Good Tuesday morning! A charming character townhouse in the historic walled town of Richelieu, France!
The bedrooms in this little home are dreamy! The courtyard garden could be improved by a skilled gardener, and some updates might be called for, but what a pretty little French pied-à-terre!
Richelieu was built in the 17th Century as the model for a design ideal, the “new city”, with town layout planned by the Cardinal Richelieu and construction design by architect Jacques Lemercier, who also designed the Sorbonne.
From the listing on Leggett:
Character property within the walls of historic walled town of Richelieu which has the possibility to extend up into the attic space.
Entering directly into the living room (19m2), there is a fireplace and built-in cupboard. Below the floor is a cellar. Through double doors, you access the dining room with wood burner in the fireplace and built-in cupboard and a door accessing the passageway. The fitted kitchen opens on to the dining room (32m2). From the dining room, a spiral staircase takes you to the landing (3m2). To the right is a bedroom (18m2) with fireplace and fitted wardrobes around the bed. The shower room (4m2) is accessed from this bedroom. Back on the landing, to the left, is another bedroom (19m2) with fireplace and built-in cupboard. A door from this bedroom leads out to the staircase which takes you up to two large attics. Back downstairs, a door from the kitchen opens to a room (13m2) where there is shower room to finish with mezzanine above. To your right, a door takes you to a courtyard (24m2). To your left, a door takes you out to the passageway which gives access back to the street. Opposite the dining room and requiring renovation, there is an outbuilding, comprising of a room on the ground floor and one on the first floor. Across the road from the property, there is also a garage.
Richelieu has all the amenities you require including butchers, bakers, pharmacies, supermarket, cinema, banks etc and benefits from weekly markets on a Friday and Monday. There are regular events throughout the year including brocantes, antique fairs and art exhibitions. There is an annual classical music festival which runs for 2 weeks at the end of July and the first week of August and every 2 years, the festival “Cape et Epee” takes place on the third weekend of July and “Fete de la Locomotion” takes place in the park on the first weekend in September. There is an annual classical music festival which runs for 2 weeks. The property benefits from easy TGV routes to Paris from Tours (just under an hour) and Chatellerault (1 hour 20 minutes); regular low-cost flights to UK from Tours and Poitiers airports, both of which are approximately 45 minutes away and it is just 3 hours from the Caen Ouistreham ferry port. It is in the perfect location for visiting the Loire Valley chateaux and vineyards.