A 17th century “malouinière” on the outskirts of Blois,
a town of art and history
Blois, LOIR-ET-CHER center-val-de-loire 41000 FR


In the middle of a village on the banks of the Loire, 5 minutes from a motorway slip road and 105 minutes from Paris, 45 minutes from Tours, Orleans and Vendome with its TGV train station and 10 minutes from the town-centre of Blois. In the Loire Valley, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco for its exceptional cultural landscape as regards its architectural monuments, its villages and the Loire, itself. The nearest shops are but a few minutes away; the primary school is in the village; secondary schools and sixth form colleges are in Blois.


Invisible from the Loire embankment, concealed by the trees. Near to the chateau and the church. In a maze of narrow streets, exuding the fragrance of flowers, bordered by low stone walls reminiscent of the coastal villages along the Emerald Coast. A feeling shared by an old ship owner, nostalgic for the Corsaire City? The carriage gates open into grounds spanning almost 7,500 m², enclosed by walls on three sides. This building stands facing the river Loire and its parklands, planted with a variety of species. An orchard and a swimming pool with its pool-house are separated by a wall and reached via a wrought iron gate.

The dwelling

This building with its luminous silhouette was constructed In the 17th century. It has almost all the characteristic features of a “Malouinière” (a luxury home built in the 18th century by ship owners) from the Aleth region (area around St Malo): a central building flanked by two pavilions, a hip slate roof, tall chimney stacks that appear to defy the rules of balance and a facade covered with lime rendering. However, in this case, it is not granite that surrounds the asymmetrical openings created at will at this time, but the local Loire stone. Following on from the right-hand pavilion is another lower construction, set at right angles. Behind this same pavilion is another perpendicular wing. Slate or small tiles, triangular pediment or hipped-end roof dormers top these buildings. Almost all the door and window frames have been replaced and are now made of PVC. However, the old wooden frames have been preserved in the sheds. Each window has a blind, a mosquito screen and an indoor shutter.
A semi-underground cellar, located under the central building and the left-hand pavilion raises the latter buildings which partly explains the different levels on the inside and the need for a porch way to enter the house.

The basement is accessed via stone steps under the porch way leading to the main entrance.
It comprises two vaulted cellars with packed mud floors; one spanning 90 m² and the other 16 m². They are sound with no trace of damp.

Ground floor
Glazed doors open into the main entrance hall with its floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern, its exposed ceiling beams, a door on each side and a stairway at the end. The door on the left-hand side opens into a 27 m² bedroom with a built-in showcase, on either side of a Louis XVI style fireplace, exposed beams and an extremely luminous bathroom with a bath and a shower as well as a separate toilet. The door on the right-hand side opens into a lounge. This through room has oak wood parquet flooring, laid in a ladder pattern, wainscoting and a white marble Regency style fireplace. Adjoining is a billiards’ room with exposed, white beams, a Prussian wood-burning stove, oak wood parquet flooring, laid in a ladder pattern and wainscoting. Still adjoining, in the pavilion on the right-hand side is a dining room with a lower ceiling, exposed, rustic beams, floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern and a wide hearth, engaged fireplace built of Burgundy stone. A second, more sober entrance hall has unpolished floor tiles and a more recent stairway. The dining room provides access to the kitchen. Between these two rooms is a hall area with a third stairway. Miscellaneous utility rooms.
First floor
The stairway in the second entrance hall provides access to an independent suite comprising a large lounge with a brick fireplace, a bedroom and a bathroom. The two other stairways go up to three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet, or even a cloakroom and a study.
Second floor
Accessed via a single stairway, a landing room provides access to a large bedroom with a bathroom and toilet, as well as to a cloakroom.

The outbuildings

A 41 m² garage.
A 23 m² summer pantry with a shower room.
37 m² of workshops.
A 14 m² boiler room.
34 m² of storage areas.

Our opinion

This large, luxurious house set between a little street and a river, in the tranquillity of a peaceful village near to a town, features great architectural simplicity: a balance of contrasts. An exploit in discretion. Who could wish for more in order to lead a tranquil life in attractive surroundings every day? Not only perfectly designed as a family home, this residence would also lend itself to a bed & breakfast business with no lack of privacy. The location, set amongst the Loire chateaux, is ideal for those seeking to continue this activity. For those prefering a little more space, it would be possible to additionally purchase some extra square metres of land or the neighbouring property.

765 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
720 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 6.25% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur

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Reference 183627

Land registry surface area 7466 m2
Main building surface area 573 m2
Outbuilding surface area 256 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

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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