A listed, late 16th century manor house and its French formal garden
in a protected setting near to Angers and the Loire
, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire FR

Location

Fifteen or so kilometres from the town of Angers and near to the river Loire (TGV train station with 90 minute links to Paris, more than 10 return trains per day).
Approx. 5 km from the A87 motorway network.
On the outskirts of a small village and bordering a golf course. 4 km from a village with a good tourist trade, shops and amenities.

Description

Set amongst small valleys planted with vines, this property can be accessed from the road via a driveway that leads from tall wooden gates flanked by two pillars to a car parking area. This driveway then continues as far as a paved courtyard bordered by the manor house and the outbuilding. The courtyard provides access to the residence either via the garden level or via the raised ground level, passing through the loggia. Steps lead up to the garden on the west side of the manor house. A pedestrian gate provides direct access on to the street. Parklands, behind the outbuilding, are planted with tall trees. A French formal terraced garden on the west side of the manor house has a swimming pool and a tennis court. At the back are a topiary garden, an alleyway and meadows planted with lime and hornbeam trees.

The manor house

This manor house, built of dressed freestone, features a lower section built of shale and sandstone. The two buildings meet one another at right angles in a protruding tower. The entire building has steep slate hipped roofs with upward curving eaves which are supported on a moulded cornice. It features raised quoins and framing around the openings. The wide openings feature wooden framed casement windows. The wrought facade dormers are topped with curved or triangular pediments. A loggia, composed of two archways adorned with balusters, cherub heads on the keystones, a pilaster and a column, stands in the corner formed by the two buildings. It is topped with an imperial roof and is accessed via curved stone and slate steps. Its ceiling is composed of ribbed vaults, including hanging keystones representing bunches of fruit and flowers. Two carved wood doors open on to this loggia. One is topped with a curved pediment featuring an oculus and the other, flanked by pilasters, a triangular pediment. The tiled floor is laid in a limestone and slate chessboard pattern. The rear of the manor house features a watchtower.

The outbuilding

The rectangular outbuilding is built of stone and quarry blocks, the framing around the openings and the cornice is of freestone. It is topped with a Mansard-style roof featuring facade roof dormers topped with curved pediments.

The parklands

The parklands are divided into several areas that hug the natural gentle slope of the hillside. On the south side, behind and looking slightly down on the outbuilding, are parklands planted with some beautiful trees of varying species. Following on from the west facade of the manor house is a terraced French formal garden. Gravel alleyways divide it into four rectangles of lawn, adorned with yew trees trimmed into cone shapes and boxwood bushes in pots. This French formal garden is delimited by a hornbeam hedge on its north side and by trelliswork covered with vines interspersed with yew trees trimmed into cube shapes on its south side. It is closed by an old, rose-covered wall on the west side. A passageway in this wall, flanked by two freestone pillars, leads to the second section of this garden which includes the cleverly positioned swimming pool, and the tennis court. On a lower level, behind the manor house, a slightly sloping topiary garden opens on to an alleyway bordering the buttressed retaining wall of the terraced garden. This alleyway has rhododendrons and hydrangeas on the wall side and a row of ball-shaped boxwood bushes alternating with cone-shaped yew trees on the other. Following this row, a large meadow is enclosed by a double hornbeam hedge on one side, by a row of Lombardy poplar trees on another and by lime trees on the last two sides. In the centre of the meadow are four horse-chestnut trees surrounded by an exposed circle of hornbeam trees.

Our opinion

The magnificence of the manor house, the richness of its gardens and the exceptional beauty of its setting, classified furthermore as a World Heritage site by Unesco, make this a unique site. A place where visitors are immediately taken by its elegance and harmony as if Renaissance Italy has been moved to the banks of the Loire. The manor house with its loggia and its outside stairway, the outbuilding and the terraced gardens as well as their perimeter wall have French Historic Monument listing and the property therefore has tax advantages linked to its status.
Two plots of land where vines could be replanted complete this beautiful estate.

Exclusive sale

1 596 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 928322

Land registry surface area 5 ha 23 a 8 ca
Main building surface area 290 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 240 m2
including refurbished area154 m2

Consultant


Denis Trassard +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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