Ref.3143 : French listed castle for sale in the Sarthe Department.
The chateau, situated between Le Mans and Angers, was built in an unspoilt countryside, less than 2 miles from a village with basic amenities. A small city, less than 7 miles from the property, offers shops, services and train station. The property is easy accessible by the motorway.
The current chateau was the former abbatial dwelling of the monastery. The Abbots administrators use to reside in the Court or in the bishoprics, this dwelling was converted and decorated to be rented in the middle of the 18th century. This use explains the civilian character of the inside decoration that remains almost complete.
About 400 sqm of living space, per level, the château comprises :
On the ground floor :
A vestibule with tiled floors. Situated in the centre of the facade, it leads to the reception rooms and in the past, to the cloister.
Both side doors are decorated with carved tittle blocks.
At the right of this vestibule :
- A large sitting room (7.29 x 10.72m) with stone tiled floors, lit by 3 windows opened to the main courtyard. This rooms has kept its original 18th century decoration.
The main door, with its woodworks and old door furniture, is topped with a panel that represents a trophy of musical instruments sculpted in the stone with a bust with tinsels.
The four side doors are decorated with stucco medallions represent an allegory of the 4 seasons. These four panels, relatively rare in the region, have been realized by Italian travelling artists.
The stone fireplace is decorated with a typical decoration on rockworks and was originally painted in fake marble. The grey paintings in the room, although they have been several times redone, have the colours that they used to have before the Revolution.
- A small sitting room with tiled floor and wooden fireplace.
- A kitchen/dining room with terracotta tiled floors.
- A bedroom with dressing room and modern bathroom.
- A secondary stairway.
On the left side of this vestibule :
A study with oak parquet floors and 19th century marble fireplace created in the former waiting room of the abbatial dwelling that was divided on 2 on the 19th century to create this small study and a corridor to the dining room.
The dining room has kept most of its original decorative features Louis XV style. The fountain, the fireplace, and the 2 sideboards under the windows are on black marble from Solesmes. The mantel of the fireplace, that imitates woodworks, is in sculpted stone as well as the framing of the central door, with its fruit basket and the one from the fountain topped by a Neptuno' s head.
A vestibule with stairway. This wooden stairway, with square banisters dates back from the time of the construction of the Abbey, at the end of the 17th century. It has the particularity of having its first flight of steps inside the wall, liberating the access to the library. The entrance is topped by a 19th century sculpted head. The library. A dining room (in the former kitchen) with terracotta tiled floors, monumental fireplace and former vegetable garden. Small kitchen.
Laundry, some staff rooms, small cellar and toilet.
On the first floor, a gallery leads to : 4 bedrooms with bathroom or shower room, 2 other bedrooms, a children' s room, a bathroom and a laundry.
On the South wing : an apartment composed by: a sitting room with 18th century fireplace, a library, a kitchen and a bedroom with bathroom. Attic space above.
The outbuildings comprise:
- Some buildings composed by the stock rooms, workshop, garage, former bake house and dairy house.
- A secondary dwelling with entrance, kitchen, back kitchen, sitting room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, toilet. This house has been entirely restored some 5 years ago.
A beautiful set of land, crossed by a stream, is composed by a nice entrance avenue, a beautiful main courtyard, a park nicely designed, decorated with an old tree covered walk and some beautiful ornamental trees, a small vegetable garden with old oak trees. All in about 44 acres.