in a little town on the edge of Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park
On the borders of the Perche region and on the edge of the majestic Perseigne forest; near to Bellême and the famous village of La-Perrière. 200 km from the centre of Paris, 20 km from the A28 motorway and 50 km from Le-Mans, with its excellent motorway and rail links (55 minutes from Paris-Montparnasse train station; 1¾ hours from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport). The area is ideal for practising nature sports, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. The Saosnois Country has a rich heritage with many religious buildings and a wide range of activities, making it possible to explore its landscapes and hidden treasures. All amenities (a market, shops, all schools, a theatre, an art cinema and a hospital) are within easy reach whilst living in a countrified setting. 15 km from Bellême golf course.
The main house, spanning 315 m² of living space, is composed of a main rectangular building built of rendered quarry stone blocks. White stone forms the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings. Spanning three levels over semi-underground cellars, this house is topped with a hip roof, covered with Angers slate. Straight, stone pediments enhance the windows. Slatted and solid wooden shutters protect all the windows. The walls reflecting their light hues and through light make these premises an extremely luminous property. The entrance to the house is reached via a porch, formed at the top of a double flight of converging steps.
Double entrance doors open into a vast vestibule, paved with stone tiles featuring black inlaid decoration. It houses a hanging stairway, its wooden treads and handrail protected by wrought iron railings. This spacious level immediately gives an impression of luminosity. Two single doors provide access, on one hand, to a toilet, a cloakroom as well as a study and, on the other hand, to a vast lounge. Also in the vestibule are two sets of double doors facing one another. On the right-hand side, a lounge-library, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and gilt ceiling cornices. A dining room with a stone floor featuring black inlaid decoration. The wooden doors are decorated with imitation marble. Following on from the dining room, a second vestibule, with its entrance on the street side, opens into a kitchen, preceding a back kitchen, with a door leading to the garden, and a back stairway. Marble fireplaces in the library and dining room; a stone fireplace in the lounge. Numerous cupboards with double doors are built into the walls.
A wide landing provides access to six bedrooms and their cupboards as well as to three bathrooms, with toilets. The floors are covered with parquet flooring or hexagonal terracotta tiles. All the bedrooms have marble fireplaces.
This bright landing room provides access to three rooms and a vast attic. The latter, featuring a superb exposed roofing framework and a floor covered with terracotta tiles and wooden slats, could be converted
Reached via the outside on the parklands side, the cellars run under the entire floor surface area of the house. This succession of large vaulted rooms spans a total surface area of approx. 250 m².
The rented house
This completely detached, rented house is to be found following on from the main residence. High walls surround the terrace area. It is adjoined by a small garden. Rectangular in shape and spanning a floor surface area of approx. 135 m² over three levels, it is topped with a local tile roof. The walls are whitewashed. It is entered via a vestibule, housing the stairway, on the street side.
The vestibule and a corridor provide access to a lounge, a kitchen, a toilet and a room.
The landing leads to two bedrooms, a bathroom and a large room in use as a games room.
Adjoining the house, this garage can be accessed from the street.
The rented storage garage
The ground floor of the third house has been walled-up and made independent of the garden level which is used as an outbuilding for the residence. Without water or electricity, it is rented as a warehouse.
Various buildings are dotted throughout the property. These include three storage pavilions in the parklands; an awning between the two rented houses where cars or a boat can be parked; the gardener’s workshop; a woodshed and the garden level of the third house which is used for storage purposes.
Parklands spanning a surface area of a hectare are planted with many beautiful species of trees over a hundred years old. They were redesigned and pruned last winter to enhance some outstanding examples of purple beech, western red cedar, lime and Corsican pine trees. The superbly laid out alleyways lead to little dressed stone pavilions used for storing garden furniture. A well. Adjoining the parklands is a meadow, spanning more than 1.4 ha, which is bordered by a stream. Above the latter, an orchard is concealed from the street via a stone wall.
The parklands and the main house have undergone first-class works for 22 years in the aim of integrating the modern-day home comforts and facilities that are now expected of a permanent residence. Numerous decorative period features, notably materials, have been preserved. With its tasteful renovation, in keeping with its historic authenticity, this property would immediately lend itself to a variety of projects: a family home, a bed & breakfast activity or the combination of a permanent residence with a company head office in the outbuildings. A sought-after compromise for living between the town and the countryside. All urban amenities are to hand but, once through the gates, the bustling town is out of mind and majestic nature’s tranquillity is there to be appreciated.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 34 a 17 ca|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||620 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
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.