An elegant, 18th century manor house and its gardens
in the Loire Valley near to Saumur
Saumur, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49400 FR

Location

This manor house is in a village, with all shops and amenities, in the Loire Valley near to Saumur. The towns of Angers and Tours are respectively 45 and 55 minutes away. Saumur train station provides links to both these towns which are on the TGV train line (about ten daily return journeys between Angers and Paris taking 90 minutes and between Tours and Paris taking an hour). A slip road for the A85 motorway is 10 minutes away.

Description

A lane, leading to the entrance gates, is reached off one side of a country road which runs alongside the property. Said gates open on to a first enclosed garden and the driveway leading straight on to the manor house. The caretaker’s cottage stands in the east corner. Behind the manor house, a second garden is extended by a wooded section. The lane goes around the caretaker’s cottage to a carpark, a covered area and a large meadow that borders the manor house and its gardens on two other sides.

The manor house

This manor house, built of freestone in the first half of the 18th century, is composed of a central building flanked, on either side, by two symmetrical pavilions. The latter are then extended by buildings that protrude slightly on the main facade. The manor house spans a ground and a first floor. It has slate roofs, with roof dormers in the Mansard style central section.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, set in the middle of the front facade, opens, on one side, into a lounge and, on the other, into a hall area leading to bedrooms. The lounge features a freestone fireplace, a French ceiling and terracotta floor tiles. It communicates with a dining room-kitchen which precedes a back kitchen, providing access to a linen room, a toilet, a shower room and two storage rooms, one of which houses the machinery for the swimming pool. The dining room features a freestone fireplace, a French ceiling as well as terracotta floor tiles and leads directly out into the gardens at the front and the back of the manor house. A corridor leads to two bedrooms, both then communicating with a third bedroom, as well as to a bathroom, with an Italian shower, and a separate toilet. All three bedrooms have French ceilings and terracotta floor tiles but only one has a freestone fireplace. The through entrance hall also includes a quarter-turning, stone stairway.
First floor
The first floor landing leads, on one side, to a billiards’ room and, on the other, to a hall area and lastly to a bathroom. The billiards’ room, with its 5 m high ridge and exposed roofing framework beams, provides access to a bedroom, with a bathroom and a toilet. The walls and ceiling in this bedroom are adorned with stencilled garlands of flowers. The hall area leads to a first bedroom, a bathroom with a toilet and a second bedroom. Both bedrooms feature French ceilings and terracotta floor tiles. The second one also has a fireplace with a wooden mantel and cupboards.

The caretaker’s cottage

Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 150 m², this cottage houses three flats:
- a first, upstairs flat, with an open-plan kitchen adjoining a lounge-dining room, a bedroom and a shower room with a toilet. The living room has terracotta floor tiles. This flat is accessed via an outside stairway reached from the lane.
- a second, ground floor flat, with a kitchen-dining room, a lounge, with a freestone fireplace, a toilet, a bedroom and a bathroom with a toilet. This flat can be reached from the garden laid out in front of the manor house.
- and a third, 2-storey flat, with an open-plan kitchen adjoining a lounge-dining room on the ground floor, and a bedroom as well as a bathroom with a toilet, upstairs. This flat has a small courtyard terrace and can be reached via the lane.

The other outbuildings

These include:
- two buildings, set at the ends of the manor house, which protrude from the main facade. One is currently used as a barn and the other as accommodation. The latter comprises a first floor flat, spanning approx. 40m², which can also be reached via the lane.
- and a covered area at the entrance to the meadow.

The parklands

- In front of and facing the manor house are two large, rectangular lawns, separated in the middle by a gravel driveway, bordered by boxwood and rosebushes. On one side and overhanging, is a row of lime trees.
- At the back, large lawns planted with trees and copses with, in line with the central door in the manor house, a boxwood-lined alleyway. A semi-circular row of lime and hornbeam trees close this view. The swimming pool and its terrace are on one side.
- At the end and on one side, a vast, partly wooded meadow.

Our opinion

This is, first of all, a place to take a pleasant holiday. A place where days can be filled with all kinds of enjoyable activities such as visiting the old villages dotted throughout the Loire Valley, taking a walk to the riverbank, cycling to Saumur, relaxing in the shade of the garden’s lime trees or even diving into the swimming pool. And yet, a family could obviously live happily in this large house, the rooms of which are enhanced not only by their old decor but also by their spaciousness. This residence, with its numerous living areas designed and laid out to be totally autonomous, would also be able to accommodate guests. An activity that is already well established here and which is but waiting to be continued and developed. Depending on the desires and projects of its new owners, this manor house therefore holds a great deal of promise.

940 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 331603

Land registry surface area 2 ha 13 a 83 ca
Number of bedrooms 6
Main building surface area 388 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

Regional representative


Sylvain James +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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