A Directoire-style house, its outbuildings and its chapel
on the outskirts of a town by the side of the river Loire
Nantes, LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE pays-de-loire 44000 FR

Location

Half-way between Angers and Nantes and in the immediate proximity of a little town by the side of the river Loire, a former Marche-de-Bretagne, with all shops and amenities, all schools and a hospital.
Its SNCF train station has links to Paris taking about 2½ hours and its motorway slip road puts both Nantes and Angers just 45 minutes away.

Description

This property is reached via a tree-lined driveway which runs alongside the road going around the town. At the end, wrought iron gates, flanked by two stone pillars, open on to a stone bridge crossing a water-filled moat. The house and its outbuildings, set at right angles, then come into view around a main courtyard, bordered by a row of lime trees.
The Directoire-style house was built on the vestiges of an old, 16th century manor, the chapel and outbuildings of which are still standing.
The surrounding estate, spanning approx. ten hectares, constitutes parklands composed of meadows and woods.

The house

Rectangular in shape, it spans two levels, topped with unconverted attic space. With most of its facades constructed from freestone, together with the surrounds framing the openings, the quoins, the dentil cornices and the pediment facing the parklands, this house is built on granite lower sections and topped with a hip, slate roof. The gables as well as the lateral sections of the facades, are covered with rendering made using sand from the river Loire. The facades feature five bays, identical in width and flanked with huge pilasters, topped with acanthus leaf capitals. A central porch, on the north side, provides access to the front door of the house. Another porch on the south side, bordering three bays, goes down to the parklands.


Ground floor
This level comprises an entrance hall, extended by a central vestibule, both with marble floors. Two freestone columns flank the link between the entrance hall, the vestibule and the stairway, with its wrought iron balusters, going upstairs. The vestibule also includes a toilet, a cloakroom and a second stairway going down to the cellar. The entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen as well as a back kitchen and, on the other, to a study as well as a suite composed of a bedroom, with its bathroom, its separate toilet and its dressing room. The lounge and the study are both through rooms. The ground floor still has many characteristic architectural features such as Versailles pattern parquet flooring in the lounge, panelling, marble fireplaces, trumeaux, dentil cornices on the ceiling as well as exposed beams in the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has a back door leading out to the courtyard. The back kitchen gives direct access to the garage as well as to the old chapel. Extending under only half of the house, the cellars, used as utility rooms, can be reached from the vestibule and from the outside. The house has an oil-fired boiler and a wood-fired boiler as well as a heat pump.
First floor
A quarter-turning, stone stairway, winding round a freestone, string wall, goes up to a bright landing, with exposed ceiling joists. Said landing provides access to four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, with a toilet and numerous cupboards. Two of the bedrooms have an anteroom. Some are enhanced with a fireplace, featuring a mirror or a trumeau. This level has exposed ceiling beams and is carpeted throughout.
Attic
Another stairway, in a hall area off the first-floor landing, goes up to the attic space. This second floor comprises an attic, with terracotta floor tiles and an interesting roofing framework at each end of the house. Three large skylights let light in on the north side.

The old chapel

This old chapel, part of the original 16th century property, is constructed from shale quarry blocks and topped with a gable, slate roof. Three, triangular-arched openings are set in the south facade, one extending up from the floor is fitted with a French window. The old entrance to the chapel, on the west side, comprises double wooden doors set in a triangular-arched porchway. The openings are framed with freestone surrounds. Spanning a surface area of approx. 30 m², under a 4.76 m high ridge, it is now used as a summer dining room. It can be reached via the garage which communicates with the back kitchen.

The outbuildings

Laid out on the east side, a first wing is set at right angles and borders the courtyard. The outbuildings date from the old 16th century manor house and still have the following characteristic features: semi-circular arched doors, shale quarry block walls and a high, gable roof, without openings. They comprise a 3-car garage which can be reached from outside the courtyard, as well as the old barns, stables and storage areas, with a hayloft upstairs. An old pavilion, at the end of this wing, is topped with a hip roof, enhanced with two freestone, facade dormers, featuring triangular pediments. A second wing, set slightly back after the pavilion, extends the first wing of outbuildings. It comprises four independent rooms used for storage purposes, one of which houses an old bread oven. They all have packed mud floors.

The estate

The estate extends over approx. 10 ha. Parklands to the south of the house open on to an area laid to lawn, bordered on either side by a row of lime trees. They are delimited by a perimeter stone wall with partially preserved gateways. To the north and east, the house is surrounded by wooded plots, including a poplar grove, as well as marshland constituting an area of communal interest for birds, classified as “Natura 2000”.

Our opinion

Refined lines, respected codes and an antique air, in short, a classicism whose aestheticism seeks the perfection fit for a gentleman. Some will regret the presence of the neighbouring road, but the size of the parklands between the town and the countryside makes for a perfect compromise in a natural protected area, away from urban development.
The good general state of repair of the house and its current comforts make this an excellent family home. A hotel and catering activity would definitely benefit from the equidistant, attractive towns of Nantes and Angers

787 500 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 509458

Land registry surface area 10 ha 60 a 59 ca
Main building surface area 280 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 210 m2

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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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