What specific architectural features does your building have ?
It is an exceptional medieval ensemble that was originally a seigniorial domain. In the 11th century it became an outbuilding to a Benedictine abbey. Today it has three major monuments. The first is the chapel (classified as a historical monument) which dates back to the second half of the 11th century. It has retained its original medieval walls, they have been repaired as needed over the centuries with the utmost for respect for their sacred vocation. Its numerical symbolism was revealed by the discovery of the central point of the director circle which presided over the elevation of the hemicycle, the orientation of the apse, as well as the dimensions of the nave and the triumphal arch. A very rare "opus spicatum" can be admired in the apse, an apparatus with a herringbone pattern in brick from the 11th century. We also found the remains of 16th century frescoes. The second building is an "Aula", a former "Grand'Salle" which is also classified as a historical monument. It has three levels including two rooms with 'golden ratio' proportions. Based on the solstices of Saint John and Christmas, it is oriented west to Mont Saint-Michel and east to the Holy Land. In the ground floor room, three pillars bearing four ancient Plantagenet arcades support the 'upper room'. Cardinal Philippe de Luxembourg, abbot of the time and lord of Mayanne, had the original cradle-shaped ceiling replaced with a boat skull-shaped frame at the beginning of the 16th century. The third building, dating from 1450, is a former tithe barn with unusual architecture: it is a logis-hall that rests on ten oak posts and houses a three-floor seigniorial lodging, a central hall and an ancillary part. Along with these three monuments that served the three functions of the priory - religious, seigniorial and economic - stands another seigniorial dwelling: the abbey room attached to the chapel dates back to the 16th century. Two ovens from the 16th century (one for bread and the other for hemp), 18th and 19th century communal areas and three wells complete this ensemble of strictly symbolic dimensions and orientations. The park has three springs running through it and various plots, one is dedicated to topiary for example and another serves as the chapel garden.
Places you would personally recommend
Heritage and culture fanatics are spoiled for choice between the small medieval churches of the Saosnois, the Dungeon of Ballon, the "porte du Maine","La ferme aux histoires" with Nadia Gypteau and Henri Boillot, the Alpes Mancelles, the picturesque village of Saint-Cénerie, the Perseigne forest, the hemp, clog and bicycle museums, and the ruins of an old Cistercian abbey where the abbot of Rancid retired to do his novitiate. For foodies, we would recommend La Croix-Margot or the Hotel de la Barque in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, the Guibert Etangs in Perseigne forest, Le Parvis Saint-Hilaire, a bio-gastronomic restaurant in Mans located near the Great Poterne of the Gallo-Roman wall, and finally Chez Pedro in the center of Alençon, an authentic tea room, with a pastry chef and chocolatier.