residences for sale - sarthe - pays de la loire

An old, 12th century, stately manor house, with more than 7 ha, in a dominant position
between the traditional French Maine and Touraine provinces in the Loire Valley
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR


In the Loir Valley, in the triangle formed by Le-Mans (40 km), Tours (60 km) and Vendôme (50 km). Tours-Val-de-Loire airport is 40 km away. Interchanges for the A10 Paris- Bordeaux motorway and the A11 Paris-Le-Mans motorway via the A28 Le-Mans-Tours motorway are some 20 km 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, tourist region, 60 km to the north of the Loire Valley, has a mild climate. The weather, the soil and the vine varieties encourage wine growing, local gastronomy is appetising and the second-hand shops are unconventional. The national Bercé Forest, less than 10 km away, is criss-crossed with more than one hundred kilometres of hiking and horse-riding trails.
A village, just a few kilometres away, has small shops, a school, cultural and sports centres as well as a health centre. A small town is about ten kilometres away.


A little-used narrow lane leads through unspoilt countryside to this preserved estate, concealed behind immaculately kept hedges, which looks down on a small valley from its dominant position. On the outskirts of the village, a narrow street leads to the estate’s entrance, bestowed with dignity by two stone pillars and gates. A shady lane leads to the entrance to the estate which looks out over meadows and provides a glimpse, through the vegetation, of these old military premises, bordered to the rear by tall trees. It is possible to park cars here and set off along a lane leading to the side of an ornamental pool, ideal for taking a rest, before walking the length of the garden and looking at a work of “Land Art”. Finally, the south facade of the residence comes into view. On the left-hand side, a small outbuilding adjoins the swimming pool and, at the back, a leisure garden with a terrace is extended by a maze leading to a three hundred year old oak tree, flanked by pollard oak trees. A delightful little, covered lane leads to a wood, followed once again by meadows. The buildings are built from freestone, the local white stone.
Traces of this old fiefdom are to be found in writings as of 1100. Probably once a stately manor house, run as a tenant farm, it was converted in the early 17th century into military premises, doubtless as a result of its ideal position which made it possible to keep watch on all surrounding movements. It belonged to Louvois, minister and organiser of Louis XIV’s armies.
This property comprises 4 ha of meadows, 2 ha of woods and approx. 1 ha of parklands.

The residence

This residence comprises three buildings: a central building dating from the 17th century, flanked by a farm building and a pavilion, both from the 18th century. The main building dates back to the 1600’s. Rectangular in shape, it spans two levels. Its south facade features the entrance door with a broken pediment, forming a line of perfect symmetry. The windows and fireplaces are monumental; the walls are 1.3 m thick. With their mullioned windows, their modillion cornice and their string courses, the old farm building and the pavilion date from the 18th century.
This north-south-facing residence, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 325 m², has a hipped roofing framework in a very good state of repair under a slate roof with black tile hangers. Exposed freestone decorates the tower, the windows and the doors.
The front door opens directly into a lounge, spanning more than 80 m², where a freestone monumental fireplace takes pride of place. The living rooms are in the west section, the bedrooms are in the east section. On the left-hand side, following the lounge, is a vast dining room which adjoins the kitchen, opening on to a wooden terrace. These precede a back kitchen and a boot room which has a door leading to the outside. A stairway provides access from the kitchen to a first sleeping area which, with its outside stairway, provides direct access to the swimming pool. In the opposite section, following the lounge, is a very luminous state bedroom. Then a hall area opening into a separate entrance hall leads to another bedroom with painted decoration, a separate toilet and a bathroom. A stairway goes upstairs to another night-time area with a large bedroom, a shower room and a toilet. An attic spanning 135 m², with insulated flooring, adds further to the conversion potential.

Ground floor
The walls in the reception rooms are lime rendered. Features include indoor shutters, terracotta floor tiles of varying decoration and shapes with underfloor heating. The state bedroom has walls painted with decoration inspired by François Boucher’s sketches, a fireplace and herringbone pattern parquet flooring.
First floor
The first floor is reached via two stairways, one in the kitchen and the other in the east wing. The 135 m² attic, with its superb beam system, could be converted. It is accessed via the upstairs bedroom in the pavilion.

The outbuilding

Dating from the 19th century and redone in 2014, it features Pruillé brick decoration. The ground floor houses the heat pumps and the boiler. Upstairs is a sleeping area with a shower room.
A wooden farm shed, spanning 36 m², is sold unmounted with the property. It could be set up at the entrance to the property.

Ground floor
A machine room and a boiler room.
First floor
At a distance and reached via an outside stairway, it stands near to the swimming pool. This area is designed for teenagers.

The swimming pool

Clad in Pruillé bricks, its “heritage” liner is a slate colour. It is heated by a heat pump. It is 1.6 m deep with a flat bottom and 6x11 m in size. It has a chlorine filtration system.

The outsides

The west facade looks out over the outbuilding, the vegetable garden and the swimming pool. The leisure garden and an ornamental pool have been laid out on the south side. The rear of the dwelling, facing north, opens on to pastureland where Charolaise cattle graze with a small wood in the distance. All the flower beds have a water supply point for watering purposes. At the property’s entrance is a stabilised parking area. There is an outside lighting system and movement sensors make it easy to reach the doors to the house in the dark.

The cellar

Set under the pavilion, the cellar can be reached from the outside.

This area is divided into two sections, one of which is dedicated to storing wine.

Our opinion

This colourful haven with a view, set in the middle of the countryside, is surrounded by glorious meadows, bordered by thick hedges and steeped in a magical light. This residence, used for farming purposes for a while, recently underwent works which have enhanced miscellaneous authentic decorative features and part of its original structure. Architectural finery which, with its verdant assets, give this harmonious property a refined rural charm.
The high floors, put back in place, and the large openings in the facade currently fill it with light and give its residents an impression of living in monumental living areas, despite the residence being of a reasonable size. It is possible to move in straightaway without having to carry out any works such that immediate advantage can be taken of this authentic estate just 2½ hours from Paris.

Exclusive sale

665 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 538633

Land registry surface area 7 ha 65 a 2 ca
Main building surface area 337 m2
Outbuilding surface area 30 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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