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  • 8 bedrooms
  • 14 habitable rooms
  • 478 square meters of living space
  • 306 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
In a village in the Anjou region, with 4.3 ha and dominating a river, a listed, 17th & 18th century presbytery with outbuildings - ref 519566
In the midst of a village. Between 5 and 10 minutes from two small towns with all shops and amenities. Some 30 minutes from the town of Angers which has 90-minute TGV train links to Paris, with ten or so daily return journeys. A little over an hour from the towns of Rennes and Nantes.
A pedestrian gate opens off the village square into a terraced garden that looks down on to a courtyard, where bare shale rock can be glimpsed. The presbytery is laid harmoniously out around said courtyard, together with a guest house and a barn. Parklands extend behind the guest house and on one side of the presbytery. At the end of the parklands are a pavilion and a summer house, with a swimming pool. The pavilion marks the property’s main entrance which can be reached via a street off the village square. Grasslands, bordering the presbytery’s rear facade, and the parklands slope gently down to the river bank.

The presbytery

The construction period of this presbytery dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The central building is extended, on one side, by a pavilion, on the other, by a first wing and, to the rear, by a second wing. The latter, set at right angles to the central building, delimits two terraces that look down on to the river. Built of shale stone, this presbytery spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters. The central building is topped with a Mansard-style roof, the pavilion has a hip roof, whilst those of the wings have two and three slopes. All of the roofs are covered with slate and feature numerous roof dormers. Freestone framing surrounds all the openings and dormers. The facades and roofs have French Historic Monument listing.

The annex house

This shale stone house spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters. It is topped with a slate hip roof with upward curving eaves. Freestone framing surrounds all the openings.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings include a barn in the courtyard, an entrance pavilion and a summer house near to the swimming pool.
The barn with its woodshed and its mezzanine, spanning a total surface area of 100 m², is on one side of the courtyard. Also constructed from shale stone and topped with a slate hip roof with upward curving eaves, it blends perfectly with both the presbytery and the annex house.
Looking widely out over the 12x6 m swimming pool laid out in front of it, the summer house spans approx. 67 m². It comprises a lounge-dining room, a kitchen area, two adjoining bedrooms, a bathroom, with a toilet, and a shower room, also with a toilet.
The square entrance pavilion (11.6 m²) is topped with a slate, hip roof and comprises a small room, where water is already laid on.

The parklands

Devised and designed by a now well-known landscape gardener, these parklands blend beautifully with the topography of the site and its surroundings. Terracing, bordered by shale stone walls and planted with old lime trees, looks out behind the presbytery over the valley and grasslands sloping gently down to the river. On the west side, a long, hornbeam tree-lined alleyway runs alongside the garden around the swimming pool, borders the grasslands and leads to a wood as well as a tennis court.

Our opinion
These premises exude elegance courtesy of the buildings’ harmonious layout, the adjoining reception rooms, the wrought fireplaces and the wooden stairway with its balusters. Such elegance has not only been preserved from the 17th and 18th centuries but also comes from its wonderful setting. Dominating a valley, everything here has been designed to enhance its aesthetics and its quality of life: terraces planted with old lime trees are overlooked by the presbytery’s rooms and a hornbeam tree-lined alleyway leads gently down to the river with its towpaths. Although a few works to install home comforts are required, these premises are in a good state of repair and are immediately habitable. This vast property could comfortably house a large family or be used for accommodating passing guests.
Angers, France
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