13 bedroom property for sale
Tours, Centre, 66720, France
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- Hectare +
Renaissance period chateau
* Historically listed aspects (ISMH)
* 21 hectares including 10 hectares of producing vineyard
* Wine producing equipment and business included
* 3 guest gites and 3rd building to convert
* Pool, park and views
* Less than 10mins to Chenonceau and Blere
How to live the dream :. in excellent condition a Renaissance period chateau offering guest accommodation within the chateau as well as in the separate gites, pool with views over the valley, peaceful location offering over 20 hectares with roughly half of that an established viticulture business and all a stone's throw from France's best known and visited Loire Valley chateau, Chenonceau.
A short drive from the river road sees you at this impressive home. The gently sloping vineyards climb up the hill towards the forest edge whilst the views from the pool in the other direction look over the valley and beyond. The current owners have enjoyed this family home and the associated wine business and have extended into guest accommodation both as a chambre d'hotes within the chateau as well as 3 separate quality gites of differing sizes.
The formal entrance hall of the chateau is a true front to back passing underneath the stone staircase which leads to the upper floors. To one side we have the lounge and library. The double aspect lounge of circa 50m2 with views over the front and rear parks has a solid oak ornamental parquet floor with a large stone fireplace from the 16th century which is listed. The library also has a parquet floor with wood paneling. The other side of the entrance hall we discover the dining hall of circa 30m2, again double aspect with a smaller stone fireplace and harlequin floor tiles. This leads into the kitchen (25m2) which provides a functional and charming working environment for preparing meals and access to a utility room and the 'servants staircase'.
Underneath the lounge, with internal access, is a large vaulted cellar of 43m2 which has been transformed into a bar/club for entertaining friends and family.
The first floor is home to the master bedroom with an impressive fireplace, bathroom, dressing room, 2 private bedrooms. The other side has 3 guest bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 childs room) and two private bathrooms. There is a substantial attic ripe for conversion above.
Outside we have various outbuildings including an open barn, workshops and garaging as well as an office, 2 further guest bedrooms, a self-contained gite, 2 additional guest accommodations in a large longere with private courtyard and garden, a further habitable building ideal for restoring, the workshop for the viticulture business including storage and fermenting vats and all necessary associated equipment. The pool has a large sundeck and is protected and private with great views over the valley. A total of 21 hectares with 10 of vineyard, some woodland, park and formal gardens.
An idyllic quiet setting in an extremely poplar tourist part of the Loire Valley. So if you fancy living the dream, bottling your own wine whilst overseeing the work and welcoming your guests from your chateau in the heart of playground of the French monarchy this one is hard to beat.
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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.
- Perpignan (Rivesaltes) (INTERNATIONAL), 8.5 miles
- Carcassonne (INTERNATIONAL), 37.4 miles
- Beziers (LOCAL), 52.2 miles
- Méditerranée (INTERNATIONAL), 86.6 miles
- Toulouse (Blagnac) (INTERNATIONAL), 89.5 miles
*Distances are straight line measurements. This feature is currently in beta.