Farm house Tours (37)
- 265 m2
- 10 rooms
- 5 bedrooms
- land 1.7 ha
An old, 17th century tenant farm, with a view over a lake and almost 2 ha, 10 minutes from the centre of Tours.
This old tenant farm forms a picturesque property between a market town and a lake, such that it is near not only to the beauty and well-being of nature but also to urban shops and amenities. On the outskirts of a town, with a wealth of history and heritage, it has a dominant view over the water and its verdant surroundings.
This unspoilt setting is easily reached via main roads and the TGV train line puts Paris just an hour away. These peaceful premises are a very pleasant place to live.
The origins of this property, once a tenant farm, date back to the 17th century.
So saying, it has nevertheless been proved that buildings were already standing on this site before that time.
According to certain historic data, it would appear that they previously belonged to a priory near to Tours, originally the chapterhouse of one of the major Christian saints, who was also a famous local bishop. They appear to have housed a religious community as of year 1000 up until the first half of the 18th century.
A famous French poet was prior here in the second half of the 16th century.
Most of the buildings were burnt down at the beginning of the 17th century and then rebuilt a short time later.
This tenant farm was then sold as National Property by the chapter at the end of the 18th century to a working, leading citizen.
At this time, the property spanned a land registry surface area of almost 33 hectares, divided between 7 plots.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the property was sold to a general of the Empire, whose name is featured on the Arc-de-Triomphe in Paris.
The farm then belonged to a family who already owned a chateau in Belgium.
Over the following century, through donation, legacy and succession, seven owners succeeded one another and the land registry surface area was reduced to less than 2 hectares. The last residents ended up neglecting the property.
At the very beginning of the 1980's, a couple of doctors purchased the property and began restoring it. The works, carried out by the very best of skilled craftsmen, carpenters in particular, lasted five years. The roofing framework of the main house was completely redone using old oak beams still in existence, on which were found the characteristic marks left by the carpenters of earlier centuries.
This property is laid out around a square courtyard, with five buildings flanking a grassy area planted with shrubs.
The main house faces west. A large barn adjoins it at right angles on the south side. It precedes a guest house, with an east-facing gable wall. And, set at right angles is a small house as well as a farm shed.
On the left-hand side of the property, behind a section of the outbuildings, the garden extends over successive levels, comprising further stretches of grass, sometimes wooded, with a vegetable garden and an orchard.
A swimming pool is out of sight of onlookers.
This property slopes down towards the countryside over almost 2 hectares, with a cellar. Beyond and for as far as the eye can see, water and verdant surroundings form a rustic, wooded landscape.
The main houseOnce through the gates at the very beginning of the street, a driveway, bordered by copses and fruit trees, leads to an inner courtyard surrounding a well. All around, the various buildings are covered with old roof tiles, except for the slate roof on the farm shed. The long facade of the main house is bordered by a bare travertine stone terrace. It faces a screen of trees, composed of different species, including an elegant cedar tree. The lake, below, can nevertheless be glimpsed through the foliage.
This house, spanning more than 250 m² over two levels, has been luxuriously converted. It is accessed via a hall, housing a shower room, with a toilet, and a ...
reference : 564450 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 21824497