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€700,000
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  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 habitable rooms
  • 100 square meters of living space
  • 337 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
West of Le-Mans, in over 5 hectares, dominating a river and bocage countryside, a 15th century manor house and its outbuildings - ref 813014
On the outskirts of Le-Mans, some 20 km from the town centre and the TGV train station, with its 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse. Le-Mans has very good motorway and rail connections, making it easy to reach. Ten or so kilometres from slip roads on to the A11 and A81 motorways. 30 minutes from two golf courses. Le-Pôle-Européen-du-Cheval equestrian centre. All shops are to be found in a village less than 3 km away.
A good part of this estate, extending over more than 5 ha of parklands and flower-filled grasslands planted with numerous species of trees, borders a peaceful river. A long driveway provides access to the residence which is, consequently, immersed in natural surroundings and in a dominant position with views on every side. A very tall, elegant tower comes into sight around a bend in the driveway. Standing on a fortified terrace, it is a vestige of an old manor house, dating from the 15th century. Further along the driveway, an outbuilding can be glimpsed on the left-hand side. It comprises a barn, also dating from the 15th century, with a little adjoining house. Vast grasslands on the right-hand side of the driveway are planted with walnut and other trees. The drive leads to a renovated outbuilding in use as a garage, a shed and a workshop. A panoramic view from the fortified terrace takes in the river and, on either side, plains laid out on varying levels, creating different areas and landscapes.
All that remains of the manor house dominating the river is a building resembling a pavilion, with a few vestiges of 15th century construction and a barn dating from the same era. It would be possible to envisage the reconstruction of the original manor house here, on the fortified terrace, adjoining the tall tower on the site of the old manor house shown on the 1843 map.

The tall tower

Standing on a vast fortified terrace, this tall tower is the vestige of a 15th century manor house which was redesigned in the 19th century. Spanning four levels, it is built of lime-rendered stone and topped with a slate roof. Its quoins are exposed. Full restoration works, carried out using natural materials in accordance with ancestral know-how, were completed in 2016. The resulting restauration was awarded prizes by the county council as well as the “Vieilles Maisons Françaises” (Old French Houses Association) and given the French Heritage Foundation Label.

The little house

This little house, following on from the barn, is constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks and topped with an old tile roof. It has old terracotta floor tiles and comprises two rooms, one on each level. Recently renovated, it can be lived in straightaway.

The outbuilding

This outbuilding stands at the end of the driveway. It is an L-shaped building, including a partially open, covered garage, able to take between 3 and 5 cars (3 units measuring 4x4 m). It is bordered at right angles by a building currently used for storage purposes, but intended to become a workshop and a house.
This building was completely redone in 2016: the wooden roofing framework is covered with local tiles.

The parklands, the grasslands and the river banks

More than 5 ha surround the buildings on two levels. The upper section comprises the hillside with its flower-filled grasslands, divided by low hedges and planted with trees, including more than a hundred walnut trees that, in 2018, provided a 120 kg harvest. A garden area and courtyard near to the houses. Then a long row of hackberry trees leads to an orchard, predominantly planted with apple trees, used for making excellent “homemade” apple juice.
The lower section, running alongside the river for more than 300 m, includes grassland, a poplar grove and tall ash trees. A jetty has been installed, making it possible to go boating, fishing or swimming, maybe for a picnic amongst the islets or for lunch in the neighbouring village. The fabulous rustic landscapes succeeding one another in line with the seasons are but an invitation for residents to sit and contemplate.



Our opinion
Views of this natural, unspoilt setting extend all around, taking in the river, the fields as well as the surrounding countryside and providing a succession of landscapes. Protected in the midst of 5 ha of land, residents could believe themselves alone in the world! And yet, this residence is just a few minutes from all amenities and can be easily reached as it is near to all rail and motorway connections. This property could be a family home. Conversion works could result in four independent houses. These premises would also lend themselves particularly well to some kind of hotel and catering activity. It is a property that will greatly appeal to all those able to appreciate its magic and predisposed to a way of life in keeping with its natural harmony.
Mans, France
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