Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month, Stephanie Sheldrake falls for a stylishly ren­o­vated prop­erty in Sarthe

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

When I saw the stylish in­te­rior of this Loire Val­ley prop­erty I was in­stantly smit­ten. The three-bed­room house has been com­pletely ren­o­vated, mak­ing the most of its orig­i­nal fea­tures, while adding some con­tem­po­rary charm. The for­mal en­trance hall with its vaulted beamed ceil­ing, ex­posed stone walls and hand­made spiral stair­case makes an ex­cel­lent first im­pres­sion of what is a lov­ingly re­stored home.

Down­stairs, the mix of old and new con­tin­ues through­out: the din­ing room, liv­ing room and mu­sic room are lovely light spa­ces with ex­posed beams and ex­posed pale stone walls made from the lo­cal tuffeau stone. On the ground floor there is a guest wing with a large dou­ble bed­room with en-suite bath­room and a mez­za­nine read­ing room; per­fect for ac­com­mo­dat­ing friends and fam­ily.

Up­stairs, the hay loft has been trans­formed into a spa­cious mas­ter bed­room with vaulted ceil­ing, and win­dows over­look­ing the gar­den and fields be­yond. For me, the real at­trac­tion is the bath­room ( above cen­tre), which has a lux­u­ri­ous and con­tem­po­rary feel with its solid stone sinks and a large walk-in shower. I’d even be able to en­joy hav­ing a bath while tak­ing in the ru­ral views from the bal­conied win­dow.

Si­t­u­ated in a quiet ham­let, with Le Mans, Tours and Angers all close by, this house will be the ideal base for ex­plor­ing this beau­ti­ful part of France. my-french-house.com



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