A listed, Renaissance chateau, with outbuildings and 20 hectares of land,
in undulating, wooded countryside between Angers and Saumur
Angers, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49000 FR

Location

In undulating wooded countryside, near to a river. On the outskirts of a village and about 10 minutes from two little towns with all shops and amenities. 30 minutes from the towns of Angers and Saumur, both linked to Paris via the fast train line. Near to slip roads for the A85 motorway as well as the Baugeois region’s delightful villages and the banks of the river Loire.

Description

A lane, leaving the village, leads to the entrance gates which open on to a driveway, crossing a moat and providing access to the front of the chateau. It then goes around a section of the parklands to a second set of gates, giving access to the outbuildings and the rear courtyard. A caretaker’s cottage stands on the other side of the lane. Parklands stretch out all around the chateau. The swimming pool area is set back out of the way as are the stables and, lastly, some old farm buildings.

The chateau

Constructed in the late 16th, early 17th century, this is a monument typical of the Renaissance era in the Anjou region. Rectangular in shape, it spans three levels, one of which is the attic floor. Its lime-rendered, quarry stone block walls are topped with an impressive hip, slate roof, the roof dormers of which are set on a modillion cornice. Four square, corner turrets, with their brick and white stone chessboard-patterned facing, enhance the regular facades, all featuring tall, wide, mullioned windows. The narrow, low doors are arched with three keystones, in keeping with the local, 16th century fashion. The two turrets facing the rear courtyard house stairways. The double porch, in the centre of each facade, provides direct access to the first or noble floor. The porch on the main facade is topped with an elegant, imperial roof, supported on two freestone columns. All the facades and roofs currently have French MH listing.


Ground floor
This level comprises a vast, central kitchen which provides access, on one side, to a dining room, opening into a study, with its shower room and toilet, and, on the other side, to a lounge which opens into a bedroom and its shower room, also with a toilet. All the rooms have terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and a freestone fireplace. The dining room features panelling. Both the study and the bedroom provide access to two secondary entrance halls, each housing a spiral, stone stairway, going up to the first floor.
First floor
This noble floor is reached via the two outside stairways that provide direct access to the main lounge, also positioned in the centre. The latter communicates with two suites, set out on either side and comprising a lounge, a bedroom and a bathroom, with a toilet. The large lounge is still laid with very interesting floor tiles, featuring geometric patterns, and has an outstanding fireplace, deemed to be one of the most beautiful remaining from the Renaissance era in the Anjou region. On its impressive, straight mantel, featuring fresco painting, is a Knights Templar motto “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam” (Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory) and the coat-of-arms, featuring a silver-white lion on a red background, of the family that had the chateau built. The other rooms have terracotta floor tiles, exposed ceiling beams and a freestone fireplace. Both suites can also be reached via the stairways housed in the north towers. These stairways also go up to the second floor.
Second floor
This floor can only be reached via the stairways housed in the two north towers. It comprises two bedrooms, each with its bathroom and toilet, and a projection room. The roofing framework is exposed throughout this level.

The outbuildings

The courtyard behind the chateau has two outbuildings. The first, used as an open garage (for four vehicles) and a laundry-linen room, has a storage area in the attic. The second is a boiler room, with an oil tank.
The caretaker’s cottage is on the other side of the lane. Spanning approx. 120 m², it also has a barn and a garden.
In the parklands, away from the chateau, are the swimming pool and its two pavilions, in use as a summer kitchen and a machine room, with a toilet. Then, behind the swimming pool, are the stables, with three horse loose boxes and a riding arena. And lastly, in the meadows, a traditional, long farmhouse awaits renovation.

The parklands

The courtyard behind the chateau has two outbuildings. The first, used as an open garage (for four vehicles) and a laundry-linen room, has a storage area in the attic. The second is a boiler room, with an oil tank.
The caretaker’s cottage is on the other side of the lane. Spanning approx. 120 m², it also has a barn and a garden.
In the parklands, away from the chateau, are the swimming pool and its two pavilions, in use as a summer kitchen and a machine room, with a toilet. Then, behind the swimming pool, are the stables, with three horse loose boxes and a riding arena. And lastly, in the meadows, a traditional, long farmhouse awaits renovation.

Our opinion

The Renaissance era deeply marked the entire Loire Valley, classified for this reason as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. There are numerous, vivid traces of this outstanding period of French history which, even nowadays, are to be seen in the architecture of famous chateaux as well as in that of discreet manor houses. They are also revealed in the pleasant landscapes, often enhanced by the region’s subtle light. And, they are even more certainly to be found in the pleasant way of living existing throughout the local area. This property, set but a stone’s throw from the famous river, is a perfect example of the Renaissance era’s humanist spirit. A reasonable amount of beauty perfectly and harmoniously blended with the natural surroundings. An idealised world is embodied here. A world that is no doubt extremely precious in these troubled times.

1 750 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 714798

Land registry surface area 20 ha
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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Sylvain James +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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