in a quiet village near a national forest in the Loir Valley
On the borders of the old French provinces of Maine and Touraine. In a village in the heart of an urban triangle with Le-Mans (45 km), Tours (50 km) and Vendôme (45 km). 240 km from Paris. Reached via the La-Ferté-Bernard exit off the A11 Paris-Le-Mans motorway or the Château-du-Loir exit off the A28 Rouen-Tours motorway. Vendôme TGV train station (45 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. The mild climate and the soil encourage the production of the Coteaux-du-Loir wines.
Near to the national Bercé forest with water sports on the river Loir.
The village has some excellent local shops. Near to three towns with all amenities (markets, shops, all schools, cultural and sports centres).
This residence has two construction periods. Its origins date back to the 18th century, possibly even the 17th century in parts, as is shown by the stairway balusters. Rectangular in shape, it spans two levels with a gable roof, covered in tiles, and featuring shed dormers. Its extension, added in the early 20th century, has a flat roof with a terrace above the garage and oculi letting in light via glass blocks. The most recent section has rendered walls, covered with Virginia creeper. Facing north-south, through light makes it extremely luminous. Other features include oak woodwork and glazed doors, exposed ceiling beams, old hexagonal terracotta floor tiles from Salernes and old pig cast iron radiators with floral designs.
Entrance doors open directly into a central dining room or into the kitchen, to the right of which is a cold house, containing all the house’s technical machinery. The dining room precedes a lounge, with an area intended as a study, followed by an old stairway going upstairs, under which is a shower room with a toilet. The lounge features a large fireplace with an open hearth which has the particularity of being able to accommodate two people facing one another. The kitchen, with its glazed, Salernes wall tiles, also exudes character. All the rooms open on to a large, south-facing terrace with a view over the garden and its stream.
A first hall area provides access to a toilet and a bedroom. A spacious, bright corridor, across a threshold, is lined with large cupboards and leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. This bathroom can also be directly reached from the third, biggest bedroom, which has a terrace formed by the flat roof of a garage. Between two adjoining bedrooms, a bright study also used as a library, has a view over the garden. Delightful features include old Salernes terracotta floor tiles, period oak woodwork with old ironwork, Zuber wallpaper, old ceramic tiling in the bathrooms and oculi featuring glass blocks in a ceiling. All the bedrooms have their own water supply point and large cupboards.
This insulated attic space is reached via a foldaway ladder stored in a cupboard. It provides a large storage area.
Outbuildings in the property’s entrance courtyard feature hip gable roofs and lime-rendered freestone walls. A first outbuilding marks the entrance to a cellar and access to a well, with a submerged pump used for supplying water. It is followed by a bike shed and two old stables, spanning good floor surface areas with high ceilings. A second outbuilding has been converted into a boiler room and a third into a wood and tool shed. An attic, which could be converted, can be reached behind these buildings. The garage stands between the outbuildings and the cold house. It would be possible to envisage a door opening into the residence, ideal for unloading the shopping. Spacious and with an oil-change pit, it is intended to accommodate two cars.
The garden with its Mediterranean air
This garden, on the south side, is flanked with walls and features a terrace. It is planted with tall trees as well as decoratively trimmed yew trees and has mixed borders along the sides. Perennial plants and numerous rose bushes have been planted in this garden, in the centre of which is an ornamental pool. Featuring waterlilies, it is much appreciated by passing herons and ducks as well as frogs. It is fed by a stream, and then flows into the moat. A courtyard at the entrance to the property on the north side is also verdant, with roses and old varieties lining the high walls.
The meadow with an orchard
A fenced meadow is some 150 m away from the house, reached via a track suitable for cars. Spanning almost 5,000 m², it is but waiting to accommodate small animals. It includes two iron farm sheds. One has rabbit hutches, two stables and a 2-car garage; the other is used for storage purposes. Water has been laid on to this land, planted with numerous fruit trees (cherry, apple, plum, elderberry, mulberry, quince, hazelnut and fig). Hay is provided by cutting the grass twice a year.
Despite being near to Paris via the fast train line, this spot is a haven of peace. The mild climate and the ever-soft light of the Touraine region provide a much sought-after contrast with the hustle and bustle of the town. The position of this house, not only in the village but also in direct contact with the countryside, means that it exudes well-being, a result of the nearby national forest and the hiking trails virtually on the backdoor step as well as the local shops and restaurant, a little luxury that all residents are partial to. Another effect of the captivating contrast is the Mediterranean aspect of the garden, indicating a subtle link between the north and the south. Although not quite the countryside and not quite the town, it is an ideal setting.
|Land registry surface area||5848 m2|
|Main building surface area||218.5 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||168 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Catherine Boivin +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.