in an unspoilt setting crossed by a river in the Anjou region
This property, near to a delightful village, is still in the countryside, between rivers flowing lazily through lush meadows and low wooded hills stretching for as far as the eye can see. Shops and amenities are to be found some 5 minutes away in the neighbouring market town. Sablé-sur-Sarthe and its TGV train station, with 75-minute links to Paris, are about 20 km away as are slip roads for the A11 motorway.
Constructed in the 19th century in accordance with principles relating more to the previous century, this house spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. It is built of quarry stone blocks, covered with lime-rendering, and topped with a hip slate roof, featuring roof dormers. Freestone was used for the surrounds framing the openings, the quoins, the cornice and the roof dormers. The openings, with their grey shutters, are rigorously laid out, giving the facades a sober appearance. The same rigor and soberness prevail throughout the inside.
The entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a first lounge, followed by a dining room. On the other side, a second lounge precedes a room, currently in use as a dressing room. Although all are adjoining, none are through rooms. The floors in the lounges are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring. The walls, lined with wainscoting, are decorated with black or pink marble fireplaces, and moulding adorns the ceilings. Both the kitchen and the dressing room have French windows opening directly out on to the garden as well as terracotta floor tiles. A door in the dressing room provides access to a boiler room. A toilet is concealed in the entrance hall under the single-flight, quarter-turning, wooden stairway. A back wooden stairway goes upstairs from the kitchen.
The landing provides access to a flat. A hall area on the other side leads to two bedrooms, with a bathroom and a toilet. A showcase in one of these two bedrooms takes up an entire wall. The flat comprises a study and an adjoining bedroom. The study, with a grey marble fireplace, provides access to a shower room with a toilet. The bedroom is fitted with a large cupboard and can also be reached via the back stairway. There is strip pattern parquet flooring throughout except for one bedroom which is paved with terracotta floor tiles.
The landing leads, on one side, to a games room and, then, to an adjoining room in use as a linen room which can be reached via the back stairway. On the other side is a bedroom, followed by an attic which could be converted. The games room, bedroom and attic each have a toilet. The floor in the games room is covered with strip pattern parquet flooring, whilst the other rooms are paved with terracotta floor tiles. All these rooms are illuminated via roof dormers, fanlights and skylights.
All the outbuildings are housed in a single building, spanning a surface area of approx. 130 m². These include an old bakery, with a fireplace and a bread oven, a tack room, a garage, two storage areas and the old stables. An attic, the slate roof of which was recently redone, extends over the full surface area. The old stables open on to a courtyard, completely enclosed by walls. A gateway opens on to the meadows.
These parklands are enclosed by walls on three sides and delimited by the old, stone-lined moat, still filled with water, on the fourth. This grassy area is planted with numerous species, some of which are outstanding like the impressive American walnut tree or the astonishing Japanese weeping pagoda tree. In addition to rows of apple trees, there are coppice stands of American oak trees as well as an ash grove and a beautiful yew tree. One section of the parklands comprises a vegetable garden and, another, an old ice cave currently used as a cellar. The ruins of a tower have no particular use other than to intrigue visitors. And lastly, backing on to the wall are three very sunny greenhouses, all of which are used to the full. Meadows, where the owners’ horses graze all year round, extend the parklands on the east and south sides. They, too, are completely enclosed by fencing.
A pleasant, tranquil atmosphere reigns over the surrounding countryside, the soothing presence of which extends into the very rooms of the house. This feeling of peace is reinforced by the soberness and plainness of the interiors, regularly bathed in light from dawn to dusk. These premises exude, therefore, a pastoral as well as an elegant and refined ambiance. Rousseau would, no doubt, have been put at his ease by the little air of the 18th century that still prevails here.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 70 a 60 ca|
|Main building surface area||320 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Outbuilding surface area||130 m2|
Denis Trassard +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.