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(49) Maine et Loire

Beautiful priory for sale

€950,000

Reception Rooms: 6
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 5
Land: 4.88 ha

Reference: C5-3878
950,000
£ 837,235
$ 1,080,141

This charming property, discreetly located at the gateway to a picturesque village, is situated on the border of the Beaugeois and Loire Valley regions in a beautiful natural and green area.
The origins of the priory date back to the 11th century, when Foulques le Rechin, heir to the Count of Anjou, had a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary built. In the second half of the 11th century, he gave it to the monks of the Saint-Serge abbey, along with the annexed buildings. It was they who built the priory. At the time, these monks lived off the vine. The wine was sold on feast days, from Easter to Pentecost, from mid-August to 8 September. This place quickly became a place of pilgrimage, particularly in the Middle Ages, for pilgrims who went to the sanctuary of Notre-Dame- l'Angevine and the tombs of Saint-Martin de Tours. In the 15th century, King René is said to have stopped here to pray to Our Lady. In 1772, the ecclesiastical vocation of the priory came to an end and it was later used as a guest house before being bought by a private individual who gave it a residential vocation.

Built of stone and slate over three levels of approx. 200sqm , this former priory is distributed as follows:
On the ground floor (ceiling height: 3 m): entrance hall, terracotta floor, exposed beams, dining room with wood-burning fireplace, living room, 2 offices, kitchen, utility room, separate WC,

First floor: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with wc, gym, dressing room,
Second floor: 3 bedrooms with bathrooms or shower room, kitchenette, living room, billiard room, storage room.
The whole for 600sqm approximately.

The property has a large potential of outbuildings composed of three distinct buildings facing the main house. Built of stone with slate rendering, they comprise
Building 1: former stables flanked by a two-storey tower, garage, conservatory and orangery.

Building 2: former cheese dairy, bread oven, room with fireplace, upstairs, former rental accommodation with two rooms, bathroom and WC. At the rear, adjoining the building, former pigsties housing the swimming pool.

Building 3: various garages, stable with 3 boxes, tack room, boiler room, laundry rooms, former kennel,
12x 6m swimming pool with sand filter.

State of the building-
The house has been lived in as a main residence for more than 15 years by the current owners, who have constantly improved it. It benefits from a constant maintenance which gives it today a quality of life and a great comfort.
Slate roof, 2/3 of it was redone in 2010-2012.
Walls in good condition, brickwork.
Zinc work in good condition, zincs have been installed on each window sill.
Window frames : PVC double glazing.
Recessed electricity, redone about 12 years ago.
Heating by means of a wood-fired boiler and an oil-fired boiler, used as a complement or substitute.
Sanitation by means of a septic tank redone between 2019 and 2020.
Water supply by the municipal water service.

The property is set in a pleasant, fully enclosed English-style park. Various species of trees, some of which are centuries old, and a pond enhance the property and give it a feeling of calm and serenity. To the west, a forest of approx. 1 hectare borders the property, which extends over a surface area of 4 hectares.

A small town 4 km away offers the basic necessities (supermarket, bakery). A resource town is 14 km away. Angers, an economic and cultural centre, is 40 minutes away and offers excellent rail links with its TGV station which connects to Paris in less than an hour and a half, as well as motorway links (A11, A87). The historic town of Saumur can be reached in 30 minutes and motorway access is 10 km away.