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Manoir Bellême (61)

Price: € 1,150,000
  • 316 m2
  • 13 rooms
  • 5 bedrooms

A 16th century manor house dominating undulating French bocage countryside and forest estates in the Perche area. 180 km from Paris, between Nogent-le-Rotrou and Mortagne-au-Perche. The Luigny exit off the A11 Paris-Le-Mans motorway is 40 km away. The SNCF Paris-Montparnasse-Nogent-le-Rotrou train line is some 20 km away. Near to Bellême with all shops and amenities as well as a strenuous and technical, 18-hole golf course.Courtesy of its distinctive reliefs, the Perche area features wide panoramic views taking in the slopes of French bocage countryside, valleys and rivers set around its forests and its superb sunken lanes. A narrow, quiet road winds its way through superb unspoilt countryside before reaching the estate that can be glimpsed behind its immaculately kept hedges. Standing in a dominant position, it provides a view that takes in more than seven bell-towers and vast forest estates. A shady lane leads to the entrance to the estate which is spread out amidst meadows, enclosed by wooden rail fencing, as far as the majestic manor house bordered by tall trees. Visitors first see the residence's north-east facade at the foot of which an old-fashioned fountain is set in a small square. Beyond, a paved alleyway goes down amongst the verdant surroundings to a fish-filled lake and its landing stage. Meadows, also enclosed by wooden rail fencing, are laid out below on either side.The manor houseThis L-shaped manor house spans three levels, dotted with half floors. It has a local tile roof and is flanked by two towers, one square, the other round. The main building has a gable roof. The square tower, on the east side, is topped with a dentil course cornice under a hip roof. SOther features include stone decoration above the doors, with exposed quarry stone block framing around the doors and windows, inside and out. Here and there, set around its walls, it is possible to see some gargoyles. It has indoor wooden shutters and a partial cellar under the building.TerraceThe south-facing terrace is paved with stone. The study in the square tower also has a south-facing terrace, tucked out of the way, leading down to the garden via a few stone steps.Garden levelAfter the boot room is a room with a fireplace and a toilet. A few stone steps provide access to the reception rooms on the ground floor.Ground floorThe walls in the lounge feature exposed quarry stone blocks. Monumental stone fireplaces back on to or are incorporated in the walls. The original beam system is exposed. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles of varying shapes. The lounge provides access to the square tower which is used as a study. There is a small room upstairs. In the kitchen, an eating area is set in the small tower and a stone stairway leads to the cellar.First floorThe first floor is reached via a wooden stairway with balusters which, half way up, provides access to a first bedroom with a stone fireplace and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. A landing room provides access to the bedrooms and leads as far as the turret where a bathroom has been installed. There are terracotta floor tiles and exposed beams throughout on this level.Second floorThe second floor, reached via a wooden stairway, is under the rafters with rooms on a mezzanine. The dressing room features wrought oak wood.CellarThe cellars can be reached from the outside and include a linen room area, a boiler room area and a third separate area which is used as a storeroom and a wine cellar.The outbuildingsSet back, a short distance from the manor house, a large wooden farm shed, covered with shingle and topped with chestnut wood tiles, blends gracefully in with the surrounding countryside. All the meadows, bordered by wooden rail ...

reference : 278613 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 927728-6