An old, 18th century coaching inn, with its enclosed courtyard,
in a town on the banks of the river Loire in the Anjou region
Saumur, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49400 FR

Location

On the banks of a river, the bed of which is very wide at this point. Very near to the historic centre of a town with a rich heritage, including an impressive royal castle, numerous mansion houses and some outstanding religious edifices. Near to well-known vineyards and numerous delightful, Loire Valley villages. The town, with an excellent tourist trade, has all shops and amenities including a train station with links to Angers, Tours and Paris. It is also near to the A85 motorway.

Description

This old coaching inn stands on a corner formed by the banks bordering the river Loire and a street leading to the town centre. Its main facade looks directly out over the banks and consequently faces the river; the facade running alongside the street leading to the town centre overlooks the enclosed garden of an old mansion house. The building is, in fact, composed of three sections forming a U-shape and is closed on its fourth side by the adjoining gable of the neighbouring house. A paved, wooded courtyard, set inside the space delimited in this way, is overlooked by a large number of the rooms in the house. The latter is spacious and its layout is still that of the old coaching inns where travellers could stop for food and lodging.

The residence

Constructed from freestone, this residence spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. It is topped with a slate, Mansard style roof, featuring roof dormers also made of freestone. Along the main facade, carriage doors topped with a balcony provide access to a porch, leading in turn to the courtyard and to a back entrance, housing a stairway leading directly to a wide balcony corridor which, on the first floor, dominates the interior courtyard.


Ground floor
Immediately following the entrance porch on the main facade: two reception rooms and a toilet. Then, on the street facade: a hall area with a first stairway and, following on from one another, a kitchen, a back kitchen, a cold room, a linen room and a 2-car garage (approx. 77 m²). And lastly, in the third section of the building, a hall area with a second stairway and a room currently taken up by a spa bath. Terracotta floor tiles; exposed ceiling beams in the reception rooms. One of these two rooms as well as that housing the spa bath have a freestone fireplace. The first stairway is also made of freestone; the second, of freestone and wood, with wrought iron railings.
Mezzanine floor
The second stairway goes to a landing, providing access to two bedrooms, each with a shower room and toilet.
First floor
On the main facade, the first stairway provides access to a landing leading to a flat and, on the street facade, to a hall area opening into a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. Wainscoting in the bedroom and parquet flooring. The flat comprises an entrance hall, leading to a toilet, a bedroom, with a bathroom, and a living room. Adjoining the latter is a lounge. Parquet flooring throughout. The bedroom and the living room have black marble fireplaces; the lounge, a freestone fireplace. The lounge and the living room open on to the balcony corridor dominating the interior courtyard.
The second stairway goes to a landing providing access, on one side, to an exercise-massage room and, on the other, to a flat comprising an entrance hall, a bedroom-lounge and a shower room, with a toilet.

Second floor
The first stairway goes up to a landing providing access, on one side, to a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, and, on the other side, to a corridor leading to a cupboard with a water supply point and three bedrooms, each with a shower room and toilet. The beams of the roofing framework are exposed in all these rooms. Terracotta floor tiles on the landing and in the first bedroom. Sea-rush matting in the other three bedrooms and the corridor.
The second stairway goes to a landing, providing access to three bedrooms, two of which have mezzanines. All have a shower room with a toilet.

Our opinion

This house still exudes all the charm of old residences. The interior courtyard, like a garden, is a delightful haven of peace, ideal for rest and relaxation. Outstanding views can be had from most of the rooms. The river Loire is extremely wide and majestic at this point. The historic centre of the town is nearby and there are countless outings to be taken throughout the local surroundings. In a good state of repair, this vast residence is well-suited to use as a private family home or to the starting of a hotel and catering activity, resuming once again its original vocation.

Exclusive sale

1 445 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 774472

Land registry surface area 483 m2
Main building surface area 700 m2
Outbuilding surface area 70 m2
Number of bedrooms 12

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Yannick Lafourcade +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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