In a small historic town in Anjou,
an 18th-century townhouse with a garden
Saumur, MAINE-ET-LOIRE pays-de-loire 49400 FR

Location

The building is located in the center of a small historic town with a remarkable castle surrounded by numerous, characterful residences. All shops and services are within walking distance. A renowned golf course is also closeby. The property is around 35 minutes from Angers, around 30 minutes from Saumur, and about 20 minutes from the banks of the Loire River. The A11 and A85 highways are easily accessible.

Description

The townhouse - specifically its entrance door, garage, and boiler room - faces a square in the city center landscaped with rose bushes and topiaries. Numerous shops, including pharmacies, bakeries, and banks, among others, can be found in this part of town. At the back, the house opens onto a terrace paved with ancient cobblestones and a lawn, enclosed by walls, featuring a small outbuilding, a well, and a small corner pavilion made of tuffeau stone.
Built with lime plastered stone and rubble, the residence spans one level above the ground floor and consists of three sections that have been reconfigured over the centuries. The central section, with a single bay, is slightly advanced compared to the lateral sections. On the street side, the ground floor and the upper floor topped with an attic and a slate roof, rise above a basement that houses the garage, the boiler room, and a cellar. The front facade, made of stone, is coated with a beige-colored plaster and adorned with cornerstones, molded cornices and window sills, sculpted window frames, an entrance, a garage door, straight windows on the upper floor, arched windows on the attic, and louvered shutters. The rear facade of the central section is made of tuffeau stone, coated with an orange-ocher plaster, with matching window frames, cornerstones, cornices, and dormer windows. This facade has recently been restored.
The gable roofs, covered in slate, are adorned with dormer windows, each topped with a triangular pediment in the two sections on the left, featuring frames sculpted in stone in the left section and a more understated design in the right section.

The townhouse


The ground floor
A few steps past the entrance door leads to a passage that opens onto the garden and straight through to a hallway with vaulted tuffeau stone ceilings. The hallway is covered with terracotta tiles and features an antique, built-in closet door, a stone sink placed under a window and a niche. It leads to a first living room with terracotta tiled floors and a French-style ceiling, which opens to the garden through a French door. At the end of the hallway, there is a second living room that extends into a dining room. Both rooms stand out with their Herringbone parquet flooring and marble fireplaces.
Both living rooms provide access to a vestibule and a wooden staircase with a quarter-turn, featuring a carved handrail and balusters, that leads to the first floor. The vestibule also opens to the garden and connects to a kitchen, equipped with marble countertops and an island. The kitchen is also accessible from the dining room and connected on one side to a storage room and on the other to a hallway with closets, leading to a toilet at the far end. Past the kitchen, a third living room, which can serve as a small dining room, boasts a tuffeau stone fireplace and a remarkable curvilinear, antique cooker made of stone, metal, and faience, installed under a window. This room also provides access to a laundry room which opens to the garden. Like the kitchen, it features stone flooring, a French-style ceiling, and a French door leading to a terrace at the back of the house, surrounded by a lawn. Finally, under the staircase, a door opens to a flight of steps leading to the boiler room, the cellar, and the garage.
The first floor
The landing on the upper level leads to a bedroom and two hallways. The bedroom is connected to a room where a water supply is installed. The first hallway leads to a bedroom adorned with wood paneling, featuring an alcove and a floor covered with terracotta tiles. It is followed by a walk-in closet and a tiled bathroom with a large shower, a wall-mounted toilet and a double sink vanity with an integrated washing machine. The second hallway leads to three other bedrooms, a tiled bathroom with a toilet, and an attic lit by two dormer windows.
From there, a small wooden staircase with a quarter-turn leads to a second attic located in the central section of the townhouse with terracotta tile floors and lit by a large mullioned dormer window.

Our opinion

The city is an elegant and tranquil setting for this opulent townhouse, which stands as one of its emblematic buildings. Most of the rooms boast remarkable architectural elements that have retained their splendor over the centuries, such as the antique stone cooker that takes center stage in a ground-floor living room. The residence is both open to the historic center with its rows of tall windows at the front of the three-section, two-faced building, and withdrawn into its peaceful garden at the back.
The local environment, an authentic land characterized by green valleys, vast forests, and sleepy villages, provides a delicate balance between city and countryside, between the assertive mineral nature of the architecture and the gentle Angevin greenery.

Exclusive sale

855 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 842121

Land registry surface area 720 m2
Main building surface area 370 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 70 m2

Consultant

Denis Trassard +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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