A renovated, 17th century mill, like a liner protruding from the waves,
with its millrace and 2.7 verdant hectares in the Sarthe Valley
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR


Where the borders of the Maine and Anjou regions meet, on the banks of the river Sarthe, in the midst of its verdant valley, dotted with heritage and historic sites.
The A11 motorway is ten or so minutes away, just like Sablé-sur-Sarthe TGV train station, with its 80-minute links to Paris; it takes 35 minutes to reach that of Le-Mans, with its 55-minute links to Paris.
Not far away is a little character town, with its wealth of medieval heritage, all shops and two schools. Near to Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, famous for its pottery works, and Sablé-sur-Sarthe which complete the choice of amenities (secondary schools, sixth form colleges as well as other cultural and sports centres.


This mill stands on the river at the foot of a hill, out of sight from the road which is bordered with trees and hedges. It can be glimpsed from the end of a tarmac road, lined with hydrangea bushes. On the left-hand side is an outbuilding, transformed into a guest house. Behind it is a cellar. The river Sarthe borders the land on the right-hand side for 400 m. A weir discharges the water towards the paddlewheel, restored in 1997, which drives all the mechanisms located in the milling room. It would be possible to install an electric generator here.
The contours, massive on the river side, are prettier on the garden side. A large terrace welcomes visitors and provides a panoramic view over the river. A great deal of works was carried out in 1996 when the woodwork and the Angers slate roof were replaced. The walls are constructed from exposed stone.

The mill

Raised in the 19th century, this building spans four levels.

Ground floor
A doorway under a semi-circular arch provides access to the old milling room, where all the mechanisms are in good working order. This level comprises a storeroom area, a back stairway up to the first floor, a large garage able to take two cards and the oil tank. An open paddlewheel is adjoined to the gable wall.
First floor
The first floor is reached via an outside wooden stairway, adjoining a tower.
The entrance lobby-ladies’ sitting room in the tower has an extensive view taking in the weir and the river. It then leads to a living room, with a monumental fireplace. Picture windows and a windows on either side provide views of the millrace, the parklands and the river. These are followed by a small room housing hunting weapons, a toilet, a kitchen, a large dining room and a linen room.

Second floor
A long vaulted corridor with a monastic air provides access to three suites, each with its own main bedroom and adjoining bathroom. It has a stairway at the end.
Third floor
This level comprises a vast relaxation room with bookshelves, and an adjoining bedroom with a washing area. The entire floor has sloping ceilings with exposed beams.
Guest house
This building is separate from the main residence. With its own back garden, it stands at the end of the entrance lane. It has been converted into a 3-roomed house.
Hewn in the slope, behind the little house, the cellar can be reached via stone steps.
Garden shed
These two wooden constructions, one open and one closed, could be used for sheltering animals or for storing equipment.
The parklands
The landscaped grounds, spanning almost 3 ha, are entirely enclosed or bordered by the river Sarthe.
They are divided into two sections. One area, dotted with various species of trees including fruit trees, slopes gently alongside the water’s edge. The bank is planted with shrubs.
A pathway of wooden steps under a leafy canopy provides access to the second section, half of which is a meadow whilst the other half is planted with fir trees with, in a corner, adjoining wooden constructions, one open and the other closed. These could shelter animals or be used for storing equipment.
The houses are enhanced with flower beds and lawns.

Our opinion

“I would also tell you that the mill is a magical place with never a setback. Everything sorts itself out, everything is a success”. Is what the writer, Marcel-Pagnol, corresponded about the place where he lived, where he wrote a book and two films. Such a guarantee is not likely to be contradicted by the new owners, this robust building being so distinguished, the natural surroundings being so harmonious and the Sarthe, that can but be watched, appearing to push back the horizon. This place exudes inspiration, serenity and a pleasant way of living.

691 500 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 770023

Land registry surface area 2 ha 86 a
Main building surface area 350 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2

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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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