in the town centre of Laval in the French department of Mayenne
This mansion house stands in Laval town centre. All shops and amenities are within walking distance as is the TGV train station, making it possible to reach Paris in less than 1¼ hours. The Channel coast and the towns of Saint-Malo and Dinard are 1½ hours away by road; slip roads for the A81 motorway are 15 minutes away.
The mansion house
This mansion house, constructed in 1850, spans four levels, one of which is under the rafters. It comprises a main building extended by a pavilion. Behind the latter and set at right angles, a resolutely modern extension was added in 2008. The slate roofs, gable on the main building and hip on the pavilion, feature roof dormers. Although the mansion house was built on granite foundations, freestone was used for its roof dormers, cornice, quoins and framing around the openings. On the main facade, the ground floor’s basket-handle-arched openings are set on significant freestone lower sections. Their tympanums are protected by two iron arrows crossing one another. All the windows are fitted with outdoor shutters. A French window at the back opens on to a granite balcony, enclosed with iron railings, looking out over the garden.
A stairway on the ground floor in the main building goes down to a hall area. The latter leads to a boiler room, two cellars, one of which is air-conditioned, a storeroom with numerous cupboards, a laundry room and a studio flat. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 19 m², this flat can be accessed independently from the garden courtyard.
A stairway in the extension goes down to a billiard room, extended by an exercise room, fitted with a Jacuzzi, a changing room, a shower room, a toilet and a machine room. Wide picture windows open directly on to the garden courtyard.
The entrance vestibule, with its walls lined floor-to-ceiling with panelling, provides access, on one side, to a study and its bookshelf unit and, on the other side, to a dining room, followed by a lounge. At the other end, a door set in glazed panels opens on to a hall area which leads to a linen room and a toilet. A wooden, quarter-turning stairway, going to the cellar and upstairs, is housed in a corridor which also provides access to the two reception rooms. A French window opens on to a balcony which dominates the garden. The reception rooms are decorated with black marble fireplaces. Their walls are lined with wainscotting and the floors are covered with parquet flooring, laid either in herringbone or randomly matched patterns. Moulding adorns the lounge ceiling. The hall area also leads to a living room and its open-plan kitchen, laid out in the extension. These rooms are widely illuminated by large, horizontal windows. Their floors are paved with contemporary tiles. This living room is extended by a terrace. A flight of wide wooden steps goes down into the garden courtyard.
A corridor provides access to three bedrooms, a separate toilet, a bathroom, with a shower, and a hall area. The latter leads to a bedroom and its dressing room which also communicates with the bathroom.
A corridor leads to two bedrooms, awaiting renovation, a bathroom, with a toilet, and three attics. Floors are either laid with parquet flooring or covered with terracotta tiles.
This mansion house also has a 2-car garage, spanning a total floor surface area of 45 m².
Within easy reach of Paris, Laval has all the attractions of a provincial town. The way of life is peaceful but steady. The river with its towpaths running through it and the surrounding countryside are all invitations to take a stroll. The town also has the advantage of being very near to the Channel coast. This mansion house is spacious and comfortable. It has been tastefully renovated. Its interior atmosphere is both classical and contemporary. This house was designed in accordance with current day standards not only for entertaining but also for accommodating a family.
|Land registry surface area||507 m2|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Sylvain James +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.