Property for sale in Loire Valley
Fifteen minutes away from downtown Tours, at the heart of the Loire Valley, a Unesco World Heritage, site famous for its castles, the Loire Châteaux, symbols of the French Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment, a 17th century FARMEHOUSE restored in 1980. It was owned by famous men such as a French poet, a generous local bishop and a general of the Empire.
The property comprises 4 buildings laid out around a square courtyard :
Two houses are living spaces (265 and 90m2 or 2582 and 968 ft2).
A barn of 100m2/ 10,762 ft2 (with its cellar and wine cellar).
South of the courtyard a smaller building (a shed and a house with two rooms to be restored).
Swimming-pool (9X5m or 30 X 16 ft) heated with a heat-pump.
A few yards away from the pool, downhill, a small vaulted cellar ( approximately 16m2/172 ft2) carved into the rocks.
All on 1 hectare 780 (of which 2000m2/21500 ft2 can be building land) with a variety of fruit trees and flowers, and a view on a small lake.
The property is 25 mn away from the airport (connection to Lon-don/Stansted, Dublin, Marseille, Marrakech …) and 25 mn from TGV train station (Paris in less than 1H, Roissy Airport 1h30, Bordeaux 2 or 3 hours away according to timetables).
It has a great potential for tourism, leisure, growing fruit and vegetables for example or just to admire nature, only a stone’s throw from the great Loire Valley capital.
French version : Maison à vendre en Touraine
This property includes 4 building blocks surrounding a grassed yard:
A large comfortably furnished houseof 235 m2 on two levels:
Ground floor :
- Entrance with bathroom, wc
- Living room, dining room, travertine floor, a fireplace dressed with amber lacquer as is the large closet of the dining room.
- Bedroom with bathroom, shower cubicle, separate toilet.
- Travertine staircase, oak ramp.
First floor :
-Large library-living room with old oak beams, fireplace, chestnut bookcase.
-Bedroom with bathroom and toilet.
A house of 90 m2 including:
-Living room with fireplace
-Bathroom with shower and toilet.
-Arrangement of the attic possible.
A 100m2 barn with wine cellar, shed with boiler and water softener.
Further, on the hillside a cellar of +/- 16m2, dug in the rock , with excavations in the tufa is ready to accommodate more than a thousand bottles of wine, from the region or elsewhere ...
A small two-room house to restore and adjoining shed
High quality services
Tiled roofs, double glazing, insulation and double wall for the main house, gas heating, two boilers, two electric water heaters.
Alarm connected to a monitoring station, intercom, remote controlled gate, fiber optic.
Swimming pool (9m / 5m) with heating by heat pump.
The house is very close to the
city whose cultural activity is important, the international airport thatconnects Tours to London all year, Dublin, Marrackech, Porto and Marseille in
The Faculté de Droit is 5 minutes away, faculté de médecine et faculté de lettres 10 minutes away. There are other Grandes Ecoles less than 1/2h away
Paris is 1 hour away by TGV and Roissy Airport 1h30 or 2 hours by motorway. You access the motorways without going throught the city
La Rochelle is 3 hours away
Access to the Internet is done with optic fiber
Past the gate, we follow a path lined with various iris and fruit trees. We arrive in a courtyard where, around a well hidden by two old white roses, are established the four residential buildings.
The facade of the main house (approximately 25 meters long) faces west. South, a very high barn is attached to it, an old wall separates it from a smaller house whose gable looks east, while its facade is facing south. In front of the barn, a shed and a small house. The roofs are covered with old tiles, except the slate-covered shed. A large terrace of raw travertine runs along the main building. The view opens onto the lime trees, prunus, lilac, Judas tree, and you can see a lake through the foliage.
Leave the yard to enter the vegetable garden, cultivated in a reasoned way with the techniques of organic culture. We grew most vegetables from our regions and some more exotic, such as Jerusalem artichokes, crosnes, cardoons, sweet corn, beans ... The garden is to be restarted, our age, no longer allows us to indulge in the pleasure of gardening
Apple, cherry, pear, plum, peach, walnut, hazelnut, almond, quince, kiwi flourish and fig trees are in full production.
We planted some trees, cedar, birch or other conifers, other grow naturally: elms, poplars of Italy, acacias. There are also flowering trees: lilac, forsythias, snowballs, piracanthas, holly, buddleia, cotoneaster, quince of Japan, and of course roses.
History of the house
The origins of this property date back to the 17th century. But it is certain that buildings already stood on its site at an earlier time. It was, in fact, the property of the Priory of Saint-Côme (where died RONSARD), then the Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin de Tours. The buildings, burned down in 1620, were rebuilt soon after.
La ferme de La Petite Carte was sold as a national good by the chapter of Saint-Martin on January 17, 1791 to Guillaume-Gabriel-Marie Dubault, "active citizen". Estimated at 13468 pounds, it consisted of 32.98 ha divided into 7 parcels.
Resold in 1812 to General Edmond Bonnard, the farm was later owned by a family that also owned the castle Corbeck-Loo, near Leuven (Belgium). Through legacy and successive donations, it changed owners seven times in a century and her land was reduced to 1.7 ha. Its last occupants left it abandoned.
In 1980, we bought it and decided to restore it: the work lasted five years, carried out by excellent craftsmen, in particular by carpenters "Compagnons du Devoir" who completely rebuilt the frame of the main house with the existing oak beams, on which were found characteristic signs of the carpenters of the past centuries.
If you feel like walking around the property, admire a wild orchid like the shy orchis bumblebeeor the proud orchis goat or see on the other side of the fence the beautiful eyes of a deer with his family you will be happy in this old farm.
It has also huge potential with its buildings and the possibility of building more houses on 2000m2.