House Alencon (61)
- 483 m2
- 17 rooms
- 7 bedrooms
- land 13.6 ha
An 18th century chateau, its chapel and its outbuildings in an undulating setting, with almost 14 ha of woods and grasslands, to the south of the Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park.
Near to Alençon, less than 10 km from the town centre; 210 km from the centre of Paris and 15 km from the A28 motorway. 50 minutes from Le-Mans TGV train station which has very good rails links (Paris-Montparnasse in less than an hour, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle in 1Ÿ hours). Local shops and restaurants are to be found in the surrounding villages as well as numerous outdoor activities.
This estate extends over almost 14 ha of parklands, grasslands and woods with a caretaker's cottage at its entrance. A long driveway crosses a wood and leads to the residence which is, therefore, set amidst verdant surroundings. The dry moat provides a glimpse of the perimeter wall. Once passed the moat, an entrance marked by two stone pillars and dull, wrought iron gates. A pavilion standing at the entrance, used as a bakehouse, is topped with a dovecote. A chapel is on the other side of the entrance. Two pavilions, facing one another, are topped with hip roofs featuring a bell-turret and a spire. Their architecture resembles that constructed in the 17th century as, for instance, for the Haras-du-Pin (French national stud farm). The gates provide access to an elegant chateau via a driveway that crosses a first garden. Nearby, the old farm forms a courtyard between high walls, sculleries and a series of outbuildings composed of barns, stables, garages and old dwellings. A pathway leads to a garden which is delimited by hornbeam hedges and walls. It includes an orchard, a tennis court, and an old orangery near an arbour. A terrace opens on to another garden featuring hedges and decorative topiary bushes. The residence can be reached on the south side via a few steps on a terrace which runs the length of the building. The view from there takes in the woods and the surrounding countryside beyond. The wood surrounds the estate. Alleyways going around it lead to the grasslands.
Originally a vast estate spanning more than 1,000 ha, the farm and the pavilions date from the 17th century. With its north and south facing facades, the residence was constructed at the end of the 18th century and raised at the end of the 19th century. Spanning approx. 485 m², it comprises a succession of reception rooms on the ground floor. 7 bedrooms with 5 bath or shower rooms are spread out over the two upper floors.
The estate has undergone numerous exterior works for 20 or so years in order to delimit areas and to landscape the parklands. Numerous trees of miscellaneous species were planted on various levels, all water and sanitation plumbing was put underground and the surroundings and pathways landscaped.
The estate is roughly composed of 8 ha of woods, 4 ha of grasslands and 1.5 ha of parklands, alleyways, an orchard and the old moats.
The chateauAdjoined by a 2-storey building, this rectangular chateau spans three levels, topped with attic space and built over a semi-underground cellar. Its Mansard-style roof, housing attic space, is covered with slate. The break alone was redone six years ago. Lime rendered facades feature numerous regularly arranged windows. The reception rooms are illuminated with through light. The elegantly laid out windows on the ground floor are composed of tall, partially glazed, double doors, with arched fanlights and shutters. The first floor windows are flanked with slatted shutters, whilst those on the second floor are topped with triangular pediments. A central wooden stairway goes up to the first floor leading, via a wide corridor, to three bedrooms, with two bathrooms and toilets as well as a shower room. The stairway continues up to the second floor where a long corridor provides access to four bedrooms, with two ...
reference : 507049 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 23698467