in the historic Plantagenet city of Le-Mans
Le Mans has very good motorway and rail connections. France’s main towns can be reached in between 1 and 4½ hours by TGV train. Paris-Montparnasse TGV train station is 55 minutes away and a direct link with Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport takes 1¾ hours. 200 km from the centre de Paris via the A11 motorway, just 10 minutes away. 1 hour from the Loire Valley (Anjou and Touraine regions). Le-Mans has an aerodrome which is near to its 24-hour racing circuit and its Porsche-Experience-Centre driving school, two golf courses and the Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre. A verdant town, Le-Mans is home to numerous parks and riverside promenades as well as the Plantagenet city. A 5-minute walk away, the park known as “Quinconce des Jacobins”, created in the 18th century, is followed by the romantic Tessé garden, at the foot of the museum of the same name, and then the Botanical Gardens spanning 5 hectares. The work of Jean-Charles-Alphand, they include French formal and landscaped gardens as well as a large rose garden. Le-Mans is also a town of art and history. The Jacobins market, renowned as one of France’s most authentic markets, is held next to the cathedral and the medieval Plantagenet city. All amenities are a 5-minute walk away (shops, all state and private schools, a theatre, a cinema and the tram for the TGV train station).
A rectangular house, it is topped with a slate roof. The exterior walls are clad with chestnut shingle or rendered, leaving some of the half-timbering exposed. The lower sections of the ground floor are constructed from stone. Spanning approx. 170 m² of living space, these premises are laid out over four levels built over a cellar. All the different levels have high ceilings. The first two feature French ceilings which blend well with the terracotta floor tiles. The top two floors have oak wood, strip pattern parquet flooring and high painted ceilings. The walls are covered with a lime-rendering and some feature exposed stone. The doors are made of solid oak wood and the wooden-framed windows have double glazing. Open half-timbered walls and a very airy, open, hanging stairway let copious amounts of light into the rooms. The light-coloured hues of all the walls as well as the through light make this a very bright home. The lounge features an open-hearth, stone fireplace which currently houses a Dovre wood-burning stove.
Reached via a wooden stairway going down from the entrance hall, the basement comprises a hall area, a storeroom and a wine cellar.
A vast entrance hall opens on to a hall area, providing access to a toilet and a room in use as a linen room. A door on one side opens into the garage. A stairway goes down to the basement. On the other side of the entrance hall, an open stairway goes upstairs.
This level comprises an open space housing a lounge, a dining room and a fitted kitchen with its own eating area.
A lounge-library, a television room or study with a cathedral ceiling, followed by a bedroom. All these rooms are laid out on the road side. On the opposite side, a large bedroom, a toilet and a bathroom, with space for a washing machine.
A landing room opens into a large bedroom and a shower room, with a toilet.
This luminous house, with its authentic character, features an interesting contrast between its rustic architecture on the road side and its view taking in the cathedral on the garden side. Courtesy of its architecture and its location, this property appears to be the balanced synthesis of a strictly urban way of life and another closer to that of the country. The presence of all urban facilities and the many parks give a feeling of living not only in the present, but also in another time, away from the hustle and bustle, but just 1¼ hours from Paris-Montparnasse.
|Land registry surface area||66 m2|
|Main building surface area||170 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Outbuilding surface area||35 m2|
Catherine Boivin +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.