manors for sale near le mans in france

A 16th century residence, with equestrian facilities, outbuildings and
some 6 ha of bocage grasslands, near Le-Mans 200 km from Paris
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR

Location

On the periphery of Le-Mans, 10 km from a slip road for the A28 motorway. A TGV train station with 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. Le-Mans has good motorway and rail connections to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, London via Lille-Europe train station and large French towns.
An hour from the Loire Valley (Tours), Le-Mans has a wonderfully preserved medieval town, known as Plantagenet City, protected by a Gallo-Roman perimeter wall and where numerous tourist and cultural events are held.
Less than 30 minutes from Le-Man’s 24-hour racing circuit, where an internationally renowned endurance car race takes place, as well as the Porsche-Experience-Centre driving school and the International Le-Mans-Karting go-cart track. An aerodrome is near to the circuit. Two golf courses, including the Golf-du-Circuit (along the mythical Hunaudières straight). Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre.
All amenities such as a market, shops and schools are to be found in a village less than 10 minutes away.

Description

This property looks out over undulating, bocage countryside, with its small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, and has a superb view of the woods. A little lane leads to a village 2 km away.
This was originally a medieval castle, featuring six towers, built by local lords. Burnt by fire, all that remains of the castle is the perimeter wall with two towers. The latter were used as a base for construction works carried out in the 18th century and for the current layout of the premises. Fifteen years ago, the estate was divided into two. One outbuilding a good distance away, now a little-used holiday home, was separated from the rest. Two totally independent properties currently stand back to back, each looking out over grasslands. The neighbours being rarely present, this does not cause a nuisance.
The entrance gates open into a first courtyard, enclosed by several wooden or stone outbuildings which house all vehicles. Straight on, the inhabited outbuilding of a small farm is on the left-hand side, the equestrian facilities behind the residence come into view. Horse loose boxes are installed in a barn and stables following on from the house. The distant view from the right-hand side of the entrance courtyard takes in the riding arena and the grasslands. A wooden barrier between two buildings opens into the heart of the property, an enclosed, terraced garden laid out in front of the residence, facing the grasslands. An alleyway, paved in the old-fashioned way. Beyond the residence, an enclosed swimming pool area followed by the garden.

The main house

This rectangular building, with two towers, is constructed over two levels and an attic floor, topped with an old tile roof on the main building and slate roofs on the towers. The main, freestone facade features semi-circular arched openings, with fanlights, the masonry enhanced with brick framing. All the rooms in the house are flooded with through light via large openings. The towers house a kitchen and a small reading room. A newly converted outbuilding, connected to the old house, comprises an entire suite which could be independent.


Ground floor
This house, with its numerous practical openings, can be accessed from different sides. One entrance is via double doors opening directly into a large lounge or, at the rear, a back entrance hall with tall, old cupboards. From here, on the left, the large lounge is followed by an adjoining dining room, kitchen and back kitchen with a toilet. Near to the large lounge, in one of the towers, is a small reading room, with a fireplace. On the right-hand side of the back entrance hall, a through room is in use as a study. It precedes a corridor, providing access to a linen room and a boot room which has a door leading outside. The corridor also provides access to the newly converted building with its large suite, including a shower room, a toilet and a kitchen area.
All the ceilings feature old beams. Original tiles and local terracotta tiles are alternately to be found covering the floors. The large lounge also houses a polished concrete stairway, with wrought iron balusters, going upstairs.

First floor
This floor is predominantly laid out above the section of the house between the two towers. Exposed beams and sections of the roofing framework. Old terracotta floor tiles. Indoor shutters. The landing provides access to a first section with two bedrooms, one of which is in a tower, and a bathroom with a toilet. At the end of the corridor, isolated by a door, a suite comprises a shower room, a toilet, a dressing room and a bedroom in the second tower.

The small farm or annex house

This house alone forms a complete property with its house, its stone-walled courtyard and its low outbuildings. The rectangular house is topped with a roof which is new at the back. It has quarry stone block walls.


Ground floor
The living room, reached via the entrance hall, comprises a large lounge, with an open-hearth fireplace, and an eating area. Old, strip pattern, bare wood flooring. Lime-rendered walls. Ceiling beams. A Godin wood-burning stove in one corner. It is followed, in a lower building set at right angles, by a kitchen. Off the lounge, a hall area leads to a toilet, a boiler room, a passageway to an adjoining stable and a narrow flight of steps going upstairs.
First floor
Walls lined with plasterboard. Some exposed sections of the roofing framework. Sprung parquet flooring.

The outbuildings


Outbuilding
Set out on either side of the house, permanent constructions with old slate roofs. A building clad with Douglas fir wood. Water is laid on from the well.

The exteriors

The rest of the property is spread out over approx. 4 ha of grasslands, 1 ha of woods, 90% hornbeam, used as firewood and 1 ha of garden, with a swimming pool area as well as paddocks. The swimming pool spans a surface area of 10x5 m. It has a wooden deck, is heated via a heat pump and can be covered by an aluminium and polycarbonate dome. There is also a 60x40 m, sandy riding arena.

Our opinion

The curved lines of the large, round towers and the arched openings make this a robust and pleasant house. The estate is vast, varied and visually extended by a landscape of valleys and woods. The interior immediately evokes the warm and peaceful atmosphere of a comfortable family home. And then, there are extensions and outbuildings to give great flexibility as regards use. Private areas for every member of the family or a bed & breakfast activity or perhaps a holiday rental accommodation unit, there are numerous possibilities. Horse-riders will greatly appreciate the equestrian facilities which could easily be converted should new owners not wish to conduct such an activity.

650 000 €
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Reference 126303

Land registry surface area 5 ha 57 a 76 ca
Main building surface area 332 m2
Outbuilding surface area 480 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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