This impressive late 19th-century country house boasts a contemporary interior, Shaker-style kitchen and lofty ceilings - the front door alone stands at 3m high! There are also two spacious lounges, four large bedrooms, a family bathroom and an en-suite, sleeping eight in total. Set well into the forest, you won't be disturbed by any road noise here. The estate’s drive is a kilometre in length! There's also plenty of parking available.
But the appeal of La Buanderie doesn't stop there - you simply need to step outside.
Within the property’s private walled garden, which stretches to 3000m2 and was formerly the neighbouring chateau’s vegetable garden, you'll find beautiful planting with rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas and charming pathways. With a pond just the other side of one wall, keep your eyes peeled for the occasional heron flying by as you laze in the sun. The bright yellow and black salamanders that are are included in the Department’s crest, might also catch your eye, as they bask on the warm stone (although they are more usually hiding underneath them).
Beyond the gardens, a 40-acre park within a private oak forest awaits. There are many meandering tracks, leading you through the leafy canopy to lakes, meadows and more woodland. Wild boar, booted eagles, buzzards, owls and deer can all be found here. There's also a resident terrapin on one pond, and the elusive red squirrels have also made homes here.
...you’ll find all the tools you need to make the most of the wildlife that is, quite literally, on your doorstep. A portable hide and binoculars will help you track down the animal and birdlife you seek, while a digital microscope and new slides will make even the forest’s smallest species accessible, from butterflies and insects to fungi. And for those with more botanical and arboreal interests, the Suunto height meter will allow you to get the measure of the forest’s towering oaks. There’s even an infrared trail camera, helping you to scout out the most secretive of wildlife during your stay.
As you explore the estate, you'll also discover the charming stables, dog kennels and chapel, all of which boast authentic and romantic French architecture. The estate is shared with five other owners, as well as horses, ponies and other pets. A plan of the estate is available at the house, indicating where the private zones are located, to help you explore the forest and its wildlife.
La Buanderie is 2km from local shops, including an authentic patisserie, heated swimming pool and tennis court (bookable at the pharmacy) in Herbault. It is 15km from the towns of Blois and Chaumont.
In Blois, there are several museums, a theatre of magic, quaint shopping and riverside restaurants to enjoy.
Indulge in the local wine regions of Vouvray, Torraine, Sancerre, and Chinon.
There are extensive cycle tracks in the area.
CLICK HERE for a map of local cycling routes.
There are many chateaux within an easy drive. These include Blois, Chambord, Chaumont, Chenanceaux, Azay-les-Rideaux, Beauregard, Amboise, Cheverney and Clos-Lucé, to name a few.
Photography of neighbours and their homes is not permitted.
Should you decide to stay in this unusual and charming setting, please respect their privacy and tranquility.