18th Century Watermill on the Banks of the Indre River with Additional Guest House and Beautiful Landscaped Gardens – Loches, France – €428,000

Happy Wednesday! On the banks of the Indre River, an 18th Century watermill with additional guest house and beautiful landscaped gardens!

This property has five bedrooms in the main house and two more in the guest house, which also comes with a full kitchen. It also comes with fishing rights! It seems like it has great potential to become a lovely bed & breakfast!

From the listing on Patrice Besse:


The property is located in the south of Touraine, ten minutes from the medieval city of Loches, just over half an hour from most of the main tourist sites in the region (Chenonceau, Amboise and Beauval). Leaving a small village, the mill is in an environment of nature and calm. A bridge overhanging the Indre gives access to it.

The property borders the Indre and includes a mill, a residential chalet and a peninsula on which extends a green and wooded garden. The reach is still there as well as several weirs. The large terrace is a place that guests particularly appreciate. The banks of the Indre are devoid of any other construction so that a wild and varied nature has plenty of room.

The mill

The mill – which has its right to water – is built of stone rubble coated with lime and its roof is slate. It rises, in the center of the property, on a ground floor, with the guest reception rooms, and two floors with the five bedrooms.

Ground floor
On the entrance gives a small veranda converted into a breakfast room with a view overlooking the reach of the mill. A door opens into a fitted and equipped kitchen, tiled, with a beamed ceiling. The living room which follows has retained the mechanism of the mill under the exposed oak beams. This room is also tiled and heated by a wood stove. There is a toilet on the ground floor.

First floor
A landing leads to a first bedroom and its bathroom with shower and toilet. A second bedroom, enjoying a double exposure, has a balcony where a wisteria hangs above the water. It has its own bathroom and toilets. Small technical room on the landing. The whole floor is parqueted.

Second floor
The attic and fully parqueted second floor consists of a third bedroom with its bathroom, shower and toilet. A fourth bedroom forms a suite with its small living room, its storage spaces, its bathroom and its toilets.
Then a small spiral staircase leads to a fifth large attic bedroom with bathroom and toilet.

The residential chalet

Almost adjoining the mill, an independent residential chalet has a living room with a fitted kitchen area. A first bedroom, with parquet flooring, has cupboard, bathroom and toilet. A second bedroom has a balcony and a bathroom with toilet. Outside, one of the two terraces overlooks the peninsula and the mill’s two weirs.

The garden and the mill reach

The vegetation that surrounds the entrance to the property is very neat. A bridge crosses a weir and leads to a large terrace. The reach is perfectly maintained, so that, with certain adjustments (installation of an alternator, etc.), it would be possible to produce its own hydraulic energy. Finally, on the tip of the peninsula, a garden with its shed is populated with weeping willows, fruit trees (fig trees, hazel trees …) and ornamental trees.

What we think

Coming to tease chub, carp, pikeperch or pike in a river as clean as the Indre is to get in tune with a nature that nothing has come to damage: from the garden the gaze is far into the sea. river with almost wild banks. The tourist treasures of the region are less impressive with the prospect of resting each evening with one’s ear charmed by the murmur of the mill’s weirs and the song of birds in the trees.

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