on the edge of the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park
This large, luxurious home is 13 km away from Rânes, in a town with a rich past of weavers. The first steam-powered loom was installed there in the 19th century. This house is in the town centre, where all shops and schools are within walking distance. The spa town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is 7 km away, just like its aerodrome specialised in light and recreational aircraft. A train station, with 2-hour links to Paris-Montparnasse, is 10 minutes away.
The large, luxurious home
This rectangular house, spanning four levels, one of which is under the rafters, was constructed in 1870 and features characteristic 19th century architecture. It is built from brick and granite stone blocks. The dressed granite stone used for the surrounds framing the openings and for the quoins is alternately laid lengthwise and end on. The wide, small-paned windows, topped with fanlights, are symmetrical. Above the porch, the balcony’s wrought iron railings form scrolls, enhanced with bunches of grapes. The hip, slate roof is embellished with three roof dormers, one of which has an arched, granite pediment.
Two flights of granite steps form a horseshoe-shape, meeting in front of the double entrance doors. Protected by wrought iron grilles, they open into a wide vestibule, paved with large, square floor tiles, with black inlaid decoration, which provides access to the rooms. Their floors are laid with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring and their ceilings are some 3 m high. A spiral, wooden stairway, going upstairs, is housed in the polygonal tower. It is illuminated via a high window. One glazed door opens on to the garden, another leads to the basement. A double lounge, used for reception purposes, is widely illuminated by large windows and an oak wood bookshelf unit lines one wall on either side of a fireplace with its wooden mantel. A kitchen, with a fireplace and terracotta floor tiles, communicates with a living room. A door opens on to the garden courtyard.
A wide corridor provides access to four large bedrooms, with toilets, and, at the end, a bath and shower room.
A wide corridor, lined with bookshelves, leads to two bedrooms, two studies, a bathroom and a dressing room. The bedrooms are notably illuminated via roof dormers.
The cellar runs under the full surface area of the ground floor. It is divided into a boiler room, a laundry room, a wine cellar and a storage area. It can also be reached from the outside by double wooden doors set under the porch.
The two outbuildings, with slate roofs, respectively span surface areas of approx. 50 and 100 m². They have an independent entrance off the street. Both await renovation.
Old, fragrant roses adorn the facade of the house. In this romantic garden, flowers bloom freely between decoratively trimmed bushes and copses of trees. A Japanese camellia encompasses one section of the tower. Medicinal plants spread out like a carpet around the garden, protected by a pruned palm hedge.
The sober and elegant decor of the facades is enhanced by the candlesnuffer roof of the tower. Granite stone surrounds openings and embellishes corners. This property exudes the character of a family home. Its middle-class interior features spacious rooms, high ceilings, wood that adds warmth and great luminosity. The house is surrounded by a botanical garden, clearly steeped in romanticism. This region, just 2 hours by train from Paris, is still secret as well as heavily rural and authentic. The spa resort of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very close. Although in need of modernisation, the rooms in this house show great promise. The property’s other asset, awaiting reinvention, is its two outbuildings, with a private entrance off the street.
|Land registry surface area||950 m2|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||150 m2|
Sandrine Torossian +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.