In an elevated position near Montreuil-Bellay,
a Directoire-style mansion with garden and outbuildings
Saumur, VIENNE poitou-charentes 49400 FR

Location

The village offers all essential shops, it is located less than 30 minutes from the cities of Saumur and Chinon and all the tourist sites of the region are within 20 minutes’ reach, such as the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the village of Montsoreau or Oiron castle. The Loire Valley is an open book of the history of France, attracting tourists from all over the world. It is also a land of gastronomy and traditions, firmly anchored in the vineyards of the Haut-Poitou and the Loire.

Description

At the entrance to the village, on a square, two high walls frame the entrance porch, which protects the courtyard from view and gives access to the property. Beyond the perimeter wall, the house and its outbuildings are arranged in a U-shape. The complex includes grain stores, a shed, a bread oven, a courtyard and a garage. A second entrance porch has been created, giving access to one side of the house. At the back, the garden with its small pond offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the vineyards and across the countryside.

The house

The tuffeau stone hose is sober and elegant, typical of the Directoire period. All the rooms on the ground floor are full-width and flooded with light. The entire building has been meticulously restored to its original spirit with features such as the double-glazed windows, a faithful reproduction of period models.


Ground floor
The entrance opens onto the grand staircase which leads directly up to the second floor. It also leads to the garden and on one side to two adjoining lounges with marble and stone fireplaces. In one of the sitting rooms, a French window opens onto to the garden. On the other side, a corridor serves the kitchen and dining room. The floors are cement tiles or parquet. From the dining room, one door leads to the toilets and another to the laundry room. The ceiling height is significant, reaching 3.30m.
First floor
The landing serves two corridors, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two large bedrooms have been restored, one with a shower room and toilet, the other with a bathroom and toilet. The bathrooms also open onto the corridor, allowing access for guests housed in the other two bedrooms. The bedrooms are floored with parquet, the corridors with terracotta tiles. A fourth bedroom remains to be refurbished and the paint in the hallway could be refreshed.
Second floor
The former attic has been partially converted into two connecting rooms which could become additional bedrooms. The other part has been left in its original state but offers equivalent surface areas. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings feature promising volumes. The old grain halls are now closed and the kitchens seem to date from before the Directoire period. The property also includes a garage, a shed and a cellar. The tuffeau stone bread oven is in a beautiful state of conservation and benefits from the shade of a wisteria.

The garden

The grassy garden is arranged around a pond, fed by rainwater, and bordered by a small alley of elms. Several chestnut trees reach impressive dimensions. In the distance, the view embraces a bucolic landscape of plains and woods. Vineyards cover 2,450m2 of the property. They are rented out, located below and accessed by a stone staircase.

Our opinion

At the dawn of the 19th century, between the Ancien Régime and the Empire, the Directoire style is typified by its sobriety, tinged with neo-classicism. A style that also flourished in the Loire Valley, where the landscapes are often beautiful in their own right. Both intimate and open to the horizon, the discreet property is elegant and at the same time authentic, from its tuffeau stone walls clad with wisteria to the vines that run below. The result of a meticulous renovation is a simple, uncluttered and bright interior with promising, modular volumes. Here, time can stand still and the cries of children be heard around the Sunday lunch table, in the shade of the chestnut trees.

Exclusive sale

585 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 539641

Land registry surface area 5799 m2
Main building surface area 280 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
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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