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House in the centre of a village with 3 bedrooms, one of them with a large dressing room. Dining room, fitted kitchen, lounge, large outbuilding / workshop (previously the old village bakery) with a wine cellar. Gated access to long driveway leading to a garage, parking and a manageable garden laid to lawn with fruit trees. Small enclosed courtyard. Central heating. Full details and dimensions are provided below.
The property is in a beautiful village which has excellent wine makers (and sellers!). In the centre of the village is a butcher shop, bakery, grocery with a post office, bar/restaurant, hairdresser, village hall, football pitch and boules court, and a lovely public park and walks along the river Loir. The house is halfway between Le Mans 45km and Tours, 58km. Chahaignes is 2.5 hours from Paris by autoroute. There is a train service 20 minutes away. The closest airport is at Tours (London Stansted, Dublin, Lyon, Porto, etc). For ferry crossings to and from the UK, the port of Caen is 2 hours 20 minutes away.
Entrance Hall (10m²), kitchen (10m²), dining room (18m²), lounge (28m²), wc, laundry (4m²).
10m² (7.88m x 1.3m) Hard wood front door, with upper section glazed with ornate ironwork and full-length metal security shutter, providing access to the house from the pavement. Access to the lounge, dining room, wc and kitchen plus the wood staircase leading to the upper floor. Lower quarter wall wood panelling. 1800’s patterned stone floor tiles. Radiator.
18m² (4.23m x 6.60m) Large, light, and comfortable space with an open, fully working stone fireplace with deep oak mantle. 1800’s patterned stone floor tiles. Lower quarter wall wood panelling, upper section cream emulsion. Large white wood window to the front of the house, double-glazed with metal shutters. Second window overlooking the stream and historic lavoir again, with metal shutters. Two radiators. Five electric plugs, television socket plus a telephone point. Ceiling light. Two doors to hallway.
18m² (4.23m x 4.23m) Large, light and airy dining room. Open marble surround fireplace. 1800’s patterned stone floor tiles. Large radiator. Lower quarter wall wood panelling. Large secondary glazed window with metal shutters, overlooking the stream and historic lavoir. Two electric points. Ceiling light.
10m² (3.14m x 3.23m) Oak kitchen units, floor and wall with tiled worktops. Double sink. Extractor fan. Space for a table. Built in fan oven. Covered gas hob with 4 burners. Built in refrigerator. Dishwasher. Strip lighting. Wall tiles. 1800’s patterned stone floor tiles. Several electric sockets. Extractor fan. Radiator. Window with shutters and stable door access to the courtyard. Behind one of the floor units is access to a World War Two hideaway which extends under the stairs.
4m² (2.78m x 1.48m). Large ceramic butler sink with hot and cold water. Cold feed to washing machine. Freezer. Shelved larder at the far end. Walls neutral emulsion, part tiled. Terracotta tile flooring. External hard wood door, glazed. Hard wood glazed window. Cream/light beige ceramic floor tiles. Ceiling light. Washing machine connection. Storage shelving.
White toilet, flooring as for entrance hall, emulsion walls, lockable door.
Accessed by 180 degree turn wood staircase with turned spindles and lower quarter wall wood panelling. Landing proving access to: bedroom 1 (19m²), dressing room (4.5m²), bedroom 2 (15m²), bedroom 3 (11.3m²), bathroom (6.7m²).and wc
Doors to the bedrooms, dressing room, bathroom and wc. Original floorboards. Lower quarter wall wood panelling upper section neutral emulsion. Radiator Ceiling light.
19m² (4.2m x 4.5m) Double Bedroom. Marble fireplace. Large, double, white PVC window double glazed with shutters overlooking the front. Ceiling light with lovely cornice. Large radiator. 4 electric sockets. Walls peach emulsion. Parquet floor. Door to dressing room.
4.5m² (1.27m x 3.5m) Second door to the landing part glazed allowing light through to the landing. Wall light. Large, double, white PVC window double glazed, new in 2019, with shutters overlooking the front.
15m² (4.2m x 3.5m) Wood window, with shutters overlooking the stream. Ceiling light. Radiator. 3 electric sockets. Walls wallpaper white with blue motif. Original floorboards.
