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
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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