Historic Manor house in the Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire
Owned since the late 1990s the current owners have completed a thorough task of renovating this property within the rules and regulations that govern Monument Historique listed (2nd class – outside) buildings. Their love for this home combined with their artistic aptitude caused the artisans working on the project to have more than one stressful period but the end result is above and beyond what is usually achieved. Their attention to detail combined with the reproduction of certain elements, based upon the original, shows through and what we have today is not only true to what was there 600 years ago but also combines the added functionality of modern improvements such as underfloor heating. The external facades, gargoyles, pitch of the roof and materials were all chosen to be in keeping with the original building and today you can see where the former tower, fireplaces and openings of old once were as this property changed shape and style throughout the centuries. This home now offers a large front to back triple aspect lounge with quarry tiled floor, large tuffeau fireplace, traditional cross framed windows and direct access to the covered outdoor dining area. The open plan kitchen and dining room with again those charming quarry tiled floors and exposed beams has also a working wood burner in the fireplace as well as the underfloor heating. the downstairs wc and wet room (shower) are next to a practical utility room which leads on to a vaulted study (this has been used as a downstairs bedroom and could be self-contained accommodation if required as it has it’s own front door). The staircase is part stone and part wood and winds gently to the first floor offering access to either the master bedroom (triple aspect), a shower room with wc or what is currently used as the entertainment room (piano and projector) but could easily be another large bedroom with the possibility of adding an en-suite if required. The second floor proudly shows its 15 C. origins with the exposed beams in the bedrooms leading the eye right up to the high pitch. Here the en-suite shower room and wc is neatly arranged so as not to intrude on the bedroom space. The second bedroom on this floor renovated and restored in the same style has it’s own en-suite bath and wc facilities. This house has new electricity, drainage etc. and very good energy classifications and despite its 240 sqm of living space is not expensive to heat and live in (a testament to the builders of old perhaps). Outside we have a large garage (currently used as an art studio but could again possibly be self-contained accommodation if required), private parking area, a formal garden, al-fresco covered dining area and views of the woodland behind. A short distance from local amenities and schools etc. makes this attractive home of interest to couples and families alike with the obvious possibility for paying guests if required. Saumur and the Loire Valley is around 30 mins away and Tours and Angers a little further.