a mansion with outbuildings and swimming pool
The property is located in Saumur, a historic town in the Loire Valley, famous for its Renaissance monuments, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Château de Villandry, the Château de Chinon or Fontevraud Abbey are in the vicinity. Between shores and forests, in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, the vineyards benefit from the “douceur angevine” (the mildness of the Anjou climate) to flourish and enrich the local gastronomic heritage. The mansion and its park are located in the city, just a short walk from all shops and services. The SNCF station puts Tours and Angers within 30 minutes’ reach, and then Paris in an hour. The A85 motorway is a few kilometres north of the town.
The tuffeau stone building has four levels, one of which is under the roof. The slate Mansard roof is clad with tiles in the form of fish scales and features three dormer windows on the main façade. Elaborate decor surrounds the windows: filleted flutes, cartouches with palmettes, draped garlands and flowers. The subtle stone ornaments of the facades discretely underline the style. Here a mascaron describes a mood, there portraits of the Greek gods Bacchus and Mercury adorn the wall. On the street side, the facade is that of a townhouse, with its central grand staircase topped by a wrought-iron awning, its finely dressed stone, conveying the aspect of a building belonging to a prominent person. On the park side, the opposite façade is quite different. The latter is embellished with two triple arch windows, more reminiscent of a chateau façade. The complex creates a delicate harmony, playing with the visitor’s eye and imagination.
The four-panel Hungarian oak door leads to the entrance hall. This hall features herringbone parquet flooring and elaborate oak panelling, elements that are widely featured throughout the level. In the hallway, a lift leads to the other floors. The hall leads to a study and a stained glass staircase on one side, and to the professional kitchen on the other. At the back, a large four-leaf oak door reminiscent of the entrance door leads to the reception rooms, all of which face the park. On this level, the five reception rooms are all interconnected. In the centre of the park facade, the walls of the large Louis XVI style music room are covered with finely carved woodwork and silk fabrics. Its painted ceiling depicts a sky in the middle of an oculus bordered by flowers. Follow two dining rooms, also opening directly onto the kitchen. They are ornamented with oak panelling and painted canvases from the 1920s, depicting baskets of fruit. One of the dining rooms offers a direct access to the park. A drawing room and a boudoir are located next to the large music room. In the latter, a black marble mantelpiece boasts a fireback representing a lion's head and two horns of plenty. Here again, as on the whole level, the floor is herringbone. The drawing room, which mirrors one of the dining rooms, also has direct access to the park.
Below the ground floor and accessed from the stairwell, a garden level leads to further reception rooms and storage areas. The boiler room is located opposite a study and a smaller kitchen is located under the professional kitchen.
Another dining room with vaulted stone ceiling and tuffeau stone walls is located below the dining rooms. On this level, the music room has been replaced by the so-called "Romanesque" room, an intimate, luxurious area dedicated to relaxation and equipped with a whirlpool bath and a sauna. As in the neighbouring dining room, the stone ceiling is vaulted and the tuffeau stone walls are exposed. The rest of the space is taken up by storage rooms.
The half-turn oak staircase, a real work of art in its stained glass well near the entrance hall, leads to the first floor. On the street side, two bedrooms feature their own private bathroom with toilet and shower. On the park side, three bedrooms offer the same facilities as the previous ones. All of these bedrooms enjoy large windows letting the light pour in. Some rooms have a fireplace in red or black marble. The entire level has straight strip parquet flooring and the walls feature skirting boards in various colours and matching wallpaper or canvas. The bathroom floors are parquet or tiled. Some bathtubs are free-standing.
This level has been built and fitted out along the same lines as the first floor. Five bedrooms are located on the second floor, each with a large bathroom with shower and toilet. The elaborate decor largely follows the codes of the rest of the property: skirting boards, painted canvases, parquet floors. One of the bedrooms on this level, the largest, has been furnished in a more contemporary and sober style.
Located in the very heart of the city, the property benefits from a wooded park of almost two hectares. The original landscape design has been preserved, where some trees are now centuries-old. The complex is home to a rich variety of species: plane trees, oaks, bamboos, beeches, American walnut trees with particularly fragrant fruit, bald cypresses, yews, Judas trees, laurels, etc.
A heated swimming pool has been installed, bordered by a hedge providing protection from prying eyes.
The habitable outbuilding
On the street side, next to the gate, a tuffeau stone outbuilding has been converted into a dwelling. Today, it houses the owners of the estate. The building has two levels, one of which is under the roof. The slate roof features oeuil-de-boeuf dormer windows. Recently, four roof windows were also created to provide maximum light to the upper floor.
A wicket gate leads to the courtyard at the front of the outbuilding from the street.
The stables and the garage
The former stables border the street, next to the entrance gate of the estate and face the habitable outbuilding. They have been partly converted into a garage. The building is identical in style and size to the habitable outbuilding. A wicket gate also provides easy access to the street from the front of these former stables.
Time seems to be suspended here, as if one was brought back to the beginning of the last century, in the Saumur of the Belle Époque and the golden age of the cavalry. Well-sheltered in a peaceful estate planted with trees, the building presents an elegant profile, worthy of the great bourgeois houses of the Val-de-Loire. Skillfully renovated and maintained, the mansion has become a charming residence, under the initiative of its current occupants. The interior is an ode to the French art of living, with delicate works of art and refined decor. The landscaped park also offers pleasant poetic strolls under the branches of centuries-old trees, while the Saumur market displays its delights only a stone's throw away.
|Land registry surface area||18279 m2|
|Main building surface area||1000 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
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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.