A 16th century, large, luxurious home and its outbuildings on a quadrangular esplanade
surrounded by a moat between the Sologne region and the Cher Valley
Romorantin-Lanthenay, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41200 FR

Location

This property is 40 minutes from Tours via the motorway and 30 minutes from Blois, both are towns of Art and Histoire on the banks of the royal Loire river. It stands, between the Loire chateaux and the Cher Valley, in the midst of a region with an extremely good tourist trade. The nearest village is less than 3 km away. A small town, 10 minutes away, has all amenities as well as primary and secondary schools.

Description

Barely visible from a distance and dominating the fields, this property can be glimpsed from the road linking the two nearest villages. Once on the little lane that provides access to the residence, a 6 ha wood comes into view on the right-hand side, followed by a 16th century dovecote, a section of the outbuildings, the moat and the large, luxurious home. The quadrangular esplanade, surrounded by the dry moat and containing all the buildings, can then be clearly seen.
Once over the moat, impressive gates open into the outbuilding courtyard. Straight on and on the right-hand side are all the outbuildings comprising storage areas, workshops, the dovecote and barns that enclose the courtyard on three sides. On the left-hand side stands the large, luxurious home, a former extended pavilion of the primitive chateau that is no longer in existence. A last building, used for additional accommodation purposes, is constructed from quarry stone blocks as well as freestone and topped with tiles.
Behind the latter are a garden and 2 two hundred year old cedar trees that once faced the initial chateau, of which all that now remains is the cellar. On the north-west corner of the garden, overlooking the moat, an unconverted pavilion stands adjoining a consecrated, recently renovated chapel. And lastly, behind the old chateau, a bridge spanning the moat provides access to an orchard of approx. 4,000 m². A small lake and lawns, planted with a variety of species, complete the outskirts of the property, near the dry moat.

The large, luxurious home

This large, luxurious home comprises two adjoining buildings, a pavilion spanning three levels, one of which is under the slopes of the roof, symmetrical to the second, quadrangular 2-storey building, standing on the corner of the moat. The facades are rendered whilst freestone forms the framing around the openings, the cornices and the quoins. One has a slate roof with a break and the other has a slate hip roof. Both are topped with finials and feature triangular pediment roof dormers.
Most of the door and window frames are made of PVC with double-glazing, although some old wooden-framed windows have been preserved, notably those with small panes and indoor shutters looking out over the courtyard.


Ground floor
The main entrance, on the north facade on the courtyard side, opens into a hall which provides access, left, to a kitchen, straight on, to a toilet and a dining room and, right, to a lounge. The floors are covered with cement tiles and parquet flooring in the lounge where the ceiling joists have been left exposed. A stairway goes down from the kitchen to the basement where a door leads directly to the moat. This level comprises a workshop, a boiler room and a storage area. At the end of the hall, a dual-flight stairway goes to the two upper floors of the house.
First floor
A corridor runs along the facade, providing access to the four bedrooms on this floor. Two of them have their own bathrooms and toilets. The floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring, sometimes covered with carpet. A toilet can be reached via the landing.
Second floor
Both bedrooms on this floor open on to the landing. They each have a wash-hand basin. The floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring which is painted in one of the bedrooms. One bedroom communicates with a small attic which provides access under the rafters.

The annex house

A building, all on one level, stands in the centre of the esplanade surrounded by the moat. Set at right angles to the large, luxurious home, it is laid out as an annex house with a living room-bedroom, a fireplace and a bread oven, a shower room and toilet as well as a study. All the door and window frames are new. The gable roof, with its tiles, was recently renovated.

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker’s cottage stands at the end of one of the buildings on a corner of the outbuilding courtyard. It is partially separated from the courtyard by a hedge. It comprises a living room, with a 3.6 m high ceiling, featuring exposed beams, and a wood-burning stove, as well as two bedrooms with their shower rooms and toilets. All the door and window frames were recently replaced.

The outbuildings

Constructed of quarry stone blocks, their 90 m of facades facing the courtyard feature toothed dressed stone and brick decoration. Freestone was used for the framing around the openings and the voussoirs. They have slate roofs. Three buildings form a courtyard and comprise the old stables, with a bedroom and shower room for the carriage driver, several barns and storage areas, a workshop, the old cowsheds, haylofts, a woodshed, a hunting room with its adjoining kitchen as well as an impressive dovecote on the south corner of the outbuildings. The tiled roof of the dovecote is topped with a small, round steeple, covered with slate fish-scale tiles.

The pavilion and the chapel

A pavilion dominates the property’s moat and lake from the north-east corner of the esplanade. With an upstairs and an attic floor under a roof break, it awaits full conversion works. The estate’s consecrated and renovated chapel adjoins this pavilion.

The garden and its surroundings

The vaulted cellar, under the old chateau, at the foot of the two majestic cedar trees, spans a floor surface area of approx. 100 m². Facing the two cedars, the well laid out garden, with its lawns, boxwood, hornbeam and purple beech trees as well as rose bushes, dominates the moat and the surrounding countryside. Around the moat, the outskirts of the property comprise wooded lawns, a little lake, an orchard reached via a bridge from the esplanade and an adjoining wood spanning approx. 6.5 hectares.

Our opinion

Outbuildings of unquestionably beauty have been left paying posthumous tribute to a chateau no longer in existence. Beginning with the robust, round dovecote, the sides of which feature the same freestone and brick decoration as the other buildings; a mark of the unity existing throughout this property. The large, luxurious home is from another era but does not detract from the beauty of this little universe of very interesting constructions which have defied time. Between cultivated fields and rows of AOC Touraine vines, this well-kept estate has it all: a moat, an orchard, a spring, a lake, tall trees and a vast wood. Those who believe in Heaven even have a chapel, in which to give thanks for the beauty of the premises.

800 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 457151

Land registry surface area 10 ha 33 a
Main building surface area 375 m2
Outbuilding surface area 600 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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