castles / chateaux for sale - loir-et-cher - centre

A 16th century, Renaissance chateau and vineyard
amongst the Loire chateaux near Chenonceau
Tours, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 37000 FR

Location

This estate, on the south-facing hillside of the Cher Valley, straddles the border between the French departments of Indre-et-Loire (37) and Loir-et-Cher (41).
It is in the area referred to in “Châteaux de l’Histoire de France”.
The main towns in the vicinity are:
Tours - 35 km away (by road or motorway).
Blois - 35 km away.
Amboise - 18 km away.
Bléré - 7 km away.
Montrichard - 7 km away.
Very easy to get to, especially via the A10 motorway.
St-Pierre-des-Corps TGV train station - 30 km away: Paris-Montparnasse in 1 hour, CDG-Roissy airport in 1½ hours. Chenonceaux train station is 3 km away; Amboise train station with links to Paris-Austerlitz is 18 km away.
Tours-St-Symphorien international airport is 35 km away. Regular flights to: London, Manchester, Dublin, Marseille, Porto, Ajaccio and Figari.

Description

In one of the French regions most marked by art and history, a former hunting lodge much appreciated by Diane-de-Poitiers and François 1st. This vineyard is a charming property comprising several buildings as well as a variety of economic and farming activities (production of AOP wine, tourist accommodation).
The land surface area of the estate is given over to vines, woods and seedling forest, wooded parklands, lawns and grasslands spanning 21 hectares with an additional 2 ha leased out.
There are a variety of buildings: a Renaissance chateau, an adjoining traditional, 18th century farmhouse, miscellaneous adjoining outbuildings, a Renaissance dovecote, storehouses for making and storing wine, an 18th century house in the local style and a farm from the same period which was fully renovated in 2008. All these buildings are close to one another within the perimeter wall of the chateau.
Similarly, all the professional equipment, machinery and tools as well as the historic and professional furniture are part and parcel of the estate.

The listed, 16th century, Renaissance chateau

The facades and roofs, the monumental fireplace in the large lounge as well as the dovecote, all perfect examples of the French Renaissance style, were classified on the French Supplementary Historic Monument List in 1987. They have undergone maintenance and partial renovation works in accordance with French laws applying to this type of property. The living space inside the chateau spans 4 levels:
 The partial basement, where a Jazz Club has been set up, making it possible to hold jamming sessions, dancing parties and film shows for a maximum of 15 people. This room is fully equipped with a stage, musical instruments (Yamaha keyboards, an Aria drum kit, guitars), a complete sound system with a mixing console, various lighting effects, a new solid oak wood dance floor, a video-projector projecting on to a 2.5 m diagonal screen, an on-line computer for video games and a bar with a water supply point. It is ventilated as well as air-conditioned and the hygrometry is continually controlled.
 The garden level, comprising the reception rooms (large and small lounges, a vestibule, an entrance hall, a dining room), a kitchen and various utility rooms (pantry, toilets, etc.).
 The 1st floor, comprising 6 bedrooms and the associated bathroom and toilet facilities.
 The 2nd floor, comprising a bedroom and an attic, all on one level, that could be converted.


Basement
The partial basement, where a Jazz Club has been set up, making it possible to hold jamming sessions, dancing parties and film shows for a maximum of 15 people. This room is fully equipped with a stage, musical instruments (Yamaha keyboards, an Aria drum kit, guitars), a complete sound system with a mixing console, various lighting effects, a new solid oak wood dance floor, a video-projector projecting on to a 2.5 m diagonal screen, an on-line computer for video games and a bar with a water supply point. It is ventilated as well as air-conditioned and the hygrometry is continually controlled.
Garden level
The garden level comprises an entrance hall, a large lounge with parquet flooring, beams and a monumental fireplace, a vestibule, a dining room, a kitchen, a pantry and toilets.
First floor
The first floor comprises a private flat with a vestibule, a large master bedroom, two small bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. With direct and independent access, two bedrooms with their own bathrooms and toilets are currently used for bed & breakfast purposes.
Second floor
The 2nd floor comprises a bedroom and an attic, all on one level, that could be converted.

