4 bedroom property for sale
Tours, Centre, 72200, France
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18th century period home
* Quality restoration/renovation
* Over 1.5 acres of private parkland
* Gite + outbuildings
* Good access to local amenities
This charming period home has been very well renovated and restored offering today a comfortable family residence over 3 floors with a large garden/park, several outbuildings including a fully independent guest lodge/gite. Mains drainage and gas central heating add to the level of comfort and ease of maintenance this property affords.
The current owners purchased the property in a sad state in 2010 and have undertaken an extensive restoration with many bespoke items and great attention to detail. The main home provides spacious family accommodation split over 3 floors with an underground wine cellar. The ground floor accessed via a large patio area in the courtyard to the rear, main door leads into the dining hall with original fireplace with fitted wood burner, exposed beams and stone walls, tiled floor and hand made spiral stairs to the upper floors, access into the lounge (double aspect) with a continuation of the stone walls, tiled floor and exposed beams providing a large and comfortable relaxation space with original marble fireplace. The other side of the dining hall leads into a modernised, light and well equipped kitchen/breakfast room with direct access via patio doors to a private courtyard terrace. There is a utility room and wc adjoining with direct access to the front patio. Climbing the spiral staircase we arrive on the landing of the first floor with 2 double bedrooms both with parquet flooring and a family bathroom with bath, shower and wc. Upstairs again the loft space has been converted into a large double bedroom with separate dressing room and bathroom with wc.
Across the courtyard from the kitchen in the main house is a converted outbuilding which today is used as a gym, office and study (3 rooms) with great attention to the original features. Attached to this outbuilding is the guest lodge/gite with its own access and private small garden and eating area. The open plan style to the lounge/diner leading to the kitchen makes for an excellent environment for your guests to relax and enjoy. Upstairs is shower room with wc and large double bedroom. In addition to these outbuildings there is a 3rd house which has been part converted (2 rooms downstairs used as laundry and art room) with two further rooms in the attic space ripe for creating extra space (another gite perhaps). There is also the former stables (home to nesting swallows whilst I was there) and a large (3+ car) garage.
There is gated access both from the road in front of the property into the courtyard and also via a side lane coming in again through gates at the top of the park. The park is sloping down to the house with large areas of lawn and mature trees. A hammock relaxation area is sited at the top with great views over the property and valley beyond. The property is positioned in a large hamlet/small village with its own church and neighbouring chateau with great access to nearby villages. and the town of La Fleche (10 mins away) with its wealth of shops, cafes, schools and famous Zoo. Le Mans is a little over 30 mins away and Angers and Tours around 45mins.
A very nicely presented property with two renovated houses and a third to be finished. Ideal for a couple or family who are seeking a quality lifestyle with the potential of rental income (or just space for friends and family who'll surely be coming to visit).
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Centre Regional Description
The region technically titled Centre is also known as Centre-Val de Loire and as such causes confusion as it so closely overlaps in name and landscape with Pays de la Loire. Centre battled with the Ministry for the Interior to gain the name Loire to promote tourism which, in many ways it deserves, as the Centre department contains most of the Loire chateaux. Unfortunately it failed to gain Loire in its region name but tends to add it on for purposes of tourism. Hence the boundaries of Pays de la Loire and Centre merge and descriptions of each department can apply to the other. At Healey Fox we recommend that to get a feel of Centre you also read our description of Pays de la Loire.
Centre combines three provinces, Orleans with the departments of Loire. Eure and Loir et Cher, Berry with departments of Cher and Indre and Touraine otherwise known as Indre et Loire. At Healey Fox we specialise mainly in Indre et Loire with a few properties also in Loir et Cher. We chose Indre et Loire as it has the most beautiful properties imaginable, small chateaux, manors and hunting lodges. Houses for sale in Indre et Loire are
Centre is in the centre of northern France and is split in the middle by the Loire valley. It is situated south west of Paris and extends to the northern boundaries of Limousin and Auvergne. It is a department of chateaux and farmland. Large cereal growing farms give us the fields of golden corn in the north of the department which then give place to fields of sunflowers and rapeseed to the south and to the extensive vineyards producing the famous Loire wines. There is some beef and dairy farming throughout the department and flowers and apple orchards along the river valley. The landscape of Centre is reasonably flat which produces those amazing long distance views and big skies.
Chateaux and cycles along the Loire
Everyone seems to have their favourite chateaux and there is plenty of information on line about each of them. For me I think it is hard to beat Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and, of course, Chateau d'Usse otherwise known as the Sleeping Beauty Chateau. Even if you have your own house in Centre and spend a lot of time there, it will be hard to ever bore of visiting the chateaux of the Loire valley and their beautiful gardens. If you are a garden lover, the Garden Festival held at the Chateau Chaumont-sue-Loire each summer is really worth a visit.
Owning your own property in Indre et Loire, hopefully means that you can take life leisurely which may allow you to cycle part (or all) of the 800km Loire a Velo trail. This beautiful trail takes full advantage of the relative flatness of the region, so cycling is relatively easy and the cycle route takes you to many of the chateaux and through some of the lovely small towns and villages. It's. pretty amazing way to arrive to visit a chateaux!
Life in the Centre
Life in this region is mainly rural but with its reasonable proximity to Paris the population in many of its pretty market towns has increased recently. There is always something to see and do in towns like Blois which is a historic town on the northern banks of the Loire, Chinon with its medieval castle which was built by Henry II of England and Loche with its medieval fortress, Renaissance castles old city gates and cobbled streets. For lovers of sophisticated shopping, museums and galleries the bustling university town of Tours is a good day out.
Access to your house in Centre-Val de Loire, from the U.K. is simple and fairly fast. Drive time from most of the channel ports is 3 - 4 hours, the airport at Tours has many flights arriving from the U.K. or there is the TGV connecting to Eurostar in Paris.
- Poitiers (Biard) (INTERNATIONAL), 78.4 miles
- Nantes Atlantique (INTERNATIONAL), 80.7 miles
- Rennes (St-Jacques) (INTERNATIONAL), 81.4 miles
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