A 17th century chateau, with outbuildings and an enclosed garden,
in a dominant position in a village on the banks of the river Loire
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

In a dominant position, at the confluence of the Loire and two other rivers. On a site inhabited by our ancestors since time immemorial, where they smelted iron and fashioned weapons. On today’s outskirts of a little town with all shops and amenities, including an SNCF train station. 30 minutes from Angers, with its TGV train station, and 60 minutes from Nantes, with its airport. Some 15 minutes from slip roads for the A11 motorway. And lastly, near to some of the most famous of the Loire Valley vineyards.

Description

The gateway, flanked by two brick and freestone pillars, and its pedestrian gate open into a courtyard, with a caretaker’s cottage on the side bordering the road. Straight in front is the south gable of the chateau, with its corner tower housing the back stairway. A few stone steps provide access to an alleyway leading, not only to an entrance porch on the west facade, but also to a terrasse bordering the east facade. The parklands are a continuation of this terrace and the vegetable garden that of the caretaker’s cottage. This property is completely enclosed by walls.

The chateau

The building of this chateau predominantly dates from the 17th century. Constructed from quarry stone blocks covered with lime rendering, it spans three levels including an attic floor. It is topped with a Mansard roof, featuring roof dormers and oculi on the facade. On the south gable is a corner tower with a hip roof, whilst the north gable has a single-storey, lantern-shaped pavilion, with a five-sided roof supported on a wide cornice and openings, all topped with curved pediments. An extension was constructed, at right angles to the east facade, in the 19th century to house a library and its fireplace, taken from a neighbouring chateau. With the exception of the extension, all the openings are arched. Both the entrance doors set in the slightly protruding east and west facades are elegantly enhanced with rusticated masonry, freestone quoins on either side, supporting a triangular pediment. On the west side, said pediment encompasses a roof dormer, topped with a curved pediment and set in a high hip roof. The entrance door on this same side is reached via a slate stone porch, with two flights of steps and wrought iron railings. The roof dormers, the surrounds framing the openings, the quoins, the cornice and the prevalent string courses are all made of freestone.


Ground floor
A corridor leads from a through vestibule, on one side, to a kitchen, the main dining room as well as the back entrance hall in the tower and, on the other side, to a small dining room and the main lounge. The main dining room provides access to a utility room and the main lounge to a small lounge, laid out in the lantern-shaped pavilion as well as to a music room, housed in the 19th century extension. The floor in the vestibule and corridor is covered with black and ochre-coloured tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. All the other rooms have parquet flooring. This level has exposed ceiling beams throughout. Floor-to-ceiling panelling in the little dining room, wainscoting in the main dining room and the corridor. An 18th century, red marble fireplace in the main lounge, grey marble in the small dining room. A monumental freestone fireplace in the main dining room and a fireplace reflecting the flamboyant gothic style in the music room. A wooden, two-flight stairway, with balusters and an intermediate landing, goes upstairs from the vestibule. Toilets have been installed under the stairs in the vestibule and in the tower.
First floor
A corridor provides access to four bedrooms, including one with its own bathroom and toilet, and two with a shower room. This level has exposed ceiling beams and parquet flooring throughout. Three of the bedrooms have fireplaces. This level can also be reached via the back stairway.
Second floor
This level can also be reached via the back stairway and has parquet flooring throughout. A corridor provides access to a dressing room and four bedrooms, two of which have a shower room and two have a wash-hand basin. One of the bedrooms includes a kitchen area.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings predominantly consist of a caretaker’s cottage, now used as a guest house, as well as a few lean-tos in the vegetable garden. The guest house has been partially renovated. It comprises one room on the ground floor, a kitchen and a bedroom on the first floor. The top floor is an attic. It spans a total floor surface area of approx. 56 m².

The garden

The garden is predominantly laid out in front of the chateau’s east facade. Enclosed by walls, it comprises a large lawn, adorned with decoratively trimmed bushes and shrubs. It is bordered on the south side by the old vegetable garden, laid out behind the caretaker’s cottage and, on the north side, by a wood. A covered terrace runs along the entire east facade. On the west side, a little, terraced garden is delimited by shrub hedges and adorned with decoratively trimmed bushes.

Our opinion

This house was constructed during the Age of Reason, that of perfect classicism with its sense of proportion, balanced composition, harmony of form and restrained expression. The markers of this period also prevail throughout the inside of the chateau. The current owners have carried out restoration works in keeping with the architectural codes of this time. They have, therefore, reconstituted an art of living and a way of thinking. It is almost possible to detect the distant echoes of the great metaphysical arguments that existed during this century. And, all around, reigns the peace and quiet of the landscapes of the banks of the river Loire magnified by the warm evening light. Nearby, the famous vine varieties are planted in regular rows on the tiered hillsides of the Loire Valley. It is, in short, a balanced place between body and soul.

880 000 €
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Reference 396019

Land registry surface area 5436 m2
Main building surface area 493 m2
Outbuilding surface area 56 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

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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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