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

An old, 12th century, listed priory in a village
in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region

Vendôme, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41100 FR


200 km from Paris, 20 minutes from Vendôme TGV train station with 40-minute links to Paris. In the French department of Loir-et-Cher, between the Loir and the Loire valleys, in scenery typical of the Gâtine area near to the Petite-Beauce region, its flat surface areas, cultivated and dotted with woods and church bell-towers, form a landscape where the eye can see for miles. In a small lively village with some 460 inhabitants, enhanced by its two listed monuments, a 12th century Romanesque church and this priory. The nearest amenities and local shops are 4 km away.


Concealed behind the row of lime trees leading to the church, this nevertheless impressive priory appears discreetly on the corner of the main street, displaying its west gable featuring two adjoined, triangular arched windows upstairs. This priory was attached to the Benedictine Abbey in Marmoutier, founded by Saint-Martin of Tours in the fourth century. The construction of the priory is said to date from 1090. Long ago, it comprised numerous buildings and tenant farms, surrounded by walls and moats. But all that remains today is the 12th century, rectangular building that once housed the old monks’ refectory, topped with a dormitory. This massive construction, built of Beauce limestone, flanked by projecting buttresses, is topped with a gable roof. This property spans almost 3,900 m² and is near to the village houses. A stone wall connects the priory, set on the edge of the property, to the village church. Also within the grounds are a 130 m² barn, the roof of which was recently redone, garages, miscellaneous little sheds, a well and a woodshed at the entrance.

The priory

After having been used as a farm building, this priory was restored and converted in 1966. The main entrance is on the east gable wall, via a small, quite asymmetrical construction, built outside of the fabric. Its small tile roof, defying all perspective, and its stone arched doorway, flanked by a small window and a wrought iron hanging lantern on one side, and a tiny opening on the other, give it an old-fashioned air.

Ground floor
A few steps lead down from the entrance lobby, next to the font, behind heavy double doors, to a room with four double, crossed-rib, vaulted bays. This was once the priory’s refectory as well as its chapter house since it was here that the Benedictine chapter met on 15 October 1580 in order to finalise the code of the order. Half Romanesque, half Gothic and originally quite dark, the south facade now features a large semi-circular opening between two buttresses, letting in more light without changing the room’s very special atmosphere. An impressive fireplace has been added and the floors have been covered with terracotta tiles. A corner stairway leads to a small recess where two doorways have been walled up. One led to the old marlpits; the other to an underground passageway. A low construction has been added to the west gable between two buttresses. This houses two rooms, a small kitchen and the boiler room with a toilet.
First floor
The monks’ former dormitory is reached via a stone stairway in the entrance lobby.
Alcoves have been preserved around the edge, along the wall. These housed the monks’ candleholders at the head of each bed. This room is now a large lounge and five bedrooms set out along a corridor, lined with bookshelves. This level features strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring and exposed ceiling beams. Each bedroom has a wash-hand basin. There is also a bathroom and a toilet at the end of the corridor. A wooden stairway leads from the lounge up to the attic.

Our opinion

Courtesy of the fact that they have withstood time (eight centuries), wars, inclement weather and even total neglect for three centuries, these premises exude a deep sense of reverence and serenity. The restoration and conversion works carried out from 1966-67 have made material needs of modern-day life compatible with medieval monastic austerity. The roof and the rendering could do with being restored using more noble materials. The barn could also be converted to increase the accommodation capacity. It is essential, however, that this edifice’s original vocation, that of a place of revival, is maintained.

380 000 €
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Barème d'honoraires
au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 371496

Land registry surface area 3889 m2
Main building surface area 332 m2
Outbuilding surface area 205 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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