A Directoire-style chateau, its outbuildings and its equestrian facilities
in 9 ha of parklands on the edge of a forest and a village
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

The forest, extending over almost 200 ha, is classified as a nature reserve. This property is some five minutes from a historic town, with all shops and amenities. Angers, with its 90-minute TGV train links to Paris and ten or so daily return journeys, is 30 minutes away. The delightful villages in the Baugeois region and those on the banks of the river Loire are similar distances away. Slip roads for the A11 motorway are less than 10 minutes away and those for the A85 motorway are 30 minutes away.

Description

A road, leading from the forest to the village, passes in front of the entrance gates to this property. Flanked by freestone pillars, extended by walls built in a semi-circle, they open on to a double driveway which, circling a vast lawn, leads to the front of the chateau. One driveway runs alongside the rear of the outbuilding courtyard and also leads to the entrance gates, whilst the other borders the riding arena and the paddocks used by horses belonging to the property. The outbuilding courtyard can also be reached directly from the road. The paddocks and the meadows are separated from the chateau by the parklands.

The chateau

Reflecting the French Directory style, this rectangular chateau is constructed from lime-rendered, quarry stone blocks. It spans three levels, one of which is an attic floor and is topped with a hip, slate roof, the base of which is bordered by a freestone string course, inset with balusters. The main facades are heavily marked by a central, slightly protruding projection, by colossal quoins with Ionic order capitals and by the symmetrical layout of the openings. The projection, also featuring pilasters, is crowned with a triangular pediment. The capitals of the corner pilasters support a wide modillion cornice. All the decorative features are made of freestone, as are the moulded surrounds framing the openings. A stone balcony, finely wrought with geometric motifs, is set above each of the entrance doors.


Ground floor
The entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a kitchen, on the other, to a study and, straight on, to a dining room. It communicates with two lounges, one of which also opens into the study. The entrance hall houses a single-flight, winding stone stairway, whilst the wooden back stairway is in the kitchen. Both lead to the three floors in the chateau. Cement floor tiles are laid in the entrance hall, the kitchen and the dining room, whilst one of the lounges has terracotta floor tiles and the other rooms have parquet flooring. Wainscoting and ceiling moulding is to be found in all the rooms, except for the dining room. Every room has a marble or a stone fireplace, one featuring panelling and a trumeau. The basement houses four vaulted cellars, one of which houses the boiler room, the oil tank and the swimming pool machinery.
First floor
A landing room provides access to all the bedrooms on this floor: one bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, two adjoining bedrooms, one of which has a shower room and a toilet, and three other bedrooms, one of which has a shower room and a toilet, as well as to a linen room. With parquet flooring throughout, most of the bedrooms have a fireplace.
Second floor
This level currently comprises eight rooms, some of which include a shower room or a toilet. All await renovation. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, laid out all around a closed courtyard, comprise a guest house, various storage and workshop areas, several horse loose boxes, a tack room and a barn, typical of the local area. All the buildings are constructed from lime-rendered, quarry stone blocks and topped with hip, slate roofs as well as freestone cornices.
In the guest house (spanning a floor surface area of approx. 120 m²), the ground floor comprises a kitchen-dining room and a lounge. The attic space has been converted into three bedrooms, two of which are adjoining, a shower room and a toilet. Terracotta tiles are laid throughout the ground floor, whilst the upstairs has parquet flooring. The house is bordered by a wide terrace that looks out over the courtyard.

The parklands

The vast lawns, surrounding the chateau on three of its sides, are planted with various species of trees. Behind the chateau are a swimming pool and its terrace, an old cast iron greenhouse, of which only the structure remains, and an orangery, both of which back on to a low wall, a 16th century chapel and a water-filled moat. Further afield are the property’s equestrian facilities and meadows. On the other side of the road, a tree-lined driveway about a kilometre long, extends the view in line with the chateau.

Our opinion

With its vast lawns, its old trees, its meadows with grazing horses and its impressive house, with white, regular facades, this property has an air of New England. This American impression also prevails throughout the inside. The rooms are extremely spacious and look widely out over the outside.
With its riding arena and its other facilities, this property is fully equipped for practicing equestrian sport and the bridlepaths through the surrounding forest are but an invitation to go for a walk. Outings that are also possible in the delightful local villages or along the banks of the nearby river Loire. Whether a permanent residence or a holiday home, this property is very easy to reach.

Exclusive sale

1 350 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 708006

Land registry surface area 9 ha 16 a 93 ca
Main building surface area 607 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 200 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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