a large, luxurious home and its outbuildings, away from the town’s hustle and bustle
In the town centre, near to the TGV train station with links to Paris-Montparnasse taking less than an hour. Very good motorway and rail connections with Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport (1¾ hours), London via Lille-Europe train station and large French towns.
An hour from the Loire Valley (Tours/Angers), Le-Mans is medieval town, known as Plantagenet City, enclosed 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. An aerodrome is near to the circuit. Two golf courses. Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre.
10 minutes from a forest estate, the town’s green lung. All amenities such as a market, shops, schools, a theatre and a cinema are within walking distance.
This residence is composed of a main, rectangular building, dating from the 19th century, with a 20th century extension standing at right angles to it. Constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks covered with Virginia creeper, the residence spans four levels, one of which is under the rafters. The single-storey extension has a flat roof. The main residence is topped with a slate gable roof, featuring roof dormers. Freestone has been used for the framing around the windows, which are arched on the extension, the roof dormers, the cornices and the quoins. Four steps lead up to the house via a porch.
The entrance hall, reached via double doors enhanced in their upper sections with wrought iron, spans a large surface area, the end of which houses a wide, original wooden stairway with wrought iron railings. A toilet has been installed under the stairs. Double doors on either side of the entrance door open into reception rooms, all featuring herringbone pattern parquet flooring, cornices and marble fireplaces. A dining room on the avenue side is followed by a kitchen, with parquet flooring, and a back kitchen. On the parklands side, a little lounge adjoins a very large lounge, subdivided into three separate sections: a music room area, a games room area and a lounge area, with a large, white marble fireplace as well as a view out over the terrace and the parklands. Through light and numerous windows make this vast living room very bright.
The stairway goes up to a landing which leads, on one side, to two bedrooms, with a communal shower room and a study which could become a shower room so that each bedroom has its own comfortable bathroom. On the other side, a bedroom precedes a bathroom, with a shower, a toilet and a dressing room.
A door on an intermediate landing leads to a toilet. The large, second-floor landing features hall areas which provide access to three spacious bedrooms, each with a shower room.
The stairway continues up to the top floor of the residence, divided into three attics, once domestic staff bedrooms with terracotta tile floors. One of them has a vaulted ceiling.
Planted with tall trees and extending behind the residence, these parklands can also be reached via a separate entrance off the private road. Mature trees dotted throughout the parklands protect the swimming pool area and the various sections of garden from onlookers. The landscape is composed of parterres featuring decoratively trimmed bushes as well as lush verdant surroundings. A well is used for watering the parklands.
One building stands on the garden side. Part of its lower section is used as an open garage for 2 cars. It is topped with an old wooden drying shed. A few additional sheds. The old metal greenhouse is currently used for housing the machinery for the swimming pool.
On the courtyard side are the old stables, now a vast storage area and a garage.
The house in the main courtyard
Built of rendered quarry stone blocks and covered with climbing saritea and wisteria, the house, once stables, spans two levels, one of which is under a Mansard style roof. The lower sections, chimney stack and decoratively framed openings are made of brick. The Mansard style roof features two windows with stone pediments.
In the habitable section, on the ground floor: a bedroom. This is followed by a garage and a large storage area which opens on to the parklands near the back terrace, ideal for functions. The upstairs, reached via a stairway, leads to a kitchen, two bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet.
The overall appearance of the architecture, exuding elegant discretion, is so plain that it would almost seem ordinary if not for the outstanding character of the outbuildings comprising old stables, a drying shed, an old greenhouse and the through lounge set at right angles. Furthermore, nestling in the parklands, the buildings form a property worthy of the portfolio of an excellent town planner. It is one of those now rare, well-balanced places where countrified tranquillity is to be found in a bustling town.
|Land registry surface area||2349 m2|
|Main building surface area||389.20 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||130 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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.