A 16th century manor house, with an entrance porchway, a main courtyard,
outbuildings and enclosed gardens, in one of the Anjou region’s historic towns
Saumur, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49400 FR

Location

This property stands in the midst of a town with a wealth of Historic Monument heritage, including an impressive Renaissance chateau, numerous residences and mansion houses as well as outstanding religious edifices. The village also has all main shops and amenities. The town of Saumur, with train links to Paris and slip roads for the A85 motorway, is less than 20 km away. Near the banks of the river Loire and its villages, still exuding their authentic character. In the local surroundings are several very well-known vineyards.

Description

A village street provides access to the property’s monumental entrance porchway. With rusticated masonry, it is flanked by pilasters topped with a curved pediment. It opens on to a landscaped courtyard, closed on three sides by the manor house laid out in a U-shape and, on the last side, by a high perimeter wall. On the garden side are outbuildings and a swimming pool. This property is entirely enclosed by walls, featuring several pedestrian gates and gateways.

The manor house

This manor house, constructed in the 16th century on, no doubt, older foundations, consists of two buildings facing one another, linked together by a gallery, with a wing set at right angles behind the second building. Both constructed from lime-rendered quarry stone blocks, the first building spans two levels and the second, three, one of which is an attic floor. Although both have gable, slate roofs, that on the second building features numerous roof dormers. Each of their facades is flanked by a pentagonal, freestone tower, housing a spiral stairway. The ties for the steps of one are visible from the outside. The facade of the second building is also crossed through its centre by a vaulted passageway, leading to the gardens and the outbuildings on the opposite side. Their floors are adorned, on the front, with mullioned windows and freestone roof dormers. The framing surrounding all the openings and the quoins are also made of freestone.
The gallery, supported on wooden pillars, is open on the ground floor and closed upstairs by a slate roof, with a break featuring windows. It links the first two levels of each of the buildings and also provides access to the gardens laid out at the back.


Ground floor
In the first building, two adjoining rooms, a kitchen and a dining room. The kitchen opens directly on to the gallery and the landscaped courtyard; the dining room solely on to the courtyard. Each of these two rooms feature terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams, some adorned with decorative motifs in the dining room, and a freestone fireplace.
In the second building, reached either via the gallery or via the landscaped courtyard, a lounge, with terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and a freestone fireplace. Reached solely via the landscaped courtyard, a storeroom and a boiler-laundry room and, from the back garden, a room that is currently used for wine tasting, with terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and a freestone fireplace. The wing set at right angles is home to an old press-house.
And lastly, the gallery houses a wooden stairway and a toilet, all with terracotta floor tiles.

First floor
In the first building, reached either via the landing in the stairway tower or via the first-floor landing in the gallery, a vast room in use as a billiard room, with terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and a freestone fireplace.
In the second building, reached either via the landing in the stairway tower or via the first-floor landing in the gallery, a bedroom, with a bathroom and an adjoining, ladies’ sitting room. The stairway landing also provides access to a toilet, a library and an adjoining study, with a mezzanine. This latter room is linked via a stairway to the boiler-laundry room on the ground floor and to an attic, laid out above the wine storehouse. The floors in the study and ladies’ sitting room are covered with terracotta tiles, that in the library has parquet flooring and the bedroom is carpeted. The library, the bedroom and the ladies’ sitting room all have freestone fireplaces.
This level of the gallery, closed and laid with terracotta floor tiles, comprises a toilet.

Second floor
The landing, reached via the second building’s stairway tower, provides access to a bedroom, a toilet, a bathroom and a hall area leading to another three bedrooms, one of which has a separate toilet.

The outbuildings

A woodshed, adjoining the gable wall of the first building, is open on two sides and topped with a red tile roof. A second covered area on the other side of the gallery is also open on two sides. A 100 m² garage, behind the second building and adjoining the wine storehouse, has a high ceiling. Opposite, a 54 m² orangery has terracotta floor tiles and a freestone fireplace. The garage opens directly on to the street. And lastly, three cellars, one of which is under the second building, are composed of several vaulted cells hewn directly out of the freestone.

The gardens

The manor house courtyard is landscaped. Towards the exterior, a variety of individually characterised and interconnecting areas include a priest’s garden, a vegetable garden, rows of vines and a vast terrace area laid to lawn, bordered by a row of lime trees with, on one side, a swimming pool and its covered area and, on the other side, the orangery and the garage. The gardens are completely walled with, however, several pedestrian gates and gateways opening on to the outside.

Our opinion

This property exudes a certain humanist ideal from the Renaissance era, the spirit of which is still very much present throughout the Loire Valley, now classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. This authentic manor house and its gardens, with their distinctive characters, are fully enclosed by walls. A world all of its own, sheltered from the rest of the world. In the midst of a historic town, near to famous vineyards and the river Loire, the surroundings are extremely pleasant and ideal for many wonderful walks. The various buildings and their outbuildings, all in a good state of repair, could easily be used for developing a wide variety of projects. They could, of course, equally well suit the requirements of a family.

815 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 880960

Land registry surface area 2657 m2
Number of bedrooms 9
Main building surface area 400 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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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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