The traditional, 18th century farmhouse

This 18th century building, typical of the regional, rural architecture, spans two levels and a floor surface area of approx. 220 m². It comprises:
- A ground floor guest bedroom.
- A rural holiday accommodation unit for 5 people, with “3 épis”, comprising a living room with an open-plan fitted kitchen, a lounge area, 2 bedrooms and a mezzanine, a bathroom and a toilet.
- A rural holiday accommodation unit for 4 people comprising a living room with a kitchen area and a studio couch, a bedroom on a mezzanine floor, a shower room and a toilet.
There are also machine and equipment storage areas:
- A workshop for storing hand tools and machines for the upkeep of the leisure surface areas and the vegetable garden (rotivator, strimmer, etc...)
- A large, 2-car garage, with room for a lawnmower and a quad bike. It also houses the DIY-tool workshop with its miscellaneous equipment and tools.
- The main estate office used for welcoming accommodation customers and visitors in general.
- A 1st floor attic that could be converted as well as a large cellar, with access via an outside stone stairway, complete this building.

The old, renovated, 18th century farm

This building houses two more holiday accommodation units:
-The first unit, with “4 épis”, can easily accommodate four or five people. It has first-rate decor and top quality fixtures and fittings. It comprises a vast, south-facing, 60 m² lounge, opening all on a level out into the vines, a fully fitted kitchen-dining room, two upstairs bedrooms (one with beds 160 cm and 90 cm wide, the other with 90 cm wide, bunk beds) and a shower room for each bedroom with a shower and separate toilet.
-The second unit comprises a very large lounge with a panoramic view over the Cher Valley, a fully fitted kitchen that opens on to the dining room, a toilet and a storeroom; two upstairs bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom.
All the holiday accommodation units have the following fixtures and fittings:
-a refrigerator, a freezer, a ceramic hob, an oven, a micro-wave, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a tumble-dryer and small everyday appliances, a colour DTT television, a CD/DVD player, a hi-fi, Wi-fi and “ADSL”, high-speed Internet access as well as use of the swimming pool.

The listed Renaissance dovecote

This listed Renaissance dovecote is in pristine condition. It spans two levels, the lowest of which can be used for winter storage of apples and potatoes grown on the estate.
The upper level is reached via an outside ladder and still has its original dove-holes.

The parklands

Its immediate surroundings are well worthy of the chateau:
 To the north: large wooded parklands planted with rare species (cedars of Lebanon and grey cedars, a lime tree over three hundred years old, red horse-chestnut), featuring a carp-filled ornamental pool, with a remote controlled water fountain, sandy alleyways and numerous standard roses.
 To the south: squares of lawn and a row of one hundred year old lime trees.
 To the west: the swimming pool and its wooden decking, protected by a thick hedge.
-The ornamental pool with a water fountain:
Set in the chateau parklands, near to a silver cedar, the level of the water, taken from a well, is automatically controlled. The water fountain activated via a submerged pump is remote-controlled.
-The orchard:
It is predominantly composed of apple trees.
-The well:
This dressed stone well, standing in the chateau parklands, goes down to a depth of 10-15 m and is fed by the water table fed, in turn, by the river Cher. It has a submerged pump and a charge tank in an adjoining underground bunker. It feeds the ornamental pool and is used for watering the vegetable garden.
-The vegetable garden:
Set on the other side of the narrow lane leading to the wine storehouse, it comprises two levels separated by a cedar hedge.
The upper level has a water reservoir fed by the chateau’s well (the pipe goes under the road).
The current owners grow original species of potatoes, lettuces, tomatoes, radishes, aubergines, aromatic herbs, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb.

The swimming pool

A 1.5 m deep, 10x5.5 m swimming pool.
With its wooden structure, it is set in its treated wood decking, very near to the vines but well sheltered.
The discreet, adjoining machine room makes it possible to carry out filtering/backwashing programmes and to have submerged night lighting.

