A 16th century mill and its millrace with full water rights,
concealed amongst grasslands in the Loir Valley
Château-du-Loir, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72500 FR


Where the borders of the French provinces of Maine and Touraine meet, some forty kilometres from Le-Mans and from Tours. Tours-Val-de-Loire airport is 30 minutes away. Motorways from these urban centres. TGV train stations in Le-Mans, Tours and Vendôme (50 km away).
Five kilometres, from a small town with all amenities (market, shops, schools and a sixth form college as well as cultural and sports centres).
The Loir Valley has a mild climate; the soil and vine varieties encourage the production of wines such as Coteaux-du-Loir (with an AOC appellation since 1948) and Jasnières (with AOC appellation since 1937). Twenty kilometres further north is Bercé Forest, a national forest spanning more than 5,000 hectares, renowned for its oak plantations.


Below a hill, reached via a narrow country lane, concealed behind hedges and set in the midst of grasslands, it is possible to glimpse this old, 16th century, grinding mill. Two lanes lead to the premises, one crossing a rivulet. One entrance, marked by two stone pillars and majestic gates bestows the property with great dignity. On the west side is a courtyard closed by a group of buildings. The mill, on the left-hand side, is adjoined at the back by an old greenhouse. Running alongside and facing the courtyard, adorned with boxwood, is an old outbuilding, transformed into an orangery. This building opens, on the east side, on to irregular-shaped grasslands separated by hedges and ditches as well as the millrace. Another old greenhouse backs on to it on the south side. The courtyard is closed to the north by the millrace, a garden, a vegetable garden and an orchard perched on an island surrounded by flowing water. Old pigsties form outbuildings on the south side, backing on to the hillside and closing the courtyard, together with a wide spacious garage. The buildings are constructed from a local white stone known as freestone which gives the property a somewhat southern appearance. The electricity and telephone lines are underground.

The mill

This rectangular mill, spanning three levels, is accessed via a metal stairway. The roofs are covered with Trélazé slate and feature copper crockets and guttering. The interior walls are constructed from exposed, lime-pointed freestone. The doors and window frames are made of oak or cedar wood; they have double glazing and indoor shutters. Wood and iron skylights. The openings let in copious amounts of light. Underfloor heating is provided courtesy of a heat pump. A lantern is suspended on the south gable wall, at the entrance to the property. It is a replica of those in the Royal Palace at Reims. A greenhouse adjoins the west side.

Ground floor
Interior exposed freestone or rendered walls. Old beams and joists. Terracotta floor tiles. Freestone fireplaces. Indoor shutters.
First floor
Freestone walls. Bare, old beams and joists. Bare or painted, cedar or poplar wood flooring. A vanity unit with a wash-hand basin in one of the bedrooms. The master bedroom includes a cloakroom, and a bathroom with a “SystemPool Porcelanosa” double bath. Zinc showers. A wood and zinc vanity unit with a wash-hand basin.
Reached via a foldaway stairway from the landing. Featuring poplar wood flooring and cladding on the sloping ceilings. Four skylights.

The orangery

The rectangular orangery spans two levels, facing the meadows, the millrace and the rising sun. This area can be used for independently accommodating friends or family. Constructed from old materials with Comblanchien stone floors, exposed lime-pointed freestone walls, a bare slate sink and a zinc shower room. It has a greenhouse with a high roof adjoining the south gable wall.

Ground floor
Reception room with a wood and bare slate bar-kitchen. A freestone and brick fireplace. 60x40 Comblanchien stone floor tiles. Rust-proof metal door and window frames. A wooden stairway leads up to a mezzanine floor. The bedroom shower rooms have zinc fixtures and fittings.
First floor
A mezzanine floor with four windows and wooden flooring.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings stand at the entrance to the property.

Two old-fashioned greenhouses adjoin the west side of the mill and the south side of the orangery. Both can be reached via the dwellings. Rust-proofing guaranteed for eighty to one hundred years.
Almost invisible, the semi-underground garage is set in the hillside. Spanning 10x6 m, it can take two cars. A lean-to.
The old pigsties have been converted into a machine room (a heat pump, freezers and a linen room).
Reached via a narrow lane, on the side of the hill, set in freestone. Electricity and water meters. A bread oven. Land in front of the cellar.
Open barn
The wooden farm shed standing in the meadow could accommodate two horses.

The garden, the orchard and the millrace

The water is deviated on the east side, coming from the meadow, in order to supply the mill via its millrace. Said deviated waters form an island on which are the garden and orchard. It is accessed via walkways. It is relaxing to take a break by the side of these flowing channels. Thick hedges of horse chestnut have been planted on the property. Morel mushrooms are there for the picking in the springtime.

Our opinion

A discreet, colourful haven amidst verdant grasslands. This superb, rural property appeals courtesy of its climate, plant and architectural features. A natural refuge with controlled, flowing water and a magical light. An ideal setting for horse-riding enthusiasts who have a wooden farm shed and a meadow for letting their mounts roam freely and can go trekking through the surrounding countryside. Structural works and those to install modern-day comforts have been carried out according to good trade practices. The choice of materials and facilities was made in consultation with heritage craftsmen with quality as a priority. New owners can move into this property straightaway without having to schedule any works. This authentic countryside is less than two and a half hours from Paris.

695 000 €
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Reference 114675

Land registry surface area 17690 m2
Main building surface area 290 m2
Outbuilding surface area 275 m2

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Regional representative
Mayenne, Sarthe

Catherine Boivin       +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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