- 14 bedrooms
- 20 habitable rooms
- 600 square meters of living space
In the Baugeois countryside where “from high hills it is possible to see distant horizons and dense forests, with admirable mature trees where wild boar wallow and the hunt’s horns and bays still resound”. Near to a small historic town with all shops and amenities. More or less equidistant from the towns of Angers, Tours and Le-Mans, all three linked to Paris by the high-speed train line. 30 minutes from Saumur and the banks of the river Loire. 15 minutes from slip roads for the A11 and A85 motorways.
The origins of this castle date back to the 14th century whilst its chapel was founded in the 15th century. Two large periods of reconstruction and transformation followed, one at the beginning of the 17th century and the other at the end of the 18th century. The castle is composed of two buildings set at right angles, connected to a 14th century stairway tower and to two projecting pavilions. The entrance gateway, flanked by freestone pillars, ending semi-circular walls, opens into a garden, laid out in front of the main facade of the first building. On one side of the garden, the outer bailey, separated by a low wall, can be reached via a few steps, marked by the freestone pillars of an old gateway. On the other, a second, terraced garden can be reached via a flight of stone steps, closed by gates. And lastly, on the gable wall of this building, a passageway leads to a third, enclosed, back garden and to a tower, backing on to the support wall for the terraced garden. The outer bailey is surrounded by outbuildings, some of which have been converted, the chapel, a wall featuring entrance gates and the front facade of the second building which is currently laid out as residence, separate from the rest of the castle.
This castle, constructed from stone and lime-rendered quarry stone blocks, is topped with hip slate roofs, most of which feature roof dormers. Freestone was used for the cornices, the quoins, the framing around the openings (almost all of which are fitted with slatted, wooden shutters) and the roof dormers. The main facade of the first building is adorned with pilasters, featuring Ionic order capitals on the corners of the first floor, and a classical entablature above the central door. The entrance to the castle, set at an angle and protruding, is to be found where the main residence adjoins a pavilion. Made of freestone, it is topped with a triangular pediment. An elegant, freestone watch-turret adjoins a corner of the other pavilion.
The second house
A flight of stone steps leads from the outer bailey to the entrance door.
The old stables
The old stables, spanning two levels including one of attic space, have been transformed into living accommodation.
Backing on to the wall supporting the terraced garden, this dovecote spans three levels, topped with an elegant, slate pagoda roof. The first level can be reached via the enclosed garden and the second from the terraced garden. The door opening on to the latter is flanked with pilasters and topped with a triangular pediment and an oculus. A narrow quarter-turning wooden stairway goes from the first level up to the top floor.
This chapel was built in the 15th century and heavily redesigned at the beginning of the 17th century. Its arched openings and its steeple date from the later period. Traces of frescoes which, at one time, covered its walls, are still visible in numerous places. They are without doubt worthy of restoration.
These outbuildings comprise several woodsheds, a local-style barn, a building housing three horse loose boxes and an old dwelling, with a superb freestone fireplace. Under the gardens, there are also several cellars, including one with a sculpted cross-ribbed vault and a series of freestone compartments.
A lawn, planted with old lime trees, is laid out in front of the residence. A flight of stone steps, closed by gates, goes from there to a terraced garden which is extended by a meadow. This terraced garden, currently laid to lawn, and the meadow are enclosed by walls on one side, open on to the countryside on another and bordered by a wood corresponding to the old feudal motte, with its moats, on a third. An ornamental stone pool is in line with the gates. The outer bailey and the enclosed garden are planted with numerous shrubs and adorned with flower beds.
This castle is sufficiently sober as to be readable and yet sufficiently complex as regards the layout of its rooms as to inspire a wish to recreate seven centuries of history. The abundance of hip roofs adds character. A watch-turret enhances a corner, a little outside building is topped with a pagoda roof and the small steeple on the chapel resembles a finger pointing skywards. Its range of gardens is the best of introductions to the surrounding countryside where game-filled forests cover the hills. Such a property on such a site warrants a few works to install modern-day home comforts.
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