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A maison bourgeoise (upper classes house) which features in the history of the town of Durtal. For many years it was the home and surgery of the town’s general medical practitioner. With 6 bedrooms and three bathrooms the property has the potential to be a superb family home with a wing for those in the family needing to be independent. Alternatively, it could provide holiday accommodation being close to Durtal’s magnificent chateau and town centre.
This maison bourgeoise has a lounge/diner connected to a large galley kitchen and a further formal dining room plus another reception room. There is a bar / games room which could become a downstairs bedroom as it directly accesses a spacious bathroom. This bathroom/toilet conveniently also has a second access from the lounge/diner.
Every smart French house should have wine store and there is a cellar with just that here! Also, in the cellar is a separate wood store for the wood to feed the two wood-burners. The house is centrally heated with superb original cast iron radiators.
All the windows are wood, in keeping with the age of the property, and they are double glazed. Most of the windows have either internal or external shutters. The predominant flooring is the wonderfully preserved original floorboards. The detail following shows where floor coverings are other than wood. All rooms have ceiling light fittings. The original turned, dark wood staircase leads to the first floor and then continues to wind up to the loft with its huge potential to become additional living space.
The house has a gated courtyard where you find covered outdoor living space complete with power and lighting, TV feed and refrigerator! The courtyard has sufficient parking for one car and there is access from it to a large double garage. On the other side of the road, facing the house, there is a large free car park so no problem for overflow parking. The house has mains drainage.
Part of the stream bank belongs to the house and it leads to the large garden with lawns and fruit trees plus a seating area and store.
8.4m² (6m x 1.4m) Hardwood front door opening glazed upper section with iron grillwork. Fabulous 1800s original patterned floor tiles. Lockable glazed door leading onto the courtyard. Double doors with glazed panes leading to the reception room. On the opposite side, the same style double doors with glazed panes leading to the formal dining room. Cream walls. Staircase to the first floor.
18.55m² (5.3m x 3.5m) Free-standing wood-burner in front of original marble-fronted fireplace. Alcoves either side of the fireplace with shelves and wood storage. Wall niche. Wall lights. TV point and telephone point. Window to the front of the house.
Formal Dining Room
12.5m² (3.7m x 3.4m) Niche with glazed doors. Archway leading to a small corridor Window to the front of the house. Doorway to the bar / games room.
Lockable storage cupboard. Bifold door opening onto stairs down to the cellar. Leading to the lounge/diner.
Lounge area 9.5m² (2.5 m x 3.8m) Iron insert wood-burner in original fireplace. TV point and telephone point. Lockable door to the courtyard.
Dining area 9.5m² (2.5m x 3.8m). Light blue and cream ceramic floor tiles. Window to the side of the house. Built in cupboards. Archway to the kitchen. Lockable door to the bathroom.
14m² (6.1m x 2.3m) Galley style. Fully fitted with light oak-effect floor and wall units. White ceramic tiled worktops. Space for range gas cooker. Extractor hood. Two windows to the side of the house. Large stainless-steel sink and drainer. Plumbing for dishwasher. Space for a slimline refrigerator. Door to the garage. Door to the utility room.
5.8m² (2.34m x 2.5m) Double white ceramic sink and drainer unit. Ceramic tiled worktops, housing space underneath for plumbed in washing machine, fridge and freezer. Door to small larder. Convector heater.
9.6m² (3.7m x 2.6m) White furniture, corner bath with mixer shower/tap. Pedestal washbasin, toilet, and bidet. Feature period corner washbasin. Built in cupboard with double doors. Wall tiles – part deep grey and white, part light grey and white. Window to the side of the house. Lockable door to the current bar / games room.
Bar / Games room or downstairs bedroom
17m² (5.7m x 3m) Marble feature fireplace. Small window to the front of the house. Doorway to the formal dining room.
Steps down from inside the house. Two rooms. High ceilings. Large wine cave and wood store. The wood store has external door providing for wood drop from the exterior. Town gas central heating boiler and electric hot water tank (replaced in 2014).
31m² (6.2m x 5m) External full width concertina doors with porthole windows leading onto the courtyard. Strip light. Concrete floor. Stairs to the first floor. Glazed door to workshop. Internal door with second skin lockable security door to / from the kitchen.
6.9m² (3m x 2.3m) Ceiling spotlight. White walls.
Original staircase from the entrance hall which divides into two, leading to the two wings of the house. Storage cupboard.
Wing 1 – landing right turn to master bedroom and bathroom. Window overlooking the courtyard at the far end. Left turn on landing curves round to bedrooms 4 and 5. Cream fitted carpet.
20m² (5.4m x 3.7m). Cream fitted carpet. Window to the front of the house. Wall lights. Space for 4 poster bed and for seating area. TV point. Door directly opposite on landing, leading to bathroom.
13m² (3.4m x 3.8m). White furniture. Low ceramic oval art-deco style bath. Bidet, toilet. Original period pedestal sink. Marble fireplace. Wall lights. Window to the front of the house. Grey ceramic floor tiles. Soft pink wall tiles.
17m² (3.9m x 4.3m). Open fireplace with white mantle and surround. Blue fitted carpet. TV point. Window with iron safety grill overlooking the courtyard. Glazed door and steps leading down to bedroom 5.
23.6m² (4.35m x 5.42m) Original clay floor tiles known as tomettes. Floor to ceiling window with Juliette balcony overlooking the courtyard. Lockable door to potential additional room.
Potential additional room.
22.5m² L shaped. Conversion work in progress. Tomette floor tiles. Staircase leading down to the garage.
Wing 2 landing leading to bedroom 2, bedroom 3 and bathroom.
14.5m² (5.4m x 2.7m) Marble surround fireplace. Window overlooking the front aspect. TV point. Cream fitted carpet tiles. Small corridor leading to bathroom and bedroom 3.
5.7m² (2.1m x 2.7m) White furniture. Central position large white bath with shower screens and shower fitting. Pedestal sink. Bidet. Toilet. Cream wall tiles with decorative border. Light beige ceramic floor tiles.
11.5m² (2.6 x 4.4) Closed corner fireplace. Tomette floor tiles. Niche. TV point. Window to the side aspect.
Half turn original wood staircase, lockable door at the top opening onto the second-floor loft space. Open beams, tomette floor tiles and single glazed window. Covers the full footprint of the house minus the stairwell and chimney stack. Potential for additional living space.
Accessed via a large double metal gate. Covered outdoor living space with power sockets, lighting, clad wall and TV satellite feed. Planters. Alleyway down to the well and to the stream. Gate to the stream pathway bordered by historic city walls with steps to the water’s edge and the historic washing point (lavoir) with seating area. The stream path leads to the garden.
800m² Lawn, fruit trees (walnut, peach, cherry, pear, apple). Surrounded by trees providing privacy and shelter. Small seating area. Small shed.
The house is situated near to the town centre and has two bakeries, a bank and schools within walking distance. A supermarket is ½ a mile away too.
Durtal has preserved its character, rich heritage and unspoilt nature. In addition to an attractive living environment, the town offers the services of a modern small town. Close to the Chambiers forest it has chateaux, manor houses and chapels.
It has plentiful sporting and cultural facilities, public and social services, varied and complementary child facilities, abundant and active associations, and an enterprising economy.
Situated 30 minutes from the city of Angers. 1 hour 20 from Tours and Nantes, both of which have international airports and 2 hours 15 minutes from the closest ferry port.
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