A manor house and its chapel, both listed, between vines and village in the Touraine region.
In the Centre-Val-de-Loire region, 240 km from Paris and 50 km from Tours, 7 km from a train station with 95-minute links to the French capital. In the midst of a Renaissance setting where chateaux, manor houses and wonderful residences abound. A land of vineyards where light red wines have been appreciated since the Middle-Ages. Winters are mild and the air clear. In a market town with 2,600 inhabitants, a school, shops and doctors.
This old 12th century Benedictine priory was once part of Saint-Julien-de-Tours Abbey. Nuns lived there up until the French Revolution. It is concealed in a quiet district. It looks out over vines and meadows on three sides. Only the entrance is in a little used street. Once through the gates, the manor house can be seen standing in the middle of the parklands. One section comprises the priors old 16th century home which is extended on the west side by a 19th century wing, no doubt constructed on the site of an older building. A 13th century, east-facing chapel stands on the east side of the dwelling. The parklands are fully enclosed, partially by the outbuildings set out on either side of the entrance. These include the caretakers cottage, the old stables, storage areas, the old wine storehouse, a barn which currently houses accommodation, a holiday accommodation rental unit, a summer kitchen and a machine room for the swimming pool. A dirt track, on the north side of the manor house and outside the perimeter wall, leads to an orchard, meadows, vines and woods.
The manor houseThis old rectangular residence spans three levels. Its main facade is flanked, at each end, by a turret with corbelling and, in the centre, by a hexagonal tower housing a stone stairway. It also features mullioned windows and a steep gable slate roof with stone roof dormers, topped with crosses. The ends of three machicolation corbels bear heads that appear to be watching the entrance to the property. The lower 19th century extension, accessed via a porch, has a little wing set at right angles on the north side. Its small tile roof features Jacobin style roof dormers.
The 19th century porch leads to a small entrance hall providing access to a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, on the left-hand side. It leads straight on to a kitchen, with its old stone sink and, right, to a large vestibule which, in turn, leads to the kitchen, a study, the 16th century dwelling and upstairs. A few steps go down to the dwelling comprising two through, reception rooms with an impressive white stone fireplace. The ceiling beams are painted and the floors are paved with old terracotta tiles throughout this level.
Both the 19th century wing and the hexagonal tower provide access to this floor. It comprises six bedrooms, three of which are in the most recent section and have sloping ceilings. The other three, in the old dwelling, are more spacious and two are intercommunicating. Some of the walls are made of half timbering, thus reflecting the buildings authenticity. Four bath or shower rooms optimise comfort on this floor. The ceiling beams are also painted and the floors paved with old terracotta tiles on this level.
The spiral stairway in the tower goes up to this level. The landing provides access to two large through bedrooms, with their bathroom.
These superb semi-underground vaulted cellars house barrels and casks.The outbuildings
Dating from the late 12th, early 13th century, this chapel originally reflected the Romanesque style, prior to being transformed into the gothic style in the 16th century. It comprises a double vaulted bay with cross ribs. ...
Wohnfläche: 400,00 m², Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 10, Bundesland: Centre-Val de Loire