in a village near to Le-Mans in the French department of Sarthe
Some 15 km from the town centre of Le-Mans and its TGV train station with 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. 220 km from the centre of Paris. About 10 km from slip roads for the A11 and A81 motorways. Le-Mans is a town with medieval origins, known as Plantagenet City, near to a Gallo-Roman enclosure (the best preserved after those of Rome and Istanbul). Numerous events are held there such as markets selling local produce and the annual “Entre Cours et Jardins” flower show. 20 minutes from Le-Man’s 24-hour racing circuit as well as the Porsche-Experience-Centre driving school. 30 minutes from two golf courses, including the Golf-du-Circuit, and the Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre. A village shop ensures the provision of everyday items. Other towns within a radius of 5 and 10 km provide additional amenities such as supermarkets, secondary schools, etc.
A porchway provides access to a grassy courtyard, closed by buildings on the east and west sides. The south side gives a view of the surrounding countryside. A low wall with railings separates the courtyard from the parklands, laid out on a lower level to the west of the presbytery. The two outbuildings include a garage.
This L-shaped building spans two levels under an attic floor and above cellars which include a vaulted wine cellar. The gable roof is covered with local tiles except for that of the tower which is slate. This house is composed of five adjoining buildings, the first two of which extend east to west, with the last three laid north to south.
The local stone walls, covered with ochre-coloured lime rendering await finishing works. Roussard stone was used for the quoins. Bernay stone or freestone forms the surrounds framing the openings and mullioned windows. Almost all the doors and windows are made of oak wood with double glazing. It has a stone spiral stairway.
The presbytery can be reached in one of two ways: firstly, via the narrow street running behind the church where a door opens into an entrance lobby near to the kitchen and secondly, via the courtyard where a hexagonal tower houses an entrance hall and a stairway. Said entrance hall provides access to a spacious, through vestibule which leads to a porch with four steps, looking down on to the west-facing garden. This entrance leads, on one side, to a corridor with a stairway, leading to the cellar, and a bathroom with a toilet and, on the other side, to a dining room and an adjoining large lounge, behind which is a hall area housing a stairway. A large number of decorative features have been preserved throughout such as interior walls restored with lime and plaster, original, 20x20 cm floor tiles, ceilings with exposed beams or plastered with moulding, Louis XVI style stone fireplaces with wrought mantels and doors featuring the Louis XV style or that of the 15th century with linen folds. Trumeaux decorate the fireplaces and the overdoors.
The tower stairway landing leads to a corridor that provides access to two bedrooms and a toilet, before leading at right angles into the gallery, which was used as a library or large bedroom, on one side and, on the other, into a through room, with a Louis XVI style fireplace, which could be a bedroom or a lounge. It is followed by a bathroom which opens on to a landing room, reached via the second stairway and providing access to two bedrooms. The floors are covered with glazed terracotta tiles or oak wood parquet flooring. Some of the lime-rendered walls feature exposed beams. French ceilings. Louis XVI style fireplaces are to be found in some of the bedrooms.
The cellars are laid out one after the other under the entire main building of the presbytery with a door leading outside at the very end. An interior access is near to the kitchen where a wooden stairway goes down to the large, vaulted wine cellar. Three other cellars follow on from one another, the last, almost on ground level, is used as a storage room.
Once through the porchway providing access to the courtyard, a boiler room is in a local stone shed covered with old tiles. A little further down, an open outbuilding is used as a 2-car garage. Below the house, the last cellar is used as a storage room. It is on a level with the outside. The old latrines on the house’s west gable wall are used for storing garden tools.
A first grassy courtyard, reached via the entrance porchway, faces east and is closed at the foot of the house by a first wall, topped with railings. Double gates then open on to wooded parklands providing a view of the countryside and extending along the west side of the house facade. The land is more or less level. The entire property is enclosed and dotted with old walls. A well is to be found in the grounds as well as an aqueduct, vestige of an old fortified villa dating from the Gallo-Roman era, which today carries spring water for the village wash-house.
The current owners have been striving to preserve all of this property’s charms for more than 50 years. Works have been conducted to consolidate the carcass and to install modern-day home comforts. However, it is still possible to carry out works in keeping with personal tastes. Numerous authentic features and materials have been preserved. The upper floor and the large facade openings let in copious amounts of light and provide a feeling of living in tune with nature. Just 200 km from Paris, the location in the midst of a sleepy, rural village, itself surrounded by bocage countryside, keeps all ideas of isolation at bay. The setting is ideal for living in a countrified atmosphere.
|Land registry surface area||5800 m2|
|Main building surface area||280 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||60 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
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.