historic buildings for sale - eure-et-loir - centre region

A dwelling backing on to vestiges of listed fortifications
in a medieval town in the French department of Eure-et-Loir
Chartres, EURE-ET-LOIR center-val-de-loire 28000 FR


90 minutes from Paris by car or train, 30 minutes from Chartres and 20 minutes from the motorway. In the Upper Loir Valley, between the Beauce and Perche regions, a land that inspired Ronsard, Du-Bellay and Marcel-Proust. In a small town, a former fiefdom in the Middle-Ages which resisted invaders during the One Hundred Years War. This dynamic town, with primary and secondary schools, currently has 4,800 inhabitants.


The view from the little attractive shopping square does not include this collection of vestiges. Visitors have to take a corridor passing through a 2-storey building and cross a small grassy courtyard in order to finally discover this dwelling, a low 19th century construction, backing on to the 13th century rampart and its tower. On the other side of the ramparts extends a small garden with a landing stage set in the water of the former moat, transformed a year ago into one of those flower-adorned canals that have earned the town is nickname of “little Venice of the Beauce region”.

The dwelling

This house, open on the courtyard side, has a small facade featuring via three doors and a window. The quarry block stone wall is covered with cement rendering; the openings are framed with brick or stone. The slate roof includes several skylights.
On the garden side stands a 13th century, horseshoe-shaped tower partially covered with lime rendering. The original arrow loops on the ground floor were probably widened to make way for slender openings so as to let in more light. There are two original cross-shaped arrow loops upstairs. The old curtain wall now features two doors and two large windows as well as an additional three narrower windows upstairs. The low-sloped roof spans two levels; the lower section is covered with slate and the higher section with tiles.

Ground floor
A corridor crosses the entire building from the courtyard to the garden. It provides access on the right-hand side to a room, stacked with old paving slabs that came from the courtyard, and leads to the tower. The latter still has its old splayed arrow loops and the corbels intended to support the upstairs flooring. The walls on this level are predominantly made from cob. A door in the corridor opens into a vaulted cellar which explains why the ground floor is raised on the left-hand side. This area, once used for commercial purposes, has been rehabilitated.
First floor
A ladder provides access to the first floor comprising a series of attics with wooden flooring. Authorisation has been granted to install windows in the roof.

Our opinion

More than eight centuries old, the medieval walls of this delightful town no longer have much to watch out for, apart from the tranquillity of the new owners who will be able to enjoy the legend of the centuries. Armed with dreams and determination, enthusiasts will have a difficult struggle to bring this old-fashioned, stone property back under control and completely rehabilitate it in keeping with the beauty of the site. Their victory will also be that of all heritage defenders seeking to preserve these modest walls of French history in order to hand them down to younger generations, once they have put their own mark on them.

195 000 €
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Reference 452665

Main building surface area 145 m2
Outbuilding surface area 19 m2

Regional representative

Marie-Antoinette de Groulard    +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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