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An old 16th century mill, in an enchanting spot, with an island between rivers and parkland
25 km from Tours, and with full water rights
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

Not far from the confluence of the Loire and Indre rivers, to the east of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park stretches an array of wild and magnificent landscapes. Land of inspiration for many writers where both well-known castles and smaller heritage sites are found next to each other. Less than 30 min from Tours, a few villages and just outside a small town.
By a river, in quiet surroundings, at a turn in the path leaving a small country road.
An automatic gate opens on to a courtyard, surrounded by numerous buildings, with a garden and access to the mill.
A natural setting for this unique site lulled by the flow of water.
It is also home to a sometimes poorly known but much appreciated winegrowing industry.

Description

The mill is referred to in texts dating back to the early 16th century and has rarely changed family. At the end of 1930s, the mill belonged to the father of the current owner. The milling activity ended just before the father acquired the property.
The mill, with full French ownership rights, comprises both a flour mill and a tannin mill. The first one was used to grind cereals, into a coarse powder or flour. The second was used to crush the bark of oak or chestnut trees into powder and extract the tannin for use in the tanning industry. The grinding mechanism is still in place as is the floodgate system, the walkways, bridges and spillways.
Eel fishing, an important source of income for the miller was carried out using different types of methods, using wicker baskets and fish chests that are still in place.
The site has undergone some changes, is now remarkably well maintained, and in overall good condition. The property has kept its authenticity.
Near the entrance, there are: the outbuildings, the miller’s old house, now a home and a stable, barn, workshop, old tannin mill, an old trough, and troglodytic caves, with bread oven and wine cellar. Another lovely feature of this property is the rich vegetation on both sides of the river. Grass, bushes and shrubs, flower beds, a beautiful selection of trees of a variety of species, crystal clear waters, frogs, dragon flies and trout, all signs of the well-preserved nature.
The confluence is a beautiful fishing area.
It is surrounded by rural and forested landscapes, woods and pastureland; it is a place where one is seduced by beauty and authenticity.

The mill

It is no doubt one of the oldest buildings in the area. The facades are both east and west facing.
Built of stone, the building is a two-storey vessel overlooking the river with a projection extending the property to overhang the water.
The 25m2 entrance is spacious and spectacular and features all of the flour mill mechanism.
It also incorporates a storage room, cloakroom, a toilet and a staircase leading to the upper floors.
Five large picture windows with double and triple glazing, reveal the surrounding landscapes.
Each room is a real observatory for the surrounding parkland and river.
Such a location is delightful and rare; a place to discover and observe all these beautiful natural features.


Ground floor
The 25m2 entrance is spacious and spectacular and features all of the flour mill mechanism.
It also incorporates a storage room, cloakroom, a toilet and the staircase leading to the upper floors.
Facing the entrance is an approx. 10m2 fitted kitchen. Following on from it is a vast tiled reception room measuring 50 m2, with a bow-window projection dominating the river and looking out over an astonishing view.
Five large picture windows with double and triple glazing, reveal the surrounding landscapes.

First floor
A landing with parquet flooring and a large and impressive reception room also with parquet flooring, measuring 44 m2, with a fireplace and a five metre high ceiling.
It is dominated and surrounded by a landing with a succession of staircases, and a mezzanine passageway.
Access to the main bedroom with parquet flooring, 20 m2, a study area and cloakroom measuring 13 m2, shower room, wardrobe and a toilet. Picture windows with panoramic view over the water and into the nature.

Second floor
Here is the landing and its parquet flooring and passageway, with access to a balcony overhanging the mill race. Two other bedrooms also with parquet flooring of 11 and 15 m2 with a washroom cubicle and one with a shower. Separate toilet.
Third floor
Three attic rooms measuring 10, 11 and 22 m2 with a washroom cubicle and one with a shower. Separate toilet.
Each room is a real observatory for the surrounding parkland and river
Such a location is delightful and rare; a place to discover and observe all these beautiful natural features.

Outbuilding
The outbuildings are also built of stone, different styles and have either tile or slate roofs.
The original mill, a former tannin mill is currently used as a laundry and boiler room, with a shower and a toilet.

Outbuilding
A complex with a courtyard comprising a small two-roomed house, awaiting renovation, a stone barn, cellars and five troglodytic shelters, with a bread oven and wine cellar.
Outbuilding
An old trough, converted into a summer shelter, with a fountain and water supply also has a terrace looking out on to the mill race.
Outbuilding
The old miller’s house, 40 m2, comprises three rooms, awaiting renovation, an old stable of more than 35 m2, and a boat garage of 35 m2 with an exterior gable entrance.
Barn
A 75 m2 stone barn is currently home to a workshop and fuel storage.
The parklands
The Indre River crosses the property for 800 m, there are five bridges and walkways to cross over, an island, a causeway, a mill race, a spillway, floodgates, and in another part of the property there is a trout stream.
Incidentally, the main bridge that had been restored a few years ago was blessed by the parish priest.
The land belonging to the property spreads out over three municipalities and includes a vegetable garden, gardens, meadows and poplar grove.
There are 5 hectares recorded in the land registry.
Other paths criss-cross the parkland.
True peacefulness in an idyllic rural setting and environment of natural beauty.

Our opinion

Who has never dreamt of such a place, on the riverside in a much coveted countryside?
Near to a small town and picturesque villages. In the middle of unspoilt nature, the charm of the flora and fauna down the river, in the shade of the trees is magical.
An old home that has been well restored over the years, and whose occupants have managed to preserve its character and authenticity with certain home comforts.
Traces of the past still live on, even if it is only courtesy of the river and the old mill mechanism. Like the tick-tock of a clock and time passing, there is something special about this property.
Surrounded by a gentle and heath-enhancing nature that encourages rest and relaxation.
A motionless journey, no doubt, as the water flow carries you away.

690 000 €
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Reference 172849

Land registry surface area 4 ha 72 a 47 ca
Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 315 m2

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Bruno Van Montagu       +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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