A partially listed, 15th century, half-timbered house in a medieval town where the three old French provinces of Touraine, Berry and Orléanais meet.
220 km from Paris, 170 km of which are on motorway, and 40 km from Blois. The towns train station has 40-minute links to Tours and links to Paris taking just over 2 hours.
The medieval town and its renaissance chateau, perched on the hill, dominate the Cher Valley, renowned for its architectural heritage, its gastronomy and its many tourist attractions. The little town has a great number of amenities such as all shops, primary and secondary schools, cultural centres as well as a hospital.
This house stands in the shade of a Romanesque collegiate church, in the historic centre of the town with winding, narrow, paved streets. It is on the corner of the market towns historic shopping street and a second street leading to a lively square.
The facades, constructed from half-timbering in the 15th century, comprise a diamond-shaped panelling, the filler taking the form of brick. The breastsummers and the beams on both facades are moulded and carved in the gothic style, flanking large shop windows, fitted with shutters. The gable roof has an overhanging truss on the north end. It is covered with slate from Angers and flat tiles on a section of the west slope. The roofing framework and the roof were restored in 2012.
This house has two entrances, both opening on to a little street: a door that can be used as a concealed entrance, flanked by moulded pillars, and a second door opening into the main room on the ground floor. Previously used for commercial purposes, just like the rest of the building, this 36 m² corner room is fitted with large shop windows overlooking two paved streets. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles and the ceiling features exposed beams. This room precedes a second 18 m² room with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles. A door in the main room opens into a hall area with a stairway. It also houses the only toilet and water supply point installed in the building.
This floor is reached by a painted wood, spiral stairway. The landing provides access via a door to a 29 m² room with a fireplace, terracotta floor tiles and exposed ceiling beams. A corridor opposite leads to the other rooms on this level, respectively spanning 19 and 13 m², each with a stone or a wooden fireplace. Some of the load-bearing walls are constructed from large exposed blocks of freestone; others are plastered. Two of the windows on this level, on the gable and the eaves walls, were recently restored to their original condition, with oak wood mullions and transoms.
The solid wood, spiral stairway going up to the attic most certainly dates from the construction era. Its framework is carved with an elegant spiral handrail.
The landing on this level leads, left, to an attic spanning approx. 24 m² and, right, to another 35 m² attic, illuminated by two windows in the gable wall. Here, it is easy to see the major works that have been carried out on the roofing framework and the redoing of the roof (battening and roofing).
Bundesland: Centre-Val de Loire