far from all nuisances 40 minutes from Tours
2¾ hours from Paris. This house stands between the Indre and the Loire rivers, near to the river Sarthe, in a patchwork of farm plots, dotted with copses and bell-towers, the main landmarks in an open landscape, scattered with plain, sober, rural houses. 40 km from a TGV train station, 12 km from Normandy’s motorway. 6 km from the nearest shops and doctors. In a hamlet comprising three properties.
This house was redesigned in 2012 in order to provide an air elegantly combining the old with the contemporary, modernity of shapes and authenticity of materials. Outside, pride of place was given to slate, freestone, brick, cladding, lime rendering and metal-framed atrium windows. Biological and natural wood and hemp wools guarantee insulation. Floors are covered with terracotta or Burgundy stone tiles, oak or chestnut wood parquet flooring and the walls limewash paint.
Each room opens on to the outside, providing five possible entrances. The south-facing kitchen freely communicates with the back kitchen as well as with the living room. Features include a stable door, a freestone fireplace, large cupboards and a central island unit. The south-east facing back kitchen is laid out as a kitchen, with zinc, an atrium window and cupboards making it a bright, functional room. The L-shaped living room includes an eating area set out around a fireplace and a lounge area overlooking the garden via industrial style atrium windows. The study, on the west side, is illuminated via two floor-to-ceiling windows, flanking an outside door. A more muted atmosphere follows with parquet flooring, lime-rendered walls and half-timbering filled with hemp cob in the hall area, laid out as a dressing room, and the bedroom. A metal stairway goes from the latter to a fully glazed bathroom on the east side.
The mezzanine landing leads into a living room which comprises a relaxation area, on one side, and a games area, on the other. Features include LEDs incorporated in the ceiling, skylights and sea-rush matting. Three bedrooms, one laid out above the study with a window, another with a skylight and the last with a window and a skylight. The toilet and the bathroom are functional even though these are the only rooms which have not been redone.
It is difficult not to immediately react to the atmosphere reigning in this house where contemporary fixtures and fittings have obviously been harmonised with its old features. As if nothing other than design furniture could be put in front of the exposed, dressed freestone wall in the dining room. As if light simply has to flood through the old walls via industrial style atrium windows. The strict choice of noble materials has included ecological insulation materials. The aesthetics were even extended to the landscaping of the garden.
|Land registry surface area||7032 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Main building surface area||233 m2|
Marie-Antoinette de Groulard +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.