character houses for sale - loiret - centre-val-de-loire region in france

A large, 17th century, restored farm building, with parklands
and an orchard, in a village by the Briare canal in Loiret


The village with 750 inhabitants is in the French department of Loiret, in a region known as Centre-Val-de-Loire, just a few kilometres from that of Burgundy. Paris is 130 km away via the A6 and A77 motorways, followed by the N7, and an hour by train via Bercy. The market town is in the middle of Loing Valley which forms a central part of the Gâtinais region. Exploring on foot reveals all the wealth of the local historic heritage: pagan temple ruins, an amphitheatre and old Roman baths, as well as vestiges of a Knights Templar Commandery taken over by the Order of Malta. The region is crossed by the famous Briare canal which goes through Chenevières, Châtillon-Coligny, La-Buissière, Gien, Briare, etc., linking the river Loire to the Seine. And there is no shortage of natural heritage with an arboretum and outstanding gardens, Orleans Forest and the banks of the river Loire, Europe’s last wild river. Shops and a restaurant are to be found in the market town which includes several schools.


Redesigned in the 20th century, this farm building probably dates from 1668, given an engraving on its facade. It was originally a leprosarium built by the Order of Malta at a time when it was still particularly rich and powerful. Furthermore, this residence was built around the same time as Briare canal, which was begun in 1604 and completed in 1642, a project that was to trigger a golden age for the region’s river and barge trades. 54 km long with 41 locks, it is the oldest summit canal ever constructed in Europe.
This house, alongside the canal, is completely surrounded by grasslands. A small arm of the river, some 200 m long, separates it from a peninsula bathed by the river Loing. This property stands in the middle of the village. The towpath provides access to a little lane that leads to the house. Its wooden gates open into a gravel courtyard. The farm building is set in the midst of 17,603 m² of parklands, bordered by the access lane. The land on the east side is planted with sequoia, Lebanon cedar, one hundred year old oak, quince and magnolia trees, as well as fir trees and other conifers. Little alleyways laid out in the courtyard lead to an outbuilding and a verdant esplanade. An orchard, extending on the west side, is planted with pear, apple, Japanese flowering cherry, hazelnut and walnut trees. This estate is delimited by hedges and plant-covered fencing as well as a small arm of the river.

The building

This house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 300 m², comprises two rectangular, adjoining and communicating, 2-storey buildings. It features exposed stone walls, gable roofs covered with flat tiles and numerous openings, including a Jacobin-style roof dormer with railings and other pavilion dormers with three-sloped roofs, as well as brick chimney stacks. The twin front doors, topped with a stone arch, and the mullioned window have stone framing; the other openings, including those on the gable walls, have brick framing. The south-facing facade dominates a stone terrace.

Ground floor
This level has a floor surface area of approx. 176 m². It predominantly comprises a large living room, spanning approx. 64 m², and two small rooms with an archway and an alcove containing an annex entrance and a small lounge. The floor is covered with Rocheval natural stone tiles with black inlaid decoration. The monumental fireplace features two sandstone jambs, a hearth made of small bricks laid in a chevron pattern and an oak wood mantel. The mullioned window includes a stone window seat.
Three steps provide access via a curved landing to a shower room as well as a boot room. The latter opens into a fitted kitchen, with built-in wooden units, topped with granite work surfaces. The floor is tiled and the walls painted. This is followed by a room, with old terracotta floor tiles, which houses a toilet and a bathroom. A long corridor then leads to three bright bedrooms with views over the parklands, a bathroom with a toilet and a boiler room.
A stairway goes upstairs.

First floor
This level, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 124 m², comprises two wings with four bedrooms, one of which has a shower room with a toilet, as well as a bathroom with a shower and a toilet, a ladies’ sitting room with a mezzanine and a reading room. The floors are covered with carpet or old terracotta tiles. The walls are papered or painted. The roofing framework has been left exposed. The panoramic views over Briare canal and the parklands are stunning.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings include a stone barn, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 75 m² with an 8.6 m high ridge. The superb roofing framework supports a gable roof covered with local tiles. This rendered building has Virginia creeper going up the facade. All the openings have brick framing and wooden shutters. The old cowshed, exuding old-fashioned charm, comprises a row of little rooms, one of which still has its long stone manger and its old ladder. On the east side, a vast veranda, laid out on an open terrace, adjoins the gable wall whilst the north side features a wooden lean-to. It spans a total floor surface area of approx. 108 m².

Our opinion

This tastefully converted residence exudes a delightful combination of timeless harmony and an air of the seventies. Heritage-loving architects undertook its renovation, seeking to preserve the major features of its past and its natural surroundings. The result is a subtle balance between the inside and the outside which will not leave visitors indifferent, especially homemaking enthusiasts who will adore the property’s almost insular appearance. It is worthy of note, however, that it has never been flooded despite its setting between the river Loing and the Briare canal. These great assets as well as the presence of shops and schools mean that this house could equally be used as a main residence as a country home.

430 000 €
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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*
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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 164141

Land registry surface area 17997 m2
Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 108 m2


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Dalila Bessahli       +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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