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A former vine-grower’s cottage
1½ hours from Paris in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region
Briare, LOIRET center-val-de-loire 45250 FR


This property stands in a tourist village on the banks of the river Loire. It is near to all amenities required on a daily basis as well as Briare train station, with its links to Paris-Gare-de-Bercy. The market town, in which this old vine-grower’s cottage stands, is fortified, abounds in old buildings and has three 16th and 17th century towers, bearing witness to its history.
The river Loire is obviously an integral part of the village’s charm.


An old towpath leads to this property, surrounded by an old wall. Wrought iron entrance gates open on to a garden, planted with numerous different species such as acanthus, African lilies, old rose bushes, hydrangeas, white camellias and blackcurrant canes, all forming a wonderful setting.
A few stone steps go up to a large terrace, laid out around the south-facing house which looks down on to the river Loire from its slightly higher ground. This house has never been flooded courtesy of its raised position.
On the village side of the property, a second entrance on a narrow street is nearer to the front door of the house, sheltered by a veranda.

The former vine-grower’s cottage

This house, facing the river Loire, looks out over the old towpath where wood and wine barrels were once loaded on to flat-bottomed barges and “gabarres”, a traditional type boat used for transporting merchandise. Said towpath is now tarmacked.
This 2-storey residence is constructed over a cellar. Its facade features numerous small-paned openings, with their solid wood shutters. The lintels above the openings are slightly arched or straight. One of them is an exposed beam that connects two openings. The roof is covered with traditional local tiles. The village side of the house has a different appearance as the front door is protected from damp weather by an original glass and wrought iron veranda. Its transparency reveals a plain, moulded, wooden door and an old stone well that is now only decorative. A few stone steps go down to a first cellar, the basket-handle arched door of which is framed with stone. A few shallow steps precede the front door. This entrance features old terracotta floor tiles.

Ground floor
A second door on the other side of the veranda provides direct access to a fully fitted kitchen. All the main rooms on the ground floor have the same small, terracotta floor tiles that come straight from Italy. A vast billiards’ room, on the right-hand side, features an entire wall filled with mahogany bookshelves. The reading area is illuminated by a large window, facing the garden. Old beams have been left exposed in the ceiling. It is followed by a fully fitted bathroom, near to a bedroom with original terracotta floor tiles on a mezzanine, reached via a straight wooden stairway.
A stone opening in the left-hand section of the house is a historic feature, it being a vestige of the village’s perimeter wall, engraved with the year 1804. Only a few such fragments of the ramparts that enclosed the market town up until the 18th century are still in existence. A few steps then provide access to a dining room, with exposed ceiling beams and a wall partially featuring exposed stone. This room is enhanced with an alcove. Another stone opening leads to a lounge, featuring an open-hearth fireplace which has a stone mantel, on which a small, raised, 5-point star is engraved, possibly the craftsman’s signature. This room is bright and welcoming courtesy of its mixture of materials such as wood and stone. A large opening provides a superb view of the river Loire and lets in copious amounts of light. A stairway, with wide steps, goes upstairs.

First floor
A large landing provides access to a large, master bedroom, adjoined by a fully tiled, functional shower room. A corridor, reached via a few steps, leads to three more bedrooms, one of which is a child’s room. A toilet and another bathroom are also on this level. The views are all as beautiful as one another.

Our opinion

Birds singing, calling and chirping provide background music for meals taken on the terrace, whilst the river Loire, on the other side of the quiet towpath, flows majestically past. The river is also a main feature inside the house as every window looks out on to it. When the eye manages to tear itself away from the wonderful, ever-changing sight of the water and its natural surroundings, it contentedly takes in the warm and welcoming interior decoration. A fragment of the market town’s old rampart is still to be found inside the house.

375 000 €
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Reference 861005

Land registry surface area 424 m2
Main building surface area 237 m2

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Isabelle Ponelle       +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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