castles / chateaux for sale touraine region in france

A 16th & 18th century chateau-hotel and its outbuildings
in 24 ha of parklands between the Loire and Cher rivers in the Touraine region
Tours, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

2½ hours from Paris, 25 minutes from slip roads for the A10 motorway. 2 km from a train station with 80-minute links to Paris. 40 minutes from an airport with regular, direct flights to Marseille, London, Dublin, Marrakech and Porto. 3 km from schools, amenities and shops. In the midst of the Loire chateaux, an area classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco for its exceptional cultural landscape as regards its architectural monuments, its villages and the Loire, itself. Built on the edge of the bocage plains, between the royal forest and the old medieval fortress.

Description

In flat, then undulating, parklands spanning 24 hectares, predominantly composed of woods, a perfectly straight, driveway, some 600 m long and bordered by oak trees over a hundred years old, leads to the old gatehouse, topped with a tower. Reached via a bridge, once a drawbridge, this gatehouse or old caretaker’s lodge, opens into the main courtyard. The chateau stands facing the gatehouse. The courtyard, enhanced with a fountain and four ancient plane trees, looks out over the side moats and features leisure areas. Another two bridges span the moats on either side of the chateau, one leading to a carpark and the other to a swimming pool. Dry moats are on but three sides, the lie of the land to the rear of the chateau resulting in its opening directly on to the parklands and the tennis court. The old, nearby outbuildings comprise three fully rehabilitated buildings which house two large holiday rental accommodation units. The swimming pool and its terrace are within easy reach of all the buildings, the chateau and the holiday rental accommodation units. In the parklands, near to a fish-filled lake spanning a little over a hectare, a long, traditional farmhouse featuring typical regional architecture awaits restoration works. It has a well.

The chateau

Dating from the Renaissance period, this chateau apparently belonged to the Briçonnets, a family of builders responsible for Chenonceau chateau, as well as to the Réaux family and that of the first mayor of Tours. It comprises two rectangular buildings, standing perpendicular to one another. The main, south-west facing facade opens on to the courtyard side. The transomed or mullioned windows are perfectly aligned both vertically and horizontally. A few bull’s eye windows as well as a sundial provide a touch of fantasy. Above the door, tracery composed of initials no doubt reveals the building’s construction date. The slate roofs have stone roof dormers with triangular pediments, adorned with decorative floral features. Restored over the centuries, the layout of the rooms has been somewhat modified to adapt it for a hotel and catering activity. The floors can be reached via a central stairway reserved for guests and via a back stairway going up from the kitchens. Each of the five main levels spans approx. 280 m² of living space. The reception rooms were recently redone together with 11 of the 17 bedrooms housed in the chateau.


Cellar
Laid out on the second basement level, these cellars can be reached from the outside.
Basement
This level comprises immaculately kept utility rooms including a staff dining room, cloakrooms, bathroom and toilet facilities, storage areas, storerooms, a cake and pastry-making area, linen rooms, miscellaneous storage rooms, cold rooms, a delivery bay, dumb waiters, a boiler room and other machine rooms.
Ground floor
A vestibule provides access on one side to a lounge, an office and toilets; on the other are two adjoining restaurants, followed by a pantry and the kitchens. The later were completely redone and have practically never been used as the current owner did not wish to continue the restaurant activity and only prepares breakfasts there.
First floor
This level includes 9 bedrooms, with bath or shower rooms and toilets, as well as a floor pantry.
Second floor
This level includes 8 bedrooms, with bath or shower rooms and toilets, as well as three floor pantries.

The gatehouse

The gatehouse is composed of four buildings: the main section facing the chateau, two square, corner towers and the central external building, resembling the miniature castle entrance of a fortress. Recognisable on the site of the grooves of the drawbridge, this freestone doorway, topped with a coat-of-arms that is difficult to identify, is topped with a steep roof and a bell-tower.
The ground floor, spanning 175 m², houses offices, a conference room, a bar with its lounge and toilets.
Upstairs, under the rafters and spanning 155 m², are 6 bedrooms, with bath or shower rooms and toilets.

The tower

Featuring three windows one above the other and a triangular pediment on the south-west side, the tower has a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, on each of its four levels.

The outbuildings

The former stables have been completely rehabilitated. Today, they house a 90 m² holiday rental accommodation unit able to sleep 2 or 3 people. It has electric heating. There are also a garage and an attic.

The orangery, spanning a little less than 200 m², is currently used for staff accommodation purposes. The ground floor houses a large, multipurpose room, a smoking room, a shower room, a toilet and a machine room. Under the rafters are five staff bedrooms, with cupboards and wash-hand basins, a shower room and a toilet. It has electric heating.

The central building is partially taken up by a holiday rental accommodation unit, able to sleep 8 people. The other section of the building is used for staff accommodation purposes. The holiday rental accommodation unit has electric heating whilst the other section has gas-fired heating.

The long farmhouse awaiting restoration spans a ground surface area of approx. 100 m².

The sheepfold has been transformed into garages.

A woodshed and a storage area for gardening tools.

Our opinion

This partially concealed property endeavours to remain discreet and reserved so as to preserve its tranquillity, no doubt. Its location and composition are both astonishing and yet a lack of historical documents frustratingly leaves its original vocation a mystery. This region has an excellent tourist trade and the parklands are now in a tourist activity zone which means that the accommodation potential of the premises, currently 26 bedrooms and 2 holiday rental accommodation units, could be developed. The shining ovens simply need to be fired up and the restaurant could be re-opened. It already owns a “licence 4”, a full license for selling alcohol.

3 400 000 €
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Reference 759581

Land registry surface area 24 ha 29 a 97 ca
Main building surface area 1490 m2
Outbuilding surface area 800 m2

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Marie-Antoinette de Groulard    +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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