manors for sale in france near nantes

North of Nantes, in almost 4 ha of parklands,
a listed manor house, chapel and enclosed outbuildings
Châteaubriant, LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE pays-de-loire 44110 FR

Location

In a hamlet where the boundaries of Brittany and the Anjou region meet, very near to a village in the north-east of the French department of Loire-Atlantique. Just 5 minutes away, the village has local shops and amenities. Whilst less than 15 minutes away, a small town, with more than 10,000 inhabitants, has all shops and amenities, including a train station with links to Rennes and Nantes. Both towns as well as Angers can be reached by road in about an hour. The surrounding bocage countryside, with its small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, is dotted with lakes.

Description

In the 17th century, the princes of Bourbon and Condé took advantage of the region’s natural resources, developing an iron foundry to produce parts required by the French royal navy. This activity continued until the end of the 19th century and traces of it are still to be seen today, such as the forges in the hamlet or the manor house which was once home to the owner of these forges. A lane in the hamlet crosses a section of the property’s parklands and leads to impressive pillars marking the entrance to a courtyard, delimited by the manor house and its chapel, one of the sides of the enclosed outbuilding and, opposite the first buildings, another two pillars opening on to the parklands. The latter are, therefore, laid out around these various buildings and include gardens, an orchard, a walled vegetable garden, grasslands and a wood. The rear facade of the manor house looks out over a lake below the wood.

The manor house

This manor house is composed of a central building with a corner pavilion set at right angles. Constructed from shale, it spans three levels, including one under the rafters, and is topped with a slate roof. The central building has a gable roof whilst that of the pavilion is hipped. The facades, featuring numerous openings, are bordered by terraces, enclosed with low shale walls. The back terrace has a gateway with a few steps leading down to the wood and then a lake. The facades of the manor house, its roofs, the chapel and the estate’s perimeter wall all have French Historic Monument listing.


Ground floor
Two French windows, reached via the front terrace, open into a large lounge, laid out in a section of the central building. This room communicates, on one side, with a study and, on the other, with the adjoining dining room, small lounge and kitchen, all in the corner pavilion. The kitchen provides access to a boiler room, installed in a building adjoining the gable wall of the corner pavilion. The large lounge, partially illuminated by three oculi set in the rear facade, features parquet flooring, wainscoting, exposed ceiling beams, some of which rest on supports sculpted with mermaids, and a Renaissance style stone fireplace. Also in this room, where the ceiling goes up to a height of more than 6 m, a large wooden stairway goes up to a mezzanine, running the full length of the front facade. Said mezzanine provides access to the rooms on the first floor. The small lounge features terracotta floor tiles, a French ceiling, a fireplace with a wooden mantel and a wooden stairway also going up to the first-floor rooms. And lastly, a storeroom and the chapel can be reached directly from the front terrace. There is a cellar under part of the corner pavilion.
First floor
The mezzanine gallery, looking down on to the main lounge, leads to a landing room that provides access to a bedroom, a shower room, with a toilet, and a stairway going up to the top floor. The stairway in the small lounge goes up to a landing, leading to two bedrooms, a linen room and a bathroom, with a toilet. This stairway also goes up to the top floor. Two of the bedrooms have parquet flooring and a fireplace.
Second floor
The stairway, reached via the mezzanine gallery goes up to a landing, leading to a bedroom and an attic. The other stairway, going up from the small lounge, only leads to the attic.

The chapel

This was once the chapel for the entire hamlet which explains its impressive dimensions: 86 m² and a vaulted ceiling 8.14 m high. Still in its original condition, it extends the central building of the manor house, on one side, thus forming a U-shape with the pavilion. This shale stone building is topped with a hip, slate roof, featuring a small bell-turret. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles and slate flagstones. High up on a side wall is a wrought iron balcony which could once be reached from the landing room in the manor house and, near to the entrance, a font on a grey marble pedestal. The stained-glass windows were restored a few years ago.

The enclosed outbuildings

In the courtyard, opposite the manor house, a gateway opens into an area delimited by outbuildings. The latter, constructed from shale and topped with slate roofs, are set out around a courtyard, in use as a garden. They comprise a woodshed, an old dwelling, a cowshed, a stable as well as miscellaneous storage areas. This enclosed area communicates with the parklands, the orchard and the vegetable garden via two other gateways.

The parklands

The parklands are composed of several areas. North of the manor house are an orchard and grasslands with tall trees. These are followed by a large, completely walled, regular-shaped vegetable garden and lastly a lawn dotted with trees. The vegetable garden and this section of the parklands are separated by the entrance driveway, bordered with decoratively trimmed boxwood. On the south side are grasslands, planted with narcissi, and a wood. The manor house’s immediate surroundings and the courtyard are enhanced with shrubs, flower beds, decoratively trimmed boxwood and copses of miscellaneous species. The rear terrace features two old impressive lime trees.

Our opinion

This place is historic and vestiges of this originally economic history are still in existence. The entire property bears witness to it. The power of the master of the forges and the social organisation prevailing at this time are still discernible. This property, where the shades of grey of the shale used for the buildings are in perfect harmony with the lush vegetation of the garden-terraces surrounding them, has now become a place of residence. With their orchard, their vegetable garden, their grasslands and their wood, the parklands are designed to meet the requirements of life in the country. The areas inside the manor house are sober as well as bright and the lounge is particularly impressive in size. And lastly, the chapel and the enclosed outbuildings could be an opportunity for new projects which will give this listed property back its splendour of yesteryear.

690 000 €
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Reference 784240

Land registry surface area 3 ha 99 a 54 ca
Main building surface area 370 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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Sylvain James       +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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