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Moulin Le Mans (72)

Price: € 890,000
  • 350 m2
  • 10 rooms
  • 5 bedrooms

A fully renovated, 17th century mill, with its millrace and 2.7 verdant hectares, in the Sarthe Valley. Where the borders of the Maine and Anjou regions meet, on the banks of the river Sarthe, in the midst of its verdant valley, dotted with heritage and historic sites.The A11 motorway is ten or so minutes away, just like Sablé-sur-Sarthe TGV train station, with its 80-minute links to Paris; it takes 35 minutes to reach that of Le-Mans, with its 55-minute links to Paris.Not far away is the little character town of Parcé-sur-Sarthe, with its wealth of medieval heritage, all shops and two schools. Also nearby is Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, famous for its pottery works, and Sablé-sur-Sarthe which completes the choice of all primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges, together with other cultural and sports centres. This mill stands on the river at the foot of a hill, out of sight from the road which is bordered with trees and hedges. It can be glimpsed from the end of a tarmac road, lined with hydrangea bushes. On the left-hand side is an outbuilding, transformed into a guest house. Behind it is a cellar. The river Sarthe borders the land on the right-hand side for 400 m. A dam takes the water towards the paddlewheel, restored in 1997, which drives all the mechanisms located in the milling room. The contours, massive on the river side, are prettier on the garden side. A large terrace welcomes visitors and provides a panoramic view over the river. A great deal of works was carried out in 1996 when the woodwork and the slate roof were replaced. The walls are constructed from exposed stone.The millRaised in the 19th century, this building spans four levels.Ground floorA doorway under a semi-circular arch provides access to the old milling room, where all the mechanisms are in good working order. This level comprises a storeroom area, a back stairway up to the first floor, a large garage able to take two cards and the oil tank. An open paddlewheel is adjoined to the gable wall.First floorThe first floor is reached via an outside wooden stairway, adjoining a tower.The entrance lobby-ladies' sitting room in the tower has a view of the river. It then leads to a living room, with a fireplace, a picture window and a window overlooking the millrace and the river. These are followed by a small room housing hunting weapons, a toilet, a kitchen, a large dining room and a linen room.Second floorThe landing and a vaulted corridor, which brings that of a monastery to mind, provide access to a main bedroom with an adjoining bathroom. These are followed by another bedroom, with a bathroom, and a stairway at the end.Third floorThis level comprises a vast living room with a bookshelf, and an adjoining bedroom with a washing area. The entire floor has sloping ceilings with exposed beams.OutbuildingThis building, at the end of the entrance lane, separated from the main house by a lawn, has been converted into a 3-roomed house.CellarHewn in the slope, behind the little house, the cellar can be reached via stone steps.Garden shedThese two wooden constructions, one open and one closed, could be used for sheltering animals or for storing equipment.The parklandsThe landscaped grounds, spanning almost 3 ha, are entirely enclosed or bordered by the river Sarthe.They are divided into two sections. One area, dotted with various species of trees, slopes gently alongside the water's edge. The bank is planted with shrubs.A pathway of wooden steps under a leafy canopy provides access to the second section, half of which is a meadow whilst the other half is planted with fir trees with, in a corner, adjoining wooden constructions, one open and the other closed. These could shelter animals or be used for storing equipment.The houses are ...

reference : 770023 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 13062405