Ref.3132 : French castle for sale in Mayenne.
The chateau is situated in the Mayenne department, about 161miles West from Paris by motorway. On 2017, Paris will be 1h10min away by train.
The chateau is situated in a nice hilly countryside close to a small village with shops and services, health services as well.
The history of this important seigneury dates back from the 12th century. The buildings, as we see them today, date back from the 17th and 19th century. The large dovecote tower dates from the 16th century.
The chateau presents a long main buildings extended on its sides by towers and pavilions. It was built over a terrace with some late elements give the property a defensive and nice decorative look.
Behind the chateau, beyond a courtyard, a retaining wall regains the level of the wonderful French style vegetable gardens, slightly sloping toward the South. At the centre of these gardens, a shelter over wooden poles protects a well.
The chateau comprises on the ground floor: vestibule with cloak room, important stairway, 2 sitting rooms, dining room, kitchen, former kitchen used as sitting room, laundry and toilet. The reception rooms present several decorative period features from the 18th century (fireplaces, woodwork, and doors) and a remarkable quality of decoration and finishing.
A large stairway with banisters leads to the first floor: master suite with shower room, room in the tower with toilets, wardrobe and antechamber, 4 other bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and storage. One of these bedrooms is used as study. There is the same high quality of materials and decoration as in the ground floor: woodwork, panelling, fireplaces and fabrics.
Above: bedroom with large shower room and independent toilet. Laundry or bedroom and attic space.
Under the chateau some cellars used as wine cellar, boiler room, oil stock room, etc.
The whole chateau, as well as most of the outbuildings, the garden and the woods are registered on the French Supplementary Historic Monument List.
The outbuildings comprise:
A nice building formerly used as stables and converted into a reception room with professional kitchen and toilets. Reversible air conditioning.
An interesting dwelling in the old dovecote tower from the 16thc century, composed by 2 large round rooms, restored with great care.
A buildings used as garage, shed, woodshed and workshop.
A caretaker' s house, the inside has not been converted.
A chapel with great decoration of fleur de Lys and a vault that represents the starry sky that reminds the Apparition of Notre-Dame de Pontmain.
The territory of about 38 acres is well laid out around the chateau. It begins with a long avenue extended by some woods, meadows and a pond. There is a remarkable French formal garden with flower beds delineated by some small boxwood hedges, interlinked by some gravel paths. Several fruit trees (apples, pears, apricots, cherries ...) There are also strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries ...
This is a magnificent property, very pleasant to live in, that dates from a time where the dwellings were harmoniously built, bright and refined. Its restoration, rare by its quality and its scale, allows easy and quiet accommodation.