles, enhanced with small dormers. Dressed stone has been used for the surrounds framing the openings and the quoins.
A door leads from the interior courtyard to a very large living room, with contemporary decoration. The walls are lime-rendered, whilst beams and joists are painted a light colour. The floor is paved with terracotta tiles, reflecting warm hues. A closed-hearth fire has been installed in a fireplace, with dressed stone jambs, a wooden lintel and a copper-lined chimney breast. An opening leads to a kitchen, the floor of which is paved with wide stone tiles. It has been laid out in a modern style, with a central unit and one wall painted a deep colour. It communicates with a large back terrace. On the other side of the lounge, a stairway is housed in a hallway which provides access to a laundry room, a separate toilet and a bedroom, with a shower room, ideal for accommodating disabled persons.
This level has sloping ceilings. A stairway goes up to a landing which gives access to a bedroom, a separate toilet, a shower room and a second bedroom. The quarry stone blocks of the walls have been left exposed. The rooms are illuminated via dormers. Floors are paved with contemporary tiles and trusses painted a light colour. Three bedrooms can be reached via a second stairway. Two of them share a shower room and a separate toilet, the third has its own shower room, with a toilet.
Standing at the entrance to the interior courtyard, the old stables, the bread oven and the woodshed are constructed from dressed freestone, topped with a slate gable roof. A barn, in alignment with the traditional, long farmhouse, is currently used for storage purposes, its cellar has been converted. A 100 m² house, standing at right angles to the barn, was once a school. It spans two levels. Two rooms, a sauna, a bathroom and a toilet take up the ground floor. Two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet are laid out on the first floor.
These parklands extend around the buildings. Wooded sections alternate harmoniously with vast grassy areas creating many varied views. Tall conifer trees stand alone in the midst of a carpet of daffodil bouquets, old, misshapen apple trees form a line in the middle of the lawns, pathways are carefully marked out through the woods. Here and there, low wooden fences highlight the division of the areas. A little, wooden bridge goes over the old, dry moat.
This is obviously the countryside just a few minutes away from a large urban area. And yet, it is more than that. The multitude of areas and buildings as well as the parklands, with their many species, can bring to mind a hamlet in the depths of the country. The natural setting has been so well preserved and tended that it exudes great harmony. The trees and shrubs continue flowering all through the year. The buildings nestle in this wonderful, discreetly-kept cacophony. The traditional, long farmhouse is a detached house, with a vast esplanade behind separating it from the lawns. The manor house also has its own private areas near to the herb garden squares. The various residents can live in perfect autonomy and share the same setting without ever coming across one another.
|Land registry surface area||7 ha 1 a 4 ca|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 m2|
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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.