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Unique Cave Renovation
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Country: France Sort By: For Sale
Location: Saumur Property Type: Troglodyte Caves

This is a superb opportunity to purchase a conversion project of several caves into either one single dwelling or holiday lets in an increasingly popular tourist area.

Included in the sale is a garden area of approx.110 sq.m., near the top of the quarry, and about 30m. From the top of the path leading down to the caves. This area is currently used for holidays with the caravan and tents. There is a building with a wet room (shower, basin and toilet) at one end with a small kitchen at the other. The surface is all-weather, while trees (including an old almond tree) and bushes provide shade

Electricity is already on site, the water main runs along the side of the road, and the quarry floor has been assessed as suitable for a septic tank installation.

Access to the caves is either by a private path from a lane running past the quarry, or across the quarry floor. There is space for parking four cars on land on the other side of the lane from the path

Within four hours drive of the Normandy ports, the property lies at the edge of the peaceful troglodyte hamlet of Chavannes, between the ancient village of Le Puy Notre Dame and the picturesque town of Montreuil Bellay; surrounded by vines (it is on the Anjou Wine Trail) and pleasant countryside. The caves are in a horseshoe shape at the end of a shallow quarry, around a garden / outside area, one of them being lived in until 1981.

The wine growing area south of the nearby beautiful Loire town of Saumur is renowned for its cave networks, with many miles having been excavated from Roman times. Some are cut into the river cliffs of the Loire itself, while others (“en plein” and cut into the sides of quarries etc.) are found in the surrounding countryside. These caves have been used for wine storage, growing mushrooms, and not least human habitation. The nearby troglodyte museum at Rochemenier is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.

The present owners bought the property in 1998 with the intention of converting the caves into a holiday home (or maison secondaire), but ill health and other factors mean we are unable to carry this out.

The unusual nature of this property means that a visit is essential to fully appreciate it..

For further information and viewing details please contact Mr and Mrs Mace either by email at or phone on 01553 773164

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