The vineyard

This estate’s main activity is the production of AOC wines from the Val-de-Loire region. To do this, the vineyard has all the resources required, from the production of the grapes, the wine-making, the packaging and the sale of its produce: vines, storehouses for making and maturing wine, equipment, storage, sales tools as well as qualified and motivated staff.
-The vines:
The chateau’s historic walled vineyard was limited to two hectares, consequently, in 1992, the vineyard was completely reorganised and extended in its immediate vicinity. Today, the chateau’s vineyard spans thirteen hectares with appellation, just over ten hectares of which are planted on the south-facing hillsides of the Cher Valley. The stony, sandy-loamy soils are known locally as “perruches”. They constitute an ideal “terroir” for growing vines, which have been present here for centuries.
The various red and rosé vine varieties represent some 58% of the production, divided between GAMAY, CABERNET FRANC, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, PINOT NOIR, GROLLEAU and CÔT.
The white vine varieties represent some 42% of the production, divided between SAUVIGNON, CHARDONNAY and CHENIN (from which “Pineau de Loire” is made).
A density of 6,667 vine stock per hectare and a rigorous pruning programme make it possible to control the harvests which do not exceed an average of 62 hectolitres per hectare for still wines. The vines are an average of approx. 20 years old.
The vines are very concentrated and in the immediate vicinity of the wine-making storehouse.
Control of the vineyard meets three main objectives:
• to limit the harvests obtained in order to improve the grape bouquet,
• to balance the microbial life of the soil by well-planned use of organic enrichment and fertilizers,
• to carry out integrated farming methods against disease via rational use of the necessary phytosanitary products.
This strategy is supported by a pruning programme suited to the vine varieties and their potential, as well as a green work programme that makes it possible to get to the harvest season with vines that have been pinched back and thinned, thus facilitating the good maturity of the grape and the work of manual harvesting.
The scheduling of the harvesting is carried out in accordance with maturity sampling of each vine variety, conducted during the days preceding the probable harvesting date.
The harvesting is carried out manually for approx. 25% of the surface areas harvested. For certain special blends, requiring sorting on the stock: old or very young vines, and for vine varieties intended for contracts to supply must for Crémant-de-Loire (picking of the grapes without crushing by means of open-work baskets).
Sorting is conducted on the stock and completed during the destalking of the grapes collected in back baskets.
Harvesting is carried out by a recent grape harvester rented with driver for the other surface areas. In this case, the harvest is taken to the wine storehouse in a stainless steel high-tilting container and then destalked.
-The farm buildings:
The facilities used for producing and storing the wine are predominantly concentrated in wine storehouses, with two separate buildings, set on either side of a courtyard, partially paved with concrete, for receiving and sorting the harvest.
.The wine-making storehouse:
This old building, once used as a barn, was restored in 1993 for housing the stainless steel and resin free-standing vat. It was then extended in 1998 with the addition of a new wing, housing the pneumatic wine-press, machines dedicated to the handling of the harvest, the office-laboratory used by the farm supervisor and 3x50 hectolitre, underground, concrete, resin-coated vats. The building is insulated (ceiling and attic space), the new section is constructed from cellular concrete. This makes it possible to greatly reduce differences in interior temperatures. The floor is completely tiled making upkeep easy. A full temperature control system installed in 2001 optimises fermentation: each free-standing vat is fitted with a stainless steel radiator which can be supplied with a flow of hot or cold water via an outside heat pump. They are controlled via individual, remote-controlled solenoid valves.
A glazed office-laboratory houses the analysis glassware and equipment, a refrigerator for preserving certain oenological products, a sink and a computer work-station.
Extended by a canopy, it can also shelter two tractors, the crop sprayer and a van.
.The wine-storehouse house:
The outside of this rural house is in pristine condition, with restored thick quarry stone block walls and a slate roof. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 70 m², it probably dates from the early 19th century.
It is currently used for three purposes:• one room (interior surfaces and electric wiring redone) is furnished such that customers can taste the wine: tables, chairs, a small kitchen area with a bar and a fireplace in good working order. It extends into insulated bathroom and toilet facilities, with a toilet, a wash-hand basin and a shower, as well as a small storage area. It is also used by vineyard employees during the picking of the grapes. A closed, dark, communicating room is used for storing pallet boxes of bottles awaiting capping. It can take some 6,000 bottles. An outside access ramp leading to a wide metal door makes it possible to move the pallet boxes in and out by means of a fork lift mounted on a tractor and an internal pallet truck. A large closed lean-to, with outside access, is used for storing accessories needed for crop growing: phytosanitary products, fertilizer, posts, wire, cases, buckets, back collection baskets, miscellaneous supplies, spare parts, etc.
And lastly, an upstairs under the rafters which could be converted into two bedrooms with bathroom and toilet facilities, providing that an indoor stairway is installed. This house does not have central heating.
Miscellaneous
In the immediate vicinity of the house is a 2.5x5 m washing platform, built on concrete foundations, with waste water evacuation in line with current day standards. It is predominantly used for washing out the crop sprayer and the grape harvest containers.
-Vineyard facilities:
This vineyard is equipped for carrying out all necessary works from the growing of the vines to the packaging of the end products. Only bottling is delegated to an outside contractor who bottles the wine on site “au Château” courtesy of a mobile automatic bottling plant set up on a trailer.
A summary of equipment is listed by group below:
Tractors: 1 farm tractor and 2 vineyard tractors.
Cultivation: vineyard ploughs, a rotivator, a vine shoot shredder, a light trimmer, a seeding implement, a crop sprayer, electric secateurs, individual protection equipment.
Harvesting and wine-making: a 40 hectolitre high-tilting container, 2 farm trailers, a 37 hectolitre pneumatic wine-press, a must pump, a stalk separator, a conveyor belt, wine pumps, a mobile heat pump, thermo-controlled vats containing 800 hectolitres.
Capping and storing: a bottle-capping machine, an overcapping machine, a hydraulic fork lift mounted on a tractor, pallet trucks, pallet boxes.
Transport: an estate car and a van.
Miscellaneous: a quad bike with a tow bar, an associated trailer, small pieces of equipment (hand tools, 120 and 50 mm piping, buckets, back baskets, open-work baskets, etc.).
All this equipment has been maintained in accordance with good trade practices and is in good working order. The majority was purchased between 1993 and 2010.
-Staff
Vineyard staff are employed on three types of contracts:
 “CDI” full-time contracts: one single member of staff, the farm supervisor, has this type of contract. He is responsible for the growing of the vine and the wine making. Born in 1974, he gained his oenological qualifications from the “Lycée viticole d’Amboise” and has been employed here since 1996. He is, therefore, perfectly cognisant and in control of the vineyard’s production.
 A part-time seasonal contract (equal to 40% of a full-time contract): one single member of staff has this type of contract. He works under the farm supervisor and helps with all necessary tasks (vine growing as well as wine making). He was born in 1970 and has spent his entire career working in local vineyards.
 Contracts for casual employees for grape picking: several local people are taken on for picking the grapes by hand.
All the employees are covered by the French “Mutualité Sociale Agricole”, agricultural social security scheme.
-Wine-making and production:
This is carried out totally in line with current day French and European standards.
 Geographic delineation: all the plots of the vineyard are classified AOC “appellation d’origine controlee”, now AOP “appellation d’origine protégée” in accordance with European administration.
Possible AOC appelations for vine varieties authorised in the appellation are:
- AOC Touraine, with the possibility of having some plots classified as AOC Touraine-Chenonceau (a new sub-appellation since 2011).
- AOC Rosé-de-Loire.
- AOC Crémant-de-Loire.
 Authorised vine varieties: all the vine varieties existing on the vineyard plots are authorised as AOC Touraine and Rosé-de-Loire, except for the Chardonnay vine variety which is, however, authorised as appellation “Crémant de Loire”.

