An elegant, comfortable, 18th century mansion house in the Poitou regions little, old town of Saint-Maixent.
Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole is one of Frances rare little towns where the balance between quality of life and road and rail communication routes is excellent. The TGV train station, a 10-minute walk from this mansion house, has direct 110-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse as well as links to La-Rochelle taking less than an hour. Slip roads for the A10 motorway, linking the French capital to Bordeaux and Spain, are 10 km away.
Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole owes its name to the setting up in 1879 of the École Nationale d'Infanterie (French national school of infantry) which in 1963 became the École Nationale des Sous-Officiers d'Active (French national school for active non-commissioned officers). Up until quite recently, these institutions occupied the abbey buildings, now given over to culture and leisure purposes.
The abbey church itself has experienced many trials and tribulations since the 5th century AD. Reconstruction works commissioned by Louis XIV, on Romanesque foundations, gave the monument its current architectural finesse.
All around are medieval houses and Renaissance mansion houses.
The town stands on the top of a hill, below which the river Sèvre-Niortaise winds its way across the Poitevin marshlands before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean to the north of Ile-de-Ré.
The 18th century gave this L-shaped mansion house, set out around two sides of a garden-courtyard, enclosed on the other two sides by high walls, its current appearance. A discreet profile and contour comprising string courses divides the gold-coloured, dressed stone facade. Large windows on the first two levels face the light on the east, south and west sides. A slate break on the third level features roof dormers, topped with triangular pediments.
The reception rooms, comprising two lounges with fireplaces and a dining room, together with a study, a kitchen and a back kitchen are all on the ground floor.
Four bedrooms are laid out on the first floor, with another two bedrooms on the second floor.
A bathroom, two shower rooms and three toilets are dotted throughout the building.
Two different stairways provide residents with independence, making it easy for them to move around.
The garden-courtyard provides access to a self-contained flat, with a new tile roof. It comprises two rooms with decorative fireplaces, a small kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet. Below it are the propertys two garages.
This mansion house is constructed over two levels of impressive vaulted cellars.
The mansion houseIts three levels stand in a corner of the garden-courtyard, providing and enjoying the privacy of the premises. The other two sides of the garden-courtyard are a perimeter wall, featuring two sets of gates, and the blind wall of another of the towns historic buildings. The third facade, on the west side, overlooks a very quiet, little street in old Saint-Maixent which leads to the covered market place.
This mansion house has no openings on its north side. It is constructed from a gold-coloured, dressed limestone which enlivens a series of fine string courses, creating window framing and sills. Above a modillion cornice, five aediculae in the form of large roof dormers emerge from the break of the slate roof. The corner formed by the two buildings is softened by a raised section in the garden-courtyard, forming a sort of parvis, composed of three curved steps. The terrace, created in this way on the south and east sides, is ideal for taking meals outside, for reading or simply relaxing.
The architect opted for an entire order when he designed the entrance door, providing it with cable fluted pilasters in the upper section, Ionic order capitals as well as an entablature and enhancing it with an architrave, a ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 5, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 1, Bundesland: Poitou-Charentes