an old farm fully restored by an architect
This house, just 2 hours from Paris, is in the area around the Loire chateaux, between the Beauce and Sologne regions. The historic town of Blois, with its 45,000 inhabitants, is but 25 minutes away by car. It has numerous infrastructures and amenities. Its train station provides 95-minute links to Paris and 35-minute links to Tours. The nearest town, with its local shops and amenities, can be reached in 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bike.
This old farm is part of a small hamlet, set in tranquil, natural surroundings, in an area classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO courtesy of the wealth of different lands, the natural landscapes and the monuments to be found there.
This house, once a farmhouse, is constructed from white quarry stone blocks, with dressed limestone quoins. Laid out in an L-shape and spanning a floor surface area of approx. 200 m², its various levels are topped with a slate roof. It was most certainly constructed before the 18th century and could even date from the 16th century.
A vaulted, exposed stone cellar with a packed mud floor is illuminated via a basement window.
The ground floor comprises a living room, a single open-plan room that includes a lounge area with a fireplace, a dining area as well as a kitchen. The latter is a mixture of modernity and rusticity, exuding a restful, comfortable atmosphere. The perfectly restored, exposed beams bear witness to the great age of the building. A little stairway goes up from the living room to a bedroom, with parquet flooring, and its shower room, with a toilet. Between the living room and a summer lounge, a corridor leads to a functional laundry room and a toilet. The summer lounge opens directly on to a terrace and the garden via a wide picture window. It features a very high ceiling, revealing an exposed roofing framework, with trusses, that is both light and impressive. A wood and white metal stairway provides access to the house’s attic space.
The attic space has been completely rehabilitated. It can be reached via a stairway from the summer lounge. Looking down on the latter, the mezzanine is currently in use as study and library areas. It communicates with the bedroom, a vast room, with a 6 m high ceiling, featuring the exposed roofing framework. With parquet flooring, this room is very bright courtesy of its various windows, its brilliant white walls enhancing a high truss with a double tie beam. A few steps provide access to a bath-shower room with a toilet. Residents of this room, with its resolutely sober and modern lines, can appreciate a view over the surrounding countryside.
It would be possible to convert this large bedroom and create one or two additional rooms.
This house, in the midst of the area around the Loire chateaux and near to that of Chambord, is in an ideal location for architecture enthusiasts. These premises are therefore well-suited to the development of a holiday rental or bed & breakfast activity. The surrounding countryside is also a wonderfully peaceful setting for a family way of life.
Completely restored outside and inside in accordance with good trade practices, it has no need of any works. The achievement of the interior designer who carried out this restoration can be summarised in the following words: quality materials, harmony and soberness. Spacious rooms and unusually high ceilings make this house a very pleasant place to live.
|Land registry surface area||1683 m2|
|Main building surface area||200 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||30 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
Orléanais & North-Sologne
Céline Fouré +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.