restored 16th century townhouse in the last Medieval walled town in the Anjou

9 Beds
9 Baths
Habitable Size: 600 m²
Land Size: 2,000 m²

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main house street facade

Maison Aubelle and M-B's roofs

main house across the garden

south facade

stables

chess set and stables

swimming pool and well

wisteria and tortoise

main sitting room

main dining room

main dining room

main kitchen

main kitchen

wine cellar with delivery

apartment living room

apartment living room

apartment living room

duplex bedroom

tower entrance

tower apartment living room

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coach house living room

coach house staircase

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Montreuil-Bellay's Chateau

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Region: Pays de la Loire Department: Maine-et-Loire (49) Commune: Montreuil-Bellay (49260)

For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

For Sale Privately Private Vendor
€975,000 is approximately:
British Pounds: £822,607
US Dollars: $1,082,737
Canadian Dollars: C$1,426,629
Australian Dollars: A$1,584,492
Please note that these conversions are approximate and for guidance only. They do not constitute sale prices. To find out more about currency exchange, please visit our Currency Exchange Guide.
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Key Info

  • Type: Residential (Château, Town House), Business (Bed & Breakfast, Gîte, Gite Complex)
  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Bath/ Shower Rooms: 9
  • Habitable Size: 600 m²
  • Land Size: 2,000 m²

Features

  • Central Heating
  • Character / Period Features
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Multiple Residences
  • Parking
  • Revenue Generating
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace

Highlights

  • Chateau-style living in the centre of a Medieval town
  • 21st century comfort in historic buildings
  • Secluded and secure, completely restored
  • A town for all-year round living - doesn't die in winter
  • All shops and services within walking distance

Property Description

La Maison Aubelle is a typical 16th century Loire Valley ‘hôtel particulier’, tufa (limestone) walls, slate roofs and a pepperpot tower.
The property comprises the main house and the converted Napoleon III stables building which, together with high stone walls and two carriage entrances, surround the completely private garden: lawn, mature trees and shrubs, large, south-facing terrace, heated 9 x 5 swimming pool, garage, additional off-street courtyard parking, games room.
Maison Aubelle benefits from all mains services, oil-fired central heating in the main house, electric central heating in the stables, telephone and wifi, and has a satellite dish to receive international television broadcasts as well as an aerial for the French terrestrial service.
The main house comprises one ground floor 1-bedroom apartment and two 1st floor 2-bedroom apartments. A separate wing houses a 1-bedroom duplex with its own terrace. The stables are divided into two gîtes, one with 1-bedroom and one with 2. All bedrooms throughout are en-suite and all apartments have living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. The restored roofs have space-station (yes, really) insulation, so the bedrooms beneath remain comfortable whatever the summer temperatures.
Going from the top to the bottom, huge cellars run under the house and gardens, originally (500 years ago) used to source building stone for the house. They include a fitted wine cellar.
The well in the garden, by the swimming pool, would have originally provided all water for the property, but now is used only for the swimming pool and garden. The accommodation is supplied with mains water.
Currently used as full-time owners' accommodation plus five apartments for discerning holidaymakers, Maison Aubelle would also make a fine family home (as it was for the 300 years before its sale in 1997), B&B rooms, a joint purchase by a group of friends, an elegant retirement home, a conference centre, conversion to a boutique hotel or a restaurant with rooms … so many possibilities.
Montreuil-Bellay has a kindly climate, la douceur angevine, clear and sunny most of the time, but not swelteringly hot like the south of France. It snows in occasional years, but when you see the local children’s excitement you realise how rarely it happens.
The town of Montreuil-Bellay grew up around the original 11th century château, overlooking the River Thouet, tributary of the Loire, founded by Foulkes Nerra, Count of Anjou. Up to the 18th century, Montreuil-Bellay was the administrative centre for a very large area, hence Maison Aubelle, then home to one of the powerful bureaucrats. But, after the Revolution, this power moved to Saumur, 10 miles to the north. Nowadays, Montreuil-Bellay is part of the Saumur agglomeration, although remaining locally active with its two industrial estates on the southern outskirts of the town. Two primary schools, a collège (middle school) and a lycée (senior school) specialising in viticulture and horticulture ensure a breadth of education for the local youngsters. There is a full range of shops, including one large and one small supermarket, other shops and all services, as well as a weekly market in front of the château. Several restaurants in town cater for all tastes, from pizza to traditional French cuisine.
Montreuil-Bellay is surrounded by vineyards growing mostly chenin and cabernet sauvignon for the Saumur appellation white, red and rosé wines, as well as champagne-method crémant de Loire. Most vineyards welcome visitors and offer wine-tasting. As well as dinners in the street or in the vines hosted by the local restaurants and/or vignerons, several events, attracting people from all over France, take place every year: book restoration, cartoon artists, a biennial medieval fair when bands of knights install their camps around the town and stage an attack on the château (spoiler: Geoffrey Plantagenet wins – he did and always does), a music festival and another one of gypsy music, a one-day painting competition, while animated guided walks around the town take place all through the summer. Art exhibitions are held in a restored chapel two minutes down the road.
Those who prefer to be less organised may enjoy signposted country walks and cycle tracks, fishing in the Thouet, golf on a choice of courses, tennis on the town’s courts, riding at excellent local stables and, of course, wine-tasting.
Within an hour’s drive are Saumur (equestrian centre of France), Angers (good shopping, tremendous château built to withstand a siege), Cholet and, slightly further, Tours. Châteaux of the western Loire are within an easy day’s visit, as are Futuroscope at Poitiers and Le Puy du Fou. Montreuil-Bellay’s own château, towering over the River Thouet, a tributary of the Loire, still privately owned but open to the public from April to November, is a five minute stroll away. The most famous local attraction is the Royal Abbey at Fontevraud, and we particularly like the Bioparc at Doué la Fontaine, a most un-zoo-like zoo with huge ‘environments’ for the animals and not a cage in sight. Slightly further afield are all sorts of museums, from the ancient commerces to ancient machines, tanks and armoured cars to mushrooms.
Access is easy. The airports of Tours, Poitiers and Nantes are an easy drive. Angers/Macé is likely to grow in importance with the non-expansion of Nantes and La Rochelle (great restaurants!) has a limited service. Even Paris is only three hours away. By car – and who can resist stocking up on wine while they are here? – we are about three hours from the ports of Caen, Saint Malo and Dieppe and five hours from Calais. And TGVs arrive at Angers or Tours, where there are easy car hire facilities.

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€975,000 is approximately:
British Pounds: £822,607
US Dollars: $1,082,737
Canadian Dollars: C$1,426,629
Australian Dollars: A$1,584,492
Please note that these conversions are approximate and for guidance only. They do not constitute sale prices. To find out more about currency exchange, please visit our Currency Exchange Guide.
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Maine-et-Loire (49), Pays de la Loire
Region: Pays de la Loire Department: Maine-et-Loire (49) Commune: Montreuil-Bellay (49260) Location: town View Large Map

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