The land without vines

In addition to the surface areas used for growing vines, the remaining surface area of land, approx. 12.7 ha, is composed as follows:
 a private wood, spanning approx. 7 ha, comprises tall deciduous trees such as oak, horse-chestnut and acacia trees.
Criss-crossed by footpaths, it is ideal for walking or jogging.
It is also classified as hunting grounds. Sedentary and passing game (hare and roe deer) are to be found in these peaceful surroundings.
 Some plots or partial plots lying fallow, spanning a total of 3.2 ha, are in the area classified with Touraine appellation, and constitute a possible extension for planting young vines. The balance (approx. 2.5 ha) involves miscellaneous surface areas such as parklands, a carpark, an orchard, a vegetable garden, other areas lying fallow and lanes within the vineyard.

Our opinion

It would be difficult to find somewhere with a better combination of history, Renaissance architecture and vine-growing.
The listing of a monumental fireplace, slate roofs, freestone facades and a dovecote bears witness to a site heavily marked by history.
The setting is unspoilt and free of nuisances.
The 10 ha vineyard, which could be expanded, is equipped with recent equipment.
New owners could easily combine holidays with a love of vines. They will also have the advantage of being able to access the vines directly from the chateau.
In a region with huge tourist potential (850,000 people visited the Chateau-de-Chenonceau in 2015), the holiday accommodation unit and Bed & Breakfast activities are a great asset and provide a much appreciated income.

1 750 000 €
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Reference 183379

Land registry surface area 23 ha 4 a 37 ca
Main building surface area 380 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2

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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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