a 19th century, middle-class home and its 6,000 m² garden
2½ hours from Paris via the A10 motorway. In the Val-du-Loire tourist region. In the Cher Valley, 20 minutes from Chenonceau and 5 minutes from Beauval Zoo. 4 km from an old medieval town with French “Site Patrimonial Remarquable” (Outstanding Heritage Site) classification, a small lively town that currently has all necessary shops and amenities. The nearest train station, also 4 km away, provides 2-hour links to Paris-Montparnasse.
This rectangular house spans three levels over a semi-underground cellar. The entrances are, therefore, reached via steps. The building is embellished with ornaments typical of a period middle-class residence: scrolls, dressed stone quoins and framing around the openings, string courses marking the different floor levels and a dentil course. The openings are predominantly on the north-east and south-west facades. Both these facades are virtually identical. The facade featuring the main entrance is enhanced with brick facing and the break of the Mansard style roof has bull’s eye windows on either side of a central roof dormer.
A through entrance hall is divided by a door glazed with stained glass, thus enhancing two reception rooms. Parquet flooring composed of oak wood strips of different widths, double doors, marble fireplaces, ceiling moulding and white walls. Beyond the stained-glass door: on one side, a kitchen; on the other a study; in the centre, a luminous stairway going to the two upper floors. The floors are tiled on this side.
The wide landing provides access to a first bedroom. A corridor, opposite the door of the latter, leads to a bathroom, fitted with large cupboards, and a toilet. Another corridor, opposite the landing, leads to a second bedroom with its bathroom and its toilet, followed by a third bedroom. This level has white walls and pitch-pine parquet flooring.
Opposite the stairway, a fourth bedroom. On one side of the landing, a small corridor leads to a fifth bedroom and, opposite, to a shower room and toilet. On the other side of the landing, a little corridor leads to an attic, on one side, and to study communicating with the central bedroom, on the other. This level, as on the first floor, has white walls and pitch-pine parquet flooring.
The guest house
Currently used as a guest house and an artist’s studio, this little house is more recent. A former barn, it was apparently restored and converted into a house in the 1960’s. Constructed on the edge of the property, it faces north-west. It spans 120 m² over two levels and comprises a vast living room with a fireplace, a little kitchen, two bedrooms with bathroom and toilet and a vast artist’s studio.
Ideally located in this region with its numerous cultural sites and activities, the bed & breakfast business already up and running could, obviously, be continued. This bright, welcoming residence jealously preserves its privacy without being secluded. The proximity of the little, neighbouring town guarantees all daily requirements. Those seeking a little more space could also purchase an additional 2.5 ha, located between this property and the river Cher.
|Land registry surface area||6116 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||390 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.