in over 2 ha of parklands, 15 minutes south of Tours town centre
To the south of the town of Tours, the A10 motorway is 10 minutes’ drive away, a train station is 15 minutes away. This TGV train station provides one hour links to Paris. In these countrified surroundings, only the tramway, 2 km away, is a reminder of the nearby town.
This house is composed of a central building, spanning approx. 360 m² of living space over three levels. It is flanked by two lower wings. The three buildings are all in a line on the rear facade, whilst the central building protrudes on the south-facing facade. The walls feature rectangular openings, all comprising six large panes. They are topped with Mansard style roofs, with triangular or arched pediment roof dormers.
The entrance door in the main facade opens into a hall, where light-coloured stone floor tiles are inlaid with dark decoration. A wooden stairway, with its wrought iron railings, goes to the two upper floors. An arched door leads to a lounge, where it is possible to glimpse, on one side, the entrance to another adjoining room and, on the other, a dining room. A contemporary kitchen, laid out longwise, is opposite. The floors are paved with old terracotta tiles or laid with strip or herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The quarry stone block walls, beams and joists have been left exposed and are painted white in the very bright dining room, with its three openings. In the lounge, the walls have been rendered, whilst the beams and joists have been left in their natural state. An impressive, dressed stone fireplace goes up to the ceiling on a load-bearing wall. A relieving arch tops the wooden lintel. The walls in the last room are decorated with floor-to-ceiling wood panelling. A glazed opening has replaced the mirror above the marble fireplace, the two flues of which go up on either side. Numerous doors lead out into the parklands. There are also a bathroom and toilet.
The stairway goes up to a landing which provides access, on the one hand, to a shower room as well as a separate toilet and, on the other, to a hall area. The latter leads to four bedrooms and a dressing room. The floor is covered with parquet flooring laid in strip or herringbone patterns. The walls, including the floor-to-ceiling wood panelling in some bedrooms, are painted white. The marble fireplaces are blue, red or brown. As on the ground floor, the fireplace in the bedroom on the west side is topped with a glazed opening. On this floor, light and soberness are omnipresent courtesy of the many openings, the white paint and the light-coloured parquet flooring.
The stairway goes to a large leisure room. Doors, on either side of one of the two fireplaces, open into two rooms used for storage purposes. The floor is covered with strip pattern parquet flooring. The light-coloured walls feature a total of six roof dormers on the facades, with two bull’s eye windows on each side.
A stone stairway goes down, on the west side of the house, to a large, vaulted cellar. It comprises a wine cellar and a boiler room.
This outbuilding stands at a short distance from the main house. Spanning a surface area of approx. 180 m², it is constructed from partially rendered, dressed quarry stone blocks. It is topped with a gable, slate roof, featuring roof dormers. The quoins and the surrounds framing the slightly or semi-circular arched openings are composed of freestone. A central carriage doorway is topped with a triangular pediment. It is flanked by two windows. The gable walls feature openings on the ground and first floors. The tall carriage doors provide access to a garage able to house several cars. Two 4-roomed dwellings are laid out at each end: a caretaker’s cottage on one side and a dwelling with a bread oven, awaiting restoration, on the other.
These parklands extend over more than two hectares, one section of which is wooded. Character trees are dotted throughout the large grassy areas. These notably include a sequoia and three cedar trees. Furthermore, one section is planted as an orchard. A French bowls pitch has been created and little relaxation areas are to be found here and there.
These parklands are predominantly open. The house is set in a clearing, the outbuilding is not too close. Everything here would be synonymous with soberness, if it were not for the majestic, surrounding trees and the decoration adorning the facades. Zinc and dressed stone scrolls, stone string courses linking pediments or sculpted panels match the verticality of the sequoia and the branches of the cedar trees. Omnipresent light, associated with space, both inside and outside, makes this house extremely elegant and comfortable.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 11 a 67 ca|
|Main building surface area||360 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||180 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Nadège Hervé +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.