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€755,000
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  • 11 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 19 habitable rooms
  • 540 square meters of living space
  • 413 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A spacious, 15th century manor house, with outbuildings forming a courtyard and 7 ha, alongside a wild river in French bocage countryside, 30 minutes from Le-Mans - ref 883155
On the periphery of Le-Mans, 30 minutes from the town centre and a TGV train station with its 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. Le-Mans has good motorway and rail connections: 1¾ hours from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, less than 3 hours from Lyon, less than 5 hours from Marseille, 2½ hours from Lille-Europe train station for London, 1½ hours from Nantes and from Rennes.
Le-Mans, an hour away from the Loire Valley, still has an interesting, wonderfully preserved medieval town, known as Plantagenet City. Protected by a perimeter wall dating from the Gallo-Roman era (the best preserved of its type after those of Rome and Istanbul). Many events are held there such as abundant markets selling local produce and the annual “Entre Cours et Jardins” flower show.
The village’s small shops, bar and restaurant can be reached on foot or by bike.
On the outskirts of a village, at the end of a long lane planted with tall trees, visitors discover this property which, dating from the 15th century, was extended in the 18th century and stands on the edge of a wild river. In a first section are outbuildings, some of which, also dating from the 15th century, are of a good size. The lane continues down past the last outbuildings to reveal the manor house which forms a courtyard, also delimited by the river. On the right-hand side of the courtyard is a large dovecote. Beyond the river, the view stretches over the meadows where several horses gambol. At the end of the courtyard, reached via an open passageway between the house and the former sculleries, is a landscape garden where the river continues to flow along one of its sides. The house’s rear terrace dominates this tranquil scenery, providing a delightful view with a meadow in the distance. To the rear, houses are set at right angles. Dominating the valley, a plot of land spreads out back towards the entrance lane and the farm buildings.
The three houses are all interconnected. Taken as a whole, they form a spacious, practical home which can be used for a variety of purposes depending on the season and the number of guests. Each house has its own entrance. It would also be very easy to separate these living areas.
The newly converted house: 250 m².
The 15th century house: 142 m².
The house converted in the 18th century: 148 m².

The newly converted house

This is the first house, converted from the old stables, to be seen when reaching the property. Windows have been added to the attic space to give an architectural unity to the entire residence. This rectangular building is built of exposed stone, with a slate roof on the facade side and a tile roof on the opposing side. The door and window frames, some reflecting the Renaissance style, have all been changed and double glazed, without shutters. This house is entered via an outstanding old door, featuring a heavy door knocker. A wide vestibule, with bare flagstones, houses a stairway, with Louis XIII style balusters, which goes upstairs to five bedrooms and four shower rooms, with toilets. On the right-hand side of the ground floor is a spacious lounge, with a fireplace and a piano bar for pleasant evenings. This precedes a contemporary fitted kitchen, with a wood-burning stove. A back kitchen is laid out as a machine room. On the left-hand side of the entrance hall, a small, Louis XV style lounge features a stone fireplace. It is followed by the oldest house.

The house dating from the 15th century

An old door, with stone lintel and jambs, provides access to a superb corridor, featuring a window with a window seat. In a cupboard, a well from the same era feeds a geothermal system, providing the heating in this section. Nearby are a boiler room and a shower room, with a toilet. Then, through another old door, is a large lounge. A stone stairway goes to a half-floor, with a cellar set in the hillside; upstairs are two rooms, one of which is a very large bedroom, with a fireplace, the straight chimney breast of which is decorated with a plain, stone coat-of-arms. It would be possible to add a passageway here that leads to the upstairs of the third house, dating from the 18th century. The ground floor also provides access to this other building via the large lounge.

The house dating from the 18th century

Set at right angles, this other rectangular building spans two levels. A large lounge provides access via a little corridor with a toilet, to a kitchen opening into a dining room, with a fireplace, ready to seat large parties gathered for special occasions. This room opens on to a garden terrace, with a view of the river. It is followed by a hall area, preceding a study and housing a wooden stairway, going upstairs. This level comprises four bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. The ground floor continues into a bedroom, with through light and a view of the garden, a wide dressing room and a bathroom.

The outbuildings

These outbuildings could be used for a multitude of purposes such as storage, the running of an activity or more houses. At the entrance to the estate are a hemp drying shed, a dovecote, two barns constructed in the 15th century, the facade of one of which features an old crucifix decoration which was partially torn down at the time of the French Revolution. Another two barns, both of a good size, stand on either side of the entrance to the courtyard. A wooden farm shed is set behind one of them. On the heights, on the border of the property and out of sight, is an old, very large henhouse, spanning a surface area of 400 m². Small sculleries are to be found by the water’s edge.

The garden and the meadows

In front of sheltered area formed by the L-shaped, 15th century house, there is a large, east-facing terrace with a view of the river. The edges of the latter are laid out as terraced and grassy areas with low hedges that delimit smaller nooks and crannies. It is possible to glimpse the back garden through a passageway between two buildings. It is flanked by a hill and the banks of the river that continues to run along this side. Beyond the garden, on the other side of the river, are two large meadows.

The river

This first category river flows through the middle of the property. The estate includes a total of 800 m of banks on either side of the river.



Our opinion
Such a residence in our era is a bit like reading a copy of Jean-de-laBruyère’s book “Les Charactères”: a disparate collection that time, with even its most recent additions, links very naturally to us, with its own characters and characteristics. The 20th century additions are no more astonishing today than those of the 18th century in their time. A peaceful continuity that blends beautifully with the general atmosphere of the premises. The vocation could undergo some changes such as a bed & breakfast activity, separating the private section from the accommodation activity or perhaps a place where several families live together. This property has all that is required, just two hours from Paris, to take advantage of an authentic countrified way of life or one that mixes town and country.
Mans, France
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