character houses for sale near tours - touraine region

An old, 17th century tenant farm, with a view over a lake
and almost 2 ha, 10 minutes from the centre of Tours
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR


This old tenant farm forms a picturesque property between a market town and a lake, such that it is near not only to the beauty and well-being of nature but also to urban shops and amenities. On the outskirts of a town, with a wealth of history and heritage, it has a dominant view over the water and its verdant surroundings.
This unspoilt setting is easily reached via main roads and the TGV train line puts Paris just an hour away. These peaceful premises are a very pleasant place to live.


The origins of this property, once a tenant farm, date back to the 17th century.
So saying, it has nevertheless been proved that buildings were already standing on this site before that time.
According to certain historic data, it would appear that they previously belonged to a priory near to Tours, originally the chapterhouse of one of the major Christian saints, who was also a famous local bishop. They appear to have housed a religious community as of year 1000 up until the first half of the 18th century.
A famous French poet was prior here in the second half of the 16th century.
Most of the buildings were burnt down at the beginning of the 17th century and then rebuilt a short time later.
This tenant farm was then sold as National Property by the chapter at the end of the 18th century to a working, leading citizen.
At this time, the property spanned a land registry surface area of almost 33 hectares, divided between 7 plots.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the property was sold to a general of the Empire, whose name is featured on the Arc-de-Triomphe in Paris.
The farm then belonged to a family who already owned a chateau in Belgium.
Over the following century, through donation, legacy and succession, seven owners succeeded one another and the land registry surface area was reduced to less than 2 hectares. The last residents ended up neglecting the property.
At the very beginning of the 1980’s, a couple of doctors purchased the property and began restoring it. The works, carried out by the very best of skilled craftsmen, carpenters in particular, lasted five years. The roofing framework of the main house was completely redone using old oak beams still in existence, on which were found the characteristic marks left by the carpenters of earlier centuries.
This property is laid out around a square courtyard, with five buildings flanking a grassy area planted with shrubs.
The main house faces west. A large barn adjoins it at right angles on the south side. It precedes a guest house, with an east-facing gable wall. And, set at right angles is a small house as well as a farm shed.
On the left-hand side of the property, behind a section of the outbuildings, the garden extends over successive levels, comprising further stretches of grass, sometimes wooded, with a vegetable garden and an orchard.
A swimming pool is out of sight of onlookers.
This property slopes down towards the countryside over almost 2 hectares, with a cellar. Beyond and for as far as the eye can see, water and verdant surroundings form a rustic, wooded landscape.

The main house

Once through the gates at the very beginning of the street, a driveway, bordered by copses and fruit trees, leads to an inner courtyard surrounding a well. All around, the various buildings are covered with old roof tiles, except for the slate roof on the farm shed. The long facade of the main house is bordered by a bare travertine stone terrace. It faces a screen of trees, composed of different species, including an elegant cedar tree. The lake, below, can nevertheless be glimpsed through the foliage.
This house, spanning more than 250 m² over two levels, has been luxuriously converted. It is accessed via a hall, housing a shower room, with a toilet, and a stairway going upstairs. Cupboards. Travertine stone floor.
A tiled, fully fitted kitchen, on the left-hand side, communicates with the barn and, on the right-hand side, a vast, triple reception room, spanning approx. 70 m², with a dining room and a lounge on a lower level, featuring an amber lacquered fireplace resembling a large wall cupboard. Picture window and doors lead to the garden. This is followed by a bedroom, spanning more than 30 m², with a cupboard and a tiled bathroom, comprising a shower and toilet.
A wooden stairway in the entrance hall leads to the upper level where ceiling beams are exposed. It comprises a study area, a large reception room, spanning approx. 70 m², with bookshelves and a lounge, with a fireplace. Next is a 30 m² bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet.
The ground floor of this house communicates with the barn.

This impressive building, spanning approx. 100 m², houses an insulated, temperature-controlled, wine cellar, a storeroom, a boiler room and a garage.
Guest house
This secondary house, spanning more than 90 m², comprises a kitchen, a lounge, with a fireplace, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room, with a toilet.
Its large attic could be converted.

Gardener house
This small, 2-roomed house awaits renovation.
Open barn
This building, open on one side, is used as a garage.
The garden
The land around and beyond the buildings comprises an organic vegetable garden, an orchard with an assortment of fruit trees and a multitude of shrubs, plants, roses as well as grasslands and wooded lands going down towards the lake.

Our opinion

This property has a long history and, as always with such longevity, has known many trials and tribulations. Up until thirty or so years ago when its purchasers, recognising the quality of the setting, began to restore the buildings. Good taste and a most in-depth know-how were then put in motion, notably through the use of skilled craftsmen. The existence of several houses around the square courtyard provides future potential. A wonderful feeling of well-being is immediately felt here. The shimmering lake below can be glimpsed through the foliage.

960 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 564450

Land registry surface area 17390 m2
Main building surface area 265 m2

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Bruno Van Montagu       +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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