11.3m² (4.2m x 2.7m) Marble fireplace. Wood window, with shutters overlooking the stream. Ceiling light. Radiator. 1 electric socket. Walls wallpaper white with pink motif. Original floorboards.
6.7m² (4.2m x 2.7m) Bath with shower over. Pedestal sink. Large cupboard. Blue tile-effect vinyl flooring. Window overlooking the courtyard with shutters. White walls. Radiator. 1 electric socket.
White toilet, blue tile-effect vinyl flooring, emulsion walls, lockable door.
40m² (10.25m x 3.9m note taken from 1.8m height due to sloping ceiling) Accessed by 180 degree turn wood staircase with turned spindles. Stairwell walls peach emulsion lit by window overlooking the front. Skylight (double glazed) over stairwell entrance to loft, new in 2019. The loft space covers the full footprint of the house. Original wood floorboards. Exposed beams. Velux window, new in 2010. Lockable door. Ideal for conversion.
OUTBUILDING / WORKSHOP with ground and first floor (potential project for conversion)
Ground floor 22m² (5.7m x 3.9m) The old village bakery. Open tuffeau limestone fireplace. Water and electricity – lighting and sockets. Concrete screed floor. Wall mounted boiler for central heating feeding the house with remote control unit (4 years old). 200 litre hot water cylinder (replaced Oct 2019). Double glazed wood window with shutters overlooking the lavoir. Second window overlooking the courtyard. Original stable door. Ceramic sink with drainer. Original beams. Roof woodwork replaced and new slates to the front pitch plus velux window (10 years ago). Door to wine cellar (7m²) with shelving for wine bottles and terracotta tile flooring. Original wood stairway to first floor.
First floor: 19m² (5.52m x 3.4m) Original tuffeau limestone fireplace (closed). Beautiful wattle and daub wall. Original beams (treated). Terracotta tile flooring.
Toilet: Accessed via the courtyard.
Garage / Garden:
655m². Walk along the stream to the end of the buildings to arrive at the large garden with a secluded corner. Garage, wood store and gravel driveway. Gated access and fenced. Easy to maintain garden laid to lawn with peach and fir trees (currently has English gardener coming once a week to maintain). Village council stated no opposition to construction permit. A small stream passes along the property with dry stone wall and path with a lockable gated along the side (no public access). It has an historic lavoir (communal washing area with the lock mechanism still in situ). There is a space on the path containing the central heating gas storage tank.
The garage is 24m² (5.71m x 4.20m) with a wood concertina door with frosted windows and a slate roof. There is shelving but no power.
From the stream path enter the small enclosed courtyard via a tall metal security gate. The courtyard is laid to concrete and gravel. Door access to the kitchen (has security shutter), Utility space and outbuilding.
Situated centre of a village in the beautiful department of Sarthe, not far from the Chateaux and lovely villages of the Loir. Chahaignes (72) is a beautiful small village with an historic church, winemakers (and sellers), butchers, bakers, grocers with a post office, bar/restaurant, hairdresser, village hall, football pitch and boules court.
La Chartre sur le Loir is the closest small town (15 minutes’ drive) with a fishmonger, butchers, pharmacy, restaurants, several cafés/bars plus boutique shops and galleries. There is also an open-air public swimming pool, sports centre and the celebrated Hôtel de France known for the cars and drivers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. There are two supermarkets (Huit à Huit and SuperU). Primary and Secondary Schools (up to 16 years old) and the Lycées (17 to 18 years old) at Chateau du Loir.
Within the area (and in the village of Chahaignes) you will find the troglodyte caves of the wine makers of the appellation Jasnières and Côteaux du Loir wines. Also, there are several lakes and camp sites where you can do fishing, sailing, canoe / kayaking, jet skiing etc. There is also a hot air balloon and helicopter ride service. 10 minutes away are the wonderful walks, cycle rides and horse trails in the Bercy Forest (the second largest national forest in France) renowned for the wood used to make wine barrels for Bordeaux wines. There are several golf courses within an hour’s drive.
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