A house, originally dating from the 17th century, in 1.7 ha of parklands,
with centuries-old trees, in one of the Maine-Anjou region’s hamlets
Mans, SARTHE pays-de-loire 72000 FR

Location

In the middle of an urban triangle between Le-Mans, Laval and Angers. 240 km from Paris. Interchanges for the A11, Paris/Angers, motorway are about 20 km away. Sablé-sur-Sarthe TGV train station has 75-minute links to Paris. On the borders of the French provinces of Maine and Anjou, the region is highly representative of France. Its history is present all around, from a neo-gothic site to the high-tech companies which are installed here. With its wealth of French bocage countryside, crossed by superb rivers and dotted with little character towns, the region has the advantage of the mild Loire Valley climate. The surrounding villages, at least 5 km away, provide local shops, schools, a health centre, etc. Sablé-sur-Sarthe, some 20 km away, has supermarkets, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and a hospital. Solesmes golf course is 20 minutes away.

Description

This property, in a hamlet set amidst bocage countryside, is reached via little lanes. A tree-lined alleyway leads to the entrance to the premises, passing in front of a first house. Then, impressive pillars and wrought iron gates open on to a driveway, revealing the property which is entirely enclosed by hedges or high, old walls. The main driveway leads to the house, in front of which a section of the parklands is laid to lawn and planted with flowers. This section is crossed by secondary driveways and dotted with verdant areas, giving vistas over the surrounding grasslands. A driveway, going past one side of the house, leads to the outbuildings, laid out at the back, as well as to a small orchard.

The house

This house spans a surface area of approx. 420 m², including a 126 m² attic which could be converted. It comprises a main rectangular building, constructed from rendered, quarry stone blocks with exposed brick lower sections. The quoins and the surrounds framing the openings have been renovated by a stonemason, using white freestone or Bernay stone. Spanning three levels above a small underground cellar, this house is topped with a hip, Angers slate roof, featuring a small bell-tower. Slatted and solid wooden shutters protect all the openings. Made extremely bright by the light-coloured walls and wide openings, these premises still have numerous old decorative features such as terracotta floor tiles, parquet flooring, the original 18th century, pitch-pine doors, painted more than once, panelling, cornices, and fireplaces, with stone trumeaux. A flight of three steps goes up to the front door of the house.


Ground floor
Double doors open into a vast vestibule, with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, housing a hanging stairway, with wooden steps and handrail, protected by wrought iron railings. Two 18th century doors face one another and provide access, on one side, to a large lounge and, on the other, to a small lounge and its billiard table. Straight on, a corridor leads to a toilet, a cloakroom and the back door of the house. The small lounge-library is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring and enhanced with a ceiling featuring cornices. Opposite, the large lounge stands out courtesy of its gilt cornices and its wainscotting. Following on, a dining room, with stone flooring, opens into a fitted kitchen, with a door opening out on to a rear courtyard. The dining room has two doors, one opening on to a back stairway and the other into an old vestibule, with an entrance on the parklands side, now used as a boiler room. All three reception rooms have stone fireplaces.
First floor
A long corridor provides access to five bedrooms and their cupboards, a cloakroom as well as a bathroom, with a shower and a toilet, and a private shower room and toilet for one of the bedrooms. The floors are laid with parquet flooring or hexagonal terracotta tiles. One bedroom is carpeted. The bedrooms have marble or stone fireplaces as well as numerous wall cupboards.
Attic
This area can be reached via a stairway tower. The vast attic, awaiting conversion, features a robust roofing framework as well as period terracotta floor tiles and wooden flooring.
Cellar
The cellars can be accessed from the outside on the parklands side. They are laid out under the little lounge or billiard room.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, spanning a total surface area of approx. 255 m², are laid out around a small courtyard at the back of the house and are connected by high walls. Behind them is an orchard with an independent entrance.


Outbuilding
This Napoleon III style building faces the rear of the house. Rectangular in shape, is it composed of brick and topped with nailed slate. The roofs are in a good state of repair. Doors and windows have been changed. It could be converted into a second house. The ground floor comprises a room, with a fireplace, a stairway going upstairs, a garage, a cowshed and the old latrine. Upstairs, a landing provides access to two bright, high-ceilinged rooms. Above the stable, a room. floors are partially covered with old terracotta tiles.
Shelter carts
The awning adjoining the rear of the building can be used for storing wood and small pieces of maintenance equipment.
Barn
This rectangular building, covered with a slate roof, comprises two large areas, one of which is closed. Above, the two open attics were once haylofts.

The parklands

Trees planted more than a century ago mingle with local species, replanted some 30 years ago. Sequoia, lime, magnolia and cedar trees contribute to the elegance of the parklands. Outside lighting has been installed to enhance these particular botanical features. Tall trees are dotted throughout the parklands and provide all the shade required during the hot summer months. An orchard, spanning more than a hectare (walnut, apple, fig, plum, etc.), was planted some 30 years ago. On the side of the house, a garden, featuring boxwood over a hundred years old, embellishes the way to a rear section, towards the outbuildings, and a second orchard with an independent entrance. An automatic watering system has been installed in the front. This can be used for watering purposes even during hot weather, keeping the parklands verdant courtesy of water provided by a fishpond. Said masonry pond, surrounded by safety fencing, is near to the property entrance. It evacuates its overflow into a little brook, running through the parklands to a stream beyond the property. In addition to mains water, the property has a well which has never run dry and which is fitted with a bypass, making it possible to use the water inside the house. (There are no farms or cultivated fields in the surrounding area).

Our opinion

For 35 years, the parklands and the house have undergone first-class works with the intention of installing the modern-day home comforts and facilities best-suited to a main residence. Numerous decorative features and period materials are still present. As a result of the meticulous restoration, these premises are ideal for all kinds of projects and could be converted in keeping with personal tastes. The harmony here is obvious: both parklands and house have a symbiotic character and invite new owners to move straight in amidst majestic verdant surroundings away from the hustle and bustle, without any feelings of isolation courtesy of the hamlet.

600 000 € Negotiation fees included
566 038 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 206558

Land registry surface area 16411 m2
Main building surface area 420 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 255 m2

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Catherine Boivin +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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