between the river Loire and the Cadre-Noir in the historic town of Saumur
This property stands in the midst of the beautiful historic town of Saumur, famous for its castle, its excellent vineyards and its Cadre-Noir (French National Riding School). Sustainable development in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park has become one of the spearheads of its evolution. With its wealth of architectural heritage, Saumur has also managed to promote, preserve and enhance its buildings.
Furthermore, this dynamic town is a member of the “Cœur de Ville” action plan to boost public interest in town centres and it attracts all kinds of projects. Numerous cultural events are organised every year and new companies are constantly founded there. Shops, schools and amenities are within walking distance. A TER train station provides links taking less than 30 minutes to Angers and Tours, with some 15 daily return journeys. Both towns are an hour from Paris by TGV train. Saumur is also near to the A85 motorway.
The facade exudes a luxurious charm. Its Romano-Byzantine style is unique. One section of the building’s construction is attributed to Émile-Roffay, architect-surveyor by profession, working for the town of Saumur.
This building spans three levels, with the top floor under the rafters.
The dressed stone, a timeless symbol of the region, was used for the construction. The slate roof features cross gables on the road side.
On the ground floor, the carriage entrance acting as a front door comprises double doors with a glazed fanlight. The latter, as well as the two other openings on the front facade, are topped with a frieze featuring floral motifs engraved in the freestone of a dentil pediment.
On the second level, two of the openings are topped with a low triangular pediment. The third opening on this level is elegantly supported by a freestone balcony with a balustrade. Round pilasters flank the balcony and the opening, supporting the pressure arch on the top floor.
The latter has a single opening, set in a wrought freestone alcove.
The carriage entrance opens into a covered gallery going, straight on, to the garden and, left, to the house.
A porch with a few steps leads to the entrance hall. This room provides access to a study, a dining room and a stairway. The study looks out over the street and can communicate with a lounge. Moulding adorns the ceiling. A dining room is set in the centre of the house. Its walls are lined with painted wooden wainscoting and corner moulding. A fireplace takes pride of place along one wall, at the head of the table. This room looks out over the garden and the terrace. The lounge can be reached via the study and via the dining room, notably through a wide archway. This bright room is enhanced with a red marble fireplace, featuring a shell motif. A wooden door in the dining room opens into the kitchen, in a recently constructed wing that blends harmoniously with the original building. This room opens on to the garden and a large wooden terrace. Floors are covered with oak wood parquet flooring, laid in herringbone or strip patterns.
The half-turning, wooden stairway, bordered by wrought iron railings, goes up to a landing, providing access to a shower room, with a toilet, and three vast bedrooms.
The main bedroom, complete with its own bathroom, features double French windows opening on to the stone balcony on the front facade. Floors are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring.
This level, laid out under the rafters, comprises a vast linen room, a bedroom, a study, a storage room and an unconverted attic, with a skylight. Floors are covered with strip pattern, fir wood parquet flooring.
This house has three cellar areas. Two can be reached via a door in the entrance hall of the house. The third, an old wash-house, is accessed via the garden next to the terrace. These cellars are sound and their stone ceilings are vaulted. They house a gas-fired boiler.
Great changes have been made to this old stable. Said outbuilding, now used as additional living space, has all facilities. Recently added insulation and sound-proofing have made it even more comfortable. The sober facade is constructed from freestone. The gable roof is covered with slate. The ground floor comprises a kitchen, a shower room, a separate toilet and a room that could be used for multiple purposes such as a lounge, a study or a bedroom. A wood and metal stairway goes up to a single vast room under the rafters.
Very often, the search for a property is an eventful adventure, enlivened by the number of the buyers’ criteria. The house needs to be large, the terrace sunny, the garden wooded and immaculately kept, an outbuilding is an added bonus. The setting should be quiet, but with easy access to all amenities. The fact that the bedrooms have to have their own shower room goes without saying. And lastly, a slice of history and heritage is always a significant asset!
This property has all of the above and much more besides. Meticulously renovated, its home comforts are enhanced by the well-designed layout of the rooms. The outbuilding is without doubt a good addition to be exploited to the full.
|Land registry surface area||375 m2|
|Main building surface area||220 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Outbuilding surface area||100 m2|
|including refurbished area||94 m2|
Yannick Lafourcade +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.