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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 12 habitable rooms
  • 325 square meters of living space
  • 80 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A mansion house, with its main courtyard and its garden, in one of the Anjou region’s historic towns - ref 107807
In the centre of a historic town with all shops and amenities. Some 30 minutes from the towns of Angers and Saumur, both linked to Paris via a fast train line (90-minute Angers-Paris TGV train links with ten or so daily return journeys). Equidistant from the villages on the banks of the river Loire and the verdant hills of the Baugeois region. Less than 10 minutes from the slip roads for the A87 motorway.
A monumental gateway, extended on either side along the street by walls topped with balusters and railings, opens into a main courtyard. This paved courtyard is closed on its three other sides, first of all by wings set at right angles to the mansion house and, then, by a building housing garages. The gateway, commissioned in 1813 from the father of sculptor David-d’Angers, is reminiscent of the facades of ancient temples, with its Ionic order pilasters and its Doric order frieze. It is topped with a cornice, supporting a triangular, freestone pediment, sculpted in bas-relief and covered with slate. The garden facade, also enclosed by walls, looks out over a raised terrace. An orangery is set at right angles. At the end of the garden is a small building, used for storage purposes.

The mansion house

Constructed from lime rendered quarry stone blocks at the very beginning of the 19th century, this house spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. The hip roof, featuring numerous roof dormers and a pavilion section where the two wings meet, is covered with slate. The modillion cornices, the string course, the quoins, the framing around the openings and the roof dormers are all made of freestone. The entrance door stands out courtesy of the entablature crowning it.

The outbuildings

Two garages, bordering the main courtyard, have a rusticated masonry, freestone facade and double, arched, wrought wood doors. An old orangery, set at right angles to the facade of the mansion house, features a door, flanked by freestone and topped with an oculus, crowned with a triangular, freestone pediment. In a corner of the garden is a building used for storage purposes and as a covered area. There are cellars under one of the wings of the mansion house.

Our opinion
The quality and the elegance of the construction are obvious and the appearance of the gateway gives an idea of what it is guarding, out of sight of onlookers. The era following the French Revolution, marked by the Directoire style, still exudes its peaceful, airy and discreet effect. This is reflected in the overall atmosphere of the place which will clearly appeal to enthusiasts of tranquillity and a pleasant way of life.
Although not isolated from human activity, this residence is a luminous refuge that nothing appears to disturb.
Angers, France
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