In the heart of the old part of Tours
former chapel converted into a duplex flat with contemporary features
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

In the heart of the city, the quarter called the “Vieux Tours” is the one of the oldest there is and has been classified a Remarkable Heritage site since 2016. A historic and commercial district where everything is within walking distance, the Tours market only five minutes away. The tramway, schools, Loire river banks are close by and the TGV train station just fifteen minutes with trains to Paris in just an hour.
The entrance to this co-owned flat is located in a semi-pedestrian one-way street, linking it to the historic district on the river banks. It is flanked by ancient buildings dating back to between 15th and 19th centuries.

Description

A former 11th century collegiate church and canonry attached to the Saint-Martin monastery, the building was rebuilt the following century in a Roman style. At the time of the French Revolution, it was almost completely destroyed. The only part of the building remaining today is where the contemporary duplex flat is located.
Built of limestone with a slate roof, the chapel has kept its tall semi-circular windows on the north side and arched ones on the east façade.
The entrance to the co-owned flat is discreet and via a wood staircase. Access to the duplex is on the first floor.

Duplex flat

The entrance corridor leads to on one side a bedroom area and boiler, linen room and toilet on the other. Opposite, on the ground floor of this religious building: a large open-plan living room with dining area and kitchen featuring a limestone fireplace adorned with crafted pilasters. The walls are of period stone: in each corner, the sculpted jambs of the vault are visible. The cross-bar windows indicate the epoch and have double glazing for better heat and sound insulation.
A modern staircase leads to a large mezzanine, bedroom, study, bathroom with toilet. Here again, the period features are present. One can admire the cornerstone of the vaulted living room below from this living space through an opening in the centre.
Separate from the chapel, a bedroom area, with on the ground floor a lounge or bedroom, shower room and toilet. Upstairs, a large bedroom.
The two living areas are connected and open out on to a comfortable terrace with an unobstructed view on the vegetation close by.
A cellar completes this property.
Possibility of purchasing a garage nearby.

Our opinion

One really gets a feel for Tours here. The neighbourhood is symbolic, riverbanks just a stone’s throw away and town centre in the immediate vicinity. The building and the chapel take one back to another era. The subtle combination of the contemporary interior and the century-old limestone features is perfect. The adjustment of the property to modern day comforts happens almost as a matter of course.

627 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 162614

Land registry surface area 379 m2
Number of bedrooms 3
Main building surface area 165 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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