Mind your manor

The team lives it up to find their favourite mai­son de maître

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With five bed­rooms and sev­eral re­cep­tion rooms, this clas­sic mai­son de maître is big enough for lots of fam­ily and friends to visit – or I could run it as a cham­bres d’hôtes (B&B). It’s lo­cated in the heart of a pretty vil­lage in Mayenne, Pays-de-la-loire, a few min­utes’ drive from the shops and restau­rants of Fougerolles-du-plessis, and with three ferry ports and the coast within easy reach. The ic­ing on the cake is the lovely gar­den with views across the fields and a very use­ful out­build­ing. Such a bar­gain too! Ref: 464284 Karen Tait, Editor This strik­ing mai­son de maître is lo­cated in the heart of the mar­ket town of Rib­erac in Dor­dogne. It cur­rently has a liv­ing room, kitchen/din­ing room and four bed­rooms but there are also four at­tic rooms to be con­verted so it of­fers great po­ten­tial as a cham­bres d’hôtes. It has plenty of char­ac­ter fea­tures in­clud­ing a fire­place, orig­i­nal floors and blue shut­ters. Out­side there is a dou­ble garage, court­yard, man­age­able gar­den and pa­tio. Ref: 459633 Emma Rawle, Dig­i­tal Editor The huge or­angerystyle kitchen of this six-bed­room mai­son de maître with gîte is one of the big draws for me. Five arched French doors open onto the ter­race and half an acre of walled gar­dens with lawn and fruit trees. Set in the lively mar­ket (and château) town of Chef-bou­tonne, the house is very el­e­gant with lots of oak, mar­ble and orig­i­nal feau­res, yet also has cen­tral heat­ing, dou­ble-glaz­ing and mains drainage. I would rent out the one-bed cot­tage as a hol­i­day let and per­haps con­vert the garages. Ref: 467563 Ruth Wood, Assistant Editor The façade of this 200-year-old prop­erty does what every mai­son de maître should do: it makes you go ‘wow’. I love the pretty grav­elled walk­way up to the front door. In­side is lovely too, with ex­posed stone walls set off by lots of nat­u­ral light. There are six bed­rooms in the main house plus two guest­houses, ideal to rent out as self-cater­ing gîtes. The whole lot sits in 2ha of lovely grounds in a ham­let near a golf course in Char­ente. Ref: 469016 Sophie Gard­ner-roberts, Staff Writer

Mayenne, €157,500

Deux-sèvres, €365,700

Char­ente: €499,500

Dor­dogne: €183,000

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