castles / chateaux for sale in france near alençon

An 18th century chateau, its chapel and its outbuildings in an undulating setting, with almost
14 ha of woods and grasslands, to the south of the Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park
Alençon, ORNE lower-normandy 61000 FR

Location

Near to Alençon, less than 10 km from the town centre; 210 km from the centre of Paris and 15 km from the A28 motorway. 50 minutes from Le-Mans TGV train station which has very good rails links (Paris-Montparnasse in less than an hour, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle in 1¾ hours). Local shops and restaurants are to be found in the surrounding villages as well as numerous outdoor activities.

Description

This estate extends over almost 14 ha of parklands, grasslands and woods with a caretaker’s cottage at its entrance. A long driveway crosses a wood and leads to the residence which is, therefore, set amidst verdant surroundings. The dry moat provides a glimpse of the perimeter wall. Once passed the moat, an entrance marked by two stone pillars and dull, wrought iron gates. A pavilion standing at the entrance, used as a bakehouse, is topped with a dovecote. A chapel is on the other side of the entrance. Two pavilions, facing one another, are topped with hip roofs featuring a bell-turret and a spire. Their architecture resembles that constructed in the 17th century as, for instance, for the Haras-du-Pin (French national stud farm). The gates provide access to an elegant chateau via a driveway that crosses a first garden. Nearby, the old farm forms a courtyard between high walls, sculleries and a series of outbuildings composed of barns, stables, garages and old dwellings. A pathway leads to a garden which is delimited by hornbeam hedges and walls. It includes an orchard, a tennis court, and an old orangery near an arbour. A terrace opens on to another garden featuring hedges and decorative topiary bushes. The residence can be reached on the south side via a few steps on a terrace which runs the length of the building. The view from there takes in the woods and the surrounding countryside beyond. The wood surrounds the estate. Alleyways going around it lead to the grasslands.
Originally a vast estate spanning more than 1,000 ha, the farm and the pavilions date from the 17th century. With its north and south facing facades, the residence was constructed at the end of the 18th century and raised at the end of the 19th century. Spanning approx. 485 m², it comprises a succession of reception rooms on the ground floor. 7 bedrooms with 5 bath or shower rooms are spread out over the two upper floors.
The estate has undergone numerous exterior works for 20 or so years in order to delimit areas and to landscape the parklands. Numerous trees of miscellaneous species were planted on various levels, all water and sanitation plumbing was put underground and the surroundings and pathways landscaped.
The estate is roughly composed of 8 ha of woods, 4 ha of grasslands and 1.5 ha of parklands, alleyways, an orchard and the old moats.

The chateau

Adjoined by a 2-storey building, this rectangular chateau spans three levels, topped with attic space and built over a semi-underground cellar. Its Mansard-style roof, housing attic space, is covered with slate. The break alone was redone six years ago. Lime rendered facades feature numerous regularly arranged windows. The reception rooms are illuminated with through light. The elegantly laid out windows on the ground floor are composed of tall, partially glazed, double doors, with arched fanlights and shutters. The first floor windows are flanked with slatted shutters, whilst those on the second floor are topped with triangular pediments. A central wooden stairway goes up to the first floor leading, via a wide corridor, to three bedrooms, with two bathrooms and toilets as well as a shower room. The stairway continues up to the second floor where a long corridor provides access to four bedrooms, with two bathrooms and toilets.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a vestibule, with painted walls and old cement floor tiles. A toilet is installed behind the main wooden stairway. A spacious kitchen features an Alençon stone fireplace and terracotta floor tiles. It is followed by a pantry, with a back stairway leading to an upstairs linen room, and by the boiler and boot rooms. On the other side of the vestibule, a first large lounge adjoins a dining room, followed by another large lounge. The reception rooms are decorated with 18th century panelling. They all feature old fireplaces. Their double doors are topped with trumeaux. The 18th century ceiling beams go beautifully with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, followed by cement floor tiles in the vestibule.
First floor
The landing is wide and takes the form of a gallery providing access to three bright, spacious bedrooms, each with its own bath or shower room and toilet. There is parquet flooring throughout, laid either in strip or chevron patterns. All have an old Alençon stone or marble fireplace, exposed ceiling beams and indoor shutters. One of the bedrooms, featuring panelling with concealed cupboards, provides access via a few steps down to the linen room which can also be reached via the back stairway.
Second floor
The stairway continues up to the wide, second floor landing, covered with strip pattern parquet flooring. It leads to four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Floors are covered with strip pattern, natural pine or painted parquet flooring. Ceilings are plastered. Each bedroom has a marble fireplace. The painted walls feature wainscoting. A stairway leads to the attic.
Attic
Reached from the second floor via a stairway.
Cellar
Reached from the outside, the basement is divided into three sections.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, constructed at right angles, are enclosed by high walls or fencing and have a separate entrance between two pavilions. The roofs, covered with slate or tiles, were redone after a storm in 1999. The quarry stone block walls feature Alençon or Roussard stone framing. The ground floor of the first building comprises large garages, topped with an attic, followed by a barn; all with cement floors. They precede a small storage area. Set at right angles, a barn is followed by stables with five horse loose boxes or stalls and a tack room. Two habitable buildings await renovation.

