in a village near Laval in the French department of Mayenne
This property stands in a village with a few shops and amenities. The town of Laval, with ten or so daily return TGV train journeys to Paris, some taking a little over an hour, is about 15 minutes’ drive away. Slip roads for the A81 motorway are less than 10 minutes away. The surrounding rolling countryside is composed of irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches.
Built at the very beginning of the 20th century, this house comprises a main building with a pavilion adjoining its west gable wall. The main building, constructed of lime-rendered quarry stone blocks, spans three levels including an attic floor, whilst the pavilion spans but a single level. Both buildings have slate roofs: hipped on the main building and 3-sloped on the pavilion. Granite was used for the lower sections and the quoins, whilst freestone was used for the roof cornices and window surrounds.
Reached via a few steps from the courtyard, the entrance hall leads, on one side, to a lounge, straight on, to a study-library closed via an atrium window and, on the other side, to a dining room, followed by an adjoining kitchen. The entrance hall also houses a wooden stairway, with one quarter-turning flight as well as cast iron and wood railings, a toilet and a door leading to the cellar. Floors are covered with cement tiles in the entrance hall, stone tiles in the kitchen and parquet flooring in all the other rooms. The lounge is enhanced with a black marble fireplace as well as oak wood cupboards, doors and wainscoting. Apart from the entrance hall, all the ground floor rooms have French windows opening directly on to the terrace bordering the house on the garden side.
The landing provides access to three bedrooms, one of which is in use as a linen room, a dressing room, a shower room and a toilet. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles and parquet flooring.
The landing leads to three bedrooms, a bathroom with a toilet as well as an attic. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles and sea-rush matting. The bedrooms are enhanced with the exposed roofing framework.
The outbuildings constitute three buildings. The first with, on the ground floor, a study, a workshop and a bathroom with a toilet and, upstairs, three bedrooms and a storage room. The second with, on the ground floor, a spa, a shower room, the pool-house and a garage. Adjoining the south gable of this second building, the first floor of which awaits conversion, an old, recently renovated greenhouse, now used as a summer eating area.
And finally, the third building with, on the ground floor, a workshop and a garage and, upstairs, an attic.
Adjoining this last building, a covered area for storing firewood.
These fully enclosed parklands comprise lawns with numerous copses of bushes and tall trees of varying species (pine, lime, chestnut, oak, plane, magnolia, etc.). A square garden is planted in the U-shape formed by the house and the two outbuildings, the fourth side being delimited by a swimming pool, bordered by a row of hornbeam, trimmed to form a screen.
This property resembles a large, luxurious home, with its residence and its outbuildings forming a courtyard, with architecture typical of that which prevailed for outbuildings in the very early 20th century, and also, with its parklands planted with miscellaneous and varied species of trees, now fully mature. It has, furthermore, recently undergone meticulous renovation works. The buildings are in a good state of repair, the insides comfortable and the fixtures and fittings numerous. This property, therefore, has everything to make it a pleasant place to live that is easy to reach, in a natural setting, whilst being near to all of today’s daily requirements.
|Land registry surface area||6510 m2|
|Main building surface area||235 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||280 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.