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A surprising, Anglo-Norman property
10 minutes from the town centre of Tours
Tours, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire 37000 FR


In a much sought-after town to the south of Tours and 7 minutes from a TGV train station with 60-minute links to the French capital. In a residential district, with many old properties, all local amenities, shops, schools and public transport. Protected from any nuisances by the parklands of an adjoining 17th century chateau, this house stands in the town amidst historic surroundings.


A little roads runs along the east side of the property. The inner courtyard is reached by cars via tall wooden gates, flanked by freestone pillars, and by pedestrians via a gate set in the perimeter wall. The west facade of the house, bordered by a terrace, faces the courtyard and its central swimming pool as well as the guest house. The entire property is enclosed by walls, providing complete privacy. The numerous openings on the ground floor ensure that perfect harmony exists between life inside and outside the house.

The house, originally dating from the 18th century

Once an outbuilding of the neighbouring 17th century chateau, this building was used as a barn and a cellar. It was transformed into a house at the beginning of the 20th century. Now reflecting an Anglo-Norman style, its facade features layers of freestone and brick, half-timbering as well as a variety of openings upstairs and is topped with roofs that are sometimes pointed and sometimes curved. Its flat red roof tiles, its beams and its shutters, all painted Bordeaux red, give it an air of a seaside villa. This old barn has become a house, spanning approx. 170 m² of living space over two levels. The last conversion works, which provided modern-day home comforts, date from 2017. The original cellar, still in existence, is reached from inside the dining room via a clever glass trapdoor which can be lifted to provide access to a stone stairway.

Ground floor
The main entrance door, on the west facade, opens into a hall which houses an oak wood stairway and, at the end, a cloakroom, with a toilet and wash-hand basin. A triple aspect, spacious lounge, on the right-hand side, features parquet flooring and a stone fireplace. Wide, south-facing, double-glazed doors let copious amounts of light into the room, which can be shaded via a system of indoor sliding pocket shutters. A double aspect dining room, on the left-hand side, is enhanced with parquet flooring, a door opening on to the courtyard and a stone fireplace. An unusual glass trapdoor lifts up to provide access to the cellar. This room is followed by a very bright kitchen, opening on to the terrace. Completely redone in 2017, its top quality fixtures and fittings make it extremely functional.
First floor
With parquet flooring throughout, this level is also flooded with daylight courtesy of its numerous openings, facing in every direction. The landing opens on to a little balcony facing the swimming pool. A large bedroom, on the right-hand side, has a marble fireplace, large cupboards with old doors, followed by a comfortable west-facing bathroom, with a shower and toilet, opening on to another little balcony. A further two bedrooms are on the left-hand side of the landing. The smaller of the two dominates the courtyard on the west side whilst the bigger bedroom, with a marble fireplace, faces south. There is also a shower room and toilet.

The guest house

This 18th century guest house stands facing the main residence which it can access directly via the terrace. Its architecture blends harmoniously with the rest of the property. The ground floor comprises a large linen room, a boiler room and a laundry room. Upstairs is a bedroom, with half-timbered walls, as well as a shower room and toilet. A tall, south-facing window, illuminating this bedroom, overlooks the swimming pool.

The outbuildings

Inside the courtyard, reached by cars via wooden gates, is a 20 m² garage. A very large cellar, spanning a surface area of approx. 40 m² and accessed via a stairway in the dining room of the main house, dates from the same construction period as said house.

The courtyard

This plot, spanning a surface area of approx. 500 m², faces south-west. Enclosed by walls and totally unoverlooked, it is surrounded by hedges, lilac, rose and camellia bushes. Its central, 7x3 m swimming pool has a counter-current feature. It is surrounded by a travertine stone deck which blends beautifully with the freestone walls. The terrace between the kitchen and the guest house is paved with stone and shaded by a blind, reflecting the colours of the half-timbering.

Our opinion

This former outbuilding of a 17th century chateau has been successfully converted into a seaside style villa. The residence now forms a homogeneous property with its guest house which pleasantly reflects several eras. Walls and hedges surround this little, enclosed, private universe. The sober internal renovation works exude good taste. It is difficult to find any disadvantages of an urban way of life in such conditions.

Exclusive sale

890 000 €
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Reference 435286

Land registry surface area 498 m2
Main building surface area 170 m2
Outbuilding surface area 70 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

Nadège Hervé       +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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