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

A large fortified residence, built on the vestiges of
a Benedictine monastery in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region


In a lively village in the French department of Loiret, near the towns of Montargis and Château-Renard, not far from the neighbouring departments of Seine-et-Marne and Yonne. 120 km from Paris, easily reached via the A6 and A77 motorways or the A5 and A19 motorways. 10 km from an SNCF train station. The rivers in the Gâtinais region have created an undulating landscape of meadows and woods.


The origins of this property date back to the 9th century when a small monastery, attached to that of Faremoutiers, was founded by Saint-Aldric, a close friend of Charlemagne who was to become archbishop of Sens. In 841, the emperor’s daughter, Rothilde, created the Gloire-Dieu convent where she was abbess. The religious edifice then comprised a chapel, a priory, a cloister, dormitories and outbuildings. In the 12th century, the Commandery of the Knights Templars’ Order of St John of Jerusalem became the owner and remained so until the French Revolution. In 1769, the abbess and the nuns from Faremoutiers sold their lands to the Seigneur of the neighbouring village. The nuns were to run an infant and junior school from 1863 until the end of the 19th century. The abbesses of this community succeeded one another through the years and no war completely destroyed the site. In the 20th century, a children’s holiday camp was set up on the premises before they were bought by a private owner.

This property is in the middle of the village, next to the parish church. It was enclosed by a perimeter wall, only broken by an old tower, a dovecote and two gateways with wrought metal gates. One of said entrances leads to the main garden; the second provides access to the parklands. This residence is divided into three sections, not counting a large outbuilding and a carport. The total surface area of the land is approx. 7,500 m². The old monastic garden is planted with a variety of trees, some of which are hundreds of years old. On the north-west and road side are lime, pine, southern magnolia, cypress, boxwood, hazelnut and Mirabelle plum trees. On the south-east and parkland side are lime, plane, purple beech, evergreen oak, willow, larch, walnut, pink horse chestnut, sequoia and other fruit trees. Flowers such as roses, tree peonies, hydrangeas, clematis, iris, honeysuckle, white and blue wisteria as well as mock orange, adorn the leisure garden and the facades. Different fragrances succeed one another throughout the garden. A well, fed by spring water, has the year 1705 engraved on its coping.

The large, luxurious home

This residence comprises three adjoining and intercommunicating buildings, one of which is set at right angles. These rectangular buildings span three levels. They comprise a total of approx. 612 m² of living space, excluding the attic. The first building was partially constructed over a vaulted cellar. The walls on the south and north sides are predominantly built of exposed stone. The other facades are rendered. The numerous openings have brick framing. Through rooms make it possible to cross from one side of the garden to the other. This residence is enhanced with a wide gravel terrace. The gable and hip roofs are supported on stone cornices. They are covered with old tiles and feature hip roof dormers with overhanging eaves as well as brick chimney stacks.

Ground floor
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 318 m².

This level comprises all the reception rooms. The entrance hall in the first building provides access to both sides of the house. The walls are painted and the floor covered with old terracotta tiles. It houses an extremely practical area with a wash-hand basin, a toilet and a laundry room. A few ceramic tiled steps lead to an oak wood, turning stairway which goes up to a large living room on the first floor, spanning 176 m². The beam system is also painted. On the right-hand side, a study and a completely new fitted kitchen have views over the garden, whilst the dining room opens on a verdant esplanade. The floors have strip pattern parquet flooring. The walls are painted white; the ceilings are decorated with moulding and ceiling roses. On the left-hand side, a corridor leads to two bedrooms, featuring Venetian colours, fitted with large wooden wardrobes, and an Italian shower room, with its little blue and white ceramic tiles as well as a wood and marble vanity unit. At the end of the corridor, a glazed wooden door opens into a lounge and the adjoining rooms in the second building, once a school. The rooms are spacious and the ceilings approx. 4 m high. The floors are covered in white, beige and grey cement tiles. The painted walls feature moulding. The lounge can be kept warm courtesy of the fireplace with its stone mantel and the cast iron radiators. The second large living rooms pays tribute to the Seigneurs of Courtenay as it displays their coats-of-arms united with those of the French kingdom. The raised coat-of-arms is sculpted in the wall. The third large room, which still smells of the school children’s chalk and ink, opens into the last building where the kitchens are to be found. A large, independent entrance hall houses a wide turning stairway, with metal railings, that leads upstairs, a living room with a view of the towers and the long outbuilding. The floors are covered with tiles and old terracotta tiles with inlaid decoration.

First floor
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 294 m².

The upstairs of the first section comprises a large living room, spanning 176 m². The floor is covered with very old terracotta tiles.

Upstairs in the second building, a long corridor provides access to four bedrooms. Whether large or small, they all have a view over the undulating Gâtinais countryside, the church bell-tower or the village rooftops. The floors have parquet flooring and the walls are painted. The fireplaces are made from black marble.
A landing room connects the perpendicular section to the second building. It leads to a long corridor, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. The stairway goes up to the attic. The floor, like the wide stairway, is made of bare concrete.

The attic space is not converted and the beams are exposed.

The outbuildings

The rectangular, stone and brick outbuildings are divided into two intercommunicating sections. The roof is covered with local tiles and sheet metal. Approx. 500 m² of living space spans two levels. One section is used as a carpentry shop and the other as a bicycle shed.

A machine rooms spans approx. 40 m².

The carport spans 30 m².

The vaulted cellar, spanning approx. 45 m² with a 2.5 m high ceiling, features a Romanesque door dating from the 12th century.

Our opinion

This is a place steeped in a religious and intellectual atmosphere. Nuns prayed here for centuries and devoted themselves to educating children. Potential buyers should not be daunted about moving into a house founded by Charlemagne’s daughter. All evocations of the past simply enhance all the property’s current assets such as its proximity to Paris, its pleasant surrounding landscape, the originality of its architecture, the balanced proportions of the parklands and the interior as well as its immediate home comforts.

420 000 €
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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*
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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 776617

Land registry surface area 7400 m2
Main building surface area 612 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2


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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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