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A large, luxurious home with its French formal garden
in a royal, medieval town to the south of the Touraine region
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR


In the south of the historic Touraine region, with its wealth of cultural and particularly architectural heritage, renowned for its mild climate. Tours, its TGV train station, with 60-minute links to Paris, and its international airport, with 90-minute flights to London, are just 40 minutes away. The town has all shops and amenities as well as two weekly markets. It is dominated by the medieval section where this walled property, with its wrought iron gates, is to be found.


This property comprises a main house, spanning 240 m² of living space over two levels. It was constructed in the middle of the 19th century. A 90 m² caretaker’s cottage spans three levels. These buildings stand in fully walled parklands, spanning approx. 2,500 m².
This property looks down on the town, its French formal garden providing a panoramic view.
These immaculately kept buildings, built of local freestone and topped with slate roofs, feature classical architecture. Wrought iron gates, on the road side, open into a paved courtyard. A terrace, on the other side, looks out over lawns as well as a French formal garden.

The large, luxurious home

The main house, featuring classical architecture where symmetry is respected, is constructed from freestone which results in smooth rusticated masonry. The door, on a porch way, is flanked by fluted pilasters with cabling and topped with an elegant curved pediment roof dormer. Two short wings on each side have a roof dormer featuring an oculus.
The four-sided, pyramid roofs, the main one having a roof break, are covered in natural slate with an old zinc ridge.

Ground floor
The entrance hall is bright with freestone walls and a white marble floor. A stairway, on the right-hand side, is also made of white marble and features finely wrought iron railings. Double doors open into a dining room, with a sculpted, white marble fireplace, a stone floor and an elegant ceiling adorned with moulding featuring gold leaf gilding. The lounge also has a white marble fireplace and a ceiling decorated with moulding and roses enhanced with gold leaf gilding. The solid wood parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. The study has similar flooring but its fireplace is made of brown marble.
A corridor, on the left-hand side of the entrance hall, provides access to a toilet and cupboards as well as a small bedroom which nevertheless has gilded ceiling moulding, herringbone pattern parquet flooring and a light blue fabric on the walls.
The retro-style, fully fitted kitchen features floor tiles.
There is also a laundry room, following on from the kitchen and providing access to the cellar.

First floor
A corridor on the right-hand side of the landing provides access to three south-facing bedrooms with ceiling moulding, wall fabric and carpet as well as storage cupboards. There are also two bathrooms, one of which has a toilet. Another toilet is to be found on the landing.

The caretaker's cottage

The outside of the caretaker’s cottage, also constructed from freestone and topped with a natural slate roof, is in an excellent state of repair.
Independent of the main residence, it has its own separate entrance off of the street.

Ground floor
The ground floor rooms are in need of attention. They consist of a kitchen, a living room, a toilet and a door leading to the cellar which houses the boiler room.
There is also a small machine room.

First floor
The first floor comprises two bedrooms, with parquet flooring, a bathroom, a toilet and storage cupboards.
Second floor
The second floor, with its sloping ceilings, includes a bedroom, with parquet flooring, wall panelling and cupboards.

The garage

The tiled garage, able to house one car, is on the right-hand side of the entrance and its wrought iron gates, painted a midnight blue.
A small outbuilding, standing on the left-hand side, is currently in use as a library.

The parklands

Wooded, landscaped parklands, spanning approx. 2,500 m², face south. They include a French formal garden, a vegetable garden, lawns, a garden shed and three wells, one of which is used for watering purposes.
There is a clear view, from these completely walled, unoverlooked parklands, of all the town’s historic monuments.
A second gate also provides entrance to this property.

The cellars

Below the property are three cellars, all with terracotta floor tiles. They are in pristine condition and house the boiler room, a workshop, a wine cellar and a main reception cellar. They can also be reached from the outside via a stone stairway.

Our opinion

A little chateau standing in the shadow of a large one. The amazing view through the balustrade running along one side of these parklands, superbly laid out around this stately residence, takes in the monuments of the town, deemed royal during the Middle-Ages, the more recent sections of the town and, above all, its natural surroundings. Although history reigns all around, it is not pretentious. The dominant position gives a view of the wide open sky above the treetops. This protected sector is without noise, pollution and modern constructions. The minor interior decoration works required pale into insignificance when faced with such beauty.

695 000 €
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Reference 964081

Land registry surface area 2498 m2
Main building surface area 240 m2
Outbuilding surface area 90 m2

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Regional representative

Alexandre Charifi       +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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