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The “Hôtel Marganne”, built in the 19th century,
in the heart of the historic town of Vendôme

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


Vendôme is in the Loir Valley in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, 170 km south-west of Paris via the N10 and the A10 motorway, 42 minutes from Paris via the TGV train, 30 km from Blois and 55 km from Tours. An aerodrome is just a few kilometres away. The once fortified town, bathed by the river Loir and with 17,000 inhabitants, is one of the three biggest towns in the French department of Loir-et-Cher. On the borders of the Perche region, Vendôme is one of the bastions of the Loir Valley which abounds in heritage gems.


This mansion house, located within a historic, archaeological perimeter and bordered by the Loir, was built by the town’s architect, Edouard Marganne, in 1850. He used dressed freestone and Beauce limestone from old St-Martin’s church in the lively town centre which was threatening to fall down in the middle of the 19th century. All that remains today is the bell-tower which can be glimpsed from the mansion house. It is still possible to hear the famous bells that rang at that time in Orleans, Beaugency, Notre-Dame-de-Cléry and Vendôme, the only towns held by the Dauphin Charles VII in the 15th century.
The residence stands facing St-Mary-Magdalene’s church, dating from 1474, part of Oratorien College founded by Duke-César-de-Vendôme, where Honoré-de-Balzac studied. Trinity Abbey, outstanding gothic art architecture, chapels, parks and gardens.

The main building

This block layout building with its regular lines was built partially over cellars. It spans four floors. The total floor surface area of approx. 555 m² is delimited on the east and west sides by two perimeter walls and, on the north side, by the river Loir. A small house, between the courtyard and the garden, greatly resembles the Palladian villas. It opens on to a riverside terrace. Extending the facade on the south side is an outbuilding, currently used as a garden shed.
The south-facing facade features wrought carriage doors set in an arcade embrasure. Two openings level with the mezzanine floor have small balconies with wrought iron railings; a first cornice highlights the first floor with its openings topped by pediments with corbels and the top of the second floor has fluted pilasters with Corinthian order capitals and an architraved cornice. The slate roof features a roof dormer and various skylights. Three aligned archways on the north side flank the ground floor windows opening on to the garden. These are topped by a balcony with a stone balustrade, followed by three more windows decorated with shell-shaped scrolls and a raking cornice around a raised pediment.

Ground floor
The main entrance hall provides access to all the ground floor rooms, the cellar and the garden. Twelve archways and dressed stone colonnades open into the rooms. Some archways have wooden doors. They provide access on both sides of the entrance hall to two libraries, adorned with cornices and ceiling lights with decorative staffs, a greenhouse, a shower room with a toilet, a machine room as well as the light well going up to the top floor. The floors are covered with tiles and the wooden framed windows with their espagnolette bolts are double glazed.
The left wing comprises the glazed landing room with the large wooden turning stairway, complete with its wrought iron railings and wooden handrail. It leads up to all floors. Four archways and stone columns delimit this area. The floor is covered with stone and old terracotta tiles whilst the walls are adorned with old statues.

Mezzanine floor
Once reserved for domestic staff, the entrance hall provides access to eight rooms used for a variety of purposes: studies with stone fireplaces and views of the church, a developing room and storage rooms. The plunging view from a small 3 m² gallery takes in the stairway and the garden. Its initial function is to maximise insulation courtesy of a double partition. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles and painted parquet flooring.
First floor
The landing provides access to an entrance hall and the light well converted into a conservatory, a fitted kitchen with a fireplace opening on to a balcony, a back kitchen and a gallery, a lounge and a communicating dining room. The latter two rooms face south and have marble fireplaces, wainscoting and large wooden cupboards. Rosettes and decorative staffs adorn the walls of the rooms. The parquet flooring on this floor is laid in a herringbone pattern.
Second floor
The landing provides access to the rooms on this floor and to the attic space. The small entrance hall comprises, on one side, two bedrooms with dressed stone walls, a fireplace and a view over the river, followed by the gallery. One of the bedrooms has a shower room and a toilet with mosaic cement tiles. The other side includes two bedrooms with a view of the town’s gardens, chapels and churches as well as a fireplace, a wardrobe, a bathroom with a shower also with mosaic cement tiles, followed by a laundry room-toilet and the light well. The floors are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring.
The attic space is insulated and partially converted. The landing room provides access to five rooms, one of which has been turned into a games room. The light well is also present. The floors are wooden and the beam system exposed.
Guest house
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 70 m², the guest house was built over vaulted cellars and spans two floors. The main entrance is reached via the inner courtyard, facing the main building. The facade features openings set in arcade embrasures. The central, rectangular building protrudes slightly and is supported by columns and enhanced with a glazed archway, a pediment and a gable roof. Two roof dormers are located on a hip roof. The rear of the building has a stone terrace with straight balusters, followed by a loggia. A cornice adorned with modillions enhances the building, raised by a similar glazed archway, the central building of which is square this time. It has a slate roof. A second terrace provides access to the river Loir and 20 or so metres of private bank, where fishing and canoeing are to be enjoyed.
The ground floor comprises a kitchen and a lounge. A hanging stairway provides access to two bedrooms as well as the bathroom and toilet. The floors are covered with tiles and parquet flooring; the beams are exposed. There are two wine cellars.

Garden shed
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 24 m², it comprises a workshop and a room with a fireplace with two entrances opening on to the road and the garden sides. It has a slate roof.

Our opinion

This mansion house is, unquestionably, one of the most beautiful in Vendôme. Constructed using old-fashioned methods, according to the principles of Vitruve and Palladio, it still has its original appearance, making it very easy to go back in time. It has not yet been included on the French Historic Monument list so its new owners will most certainly have the chance to request this much deserved title.
The town is renowned for its mild climate and its dynamism. The surrounding countryside includes some of France’s most beautiful villages. A pied-à-terre in these premises would be a great privilege. A touch of Place-Vendôme in the provinces: the “Hôtel Marganne” and the illustrious Parisian square where Duke César-de-Vendôme lived, appear to be closely linked courtesy of the architects and craftsmen of the time.

700 000 €
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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)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


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 295184

Land registry surface area 511 m2
Main building surface area 555 m2
Outbuilding surface area 68 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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