An 18th century, large, luxurious home and its garden of fruit trees
in a village near to Le-Mans surrounded by bocage countryside
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR


Some 30 minutes from the town centre of Le-Mans, (TGV train station with links to Paris-Montparnasse taking less than an hour); about 200 km from the centre of Paris with slip roads for the A81 motorway (15 minutes away). Le-Mans has good motorway and rail connections: a direct 1¾-hour link to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle; less than 3 hours from Lyon; 4½ hours from Aix-en-Provence, less than 5 hours from Marseille; 2½ hours from Lille-Europe train station for London, 1½ hours from Nantes and Rennes; 1 hour from the Loire Valley (Anjou). Le-Mans, known as Plantagenet City, is encircled by Gallo-Roman ramparts (the best preserved of its type after those of Rome and Istanbul). It hosts many events such as markets selling local produce and the “Entre Cours et Jardins” flower show.
Shops and miscellaneous amenities are less than 5 km from the village.


In the midst of a peaceful, harmonious village, near to a church, whose windows, dating from the same construction era as that of the original house (Renaissance), can be glimpsed. This house, set back off the street, is enclosed at the front by walls, topped with railings. A gate facing the house provides access to the front door. Remote-controlled gates on one side open on to a parking area for cars, a space set behind a garage covered with a gigantic wisteria more than two hundred years old. Walls with gates on either side of the house structure passageways to the rear facade of the house, where a gravel terrace runs the full length of the house on the east side and a terrace, paved with terracotta tiles, borders the south gable with a door from the kitchen. The long, wide garden is enclosed by high hedges and walls, guaranteeing the property’s privacy. Planted with fruit trees and rose bushes, it has a view over the little authentic village, from which it is possible to see the church emerging.

The house

This rectangular house spans a little more than 200 m² over three levels. Constructed from lime-rendered, Bernay stone, it is topped with a slate roof. A cellar running under one section of the house can be reached from the outside. The interior walls are covered with a polished rendering. It still has its original beam system. Old terracotta floor tiles and parquet flooring in some of the bedrooms. Original, 18th century door and window frames. This east-west facing house is enhanced with through light.

Ground floor
The front door opens into a wide vestibule which houses an oak wood stairway going to the other floors. On one side, a spacious lounge has a marble fireplace, with a wood-burning stove installed in the hearth, and large wall cupboards, with double doors. On the other side, a dining room has a wood-pellet-burning stove. It is followed by a fully fitted kitchen that opens on to a terrace on the south side. A door on the garden side of the vestibule opens on to a porch, with several steps leading down to an east-facing terrace and a view over the unoverlooked garden.
First floor
This level comprises two bedrooms, one of which spans 31 m² with through light, a marble fireplace and panelling. A shower room adjoins a dressing room, followed by a toilet and an attic.
Second floor
This level includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, with a copper bath, and a toilet. Beams are exposed.

The outbuildings

In addition to a garage-workshop at the entrance to the property in the courtyard on the road side, this property also comprises three little, old sculleries, adjoining the north gable of the house. They are used for storage purposes. The garden side includes a woodshed. The cellar is vaulted.

The garden

The garden is enclosed by walls and hedges, protecting it from onlookers. Areas have been created for relaxing in the shade of the trees and on sun-filled terraces. The planting of fruit trees has resulted in a garden that is productive. They include currant bushes, quince, greengage, bay leaf, fig, pear, apple (an old local variety), cherry, pomegranate, blood peach, apricot and magnolia trees, jasmine and rose bushes as well as miscellaneous varieties of flowers.

Our opinion

This property has well-preserved architectural and decorative features, clearly marking the period most represented, that of the 18th century. Harmonious modifications have been made over the years and the resulting property, perfectly successful from an aesthetic point of view, exudes a charm unique to these premises. In addition to the aesthetic considerations, some sections of the house have recently undergone renovation, notably insulation, works to provide modern-day home comforts. These premises, just two hours from Paris, have all the features for residents to appreciate being immersed in authentic countryside and to start a new way of life.

450 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 226125

Land registry surface area 1823 m2
Main building surface area 203 m2
Outbuilding surface area 80 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


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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