residences for sale between le mans - tours and vendôme in france

A presbytery, the construction of which dates back to the 18th century,
with parklands crossed by a stream, in a peaceful Loir Valley village
Chartre-sur-le-Loir, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72340 FR


This property, where the borders of the old French provinces of Maine and Touraine meet, is in a village in the heart of an urban triangle with Le-Mans (45 km), Tours (60 km) and Vendôme (40 km), 200 km from Paris. Via the A11 Paris-Le-Mans motorway, the exit to take is La-Ferté-Bernard, via the A28 Rouen-Tours motorway, take the Château-du-Loir exit. Vendôme TGV train station (35 km) has 44-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. The Loir Valley, a land of gastronomy, art and culture, is a small vine-growing and tourist region 60 km to the north of the Loire Valley. Near to character towns with contemporary art and crafts centres as well as numerous vestiges of the past. The mild climate, the soil and the vine stock encourage the production of wines such as Coteaux-du-Loir (with AOC appellation since 1948) and Jasnières (with AOC appellation since 1937). There are numerous other local products. Bercé Forest, spanning more than 5,000 ha, is less than 20 km away. A royal forest in the 14th century and renowned for its first-class oak plantations, it has a multitude of outdoor activities with 280 km of hiking, trekking and mountain bike circuits. Water sports are held on the Loir.
Between 5 and 15 minutes from three villages with all amenities (shops, schools, cultural and sports centres) and 20 minutes from a small town with a cinema, a hypermarket and a sixth form college.


This sober presbytery is on the outskirts of the village, concealed behind high walls. Its construction, dating from the 18th century, was enhanced in the 19th century. A wooden gate, on the west side of the property, provides access to the front door of the presbytery, on its porch. The view from here takes in the courtyard and the parklands, crossed by a stream. The perimeter wall, on the road side, features a porch way with freestone pillars and tall entrance gates for letting vehicles in. An outbuilding on its right-hand side has been partially converted as a guest house, whilst also being used as a garage and for storage purposes. The land on the other side of a little bridge is planted with trees and the view extends over grasslands. Behind the residence, on the east side, a modest vegetable garden, bordered by the stream, can be reached from the lounge via several steps. This presbytery is constructed over a basement level comprising cellars.

The old presbytery

This old rectangular residence, spanning three levels over cellars, has a hip slate roof. The quarry stone block walls are covered with lime-rendering, the lower section of which needs redoing. Freestone has been used for the window framing and the quoins. The inside is extremely bright courtesy of its east-west-facing, through layout. The window frames and glazed doors are made of oak wood. The shutters are outside, indoor in the lounge. Freestone fireplaces stand against the walls, beams are exposed and the terracotta floor tiles are old.

Ground floor
An entrance hall, reached via the porch way, provides access, right, to a 19th century stairway, straight on, to a toilet with a wash-hand basin and, left, to a room in use as a dining room and kitchen, featuring a freestone fireplace as well as an attractive “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers). Opposite, a door opens into a bright lounge-library, with a fireplace. It features 18th century door and window frames as well as beams and leads via a few steps to the vegetable garden on the east side.
First floor
A corridor, with old terracotta floor tiles and painted walls, leads to three bedrooms and a bathroom. Two of the bedrooms are large; one of these two has its own bathroom and toilet in an alcove. The third bedroom communicates with a separate bathroom. These rooms feature fireplaces and original ceiling beams.
A foldaway ladder, kept in a cupboard, provides access to the attic which spans the full floor surface area of the house and features skylights. It could be converted to provide additional living space.
Garden level
This level comprises a cellar, a boiler room and a storage area with an old bread oven as well as a water well, recently fitted with a submersible pump.

The outbuilding

This outbuilding has a gable roof covered in tiles, freestone walls and glazed brick decoration. One section has been converted into a 2-roomed guest house. The other section is used as a garage which has an attic that could be converted. It is adjoined by an open, covered storage area.

Ground floor
Works on the guest house, carried out some twenty years ago, included insulation and interior conversion.
First floor
This level, reached via an oak wood stairway, features exposed beams and double glazing. The shower room is fitted with a ventilation system.

The old bread oven

Adjoining the garden level of the presbytery on the south side, a room with a view of the stream could be converted into an additional bedroom or a study. A mezzanine floor houses a shower room and a toilet.

Ground floor

First floor
This level, laid out under the rafters, is reached via a stairway.

The parklands

Tall trees are planted on the west side, alongside the old walls, with mixed borders in the section near to the residence. Perennial plants and numerous rose bushes have been planted in this former priest’s garden. A vegetable garden is on the east side. On the other side of the stream, crossed by a wooden bridge, are grasslands planted with mature trees.

Our opinion

This house, with its mature trees, its flower beds, its running stream crossed by a wooden footbridge and its view of the distant grasslands, is obviously in the country. And yet, the village is just a stone’s throw away. Although there are no feelings of isolation here, the high walls are a guarantee of privacy. The majority of structural works and those to install modern-day home comforts have been carried out. Some conversion works to suit personal tastes and needs are still possible, notably in the little outbuilding adjoining the presbytery which is filled with light courtesy of its large windows.

250 000 €
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Reference 381104

Land registry surface area 3325 m2
Main building surface area 197 m2
Outbuilding surface area 125 m2

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Regional representative
Mayenne, Sarthe

Catherine Boivin       +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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