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The little town, where this house is to be found, developed as the continuation of a castle, standing on a rocky promontory inside the meander of a tributary of the river Loire. It was not only fought over by the French and the English during the One Hundred Years War, but also by the Catholics and the Protestants at the time of the Wars of Religion. For the three centuries preceding the French Revolution, it belonged to the dukes who built the current imposing chateau in the 17th century. Monuments, churches and houses from the Middle-Ages, the Renaissance period and the classical era line the streets and the squares.
Saumur is less than 40 km away, Poitiers is about 70 km away. Paris, less than 350 km away, can also be reached by train from Angers or Tours.
The large, luxurious home
This house spans two levels, four if the cellars and the space under the sloping roofs are included. The main building is vertically laid out with three bays whilst a small wing, set back on the right-hand side, is lower and narrower. The overhanging eaves of the hip slate roof form a gable feature, topping an oval oculus, above the central bay on both facades. The levels are separated by string courses that become thinner as they get higher. The spaces between the windows, with their wooden slatted shutters, are decorated with protruding brick panels. The window cornices take the form of overhead panels, framed with moulding and featuring a central mitred arch stone. The protruding window sills below are rectilinear upstairs but enhanced with guttae motifs on the ground floor. The dressed stone quoins have been replaced by the current owners in keeping with the original profile. The main entrance door, on a porch reached via a few steps, is protected by a metal and glass canopy; shaped like the peak of a cap, it is as original as it is elegant.
The garden, spanning approx. 1,300 m², goes all around the house, standing in its centre, and is enclosed by high walls. A verdant setting, it also includes some little outbuildings as well as cypress, acacia, lime, olive, sweet chestnut, apple, pear, almond, fig, plum, hazelnut and cherry trees, not to mention some lilac bushes. This intentional abundance of species, mostly planted singly, provides much variety, making the garden bright and cheerful without being excessive.
Set in a corner, the swimming pool is flanked by paving with an arbour on one of its sides. In a denser section, a small wooden shed, painted red with blue-green doors, is used for storing garden tools. On the right-hand side, wrought iron garden furniture is ideally laid out in a grassy setting.
Facing the street entrance is a covered gateway, housing enormous carriage gates which open on to the end of a no-through road, the other end of which is the shopping street in the little town. A garage was built near to the gateway in 1928; the year is engraved on the lintel above the door.
A small greenhouse adjoins a miniature vegetable garden in another corner. A 500 litre rainwater storage tank is used for watering its produce.
A little of the small town’s architectural heritage can be seen from the haven formed, in its very centre, by this property’s garden. It has its nooks and crannies as well as an abundance of different trees and it includes delightful outbuildings. Fully enclosed, it is an ideal setting for a swimming pool. This residence, constructed for a rich trader in 1885, features all of the Belle-Époque’s architectural vocabulary. The optimism of this time demanded home comforts, decoration meticulous down to the last detail, an embellishment of everyday life. And all this is still in place today. The current owners have renovated all that needed doing such as the roof on the east side, the rendering, the electric wiring, the waste water evacuation, the fitting of double glazing, etc. The layout of the premises, with more than one entrance, is compatible with autonomy, privacy and conviviality. A house that has successfully amassed so many features is already a big step towards happiness.
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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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