A neo-gothic chateau, its orangery and its outbuildings on a 27-ha estate
near to one of the Anjou region’s historic villages
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

This chateau stands just 5 minutes from a historic village, with all main shops and amenities. The property is 10 minutes from the A11 motorway and some 30 minutes from the town of Angers, its TGV train station providing 1½-hour links to Paris. The surrounding, undulating and pastoral countryside is dotted with numerous, delightful villages just waiting to be visited.

Description

The main entrance, with its wrought iron gates, opens off of the road on to a driveway which crosses the parklands, runs alongside the vegetable garden and the orangery, leads to the chateau and, finally, reaches a courtyard and its outbuildings, set a little further away. Another two entrances, both also protected by wrought iron gates, lead directly to the outbuildings. The landscape parklands extend all around the chateau and are continued, on the south side, by a wood, crossed by a river with two islets.

The chateau

This chateau is constructed from rendered stone. It spans four floors, including a garden level and a level under the rafters. Freestone has been used for the surrounds framing the openings, the central entrance bay and all the ornamentation. Facing north-west and south-east, its classical rectangular layout includes some stylistic features worthy of note. The corners are, for instance, marked by tall buttresses, featuring four string courses and topped with crocket pinnacles. The composition of the openings should also be pointed out, with gothic arch mullions. Also worth noting are the slightly protruding, central projections, including that of the main facade, with its bay window on the first floor, topped with a wrought dormer, flanked by pinnacles. These projections mark the chateau’s two entrances, reached at the front by a wide stone porch, with freestone railings, and, at the back, by a horseshoe-shaped stone stairway, with wrought iron railings. The slate roof is enhanced, on the north side, with two gable-fronted dormers and, on the south side, by a pavilion roof over the central projection, bearing a belvedere, with high railings and a small steeple.


Garden level
This level, reached from the outside or via the back stairway, is composed of a self-contained flat, with a lounge, a kitchen and a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. This level further includes a boiler room and a cellar.
Ground floor
The entrance hall provides access to a large lounge, a library and a hall area that leads, in turn, to a dining room, the back stairway and the kitchen which opens into a private lounge-dining room. All the reception rooms also communicate directly with one another. The main stairway, housed in the entrance hall, goes up to the first floor and a toilet. In the lounge, the walls are lined with wainscoting featuring gothic motifs, moulded cornices and gilt framing. One marble fireplace is installed in this same room and another in the private lounge-dining room. The entrance hall is laid with cement floor tiles and the lounge with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, whilst all the other rooms have strip pattern parquet flooring. The main, quarter-turning stairway is made of wood, as is the back stairway that goes to all the floors.
First floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms, with their bathrooms, a toilet and a hall area leading to a study and to another two bedrooms, with dressing rooms, bathrooms and, for one, a toilet. The first two bedrooms, with their bathrooms, await renovation.
Second floor
This level can only be reached via the back stairway. It comprises several rooms, illuminated via wide dormers; all currently await restoration.

The outbuildings

Not far from the orangery and the greenhouse, standing near to the walled orchard-vegetable garden, is a group of buildings laid out around a courtyard. The main building spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters, and is topped with a tile roof, featuring facade dormers. One section has been converted into a house, with a lounge-dining room and its freestone fireplace, a kitchen, a shower room and several bedrooms. It is followed by several rooms and storage areas with attics upstairs. Set at right angles are the old stables, a tack room and a large garage, all with vast attics upstairs. Amongst the other buildings laid out around the courtyard are a large covered area, currently used as a woodstore, a henhouse and a garage, also covered with a tile roof.

The parklands

The estate, extending over 27 hectares, is predominantly composed of landscape parklands, with meadows around the chateau, continued to the south by a large wood. Between the two, an old moat has been turned into an English river, with two islets linked via metal walkways. The meadows are planted with numerous outstanding trees, including sequoia, oak, cedar and lime. This estate also comprises an old, partially walled vegetable garden, bordered by a river, an orchard with its old pear trees, the greenhouse and the orangery.

Our opinion

This elegant, pastoral property is a perfect illustration of the country holiday homes that were fashionable in the Anjou region in the 19th century. Its particularly successful, neo-gothic architecture brings to mind an old romantic residence, enhanced by the poetry of its parklands and its landscape gardens. This chateau on its land has all the buildings necessary for achieving an autonomous domestic way of life. The property, now almost complete and in a good overall state of repair, is however in need of a few renovation works to give it back all of its splendour of yesteryear. Although located near to some outstanding historic sites, it could easily become a pleasant place to visit and take a stroll in its own right.

Exclusive sale

1 250 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 423168

Land registry surface area 27 ha 9 a 67 ca
Main building surface area 448 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 800 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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