and a private islet, by the river Cher near Chenonceau
This hillside property stands in parklands spanning more than 2 hectares. It is but a kilometre from a village and a few shops. 10 minutes from the medieval town of Montrichard, its amenities and its SNCF train station, with 30-minute links to the town of Tours which, in turn, is an hour from Paris by TGV train. This manor house is 20 minutes from Chenonceau castle.
The outbuildings can be reached from the courtyard. A 15th century house and a set of caves of all sizes in the hillside, some of which have been converted.
The densely wooded parklands continue beyond the houses over the hillside.
This property also includes an islet in the river Cher as well as a plot of land on the left bank.
The manor house
This manor house, constructed from freestone in the 18th century, reflects a pure Directoire style, with a triangular pediment, a central wrought iron balcony and a slate roof. It is adjoined by a 20th century house.
The courtyard to the rear of the manor house provides direct access to the first floor of the house via a gallery, leading to the main stairway, a large lounge and a first suite.
The latter comprises a private lounge, with parquet flooring and a marble fireplace, a bedroom with a view over the parklands and parquet flooring, a bathroom and a toilet. A large lounge features a marble fireplace, ceiling moulding including a rose and randomly-matched parquet flooring. Said large lounge gives access to a library, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling. A stained-glass bay window looks out over the parklands. A corridor, enhanced with stained glass windows, leads from the library to the adjoining house as well as to a second suite. The latter includes a large bedroom, with a view over the swimming pool, and a bathroom with a toilet.
The ground floor is reached via a wooden stairway, composed of two flights with an intermediate landing, housed in the entrance hall. A gallery, below that of the main entrance, runs through the building, leading directly to the terrace and the parklands. This gallery provides access to a third suite and a dining room. The third suite comprises a lounge, with travertine stone floor tiles, featuring black inlaid decoration, and a marble fireplace, a bedroom, with a view over the terrace, terracotta floor tiles and wainscoting, a bathroom and a shower room. The dining room features travertine stone floor tiles, featuring black inlaid decoration, wainscoting and display cabinets that flank a stone fireplace. The dining room is linked to a kitchen via a corridor which is also used as a pantry. The kitchen has a French ceiling and terracotta floor tiles. A back kitchen is laid out under the hillside. The kitchen opens on to a covered patio, under the corridor linking the manor house to the 20th century house. This patio gives access to the terrace that looks down over a section of the parklands.
The other side of the patio provides access to the ground floor of the adjoining house. A laundry room and a toilet. Also on this level and reached via the terrace, an orangery, with terracotta floor tiles and an atrium window, is laid out as a large dining room.
The attic space can be reached via the stairway in the main entrance hall. It comprises several rooms, with sloping ceilings, and is currently undergoing conversion works.
The 15th century house
This house, backing on to the hillside, has a gable roof with “rondelis” (stone edging that rises above the roof) and flat tiles. A square tower, with a pavilion slate roof and a clock, adjoins the gable of the house.
The courtyard provides access to a porch and a small stone terrace, adjoining the tower. An entrance corridor leads to a dining room and a lounge. The dining room gives access to a troglodyte kitchen. The lounge leads to a television room. This level has terracotta floor tiles, exposed freestone walls and French ceilings throughout. The lounge and dining room have freestone fireplaces.
The entrance hall houses a wooden stairway going upstairs.
A landing provides access to three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet. This level has terracotta tiles and exposed ceiling beams throughout. Two of the bedrooms are enhanced with fireplaces and alcoves.
This area gives access to the facade clock mechanism.
The parklands are divided into three sections: one, on the hillside, is wooded, planted with various species of trees; a courtyard at the foot of the buildings; a garden laid out in terraces with a greenhouse, a pool, a rose garden, alleyways and flights of steps.
Two plots of land complete this property: an islet in the river Cher, spanning a surface area of approx. 0.50 ha; a forest tract to the south of the river Cher, facing the islet, spanning a surface area of approx. 0.70 ha.
Several rooms under the hillside can be reached from the courtyard. Some are converted: an old wine storehouse now a function room; a wine cellar; a stable and its tack room; a machine room; a lounge; an old silkworm nursery now empty; a storage area.
Who has not dreamed of a private islet from which to contemplate nature whilst fishing? Here, in this natural unspoilt setting, time appears to stand still. The parklands are an invitation to take a stroll. The summer fragrance of roses and lime trees adds to the magic of these premises.
A property made unusual and outstanding by its architecture and its history, it is a wonderful example of the rural heritage to be found along the banks of the river Cher.
A family home, a peaceful retreat or a bed & breakfast activity, anything is possible here.
|Land registry surface area||3 ha 29 a 20 ca|
|Main building surface area||380 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Yannick Lafourcade +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.