Restored Family Home and Bed & Breakfast, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire
This family owned (since 1953) 12c priory has been lovingly restored and today provides ample accommodation for the family and paying guests. Ideally located halfway between Le Mans and Tours in the heart of the Loir Valley the business provides a comfortable supplementary income for the current owners (the rental season could easily be expanded if required). With it's private walled park, lavoir, river and mill reach access, numerous outbuildings, pool and all in the heart of the village this splendid home has much to offer. Built by the monks in the 12 century and inhabited by them until the 17th century, the architectural periodic changes within and exterior are visible and intriguing. The second tower, the vertical splitting of the first floor to provide a 2nd floor with additional bedrooms were all carried out by the monks. The painted wall in the upper rooms dates back to the Monks. The current owners family redecorated and improved where necessary whilst keeping the "soul" of this impressive historic building intact. The vaulted tuffeau stone guest lounge, the enormous salon (with it's massive oak beams), dining hall and fitted kitchen, hallway and twin stairs create the layout of the ground floor with leaded light windows with internal and external period shutters all work in offering a relaxing and welcoming environment. The first floor has the 4 guest bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and all enjoying park views, character beams and tiled floors. The owners twin bedroom and private bathroom are access by the "newer" tower. The 2nd floor holds a games room (with the original "Boat" beam work exposed), four further bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside you'll discover various outbuildings including; double garage, workshops, storeroom, 2nd house (renovation to be completed), swimming pool, "Vivier" (fish basins), private lavoir on the mill reach and large piece of land accessed via a private bridge with direct river and reach access (an anglers delight). In the heart of a village nearby to the market town of Chateau-du-Loir with great communication links to Le Mans, Tours and further afield to Paris, London, etc... A truly charming home steeped in character and history offering space for the family and paying guests.