character houses for sale loire valley - blois in france

An impressive mill, with full water rights, and its millrace
within a stone’s throw of the royal town of Blois
Blois, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41000 FR

Location

This mill is 10 minutes from the centre of Blois, a town of art and history, as well as a slip road for the motorway, making it possible to reach Paris in 2 hours, with Orléans and Tours taking 45 minutes. It is also set in the midst of the Loire Valley, a cultural and tourist attraction classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco.
A nearby village has all amenities including a wide choice of shops and supermarkets as well as primary and secondary schools.

Description

Just a few hundred metres from the centre of the market town, a no-through road goes down between meadows and copses towards the valley. Wrought iron gates, flanked by impressive stone pillars with moulded capitals, stand out on the left-hand side. They open into a large courtyard with the river on a lower level on the left-hand side, a mill constructed at right angles to the river bed at the end and, on the right-hand side, a building used for outbuildings, an annex dwelling and garages.
Behind the main building extend the millrace and a private islet between the latter and the river bed. A last wooded plot, on the other side of the river, can be reached via a wooden footbridge.

The mill

Mentioned in archives since the 15th century, this mill appears on the Cassini map in 1756. Its full ownership water rights are inalienable.
Spanning three levels, it comprises several buildings laid out in an L-shape. The facades are rendered; the jambs and framing of the openings are marked by alternating brick and stone. The roofs are covered with slate. The square tower adjoining the main building is crowned with a hip roof, topped with a finial.
The building currently comprises two independent dwellings, the old rooms of the mill and its outbuildings (workshops, storage areas, etc.). Set at right angles is a third dwelling and miscellaneous storage areas.

The old mill

The old mill is entered via a semi-circular drop-arch door, with a glazed fanlight featuring little radiating strips of wood, in the centre of the main facade. It opens into a first room of the old mill, awaiting a new vocation. Its features include stone and concrete paving as well as exposed beams, joists and a wooden ceiling formed by the upstairs flooring. A wooden stairway in one of the corners of the room goes up to the first floor and a vast room, steeped in light, with wooden flooring and a ceiling more than 5 m high. Lastly, on the top floor, a series of attics which could be converted span a floor surface area of more than 500 m². The ground floor is also given over to various workshops and storage areas.

The first dwelling

A first dwelling, spanning 2 levels, is located in the left-hand section of the old mill. On the ground floor, a door created in the middle of a barrel vault opens into a hall-study; upstairs is a living room with a kitchen; the floor is tiled and the ceiling features exposed beams and joists. A small hall area leads from this room to a bedroom and a shower room, with a toilet.

The second dwelling

Opposite the first dwelling, on the right-hand side of the main facade, a second bigger dwelling awaits restoration. Once through the entrance door, topped with a keystone sculpted with the initials of the family that originally owned the mill, the entrance hall provides access to a study on the left-hand side, a lounge on the right-hand side and, straight on, a dining room on the right of the stairwa,. The floors are covered with cement tiles decorated with various motifs. A passageway goes from the lounge to a second section of the building, set at right angles, which comprises a kitchen and a back kitchen. Upstairs, the landing provides access, left, to two bedrooms and their bathrooms and, right, to four bedrooms. A corridor leads to a last bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. The floor upstairs is covered with solid wood parquet flooring.

The third dwelling

A stone stairway, on the outside of the building set at right angles, provides access to a third dwelling located on the first floor, above several garages and storage areas. The building stands on a hillside and, therefore, this floor is on a level with the garden at the back.
Spanning approx. 135 m², it was recently partially renovated around a living room which communicates with a fitted kitchen and where a glazed door opens on to the hanging garden. The floor is laid with solid wood and sprung parquet flooring in the living room and tiles in the kitchen.
This dwelling also includes four bedrooms, a study and a bathroom.

The fourth dwelling and outbuildings

A stone building, on the right-hand side of the gateway, stands alongside the little street going up to the market town, closing the courtyard. Its rendered facades feature exposed window jambs and framing, alternating stone and brick. The slate roof has several roof dormers, providing access to the attic. This building comprises four garages and the old stables on the courtyard level and, upstairs, a self-contained, 55 m² dwelling overlooking the street. Currently rented, it comprises a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.

Our opinion

“Turning, moving, pivoting and working together”, the five pairs of grinding stones of the impressive mill came to a stop, leaving the silence of the valley broken but by the peaceful babbling of the water. It is no doubt because the facilities, several hundreds of years old, supplied bakeries not only in Paris and Nantes, but also in Blois and Orléans that the buildings are so big and therefore, without any play on words linked to mills, available for the most varied projects, including family units, communities of friends, a bed & breakfast activity as well as seasonal or annual rentals. Whatever project is chosen, all those benefiting from it will appreciate the site’s exemplary peace and quiet.

550 000 €
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Reference 207425

Land registry surface area 2 ha 46 a 6 ca
Main building surface area 550 m2

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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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