In the north of the Anjou region, a 16th & 18th century priory
and its hanging garden, spanning more than 2,500 m², with a view
Sablé-sur-Sarthe, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72300 FR

Location

Near to Sablé-sur-Sarthe, less than 10 minutes from the town centre and a TGV train station. The multimodal transport hub links Paris, Rennes and Nantes by train in an hour and Le-Mans, Angers as well as Laval in 20 minutes. 260 km from Paris and 150 km from Nantes. This area is in an ideal location, easy to reach courtesy of its good road and rail links, and all these towns provide a large employment pool. 50 km from the Loire Valley, the area around Angers. Amenities within a 5 km radius include a supermarket, doctors, a market selling local produce as well as growers and producers of organic products (vegetables, cheese, etc.). A golf course is but 10 km away.

Description

This sober, monastic building stands in the midst of a village, set back behind a church and concealed behind tall gates, flanked by pillars. Dating from the 16th century, it was constructed on 8th century foundations and modified in the 18th century. It is on the north-west side of a 12th century church, in which frescoes dating from the same era were recently uncovered.
The wooden gates open on to a garden, enclosed on the west side by an outbuilding. On the east side, it extends towards an alleyway lined with lime trees, several hundreds of years old, at the end of which is a hanging garden, surrounded by low walls and planted with fruit trees and rose bushes. This garden provides a view taking in the surrounding countryside. Below, a little stream flows through vegetable gardens belonging to the village houses and supplies water to several local mills, no longer in use.

The priory

This priory, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 330 m², was redesigned in the 18th century with the addition of two wings. Laid out in a U-shape over three levels, it is partially built over a vaulted cellar and is topped with a slate, hip roof. Its local stone walls are lime-rendered. Bernay stone and freestone was used for the door and window surrounds. Facing south-north with through light, it is very bright inside. Oak wood windows and glazed doors have indoor shutters, double-glazing on the ground floor and single-glazing upstairs. The house still has its wonderful original decorative features such as its whitewashed interior plaster walls, its panelling, its fireplaces backing on to the walls, its old terracotta floor tiles with inlaid decoration, its exposed beams and its 17th century door and window frames, with some 19th century modifications. The central wooden stairway dates from the late 16th century.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a wide, through vestibule, housing a central monumental stairway going upstairs. On the other side of the stairway, the vestibule opens on the north-west side on to a terrace, greatly illuminated by the setting sun.
On one side, a large lounge, with four windows and a fireplace, is followed by a study. These areas could be transformed so as to provide a bedroom with a bathroom on the ground floor; the plumbing for such works is already in place. Opening into the vestibule is a lounge with a fireplace and panelled walls. Following on, a door opens into a large kitchen, big enough to include an eating area. It precedes, in the protruding wing, a small room in use as a linen room and a toilet.

First floor
A long corridor, with old terracotta floor tiles and rendered walls, leads to three spacious bedrooms and their anterooms. Two bedrooms have their own bathrooms and toilets. Near to the third bedroom is a room, with all the plumbing for the future installation of a bathroom.
Attic
The attic, reached via the stairway, extends over the entire floor surface area of the house. It holds great conversion potential. The roofing framework, with hemp wool insulation, is partially exposed. Five light wells, with glass roof tiles, have been integrated in addition to the four double-glazed, shed dormers. The floor is covered with 10x10 cm terracotta tiles.
Cellar
Running under the entrance hall and the large lounge, the cellars can be accessed from the vestibule, under the stairway.

The outbuilding

An outbuilding, spanning approx. 90 m², is constructed at right angles, with a barn section and an adjoining section, an old dwelling. The latter comprises an old bakery, with a bread oven, on the ground floor and a single room upstairs. It houses the boiler room. Its gable roof is covered with slate. The quarry stone block walls feature dressed stone quoins and window surrounds.


Ground floor
A part of the barn is used for storing the wood pellets used by the boiler, installed in the old bakery.
First floor
Reached via a wooden stairway.

The garden

A first garden features an old, central, ornamental stone pool. A low wall divides the garden in two and indicates a lower section near to the house, laid out as a terrace. On one side of the house, after a copse of trees, an alleyway is planted with lime trees, several hundreds of years old. This hanging garden is delimited on the south side by the walls of the church and its stained-glass windows. Perennial plants, numerous rose bushes and fruit trees are planted in a priest’s garden. Behind the building on the west side, another tiered terrace is partially shaded by a walnut tree and provides a view over the vegetable gardens and the countryside to the west.

Our opinion

The current owners have been working to preserve the unique charm of this priory for more than 20 years. Now a main residence, it has undergone major structural works and had modern-day home comforts installed. Courtesy of further conversion potential, new owners will be able to add their own personal touches. Numerous authentic features and materials have been preserved. The high ceilings and the facade openings ensure that the rooms are bright and look out over the natural setting. Its location in a multimodal transport hub and a quiet, rural village prevents residents feeling secluded.

Exclusive sale

425 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 552605

Land registry surface area 2639 m2
Main building surface area 330 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

Regional representative
Sarthe


Catherine Boivin +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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.

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