A listed, 16th century chateau and its outbuildings with 5 ha of parklands
and 20 ha of land, in the Loire Valley between Tours and Amboise
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

A little more than 2 hours from Paris via the A10 motorway, 20 minutes from Tours, with its TGV train station and 50-minute links to Paris as well as its airport with regular direct flights to London, Dublin, Marseille, Porto and Marrakech. In a tourist region with a wealth of historic, architectural and natural heritage, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. The undulating countryside is home to a renowned thousand-year-old vineyard. With the benefit of the mild local climate, it is set in the midst of a village between the vines and the Loire river.

Description

This chateau, constructed at the beginning of the 16th century, was used for storing weapons for Baron-de-Castelneau, one of the leaders of the Amboise conspiracy in 1560. The plot discovered, the conspirators were imprisoned and the chateau burnt. It was reconstructed in the 17th century. Its parklands, behind high walls, extend from the church square to the hills on either side of the road, spanned by a wide walkway. The land to the south of the chateau can also be directly reached via a tunnel going under the central village street. This unused land guarantees the chateau a protected, unobstructed view over the valley. This village estate extends, therefore, from the north to the south of the village. The driveway on the north side of the chateau crosses the parklands, planted with trees several hundreds of years old, before reaching the main courtyard. On the south side of the chateau are a terrace, a garden and, on a lower level, a tennis court as well as a swimming pool area. On the east side of the main courtyard are troglodyte caves and an orangery as well as a so-called clock pavilion and outbuildings.

The chateau

Reconstructed in the 17th century, this chateau’s facades and roofs, apart from those of the small 19th century chapel, are on the French Supplementary Historic Monument List. The main rectangular building is flanked on its north facade by two wings set at right angles. The facades feature mullioned and half-mullioned windows, except for those right in the middle. The roofs are covered with slate. Most of the roof dormers have renaissance style gable roofs, flanked with finials; the others have bull’s eye windows. The central sections of both main facades differ from one another and appear to have been completed in the early 19th century, during the Restoration period. The north facade features a French window flanked by pilasters, enhanced with a circular pediment and a stained glass window as well as a triangular pediment roof dormer. Whilst the garden side, with a French window flanked by columns and topped with a stained glass window as well as a triangular pediment roof dormer, has a large horseshoe-shaped porch.


Ground floor
The through entrance hall provides access to both the garden and the main courtyard. The vast, 17th century, wooden stairway, with two straight flights and large, square baluster railings is listed. The ceiling, close to 8 m high, looks down on floor tiles with inlaid decoration. This area is widely enhanced with stained glass windows, paintings and coats-of-arms. Reception rooms are laid out on either side of the entrance hall. On the right-hand side are two superb rooms and, on the left, a lounge and a library. The kitchens and pantries are laid out in the wings. A second stairway near to the lounge provides access to the upper floors and the basement.
Garden level
On the garden side, under the porch, are a toilet and a stairway going up to the ground floor. On the west side are storerooms as well as showers, toilets and a stairway going up to the kitchens on the ground floor. On the east side is a study, storerooms and a stairway going up to the ground floor near the lounge.
First floor
Three bedrooms, with their own bathrooms and toilets, are on either side of the central stairway. The biggest bedroom spans 45 m² and the smallest 21 m². Back stairway.
Second floor
This level comprises 8 bedrooms with slightly sloping ceilings and their own bathrooms and toilets. Back stairway.

The clock pavilion

A gable wall of this building backs on to the hillside, forming a sort of L-shaped traditional farmhouse. One section of the building is on the property boundary. The walls are white and the roof, covered with small tiles, features large gable roof dormers. The building is topped with a bell-tower where a clock has replaced a bell. Half of the building is currently taken up by two bedrooms on the ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs.

The caretaker’s cottage

This low house, spanning a floor surface of 170 m², stands on the edge of the property. The ground floor comprises a living room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a shower room.

Our opinion

Near to Amboise and Tours, whilst at a distance from the main roads, this property is peaceful. Emblem of the village courtesy of its central location, this reasonably-sized building is more than at home amongst the bigger Loire Valley chateaux. This is highlighted by Baron-de-Castelneau and Jean-du-Barry, lord of La-Renaudie, both represented in the stained-glass windows of the entrance hall, bearing witness to the old protestant fiefdom.

2 650 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 934942

Land registry surface area 25 ha 62 a 57 ca
Main building surface area 1250 m2
Outbuilding surface area 600 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.

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