The chapel

The chapel still has many of its original decorative features, an altar, cement floor tiles with a trilobed decor, a shell-shaped font and walls painted to look like marble. It awaits renovation.

The bakehouse and the dovecote

The ground floor of this building comprises a large room, with a stone paved floor, and includes two ovens, one for bread and the other for pastries and cakes. Adjoining is a shower room with a toilet. The upstairs, reached via open steps, was once used as a dovecote. Partially renovated, the walls still feature numerous dove-holes. The roofing framework includes windows to let light in.

The caretaker’s cottage

This attractive pavilion, standing at the entrance to the estate, is constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks. Its roof, covered with tiles, has been redone. The PVC door and window frames have brick framing. It comprises four rooms, two of which are bedrooms. There is a small back garden.


Ground floor
A bedroom on the ground floor.
First floor
A bedroom upstairs.

The old orangery

Behind the tennis court and near to the orchard and the old arbour.


Ground floor
Consists of one room.
First floor
A room and a shower room, with a toilet, are reached via open steps.

The pavilion

Adjoining the outbuildings are two buildings awaiting renovation, with original features such as terracotta floor tiles, a stairway and a fireplace. One comprises a woodshed, followed by a room, with attic space upstairs. A pavilion.


Ground floor
Two rooms flank an entrance hall with a wooden stairway.
First floor
A large room includes an Alençon stone fireplace.

The landscaped parklands, grasslands and woods

The estate’s various areas and gardens are delimited by walls; the passageways by gates and pillars. Wonderful views are to be appreciated all along the promenades. The landscaped gardens, spanning a surface area of approx. 1.5 ha, are planted with miscellaneous species of trees (lime, hornbeam, yew and wisteria). The estate has undergone numerous exterior works for 20 or so years in order to delimit areas and to landscape the parklands as various gardens composed of decoratively trimmed boxwood bushes and yew trees. All water and sanitation plumbing has been put underground and the surroundings and pathways landscaped. The grasslands are free of any tenants.

Our opinion

This property is in a highly enviable geographical location. A large number of major works has been carried out on this estate for almost 20 years and the exteriors have been restored. The roofs on the chateau and on most of the outbuildings are in a good state of repair. The chateau has been renovated and its old decorative features enhanced. The project now awaits the renovation of some of the outbuildings. This property could be a family home, near to all amenities and a multitude of outdoor activities. It could also be given a wider vocation as the premises are ideally suited to the development of a hotel and catering activity, the outbuildings as well as the chateau being symbols of 18th century elegance. The setting is one of its most beautiful assets.

Exclusive sale

980 000 €
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Reference 507049

Land registry surface area 13 ha 64 a 28 ca
Main building surface area 483 m2
Outbuilding surface area 614 m2

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Mayenne, Sarthe


Catherine Boivin       +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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