a 15th century manor house and its outbuildings
On the outskirts of Le-Mans, some 20 km from the town centre and the TGV train station, with its 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. Le-Mans has very good motorway and rail connections, making it easy to reach. Ten or so kilometres from slip roads on to the A11 and A81 motorways. 30 minutes from two golf courses. Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre. All shops are to be found in a village less than 3 km away.
All that remains of the manor house dominating the river is a building resembling a pavilion, with a few vestiges of 15th century construction and a barn dating from the same era. It would be possible to envisage the reconstruction of the original manor house here, on the fortified terrace, adjoining the tall tower on the site of the old manor house shown on the 1843 map.
The tall tower
Standing on a vast fortified terrace, this tall tower is the vestige of a 15th century manor house which was redesigned in the 19th century. Spanning four levels, it is built of lime-rendered stone and topped with a slate roof. Its quoins are exposed. Full restoration works, carried out using natural materials in accordance with ancestral know-how, were completed in 2016. The resulting restauration was awarded prizes by the county council as well as the “Vieilles Maisons Françaises” (Old French Houses Association) and given the French Heritage Foundation Label.
Double French windows open into a vast area forming a lounge and a dining room. A small separate kitchen and a toilet. The exposed stone walls have lime pointing; the beams are exposed and the floor covered with old terracotta tiles. There is a stone fireplace. Large French windows and other windows look out on all sides, providing views of the countryside. The room is steeped in light. The south-facing terrace dominates the surrounding countryside and provides a distant glimpse of the neighbouring village church amidst the foliage.
A vast, bright bedroom has windows on all sides facing in every direction, with a private bathroom and toilet. The walls are lime-rendered, the beams are exposed and the floor covered with old terracotta tiles. The main, polychrome beam still features its decor dating from the 1650’s. A small stone fireplace.
This level comprises a bedroom with a sloping ceiling under an old oak wood roofing framework. A shower room and toilet. Old terracotta floor tiles and views from all sides.
This cellar on the garden level is used for several purposes including a linen room and a boiler room which houses all the technical appliances needed for underfloor heating and the production of domestic hot water using a geothermal system.
The barn dating from the 15th century
This building, known as “La Grange” (The Barn) is built from stone. Topped with a local tile roof which was recently redone and insulated, it is extended by a canopy which accommodates a summer lounge. A passageway leads to another room at the back. Once conversion works have been carried out, this space would be ideal as an artist’s studio, a conference or work room, a lounge-library or as accommodation.
The little house
This little house, following on from the barn, is constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks and topped with an old tile roof. It has old terracotta floor tiles and comprises two rooms, one on each level. Recently renovated, it can be lived in straightaway.
A living room with a wood-burning stove in a fireplace. A shower cubicle with a toilet has been installed in one section of the room, cleverly concealed behind a mirrored door. The kitchen area has also been hidden behind old cupboard doors.
A stairway goes up to a bedroom with the old roofing framework exposed.
This outbuilding stands at the end of the driveway. It is an L-shaped building, including a partially open, covered garage, able to take between 3 and 5 cars (3 units measuring 4x4 m). It is bordered at right angles by a building currently used for storage purposes, but intended to become a workshop and a house.
This building was completely redone in 2016: the wooden roofing framework is covered with local tiles.
The parklands, the grasslands and the river banks
More than 5 ha surround the buildings on two levels. The upper section comprises the hillside with its flower-filled grasslands, divided by low hedges and planted with trees, including more than a hundred walnut trees that, in 2018, provided a 120 kg harvest. A garden area and courtyard near to the houses. Then a long row of hackberry trees leads to an orchard, predominantly planted with apple trees, used for making excellent “homemade” apple juice.
The lower section, running alongside the river for more than 300 m, includes grassland, a poplar grove and tall ash trees. A jetty has been installed, making it possible to go boating, fishing or swimming, maybe for a picnic amongst the islets or for lunch in the neighbouring village. The fabulous rustic landscapes succeeding one another in line with the seasons are but an invitation for residents to sit and contemplate.
Views of this natural, unspoilt setting extend all around, taking in the river, the fields as well as the surrounding countryside and providing a succession of landscapes. Protected in the midst of 5 ha of land, residents could believe themselves alone in the world! And yet, this residence is just a few minutes from all amenities and can be easily reached as it is near to all rail and motorway connections. This property could house a single person or a couple seeking a peaceful place to live or even a family. Conversion works could result in four independent houses throughout the estate. These premises would also lend themselves particularly well to some kind of hotel and catering activity.
|Land registry surface area||5 ha 38 a 60 ca|
|Main building surface area||100 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||337 m2|
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.