mansion houses for sale anjou region in france

A mansion house, with its main courtyard and its garden,
in one of the Anjou region’s historic towns
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

In the centre of a historic town with all shops and amenities. Some 30 minutes from the towns of Angers and Saumur, both linked to Paris via a fast train line (90-minute Angers-Paris TGV train links with ten or so daily return journeys). Equidistant from the villages on the banks of the river Loire and the verdant hills of the Baugeois region. Less than 10 minutes from the slip roads for the A87 motorway.

Description

A monumental gateway, extended on either side along the street by walls topped with balusters and railings, opens into a main courtyard. This paved courtyard is closed on its three other sides, first of all by wings set at right angles to the mansion house and, then, by a building housing garages. The gateway, commissioned in 1813 from the father of sculptor David-d’Angers, is reminiscent of the facades of ancient temples, with its Ionic order pilasters and its Doric order frieze. It is topped with a cornice, supporting a triangular, freestone pediment, sculpted in bas-relief and covered with slate. The garden facade, also enclosed by walls, looks out over a raised terrace. An orangery is set at right angles. At the end of the garden is a small building, used for storage purposes.

The mansion house

Constructed from lime rendered quarry stone blocks at the very beginning of the 19th century, this house spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. The hip roof, featuring numerous roof dormers and a pavilion section where the two wings meet, is covered with slate. The modillion cornices, the string course, the quoins, the framing around the openings and the roof dormers are all made of freestone. The entrance door stands out courtesy of the entablature crowning it.


Ground floor
The vestibule, housing the stairway going to the upper floors, leads on either side to a small and a large lounge. A toilet is installed under the wooden stairway, composed of two flights of steps and an intermediate landing. The small lounge adjoins a dining room. The entrance hall, the small lounge and the dining room feature red and white floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern; the large lounge has herringbone pattern parquet flooring. All these rooms have French windows. Those in the dining room and the small lounge overlook the main courtyard whilst those in the large lounge open on to the garden. Said large lounge then communicates with a pantry, followed by a kitchen and lastly a laundry room. The large lounge has a grey marble fireplace topped with a trumeau. The kitchen features a stone fireplace as well as exposed ceiling beams. The latter, through rooms also open on to the main courtyard and the garden.
The overall decoration clearly reflects the Directoire style and authentic features still remain in various forms such as a fireplace trumeau with characters, allegoric ornaments and painted scenes above certain doors. The effect is always airy and pleasant.

First floor
The landing provides access, on one side, to an anteroom and, on the other, to a hall area. The anteroom leads to a bathroom, with a toilet, and to two adjoining bedrooms. One of the two bedrooms has a grey marble fireplace, flanked by cupboards with glazed doors and also communicates with the bathroom. The hall area leads to a bedroom, a bathroom and an upstairs lounge. The bedroom has a pink marble fireplace whilst the upstairs lounge has a grey marble fireplace with freestanding columns, raised antique motifs and a large trumeau, enhanced with pilasters. This lounge, elegantly decorated with a moulded cornice, leads to a corridor providing access to a toilet and a bedroom. This bedroom features an alcove, flanked by cupboards with glazed doors. The upstairs lounge has herringbone pattern parquet flooring, whilst one of the bedrooms has strip pattern parquet flooring. The hall area has floor tiles. All the other rooms on this level have terracotta floor tiles.
Second floor
On one side of the landing is an attic, whilst a hall area, on the other side provides access to a former staff flat (with a bedroom and a bathroom) as well as a second attic. This level, spanning a total of 120 m², is covered with terracotta floor tiles throughout.

The outbuildings

Two garages, bordering the main courtyard, have a rusticated masonry, freestone facade and double, arched, wrought wood doors. An old orangery, set at right angles to the facade of the mansion house, features a door, flanked by freestone and topped with an oculus, crowned with a triangular, freestone pediment. In a corner of the garden is a building used for storage purposes and as a covered area. There are cellars under one of the wings of the mansion house.

Our opinion

The quality and the elegance of the construction are obvious and the appearance of the gateway gives an idea of what it is guarding, out of sight of onlookers. The era following the French Revolution, marked by the Directoire style, still exudes its peaceful, airy and discreet effect. This is reflected in the overall atmosphere of the place which will clearly appeal to enthusiasts of tranquillity and a pleasant way of life.
Although not isolated from human activity, this residence is a luminous refuge that nothing appears to disturb.

Exclusive sale

697 000 €
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Reference 107807

Land registry surface area 1139 m2
Main building surface area 325 m2
Outbuilding surface area 80 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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