in Le-Mans’ historic Plantagenet city, 10 minutes from its TGV train station
Le Mans has very good motorway and rail connections. France’s main towns can be reached in between 1 and 4½ hours by TGV train. Paris-Montparnasse TGV train station is 55 minutes away and a direct link with Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport takes 1¾ hours. 200 km from the centre de Paris via the A11 motorway, just 10 minutes away. 1 hour from the Loire Valley (Anjou and Touraine regions). Le-Mans has an aerodrome which is near to its 24-hour racing circuit and its Porsche-Experience-Centre driving school, two golf courses and the Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre. A verdant town, Le-Mans is home to numerous parks and riverside promenades as well as the Plantagenet city. A 15-minute walk away are Botanical Gardens spanning 5 hectares. The work of Jean-Charles-Alphand, they include French formal and landscaped gardens as well as a large rose garden. Also, the park known as “Quinconce des Jacobins”, created in the 18th century, is followed by the romantic Tessé garden, at the foot of the museum of the same name. Le-Mans is a town of art and history. The Jacobins market, renowned as one of France’s most authentic markets, is held next to the cathedral and the medieval Plantagenet city. All amenities are within a 5-minute walk away (shops, all schools, a theatre, a cinema and the tram for the TGV train station).
Constructed in 1543 by the king’s public prosecutor, the listed mansion house fully reflects its era marked by an architectural transition between the late Middle-Ages and the development of the Renaissance period. Set back, behind Renaissance style gates and high walls, all that can be seen from the street are the ridges of the roof and their finials. The mansion house appears in the paved courtyard, like a small palace. All of its decorative features exude the Renaissance spirit, of which Le-Mans was a major centre in the west of the kingdom of France as of the episcopate of cardinal Philippe of Luxembourg, a great patron of Le-Mans’ cathedral and churches. This flat is on the ground floor with three possible entrances, two of which are via the hall in the stairway tower. A parking space is reserved in the courtyard solely for this flat. This property is completed by a private, south-west facing garden, with a view and a separate exit into the narrow street.
Spanning 232 m² of living space, this merger of two flats could be separated once again if so desired. Furthermore, an additional 97 m² lot, with small windows and high ceilings, has been converted in the basement level. The eight main rooms all have high French ceilings which blend beautifully with the floors, laid with old, square or hexagonal terracotta tiles. The walls are covered with lime rendering. Old frescoes, dating from the 17th century, were upgraded in the lounge during the rehabilitation of the premises. They are listed. The entrance doors are decorated with linen-fold panels. The large, mullioned windows, featuring oak wood, decorated frames, let in light on the east side overlooking the courtyard, the south or garden side and the west side with views of the river, the countryside and the lower town. A monumental, stone, open-hearth fireplace in the lounge is in good working order. All the walls featuring light-coloured hues and the through light make this an extremely luminous property. A porch has steps leading down to the garden. This property is composed of four lots. It is part of a co-owned building comprising twelve lots. (The average annual fees of the co-owned building are €10,032 which includes communal gas-fired heating and domestic hot water).
The flat is reached via the stairway tower and a vast entrance hall which opens, on one side, into two reception rooms, the dining room and then the lounge with access to the garden. A passageway with a few steps provides access to a study or a small bedroom. Following on from the dining room are a large kitchen and its eating area with a view of the garden. A back kitchen constitutes a passageway to the garden and its terrace. A corridor, with large, east-facing windows, leads from the entrance hall to three bedrooms, two shower rooms with toilets and a bathroom.
A stairway goes down to the linen room, following which is a bedroom where old renovated bread ovens have been preserved. A corridor leads to a wine cellar and to a large, 35 m² room which can also be reached directly via the outside from the main courtyard. These rooms, forming an integral part of the original Gallo-Roman perimeter wall, are illuminated via light coming from the west. Another independent cellar can be accessed via the stairway tower.
This garden spans a surface area of 300 m². It can be reached directly via a porch and a few steps leading down from the large lounge or from the kitchen. This protected area faces south-west. Adjoining high walls, it takes the form of a first terrace. The high wall shelters it from onlookers in the street and opens at the end of the plot via a gate making it easy to work in the garden and get rid of organic waste. Tall trees provide shade from the sun and define a second area where meals can be taken in the shade during the summer months. The lower garden along the edge of the wall is filled with flowers.
In the very town centre of Le-Mans, in a decor used time and again by the cinema and by painters, with views over a garden and the countryside, this bright flat, exuding a very authentic character, has numerous assets. The premises, with their independent entrances and their versatile rooms, are ideally suited to numerous family configurations. A four-bedroom family flat, it could easily be divided into two separate sections, whilst keeping a spacious area for a private professional activity. This residence is definitely a good combination for living between the town and the countryside. All urban amenities are to hand, but once through the gates residents can turn their backs on the town and have the feeling of living in another time away from the hustle and bustle. And all this, just 1¼ hours door-to-door from Paris-Montparnasse. Extremely practical for the life of a family where everyone has their own privacy.
|Land registry surface area||801 m2|
|Main building surface area||310 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Catherine Boivin +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.