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Angers
€1,850,000
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  • 10 bedrooms
  • 16 habitable rooms
  • 700 square meters of living space
  • 200 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A listed castle, with its keep and its outbuilding, in 8.7 ha in the undulating wooded countryside of the Anjou region - ref 105111
In undulating, wooded surroundings. Some 3 km from a historic town with all shops and amenities. About 20 km from the river Loire and its delightful villages. 40 km from Angers and 30 km from Saumur, both towns having a train station with links to Paris. 11 km from a slip road for the A85 motorway.
Two freestone pillars, standing off the road, flank magnificent wrought iron gates that open on to a plane tree-lined driveway. This driveway runs alongside a wood and, then, provides access to the area around the castle, with its old keep and the former stables, now transformed into a house. A French formal garden is laid out in front of the castle’s main facade. A swimming pool area has been created near to the outbuilding. Behind the castle are extensive landscaped parklands, with the listed keep in the midst of woods on the north side.

The castle

Although redesigned in the 19th century with the addition of a Renaissance tower, this castle still has most of its 15th, 16th and 17th century features. In addition, it has exceptional listed kitchens which provided for the old 13th century military defensive keep. This castle, composed of several adjoining buildings, is partially constructed from freestone and partially from stone and lime-rendered quarry stone blocks. The main building, which spans two stories above the ground floor, is topped with a slate roof featuring tall windows. At the front, it is flanked by a central hexagonal stairway tower, by a small projection on one side and by an oratory on the other. The overhanging cornices, the modillion cornices, the tall windows and the rusticated masonry of the framing around the openings are all made of freestone. The roof on the Renaissance tower used as a main stairway, topped with a finial, features two roof dormers, both adorned with chimera and topped with a finial. On the ground floor of this tower is the barrel-vault entrance door to the castle which is bordered by moulding, forming an ogee, itself topped with a festooned cross, delimited by pinnacles. At the back, it is flanked by a round tower on one side and by a square tower on the other. Its windows have stone mullions. Two other buildings, spanning just two levels, extend the main building. They are both topped with Mansard style slate roofs; one featuring pediment roof dormers and the other gable roof dormers.

The keep

The old castle was built in the 13th century on a feudal motte by the family who gave their name to this property. This rectangular building, constructed from sandstone and quarry stone blocks, is diagonally flanked by two towers. One of these towers houses a stairway leading to the two main levels. The ground floor, spanning approx. 100 m², has a packed mud floor under a 4 m high freestone vault, in pristine condition. This first room is the only one to have its original 13th century fireplace and a well. It opens on to the interior stairway, providing access to a vaulted first floor room, with eight windows. The second floor spans a similar floor surface area. This listed building is currently undergoing restoration works.

The outbuilding

These former stables, constructed at the end of the 19th century, span two levels and have been transformed into a house with garages. There are two outstanding vaulted cellars in the basement. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, with a stairway, a bedroom laid out in the old tack room, a lounge and a kitchen-dining room. Upstairs are a vast lounge, featuring the exposed beams of the roofing framework, three bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room, a toilet and a dressing room.

The parklands

At the entrance to the property is a wood, around the castle are landscaped parklands and, on the east side, is a French formal garden. The wood, bordered by the lime tree-lined driveway, is predominantly planted with oak and sweet chestnut trees. An alleyway, bordered by decoratively trimmed yew trees, leads to the keep. The landscaped parklands are, mainly, laid to lawn and, partially, grasslands with copses and a few outstanding plane, oak, beech and cedar trees. In these landscaped parklands, near to the outbuilding, the swimming pool area has been delimited by a baluster and the ruins of an old tower. The French formal garden is mainly walled, with a pavilion and an old greenhouse on one side. It is laid out around a large rectangular ornamental pool with boxwood embroideries, decoratively trimmed yew and boxwood as well as a rose garden. It is extended by a wooded area which features a second ornamental pool, but round this time, with a central sculpture of a satyr, holding a nymph in its arms.



Our opinion
This territory is steeped in history. Starting with that of the Plantagenet kings who, from their nearby castle, would hunt in the vast oak forests, comprising the surroundings. Followed by that of the Renaissance period, many examples of which are dotted along the royal river. Here, the 19th century respected the heritage left by these eras including that of the impressive, austere and solitary, medieval keep which dominates the parklands and that of the castle, the main facade of which brings to mind the 16th century architecture, so common to the region. The 19th century has also paid tribute to them by creating their beautiful verdant setting, opening on to the surrounding countryside. This restored, comfortable residence, with its refined appearance, can be lived in straightaway.
Angers, France
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