- 5 bedrooms
- 2 habitable rooms
- 288 square meters of living space
- 173 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Le-Mans is a medieval town, known as Plantagenet City, enclosed by a Gallo-Roman perimeter wall. This property stands 8 km from the town and its TGV train station, with links to Paris-Montparnasse and Nantes taking less than an hour. The rail links to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (1¾ hours) and the main French towns are excellent. 2 hours from Paris and Nantes via the A11 motorway, it is also near to Le-Mans’ University and hospital. Less than 30 minutes from Le-Mans’ 24-hour racing circuit, 2 golf courses and Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre.
Several kilometres of hiking and cycling trails (to Le-Mans or the countryside) are within easy reach of the residence. All amenities such as shops, schools and sports centres can be reached on foot.
This property is set back off the road, on the outskirts of a village. Enclosed by high hedges and walls that protect it from onlookers, it looks out over the countryside. A second separate entrance opens directly into the parklands, leading to a detached house and outbuildings, with a garage, making access and parking easy. A main, closed, paved courtyard is laid out behind tall gates. The house looks out over a large, south-facing covered terrace, facing a natural pool, ponds with plant life providing filtration and the parklands which contain a habitable outbuilding and also close the courtyard. A garden, with a greenhouse, runs the full width of this extended house on the east side. Following on, behind the swimming pool, is a meadow planted with tall trees and a generous orchard. The outbuilding housing garages and storage areas, a little house. The outbuilding, with its entrance via the private road, could easily be converted for professional purposes, without diminishing the privacy of the family home.
This residence comprises a main, rectangular building. Originally built in the 18th century, it is featured on Cassini’s map. A perpendicular extension, set at right angles, was added in the 20th century. Constructed from rendered Roussard sandstone and quarry stone blocks, the residence spans two levels, one of which is under the rafters. The extension is laid out all on one level. The residence is topped with a gable roof, covered with local tiles and featuring roof dormers.
Laid out alongside a private lane, this outbuilding closes the property on the west side. It is preceded by a vast car parking area. The guest house and four garages. Next, a partially converted, 2-storey barn could be transformed into flats or used for professional purposes.
The parklands, the garden and the meadows
The vast, varied parklands include a vegetable garden, a meadow with wild flowers, a water garden, a pond, and a fishpond. Fully enclosed by high hedges and planted with tall trees, they extend in front of the house and can be reached via a separate entrance off a private road. Tall trees dotted throughout the parklands prevent the neighbours from overlooking the premises. Parterres, water gardens and lush greenery compose the landscape. A Mediterranean style garden takes up the south-facing, walled courtyard. A greenhouse, near to the vegetable garden, backs on to a wall. A well can be used for watering the parklands. Two people are currently employed for half a day per week from March to November in order to maintain the grounds.
This orchard is planted with numerous fruit trees and berries. The apple harvest, around 800 kg per year, is transformed into many products that are useful in winter.
The swimming pool and its natural filtration system
Originally a swimming pool, it was transformed into a natural pool in 2013. Plants and lava stone are used for filtration purposes in the pools intended for this purpose. It is 2 m deep. A robot cleans excess sediment. Its water, very good for the skin, comes from the well.
The layout of the building in this particular spot is a success in itself. The balance between architecture and landscape is perfect and is enhanced by the development works carried out over the last 15 years and the creation of parklands instead of what could have been an ordinary farmyard. The current owners have paid meticulous attention to the preservation of the natural setting and are, therefore, now enjoying the fruits of their labour. The overall appearance of the surroundings remains natural despite the integration of features that are not endemic. Similar care in choice was taken with regard to the conversion of the inside, which can only be described as tasteful.
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