manors for sale near angers in france

A 17th century, rural residence and its listed French formal gardens
surrounded by superb countryside near Angers and the Loire

Location

This residence stands on the outskirts of a village, in nuisance-free countryside, ten or so minutes from a historic village with all shops and amenities. A slip road on to the A87 motorway is nearby. Angers and its TGV train station, providing 80-minute links to Paris with more than 10 return journeys per day, are 15 km away.

Description

The main entrance is reached via an alleyway that leads to a semi-circular area. A wall, on one side of this area, features central wooden carriage gates and a pedestrian gate. These open into a main, rectangular courtyard, flanked by two parallel wings of outbuildings and the residence itself. The ends of the semi-circular area form two symmetrical pavilions. A second set of carriage gates provide access to a farmyard. On the other side of the semi-circular area, a mall of lime trees is aligned with the carriage gates and the central bay of the residence. Grasslands extend on either side of this mall. French formal gardens are laid out behind the residence and the south wing of the outbuildings. This property spans a total surface area of 20.7791 hectares.

The house

This residence comprises a central building with ground, first and second floors. It is topped with a hip, slate roof, featuring facade roof dormers which are enhanced with curved or triangular pediments. Freestone has been used for the framing around the openings, the quoins, the modillion cornices and the roof dormers. The wooden window frames feature mullions. Each gable is extended by a small building, spanning a ground floor as well as an attic floor under a steep slate roof. They constitute a link with the two wings of outbuildings that in turn form the long sides of the rectangular courtyard in front of the residence. Reached via a porch way, the entrance door is topped with a curved, broken pediment, featuring an oculus. The well, with a wooden latticework door, is topped with a semi-circular freestone pediment. It is near to the porch way that connects the courtyard to the French formal garden.


Ground floor
A through entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a dining room, a room with a water supply point and a toilet as well as a bedroom with its bathroom. On the other side are a vestibule, housing a stairway, a storage room, a toilet and a lounge. A passageway leads from the lounge to a kitchen laid out in one of the wings. All these rooms have French ceilings, freestone fireplaces and flagstones or terracotta floor tiles. The lounge is adorned with murals. The beams in the lounge and the dining room are painted and both rooms have outstanding monumental fireplaces, their mantels enhanced with painted medallions. The straight, halfpace, stone stairway, with its two flights and intermediate landing, goes up to the first floor. A large cellar, spanning the full floor surface area of the ground floor, can be reached from the kitchen. It comprises several rooms as well as a boiler room.
First floor
The landing provides access, on one side, to a study and a bedroom, both with fireplaces, as well as to a bathroom and a dressing room. The floors in the study and the bedroom are covered with parquet flooring, laid in a compartmental pattern. On the other side of the landing are a linen room, a bedroom with its bathroom and three other bedrooms, each with their own shower room. These three bedrooms are in the south wing of outbuildings and can also be reached via a wooden stairway in the bakery. The floors in this section are covered with flagstones or terracotta tiles.
Second floor
This level is currently a large room in use as a study-lounge-library, illuminated via ten roof dormers. The beams of the roofing framework are exposed and the floor is covered with terracotta tiles.

The outbuildings

These comprise a group of buildings which, together with the residence, form the courtyard.
The south wing comprises a kitchen, a porch way which connects the courtyard to the French formal garden, a bakery, a so-called “royal” stable, carriage doors that also open into the French formal garden, an orangery and, lastly, a chapel on the southern corner of the semi-circular area. This chapel includes an altar with panelling and a vaulted ceiling, resembling a star-filled sky.
The north wing comprises an old barn, carriage doors which open into a farmyard, a covered area and a caretaker’s cottage on the northern corner of the semi-circular area.
The farmyard, itself, is delimited by two buildings. The first, a “small cowshed” (168.5 m²), has been completed converted into a house, with a living room, an open-plan kitchen, a laundry room as well as a toilet on the ground floor and four bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet upstairs. The second building is an old stable with a hayloft. The farmyard opens on to a lake.
The caretaker’s cottage (67.5 m²) comprises a lounge, a shower room and a toilet on the ground floor with a bedroom upstairs.

The French formal gardens

Each building is reflected in the form of a garden. The grounds are, therefore, divided into several sections.
Behind the chapel is a small walled garden. Behind the orangery is a garden of citrus fruit trees which are set out in the summer around a green lawn which is extended, initially, by verdant chambers as well as copses and, then, by an orchard of red fruit trees. Behind the “royal” stable and the bakery, a rose garden bordered by decoratively trimmed bushes is laid out around a circular ornamental pool and is continued, first of all, by verdant chambers as well as copses and, then, by a vegetable garden. Following on from the red fruit trees and the vegetable garden are vines and a standard orchard. Behind the kitchen, a 67 metre long fishpond is surrounded by lime trees and bowers, ending with a nymphaeum. And lastly, in front of the east facade of the residence and set below a terrace running alongside it, boxwood embroideries and decoratively trimmed bushes surround a round ornamental pool. Behind the north wing of outbuildings, a lake and a garden await completion.

Our opinion

It can but be said that nothing short of perfection rules here. The French formal gardens exhilarate the soul and appeal to all the senses. Man has enhanced nature by forming it into miscellaneous geometric figures. This residence, obviously dating from the Age of Reason, is also the result of a search for intellectual harmony. Fortunately, it has been restored with the same rigour used for its design and construction. With the well-organised outbuildings and the verdant plant ornamentation surrounding the estate, it is in the centre of a stimulating and yet restful universe.

2 520 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
2 400 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 5% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 641412

Land registry surface area 20 ha 77 a 91 ca
Main building surface area 730 m2
Outbuilding surface area 236 m2

Regional representative

Sylvain James       +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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