its outer bailey and its gardens in the Anjou region
In the Baugeois countryside where “from high hills it is possible to see distant horizons and dense forests, with admirable mature trees where wild boar wallow and the hunt’s horns and bays still resound”. Near to a small historic town with all shops and amenities. More or less equidistant from the towns of Angers, Tours and Le-Mans, all three linked to Paris by the high-speed train line. 30 minutes from Saumur and the banks of the river Loire. 15 minutes from slip roads for the A11 and A85 motorways.
This castle, constructed from stone and lime-rendered quarry stone blocks, is topped with hip slate roofs, most of which feature roof dormers. Freestone was used for the cornices, the quoins, the framing around the openings (almost all of which are fitted with slatted, wooden shutters) and the roof dormers. The main facade of the first building is adorned with pilasters, featuring Ionic order capitals on the corners of the first floor, and a classical entablature above the central door. The entrance to the castle, set at an angle and protruding, is to be found where the main residence adjoins a pavilion. Made of freestone, it is topped with a triangular pediment. An elegant, freestone watch-turret adjoins a corner of the other pavilion.
The entrance door opens into a vestibule which provides access, on one side, to a large lounge and, on the other, to a dining room. Straight on, it houses a single flight, quarter-turning stone stairway and a toilet. The lounge provides access to a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. The dining room communicates with the kitchen and its back kitchen. All these rooms have direct access to the gardens. Both reception rooms have a fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. The bedroom and the dining room have terracotta floor tiles whilst the lounge has stone tiles with inlaid decoration.
This landing provides access to a flat comprising a dining room, with a kitchen area, a lounge, two bedrooms, one of which has wall panelling, as well as a hall area with a bathroom and a separate toilet. All these rooms intercommunicate. French ceilings and terracotta floor tiles, except for the lounge (parquet) and marble fireplaces, except for one of the bedrooms.
This landing provides access to a room, with wall panelling, and a corridor leading to two bedrooms, a little lounge and a bathroom, with a toilet. Terracotta floor tiles and French ceilings throughout. One of the bedrooms has a freestone fireplace.
The attic, illuminated by roof dormers, could be converted.
The second house
A flight of stone steps leads from the outer bailey to the entrance door.
The door opens into a kitchen-dining room which houses a wooden stairway. The dining room communicates with a lounge and a hall area leading, on one side, to a toilet as well as a bathroom and, on the other side, to two adjoining bedrooms. This hall area also provides direct access to the enclosed garden. Terracotta floor tiles and French ceilings throughout. The dining room has a freestone fireplace.
A hall area leads to a bedroom and the watch-turret. Terracotta floor tiles, a black marble fireplace with a trumeau and cupboards.
The old stables
The old stables, spanning two levels including one of attic space, have been transformed into living accommodation.
The entrance door opens into a kitchen-dining room, which communicates with a back kitchen and a toilet as well as with a lounge, housing a wooden stairway. Both these rooms have terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and wide picture windows opening on to the outer bailey.
This landing provides access to a corridor, leading to two bedrooms, a toilet, a bathroom and a hall area, which leads, in turn, to two more bedrooms. The bedrooms feature exposed beams.
Backing on to the wall supporting the terraced garden, this dovecote spans three levels, topped with an elegant, slate pagoda roof. The first level can be reached via the enclosed garden and the second from the terraced garden. The door opening on to the latter is flanked with pilasters and topped with a triangular pediment and an oculus. A narrow quarter-turning wooden stairway goes from the first level up to the top floor.
This chapel was built in the 15th century and heavily redesigned at the beginning of the 17th century. Its arched openings and its steeple date from the later period. Traces of frescoes which, at one time, covered its walls, are still visible in numerous places. They are without doubt worthy of restoration.
These outbuildings comprise several woodsheds, a local-style barn, a building housing three horse loose boxes and an old dwelling, with a superb freestone fireplace. Under the gardens, there are also several cellars, including one with a sculpted cross-ribbed vault and a series of freestone compartments.
A lawn, planted with old lime trees, is laid out in front of the residence. A flight of stone steps, closed by gates, goes from there to a terraced garden which is extended by a meadow. This terraced garden, currently laid to lawn, and the meadow are enclosed by walls on one side, open on to the countryside on another and bordered by a wood corresponding to the old feudal motte, with its moats, on a third. An ornamental stone pool is in line with the gates. The outer bailey and the enclosed garden are planted with numerous shrubs and adorned with flower beds.
This castle is sufficiently sober as to be readable and yet sufficiently complex as regards the layout of its rooms as to inspire a wish to recreate seven centuries of history. The abundance of hip roofs adds character. A watch-turret enhances a corner, a little outside building is topped with a pagoda roof and the small steeple on the chapel resembles a finger pointing skywards. Its range of gardens is the best of introductions to the surrounding countryside where game-filled forests cover the hills. Such a property on such a site warrants a few works to install modern-day home comforts.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha 21 a 98 ca|
|Main building surface area||600 m2|
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.