character houses for sale - sarthe - loir valley

An 18th century, character house overlooking a courtyard
in a village set in the rolling countryside of the Loir Valley
Chartre-sur-le-Loir, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72340 FR


On the borders of the old French provinces of Maine and Touraine, the village is in the heart of an urban triangle with Le-Mans (45 km), Tours (60 km) and Vendôme (40 km). Tours-Val-de-Loire airport is 40 km away. Motorways from these urban centres include interchanges for the A10 Paris/ Bordeaux and the A11 Paris/ Le-Mans via the A28 Rouen/Tours, with the Parigné-l’Evêque exit twenty or so kilometres away. TGV train stations with links to Paris are in Le-Mans and Vendôme, respectively taking 55 and 45 minutes.
The Loir Valley, a small vine-growing and tourist region, 60 km to the north of the Loire Valley, has the same mild climate. Together with the soil and the vine varieties, it encourages wine production: Coteaux-du-Loir (with AOC appellation since 1948) and Jasnières (with AOC appellation since 1937).
Bercé Forest is less than 10 km from the house. This national forest was a royal forest in the 14th century. It spans more than 5,000 hectares and is renowned for its top quality oak plantations.
The village has local shops, a school, cultural and sports centres as well as a medical centre. Paths leaving from the village are ideal for hiking and/or pony trekking over the surrounding wild and undulating countryside.


This village residence, backing on to the hillside, is constructed from the local white freestone which gives it a somewhat southern air. Once through the front door, a vestibule provides access, right, to a lounge lined with wainscoting and, left, to two adjoining rooms, one of which is used as a dining room whilst the other could be a bedroom or another lounge. A rear, glazed passageway leading to the kitchen looks out over the courtyard. It is followed by the kitchen, a shower room and a toilet. A stairway in the vestibule goes upstairs, where there were previously two flats which are not currently lived in. They comprise no less than 5 or 6 spacious bedrooms. The stairway continues up to the second floor and the attic space, awaiting conversion. A garage, on the left-hand side of the house, opens on to a delightful, white-painted inner courtyard. It provides access to a deep cellar, a boiler room and an outside toilet.
Ground floor 84 m².
Upstairs 108 m².
The full floor surface area of the attic can be converted.
Courtyard 20 m².
Double garage 23 m².
Cellar 41 m².

The house

This rectangular, exposed freestone house spans two levels, topped with slate roofs. It has old terracotta floor tiles, parquet flooring, with the lounge floor laid in a herringbone pattern, a kitchen with two-tone, cement floor tiles and sisal matting in some rooms. The walls feature exposed, lime-pointed freestone. The wooden door and window frames provide large openings letting in copious amounts of light. With the house facing east-west, the main facade is bathed in the morning light. Upstairs, all the rooms have painted ceiling beams, painted walls and old cupboards, with marble fireplaces in some of them. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles or parquet flooring.

Ground floor
The vestibule provides access to a lounge, lined with wainscoting and featuring a painted ceiling as well as a chimney flue awaiting rehabilitation works. A luminous dining room looks out over the back courtyard via a glazed passageway which leads to the fitted kitchen, following which are a shower room and a toilet. A ground floor room with a water supply point could be a bedroom, a small lounge or a library-study.
First floor
The first floor landing provides access to two old flats. The one on the left-hand side comprises three relatively vast rooms with a shower room and toilet. The one on the right-hand side has a large dressing room or child’s bedroom, a bathroom with a toilet and two rooms. Following on from one of them is a kitchen which could be transformed into a separate bathroom.
The attic space, in two sections, awaits conversion. It opens via a door on to the hillside.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings are laid out around an inner courtyard, backing on to the hillside behind the house.

This garage is deep.
The cellar, in two sections, houses a wine cellar in its depths. The oil tank is installed in the first section.
Store room
This area houses a De-Dietrich boiler.

Our opinion

This residence, once a coaching inn, has a harmonious facade. The wooden front door, with its ironwork and wrought glass, sets the tone for the interior decorative features. The wooden wainscoting, the ceiling moulding and the branches of decorative staffs in the lounge all date from the 18th century. Today the modern-day home comforts which were added over the years make it possible to move in straightaway. The three original flats are a good starting point for all kinds of conversion projects for a large family for example. The village has all daily necessities and the region, with its natural surroundings, is ideal for taking walks in the forest or contemplating the pleasant landscapes.

115 000 €
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Reference 214200

Land registry surface area 170 m2
Main building surface area 192.35 m2

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Regional representative
Mayenne, 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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