Sable-sur-Sarthe, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire
€225,000 Or very near offer
SARTHE(Loire Valley) For sale.Apartments(2) on River plus Building for B&B or more apartments.
My property is directly in Sable-sur-sarthe which is about one hour from Paris by TGV or autoroute (main one from Paris to Lyon with Chartres and its Cathedral on the way) and midway between LeMans and Angiers (and about 30 kms from each) which is on the Loire River.
Live in one or both apartments and hold for investment old part or restore. Have architectural plans to make 13 room B&B or 5-6 apartments. It is ideal property for restaurant-Michelin for none in area. City agrees to even allow barge on river next to garden.
It is located directly on the rivers Sarthe (which flows into the Loire River) and Erve and within the center of town. The property consists of two large buildings-one the old part and the other a newer part that has two full apartments-furnished fully.
The buildings are about 15th, 16th century. The whole property was a convent in the past.
The two apartments (in the newer building) ,both furnished and consisting of (upper one) living room (with fold out double bed), kitchen, bathroom (shower only) ,bedroom (double bed), another bedroom (two single beds) and the lower one with living room (folding out double bed), bedroom (two single beds), bathroom (tub), kitchen. There are windows in each room with great views down the river in both directions and across the river to where the church is located. The Sarthe river is about the length of a football field wide and another small river is on one side of this building. This building also has access to the garden directly on the Sarthe river with steps down to it. There is a un-restored level to this building on the garden level with a toilet.
The other old building consists of four levels and is presently configured in various rooms / apartments with no toilets but some running water. It has beamed ceilings, 15th century clay tiles, fireplaces. Each level has high ceilings with the one under the roof extending to the roof rafters with some great details. There is a staircase from the entrance hallway to this uppermost level. There is also a "cellar" area which extends below the street level. This whole part needs total restoration. Balconies and windows (all original) are present on each level.
I have just had new roof placed, inside old part cleaned and reinforced.
There is also a lean to building in the garden against the old building.
The town of Sable sur Sarthe is about 25,000 people ,quaint and quite active especially during the summer. It has grown steadily over the 30 years I have had this property. It is about two hours by autoroute from Paris, about one hour by TGV railroad (directly from the airport). It is about one hour from most of the major Chateaux in the Loire Valley, and about the same from the Normandy coast. LeMans and its race course are 30kms away. In fact Paul Newman used the Grand Hotel as his base when he raced there. The Abbaye des Solesmes is 3km from my property down river. It is where the Gregorian chant originated and is 1000AD.
It has a very important Baroque Festival in August, a full hippodrome (harness racing) and 36 hole golf course, French National Library in a restored Chateaux. The river is navigated by tour boats (dinner cruises), boats and houseboats are available for rent. There is a municipal pool as well as a park.
There is a larger hospital within two kilometers and all other services. The area is extremely picturesque with rolling hills-ideal for bicycling.
The Sarthe river stretches from LeMans to and empties into the Loire and one can go in either direction through a series of locks(great wines). And visit many other small town along the way. About three kilometers from this property is the Abbaye de Solesmes where the Gregorian chant began and is still chanted by monks every day. The abbaye is high up on a hill overlooking the Sarthe.
Tourists are primarily British and European with a scattering of Americans. English is no problem with a tourist office with English speakers within one block.
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