in a majestic mansion house in Saumur
The area around Saumur, renowned for its chateaux, its wines and its mild climate, is without doubt an inspiring and attractive region of character, between the Loire and the hillsides, history and territory. In a landscape that is never exactly the same, the river meanders between the white sandbars and crosses the town centre. The surrounding vineyards adjoin the Loire-Anjou-Touraine nature park. Saumur embodies a certain image of France, reflecting its culture, its traditions and its history. Member of the “Cœur de Ville” action plan to boost public interest in town centres, it proudly presents its numerous shops, schools and amenities, all within walking distance or reached via an efficient bus service. Saumur train station provides 30-minute links to Angers and to Tours. Both these towns are themselves just an hour from Paris by TGV train. Saumur is also near to the A85 motorway.
The mansion house
Besides the fact that this building is an architectural masterpiece, it is also a historic place in which part of France’s history was written. It was visited by Emperor Napoleon-Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. The purpose of said visit was the classification of Saumur castle as a state prison.
The mansion house, with its Louis XVI style facade radiates across the square. Renowned architect, Michel-François-Drapeau used ambitious aesthetics when designing the project. Contrary to the freestone upper floors, the ground floor as well as the mezzanine are constructed from Champigny stone. A balcony, with wrought iron railings, runs the length of the first, most prestigious floor. And it was from this very balcony that Napoleon and Josephine greeted the crowd during their visit. This balcony is supported on limestone corbels, decorated with foliage motifs. Four pilasters, running from the first to the second floors, support a triangular pediment, highly characteristic of the classical era. This pediment is decorated with oak leaf motifs and the initials, BP for Blancler-Pupier, the original owners of this mansion house. The large openings on the first floor are topped with gilded garlands. The openings on the mezzanine and second floors are smaller than those on the first floor, where this flat is housed, and are protected by wrought iron railings.
Large, wrought and painted, wooden gates provide access to the inner courtyard, to the utility areas and the stairwells.
This building has undergone fifteen years of works which have only recently been completed. They were organised by an “Association Foncière Urbaine Libre” (Free Urban Property Association) having invested more than four million euros. The works involved the facade, the roof, the boiler, the electrical wiring and the interiors.
The stairwell is vast. The dual flight stairway is wide and bordered by outstanding wrought iron railings, with French Historic Monument classification. It was meticulously constructed from dressed freestone. Loggias house statues. This flat is laid out on the first floor. Double doors open into an entrance hall, where a 4.85 m high ceiling gives an impression of space and elegance. The walls are lined with panelling and the doors are topped with gilded garlands. The floor is paved with tiles, featuring inlaid decoration. This entrance hall provides access to one of the bedrooms, a lounge and a kitchen. A toilet has been discreetly created within the space of the hall.
The layout of the octagonal bedroom is original. The floor is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring. The cupboard doors are topped with medallions. A large opening looks out over the courtyard. A bathroom, with a toilet, can be reached directly from the bedroom.
The lounge which welcomed Napoleon is magnificent, with its two large French windows opening on to the facade balcony. Its walls are lined with rustic, partly gilded panelling. An oak leaf frieze adorns the top of the walls. Its parquet flooring is laid in a Chantilly pattern. A white marble fireplace is enhanced with flowers at the top of each jamb and a row of pearls decorates the lintel.
Double doors lead from the lounge into a dining room. It, too, has access to the facade balcony. The geometry of this room has been softened with an alcove set in each corner. A black marble cooling-basin stands in one of the alcoves and is topped with a fresco, painted in homage to Napoleon. Another alcove houses a metal wood-burning stove, adorned with stylised leaves and also topped with a fresco. The two other alcoves conceal cupboards. Four coloured coats-of-arms belonging to Napoleon decorate the tops of the walls.
The kitchen, with its view of the street, is vast and bright. Its black and white floor tiles are laid in a chessboard pattern. A black marble fireplace is decorated with a flower motif in the centre of the lintel.
A door leads from the kitchen to a laundry room and a shower room, with a toilet.
The flat’s second bedroom looks out over the square and the facade balcony. This bedroom, laid out longwise, has compartmented parquet flooring. The walls are decorated with sober ornaments. Currently reached via the kitchen, this bedroom will soon have direct access from the lounge.
This is one of the most beautiful mansion houses in Saumur. The flat is a summary of architectural references. The restoration works have been tastefully carried out in keeping with French history. Visitors will be transported back to the era when French politicians gathered here, giving them the impression of being a part of it.
The high ceilings give an exceptional dimension to the premises and willingly lend themselves to sumptuous celebrations.
The location of the mansion house, between the famous “Cadre Noir” (French National Riding School) and Saumur’s elegant theatre, is equal to this outstanding example of this heritage’s renaissance.
|Land registry surface area||871 m2|
|Reception area||86 m2|
|Living space||195 m2|
|Number of rooms||8|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Possible number of bedrooms||2|
Yannick Lafourcade +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.