character houses for sale indre et loire in france

A large, luxurious home awaiting renovation, with a swimming pool, stables, outbuildings
and almost 44 ha, on the edge of Brenne Regional Nature Park in the French department of Indre-et-Loire
, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire FR


Between the spa resort of La-Roche-Posay (15 minutes away) and Brenne Regional Nature Park, 35 minutes from Châtellerault TGV train station, with 90-minute links to Paris and 2½-hour links to Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Saint-Savin Abbey, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, is 25 minutes away and Angles-sur-l'Anglin, classed as one of France’s most beautiful villages, is 10 minutes away.


On a wide plain, bordered by trees, a little road leads to this property’s discreet entrance. The first buildings accommodate or have accommodated animals. The houses then come into sight on the right-hand side, with the guest house, followed by the main residence and, straight on, the last of the outbuildings, set in a curve creating a wide courtyard. And finally, meadows come into view.
The house and the guest house face south-west and, therefore, benefit from vast views of the parklands, extending over 3 hectares, on the edge of which is a concealed swimming pool.

The house

This residence comprises a main building which, on the courtyard side, was carefully balanced via the creation of five windows set out over the ground and first floors, topped with roof dormers and chimney stacks. The entrance door is marked by two pilasters. The facade facing the garden is exactly the same as that looking out over the courtyard. On one of its sides, another lower construction extends the building. Its courtyard facade opens via two doors and a window. A window in a bedroom looks out over the parklands, as does the window and French window in the living room.

Ground floor
The residence can be entered via the main house or via the extension which could, moreover, become a self-contained dwelling. The hall in the main house provides access to a corridor which leads, left, to a kitchen as well as a dining room and, right, to the stairway and a study, with an adjoining lounge. A guest toilet is at the end of the corridor. The kitchen windows look out over the courtyard and the east side of the parklands. A tall fireplace is set in one corner. This kitchen communicates with the dining room. The latter, with a marble fireplace, opens on the east and south sides on to the parklands. The study is on the other side of the corridor, not far from a French window providing access to the parklands. And lastly, double doors open into the lounge, with its fireplace. All the windows in the study and the lounge look out over the parklands. The ceilings in the main house are 3 m high.
A small hall area near to the stairway leads to a pantry and to the section of living space which could become independent. Here, a second oblong hall houses another stairway and leads to a second kitchen which, in turn, leads to a south-facing lounge and bedroom, both looking out over the parklands. The lounge provides access to a shower room, with a toilet, and to a cellar.

First floor
The wooden stairway in the main residence goes up to a corridor, similar to that on the ground floor. It provides access, left, to a first bedroom, followed by a second, with a bathroom, including a toilet, at the end. On the left-hand side are two other bedrooms, one of which adjoins a bathroom. The exceptionally tall ceilings in this section are 3.50 m high.
The bathroom opens into a corridor which leads to a bedroom and to an attic, where a toilet and a bathroom have been installed. The attic, toilet and bathroom are in need of renovation and conversion works. Also in the corridor, the other wooden stairway provides access to the second hall.

The guest house

Completely independent from the main residence, this guest house looks out over the wide courtyard and the parklands. A covered terrace creates a little cool shade during the summer months. It is covered with tiles and has rendered facades.

Ground floor
The entrance hall provides access to a kitchen, with a fireplace and two doors, one leading to a bedroom and the other to a dining room, opening on to a lounge area. In the dining room are a picture window, opening on to the covered terrace as well as the parklands, and a door to a bathroom and a toilet. The lounge area features a fireplace and two windows. A ground floor bedroom can also be reached from the lounge. The floors are covered with tiles, terracotta tiles and carpet.
First floor
A stairway goes from the dining room area up to a landing, providing access to a bathroom, with a toilet, and two bedrooms. There is carpet throughout this level which could be extended as the attic space has not yet been converted.

The outbuildings

The original features inside the outbuildings, entirely covered with flat tiles and rendering, have also been preserved. They comprise two bread ovens, the stalls in the stables and the terracotta floor tiles. Some of the buildings are of an exceptional size and could be used for functions. A woodshed and a little dovecote complete this impressive group.
Two, more recent farm sheds, used for accommodating horses, are completely concealed by the old outbuildings. The ridges in the single-storey outbuildings go up to a height of 11 m.

The parklands

This property has a total of five wells, essentially set out around the buildings and in the parklands, as well as a stream. One of the wells feeds the 10x5 m swimming pool.
Oak trees, over a hundred years old, and Lebanon cedar trees enhance the parklands, composed of vast stretches of grass and a view extending to the plain. Some of the meadows, surrounding the property as well as the parklands, are bordered by a river.

Our opinion

Ideas of renovation and conversion abound on seeing this property especially as it achieves the small feat of being able to accommodate many different projects. Horses are at home here, with all the space they require as well as their stables. The large, luxurious residence clearly forms a quality setting for a family home that awaits new owners and their finishing touches. It also includes a section that could be self-contained. The outbuildings could obviously be used for cultural activities or functions. The guest house, in another style, rivals the main residence in appeal. The landscape is already typical of the Brenne region, one of the most pleasant and bewitching of France.

798 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 798319

Land registry surface area 44 ha
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 790 m2

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Regional representative

Jérôme Broun       +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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