castles / chateaux for sale anjou region in france

In the north of the province of Anjou, a 17th century castle, its chapel and outbuildings
surrounded by a preserved ecosystem of 67 hectares of forest and grazing lands
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR

Location

Located 50 km south of Angers, 250 km from Paris and 10 km from the A10 motorway interchange. 20 km away: An aerodrome, Paris-Montparnasse train station in 45 minutes, good TGV connections for Paris-Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in 2 hours, for Lyon and Lille Europe for an onward trip to London in less than 3 hours, 90 minutes from Nantes.
Less than an hour from the Loire Valley (Anjou) and from le Mans, with its medieval Plantagenet town centre and its variety of cultural/sporting events and its 24-hour racing circuit, its world renowned endurance circuit and driving school, the Porsche Experience Centre. 30 minutes from a golf course.
Less than 10 kilometres from a small town steeped in history that offers a wide range of local services.

Description

The estate stretches over approx. sixty seven hectares of rolling wooded lands featuring several water features. It is the result of ten years of renovation work conducted in keeping with the principles of environmental conservation.
Long alleyways lead to the castle that is fully immersed in the nature surrounding it. To the north and the west, are fenced-in grazing lands ideal for horses. Continuing ones way, a personal, elegant, comfortable and completely renovated castle is unveiled. The house was built in the mid-17th century under the guidance of Master masons and carpenters. In the second half of the 19th century, the top part of the castle was redesigned. With a surface area of approx. 500 m2, it comprises six bedrooms with bathrooms or shower rooms, and reception rooms. Close by, there is a chapel, outhouse and forming a courtyard, a guest house, a summer house and boiler room.
This property is part of a ninety three-hectare estate that may be divided into two distinct parts, to be purchased separately, where each lot would have its own access. Plot n°1 including the castle, grazing lands and a forest estate of approx. sixty seven hectares for €1 895 000 fees included (sold before plot 2). Plot n° 2 including horse installations, two houses and approx. twenty seven hectares for €883 000 including fees.

The castle

The castle was completely refurbished according to best practices between 2011 and 215. The main body of the building is rectangular in shape. Two pavilions are joined to the main part at both ends. The building spans three storeys. The roofs are covered with Trélazé slate. The facades are limestone rendered and there are a number of large windows at regular intervals. On the ground floor, the reception rooms and kitchen are all through rooms. A large wooden staircase leads to 6 bedrooms with bathrooms laid out over 2 floors. On the opposite façade, a gravelled esplanade runs the length of the castle. It is impeccably landscaped with squares of lawn and topiaries. It features a central stone staircase with steps leading down to a pond; from this south-east point there is a view of the whole estate.


Ground floor
A spacious entrance opens on to the vestibule and its painted panelling, and oak strip parquet flooring. The vestibule gives access to the different ground floor reception rooms and incorporates the large 4-flight wooden staircase. The high ceiling accentuates the feeling of space and highlights the double-leaf doors of the different rooms. To the right, a reception room leads to a spacious kitchen. Set back from the vestibule, on the terrace side, there is an office. On one side, a corridor leads to a living room used currently as a library. Then, a Louis XIII-style dining room. The three main formal reception rooms are both spacious and bright. They all open on to the garden terrace and provide an unobstructed view of the forest estate and water features. The rooms all have original 18th century wood panelling and old fireplaces. In the main living room, the decorative moulded ceiling reflects the chevron parquet floor that then becomes a terracotta tile floor in the dining room and kitchen. From the kitchen, two doors open on to two terraces. A back staircase leads up to the upper floors.
First floor
A wooden staircase illuminated by windows on a small landing leads up to the first floor. The first floor landing is large and closed by heavy double-leaf doors. They open on to, on one side, a corridor leading to two very comfortable bedrooms with bathroom and a toilet as well as a linen room. On the other side, two adjoining bedrooms with a bathroom and a toilet as well as a wardrobe. There is strip parquet flooring throughout except for in one of the bedrooms that has terracotta floor tiles. There are old wooden or marble fireplaces in all of the bedrooms. The ceilings are decorated with plaster mouldings.
The back staircase leads to a landing and a toilet next to one of the bedrooms.

Second floor
The large wooden staircase leads up to the second floor, where the rooms feature sloping ceilings and exposed beams in places. Two spacious and luminous bedrooms are to be found on this level. Both with shower rooms and toilets; one of which has not been completely renovated. The bedrooms have just slightly sloping ceilings. The floors are terracotta floor tiles. The lower sections of the walls are painted.
Cellar
The castle is built above a vaulted cellar dating back to the 16th century. It can be accessed by an outside door.
Close to the castle are a small guest house, a summer house, a boiler room and outbuilding for storage.

The guest house

This old house has also been renovated. It is rectangular and has a tile and copper roof. The inside and outside walls are whitewashed. It has an under floor heating system that runs on a boiler using wood from the estate. It is insulated with environmentally friendly sheep’s wool. Situated close to the summer house and away from the boiler room, it spans two storeys.


Ground floor
It contains a large room with a wood burner, kitchen and shower room with a toilet.
First floor
Exposed beams and whitewashed wood panelling.

The summer house

Rebuilt and partially open, it is used as a summer dining room. A closed room is used as a hunting kitchen. This building could be used as a garage or shelter. Behind it, there is a vegetable garden.

The chapel

Dating back to 16th century, it was redesigned in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was originally built by Jérôme de la Dauvessière, grandson of the creator of the city of Montreal.

The wind turbine

A well powered by a metal wind turbine; a work of art by the Le Mans metal founder Ernest Bollé. Built in the grounds of the park during the second half of 19th century. The frame and the shelter roof have been renovated recently.

The outbuildings

Slightly set back from the vegetable garden, another outhouse is used for storage.

The park ‘à l’anglaise’, the grasslands and the woodlands

The park is planted with a number of tree species (oak, cedar and chestnut trees…)
The terrace is surrounded by rose bushes, lavender bushes and topiary box trees and looks down on to a pond containing water from the well. An alleyway of lime trees leads to the chapel then it joins an old path alongside a big lake.
Beyond this point, the view extends over the wild grasslands (approx. 30 hectares). Some are closed with untreated fencing. The woodlands span approx. 21 hectares. There are beautiful alleyways for lovely walks, forestry and hunting. Approx. six hectares of land is dedicated to a game reserve with a network of paths for horse riding.

The lakes

They are served by natural water sources and runoff rainwater. The quality of the water is very good and without nitrate. They feature in the land registry. The one situated at the highest point measures 2.5 ha. A smaller one, further down from the castle is approx. 4000 m2. There is a stream that flows towards le Loir. Home to pikes and roaches, they are restocked regularly with roaches and gudgeons.

Our opinion

It was meant to be a family house to be passed down generations, it became more than that; the quality of the estate gained from it. Ten years of substantive work have been undertaken to restore this estate and make a balanced ecosystem. Both the buildings and its surroundings are of a rare quality. Renovation is as complete as possible; the raw materials used such as the sand for the renderings or the oak wood for the tables coming from the property grounds. The decorative plasterwork surrounding the main staircase is the work of a plasterer/staffor craftsman. All the espagnolettes of the windows were made just like the original ones. No detail has been missed, the ensemble touches on perfection with great elegance.

1 895 000 €
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Reference 690440

Land registry surface area 67 ha
Main building surface area 487 m2
Outbuilding surface area 232 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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