a 17th century house and its outbuildings in almost 2 ha of parklands
This property is reached via a country lane which links two villages with all local shops and amenities. Both these villages are less than 5 minutes away by road. Some 15 minutes away are the bustling town of Angers and its TGV train station (90-minutes links to Paris with ten or so daily return train journeys). The banks of the river Loire and its wonderful vineyards are just 5 minutes away. The surrounding, undulating countryside is wooded.
This old, 17th century, rural house is constructed of lime-rendered, quarry stone blocks. Spanning three levels, one of which is under the rafters, it is topped with a hip, slate roof, featuring roof dormers and a little bell-tower. The framing around the openings, the quoins, the cornices and the roof dormers are all made of freestone. An extension, built in the 19th century, adjoins its west gable. Terraces border both facades. The front terrace, looking down on to the garden courtyard and leading to the front door of the house, is surrounded by a stone balustrade. It is reached via a flight of steps, also made of stone.
The entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a lounge and, on the other, to a hall area which leads to a kitchen and a dining room. There are French ceilings and terracotta floor tiles throughout. The lounge and dining room feature wainscoting and freestone fireplaces. Both these rooms, as well as the entrance hall, are through rooms which also open on to the terrace laid out behind the house. The lounge communicates with a laundry-boiler room, installed in the 19th century section of the building. The entrance hall houses a two-flight, half-pace stairway, made of shale, brick as well as freestone and featuring an intermediate landing. A toilet is under the stairway. A cellar can be reached via the outside.
The landing leads, on one side, to a bedroom and, on the other, to a hall area providing access to a bathroom, with a toilet, and a bedroom. Both these rooms are also through rooms, featuring French ceilings.
This level has the same layout as that on the first floor with two bedrooms and a shower room, with a toilet. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles and the beams of the roofing framework are exposed.
The guest house
Standing facing the house, the guest house forms a right angle with one of the outbuildings. On its other side, it is flanked by a round tower which once housed a dovecote. The elegance and rich ornamentation of its main facade and the dovecote are outstanding. All the openings are topped with curved, freestone pediments, enhanced with modillion courses and flanked with scroll-shaped decor, all made of freestone. The slate roofs also feature roof dormers and that of the round tower is topped with a little bell-tower. The ground floor comprises a large living room, with an open-plan kitchen. Upstairs are a lounge, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.
The outbuildings are laid out on either side of an impressive freestone porch. The latter is topped with a triangular pediment resting on ornate rusticated masonry pillars, once again the decor takes the form of scrolls. It is topped with a pavilion roof. The outbuildings are composed of five large garages, one of which is used for workshop-storage purposes, a stable, a storeroom and a tack room.
These buildings initially stand out because of their presence and their powerful architecture: the guest house reflecting a cheerful Renaissance style, the main house being more austere whilst the outbuildings are somewhat pompous. The discreet location of this property, in the midst of the countryside and yet not far from Angers, is outstanding in that it glorifies perfectly controlled splendour. This manor house is set in authentic countryside, just 15 minutes from a town renowned for its attractions.
|Land registry surface area||18200 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Main building surface area||330 m2|
Sylvain James +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.