An authentic, 16th century manor house with outbuildings and 6 ha
in the superb countryside of the south of the French department of Mayenne
Sablé-sur-Sarthe, MAYENNE pays-de-loire 72300 FR

Location

Facing a small village set on a hill, in superb undulating, wooded countryside. Less than 10 km from a town with a TGV train station and 75-minute links to Paris as well as all shops and amenities. A slip road for the A11 motorway is some fifteen kilometres away. About 45 minutes from Angers or Le-Mans and 2½ hours from Paris.

Description

An alleyway, lined with trees and copses, crosses a section of the parklands and provides access to a courtyard with old stables on one side. The manor house stands on a hillside, 30 metres below this courtyard, to which it is linked by a few steps. The alleyway continues to a car parking area near to a second outbuilding in use as a garage and a henhouse. On the north and east sides of the carpark are large meadows and a row of one hundred year old oak trees, running the length of the landscaped parklands. A lake, near the garage, is home to several ducks. The manor house is entered via a paved terrace laid out below the courtyard. A small building, on the east side of the manor house, houses a summer kitchen which opens on to a second, slate-covered terrace, sheltered by an arbour. A few steps lead from this terrace to the back of the manor house where there is a spa bath in a flower garden, from which wide steps lead to the swimming pool. The latter is set in an area flanked by 2 old walls and large terraces. The landscaped parklands extend beyond and on either side of the pool. They include a large orchard, a lawn area bordered by tall trees and a tennis court.

The manor house

This manor house, constructed from stone and rendered quarry blocks, comprises two buildings, one slightly out of line with the other, connected by a stairway tower, built outside of the fabric and topped with a candlesnuffer roof. It comprises a garden level on the south side, a ground floor, a first floor and a second floor under the rafters and a gable slate roof. The north facade has two mullioned windows. The south facade has a buttress and the roof, on this side, features two wooden-framed, mullioned roof dormers, flanked by pilasters and topped with triangular pediments. The framing around the windows and the roof dormers is made of freestone. A small building adjoins each of the manor house’s gable walls.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, like all the other rooms in the manor house, has a terracotta tile floor and a French ceiling. There is a large stone and brick fireplace on one of the walls and a stone sink under the window. This room provides access to the fully fitted kitchen, via a stone vaulted passageway near to the fireplace, as well as to the small lounge, reached via a few stone steps. It also leads to the tower and its wooden spiral stairway which leads via a few steps to the large lounge, where an outstanding stone and brick fireplace is adorned in the centre with a small recess, flanked by pilasters. The toilet can be reached from the kitchen.
Garden level
A stone stairway in the tower provides access to this level which comprises a room in use as a television lounge. A glazed door opens, all on a level, out into the flower garden. This room provides access to a large dressing room and a shower room.
First floor
The stairway tower also leads up to a first landing which provides access to a bedroom with a stone fireplace and a bathroom with a toilet. A second landing opens into a large bedroom with a freestone fireplace and its own bathroom with a toilet.
Second floor
This level comprises two bedrooms with the exposed beams of the roofing framework. Each has its own bathroom with a toilet. The ceiling in one of the bedrooms goes up to the ridge.

The outbuildings

- The old cowshed, near to the manor house, is currently in use as a garage, a cellar and an annex room on the ground floor on the courtyard side. At the back, on the garden side, an entrance hall features a wooden stairway which goes up to two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet. Both bedrooms have parquet flooring and a ceiling going up to the ridge with the exposed beams of the roofing framework. The gable roof, covered with slate on the south side and flat tiles on the north side, features three facade roof dormers.
- The garage is an old barn, with a gable roof covered with flat tiles. It also comprises a henhouse.
- The summer kitchen comprises a bread oven and opens on to the terrace along the manor house’s east gable wall.
- A sauna and massage area can also be reached from this terrace.

The parklands

The alleyway providing access to the manor house separates the parklands into two sections. To the north, large meadows, laid out for accommodating horses, are bordered by hedges and trees, including a row of one hundred year old oak trees. A small wood and a duck pond are near to the old barn. On a lower level, on the south side a large landscaped area with lawns is adorned with copses and various species of trees. It ends with an orchard and a meadow. This area encompasses the tennis court and, separated by a stone wall, the swimming pool near to the manor house and the flower garden. Several terraces, set out around the manor house, link these various sections of the parklands. The swimming pool is heated and the tennis court fitted with spotlights.

Our opinion

This strikingly charming property is set on a hillside amidst outstanding, unspoilt countryside. The manor house, its gardens and its terraces exude a deeply tranquil and serene atmosphere, ideal for contemplation. Most of the rooms have an unobstructed view over this wonderful scenery as well as over the small village church standing opposite. However, with its sports facilities, it can also provide some more active moments. This manor house, in a very good overall state of repair, could equally well be used as a family home as a commercial investment with a bed & breakfast activity.

898 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 676637

Land registry surface area 6 ha 57 ca
Number of bedrooms 6
Main building surface area 334 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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