In the countryside near Angers, close to the river Loire, a carefully restored 16th century manor house
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

In undulating landscape to the south of the Anjou area, dotted with fields, vineyards and woodland, near the river Loire. The nearest village is five minutes away and most shops and amenities can be found 10km away, while the city of Angers which has a high-speed train link to Paris (ten daily, 1.5 hours) is a half-hour drive. The A87 motorway is 20km away.

Description

Beyond fields and meadows, through a shady courtyard, the path leads to the coach gate with separate pedestrian entrance to the front of the manor. The tufa stone entrance has a slate roof. The garden features a well and a small building. Further on, another building houses a pool and a deck. Behind the manor, the tree-lined courtyard is flanked in an L shape, on one side by an outbuilding and a low wall on the other. The property is nestled in a hollow, surrounded by woodland and slopes. Troglodyte caves are tucked away at the bottom of the hill.

The manor

The building dates from the 16th century. It comprises a pavilion adjacent to the entrance gate and, perpendicular to it, a long house. Built of rubble stone, partially whitewashed, it has two stories, one beneath the eaves. The pavilion has a hipped roof, the main house has a pitched roof. Both have slate tiles and dormer windows. Those on the main house have a triangular pediment. The coin stones, cornices, dormer windows and window dressings are also in tufa. The whole manor house has been carefully and remarkably renovated, and period features remain intact. Although resolutely modern, the interior has been updated with the same care.


Ground floor
Located in the pavilion, the main entrance leads onto a living area which links to a kitchen and then a bedroom, dressing room, toilet and shower room. From the hall, a wooden quarter-turn staircase leads to the first floor. Off the living room: toilet and cloakroom. The kitchen opens onto a small hall with a service entrance and a scullery. The kitchen, scullery and hall are all fitted with cupboards. There is a central island in the kitchen. There are tufa stone fireplaces in the living room, kitchen and bedroom. These rooms also sport tufa window dressings and seats. Terracotta tile floor in the living room and kitchen and parquet in the bedroom. The living room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room open directly onto a deck located to the front of the main building.
First floor
The landing leads to two bedrooms, one with a shower room and toilet. The other bedroom opens onto a hallway with access to a wardrobe, bathroom with toilet and another bedroom. The last bedroom leads to a lounge which communicates via a few steps with a hall that leads to a bedroom, shower room, toilet and kitchen. The kitchen opens onto a patio overlooking the front garden. Parquet in the first bedroom and seagrass flooring elsewhere. Exposed beams in most rooms on this floor. Old arrow slits are still visible on the walls of the landing and the first shower room. Some or all of this floor could be a separate residence, with direct access via the patio.

Outbuildings

To the back of the manor, at a right-angle, a recent building houses a workshop, double garage with a mezzanine floor with loft space, boiler room, oil tank, laundry room and store room. To the front, a small building in tufa stone is used as an outdoor kitchen. The well is also in tufa. Another building houses the pool, a kitchen, shower, changing room and control room. There is a large deck area in front of the pool house. At the foot of the slope that borders the garden on one side, troglodyte caves used for wood, wine and general storage.

Our opinion

The manor blends in perfectly with its beautifully conserved natural surroundings. The house is as if poised in a hollow, protected by the hills. The restoration work masterminded by the current owners has maintained a subtle harmony. The traces of time inscribed in the building have been highlighted with great care and sense. In fact, the Renaissance ideals omnipresent in the Val-de-Loire are evident here, including on the inside of the house, despite its modern decor. The ideal place to relax and enjoy life.

725 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 583972

Land registry surface area 7669 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Main building surface area 300 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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