a listed, 17th & 18th century presbytery with outbuildings
In the midst of a village. Between 5 and 10 minutes from two small towns with all shops and amenities. Some 30 minutes from the town of Angers which has 90-minute TGV train links to Paris, with ten or so daily return journeys. A little over an hour from the towns of Rennes and Nantes.
The construction period of this presbytery dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The central building is extended, on one side, by a pavilion, on the other, by a first wing and, to the rear, by a second wing. The latter, set at right angles to the central building, delimits two terraces that look down on to the river. Built of shale stone, this presbytery spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters. The central building is topped with a Mansard-style roof, the pavilion has a hip roof, whilst those of the wings have two and three slopes. All of the roofs are covered with slate and feature numerous roof dormers. Freestone framing surrounds all the openings and dormers. The facades and roofs have French Historic Monument listing.
An entrance lounge, reached via the courtyard, provides access to the rooms on the ground floor. On one side is a dining room, followed by a kitchen with its stone sink. On the other side, a music room precedes a large lounge-library. Straight on, a hall area houses a stairway and leads to a corridor with a toilet and three bedrooms, including one with a shower room and a toilet as well as another with a bathroom and toilet. All of these rooms feature terracotta floor tiles, French ceilings and indoor shutters. They are also all enhanced by freestone fireplaces, with the exception of one of the bedrooms. The fireplaces in the reception rooms and in one of the two bedrooms are outstanding and, therefore, have French Historic Monument listing. The wooden stairway, with its two flights, its intermediate landing and its balusters is also listed. There is panelling above the door in the music room. The kitchen, the dining room, the lounges and the hall area open directly out on to the terraces on the courtyard and garden sides. A cellar runs under a section of the bedrooms.
The landing leads, on one side, to an archive room, followed by a study and to a hall area on the other. Said hall area provides access to a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, as well as to two corridors. The first corridor goes to a bathroom, a toilet and a bedroom, with a bathroom. The second corridor leads to three bedrooms. All of these rooms have terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and indoor shutters. Two of the bedrooms have freestone fireplaces.
The annex house
This shale stone house spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters. It is topped with a slate hip roof with upward curving eaves. Freestone framing surrounds all the openings.
The entrance hall, reached via the courtyard, houses the stairway and provides access to a linen room, with a toilet, and a lounge. The latter communicates with a kitchen, a bathroom, with a toilet, and a bedroom, laid out on a lower level. All these rooms have terracotta floor tiles and French ceilings. The lounge features a freestone fireplace. The lounge, the kitchen and the bedroom all have direct access to the outside.
This level comprises a shower room with a toilet.
A corridor, lined with cupboards, leads to two bedrooms, also fitted with cupboards.
The outbuildings include a barn in the courtyard, an entrance pavilion and a summer house near to the swimming pool.
The barn with its woodshed and its mezzanine, spanning a total surface area of 100 m², is on one side of the courtyard. Also constructed from shale stone and topped with a slate hip roof with upward curving eaves, it blends perfectly with both the presbytery and the annex house.
Looking widely out over the 12x6 m swimming pool laid out in front of it, the summer house spans approx. 67 m². It comprises a lounge-dining room, a kitchen area, two adjoining bedrooms, a bathroom, with a toilet, and a shower room, also with a toilet.
The square entrance pavilion (11.6 m²) is topped with a slate, hip roof and comprises a small room, where water is already laid on.
Devised and designed by a now well-known landscape gardener, these parklands blend beautifully with the topography of the site and its surroundings. Terracing, bordered by shale stone walls and planted with old lime trees, looks out behind the presbytery over the valley and grasslands sloping gently down to the river. On the west side, a long, hornbeam tree-lined alleyway runs alongside the garden around the swimming pool, borders the grasslands and leads to a wood as well as a tennis court.
These premises exude elegance courtesy of the buildings’ harmonious layout, the adjoining reception rooms, the wrought fireplaces and the wooden stairway with its balusters. Such elegance has not only been preserved from the 17th and 18th centuries but also comes from its wonderful setting. Dominating a valley, everything here has been designed to enhance its aesthetics and its quality of life: terraces planted with old lime trees are overlooked by the presbytery’s rooms and a hornbeam tree-lined alleyway leads gently down to the river with its towpaths. Although a few works to install home comforts are required, these premises are in a good state of repair and are immediately habitable. This vast property could comfortably house a large family or be used for accommodating passing guests.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 37 a 22 ca|
|Main building surface area||478 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||306 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
Denis Trassard +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.