19th Century – Laval, France

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Added to OHD on 6/18/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments
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Laval, France

  • 590 000 €
    $685,452
  • 7 Bed
  • 4197 Sq Ft
  • 12.84 Ac.
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For Sale, in the Mayenne only 25 minutes from Laval, a 19th Century Château overlooking a river.

Built in the middle a 5 hectares mature park the property has its own harbour and a caretakers house.

The château could be converted into individual apartment's or used as a family home and offers 390m² of living space over 4 floors including 7 bedrooms and has fine light reception rooms retaining many original features including parquet floors, wood panelling, fireplaces and stain glass windows. There is some renovation required.

The property is close to a town with all services. Agency fees borne by seller.
Contact Information
Terence Alldritt, Groupe Mercure
+33 0 666 792 653
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23 Comments on 19th Century – Laval, France

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12425 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Some photos of the caretakers home on Zoopla: https://m.zoopla.co.uk/overseas/details/36999954?search_identifier=e3b5f219012ab6f50aeed0c2cbe36d71

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  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 7397 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Looks like “Dumbledore’s” house to me! Talk about a fantasy. To my eye, this house goes beyond the revivals of earlier styles which were popular at the time for country houses, and into something completely original by compiling a variety of styles in a unique way. I thought the “Storybook” fad was a 20th century thing; but it looks like the French were avant garge with this one – figure that! “Expecto I own em!” 😉

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  3. Michael Mackin says: 3189 comments

    This is one place that I would love to explore every nook and cranny! I love the rooms they show but they don’t show enough rooms!

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  4. zoomey says: 534 comments

    12 acres and a castle for the price of a basement studio in Queens, New York. I’d move there in a second if I could find a way of supporting myself. What a beautiful place. Wish there were more photos.

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  5. SeanSean says: 158 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Oh Dear Lord! This is wonderful! Pure fantasy… which is right up my alley.

    I’ll repeat myself again, but the first thing I look at when looking at houses (and mini-chateaux) is the silhouette. Is it interesting? Is it distinctive and recognizable? This house meets all of that, and then some!

    And typical of the Fin de Siècle take on chateau architecture and design, this place is right out of a fairytale book. It’s everyone’s stereotype of a castle. (Which is why I’m lusting after it. LOL!)

    I’m curious as to what the restoration costs would be and the property taxes. Both are high in France, especially because France has a huge set of laws for property restoration and those laws are very pricey.

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    • Billie Ford says: 8 comments

      Actually, property taxes are quite low in France. What is high initially is the purchasing but generally speaking utilities are low as well as property taxes. One would need to find good carpenters, plumbers, electricians etc which is where the difficulty lies, but not impossible. Good luck!

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      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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        1875 Limestone house
        Langeais, Loire Valley,

        Indeed, there’s nothing like some taxes in the USA, when i see on OHD amounts like xx,000 USD my jaw drops. Usually Property tax (taxe foncière) and Council tax (taxe d’habitation) are more or less worth a month of rent each. It depends if the property benefits from services from the town like public sewage, public lighting, school bus, and whether it’s close to the town center with amenities or not. In my case, i live in a hamlet 5km away from the town center, we hardly have public lighting, and nothing else. Our taxes are so low that i did not believe the seller and asked him to show me the taxes statements!

        Craftsmen jobs are quite costly. You’d better have sound stone work and roof. But from what i’ve read on several american restorer’s blogs, it appears that contractors are not very reliable in the USA. At least this is what i read again and again. It does happen in France but in general i’d say they’re ok. Or maybe we’re lucky because we know a lot of ppl who themselves know craftsmen of different trades. The best is to get reliable ppl from word of mouth.

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    • SeanSean says: 158 comments
      1928 Spanish Revival
      Long Beach, CA

      Thanks Bille and Miss-Apple37 for the correction on tax amounts! That’s a correction I’ll happily take. 🙂 I’ve heard the horror stories about contractors in Europe. And you’re right, contractors here aren’t all they’re cracked up to be! In the 90s I was looking into moving to France and was reading forums set up for folks moving to France. There were many discussions about getting work done, and the requirements for restoring historic properties. but I’m sure that things are different these days than they were back then.

      And Miss-Apple37, I’m jealous that you’re living in France! Like I said, it’s been a dream of mine since I first visited in the early 90s.

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      • Billie says: 8 comments

        Hi Sean, I read your comment regarding the dream and I felt compelled to respond. I, too, had a dream of moving to France, Paris to be specific. The time was never right, though. I sold my home in the mid 2000’s for the purpose of moving but got cold feet so another excuse. Then last year while I was living in Sonoma County the fires in October came roaring through and burned my house and all possessions. That was my sign to finally go and so I did and I am now living in Paris since April 1. I couldn’t be happier. If you just dream, which is a nice thing to do, but actually doing the dream is much better. I encourage anyone to just do it. The planes go both ways and one can always go back. Good luck to you if you decide to do it!

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      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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        1875 Limestone house
        Langeais, Loire Valley,

        Hi Sean, I hope you can some day fulfill your dream to come and live in France! Or at least take time to visit because it’s a country with a lot of different landscapes, regional styles for buildings/food/cheese/wine. We’re very lucky! But I’m French, so I might be biased 😛

        Regarding works for historic properties, the ABF (association des bâtiments de France) is told to be tough to work with, but it’s compulsory if your building is listed or situated withing 500m from a listed building. I helped a South African friend set up his files for restoring a small house that was on the edge of the 500m perimeter, and in a courtyard off the street, so that made the whole process stupid, but we complied anyway.

        As for me, we have a barn and are currently converting half of it into a small guest bedroom with bathroom, and even for that we are required to ask for a permit, because we convert a stock building into a living area (therefore increasing taxes). The truth is that we’ve started the works without asking, and crossing fingers that we’d be allowed to. Hopefully i got the first OK paper but we’ll have to issue a permit anyway… Such a hassle, just like any administration process here.

        Billie, I hope you enjoy your time in Paris! I love to watch videos and read blogs of expats explaining the cultural differences/shocks between our 2 cultures. That is very interesting! I hope it goes smoothly for you and that you’ll prove foreigners wrong about the French being rude 😉 (but not Parisians waiters lol)

        And so sorry about your house burning and loosing everything. Can’t even imagine!!

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        • Billie says: 8 comments

          Oh thank you so much. I am having a wonderful time and trying to learn French, which is essential. French people are not rude, they are wonderful. Just this morning in the boulangerie I was behind an American man who was not treating the young lady behind the counter very well and I could see she was annoyed at the “bad and rude” American. He didn’t even try to speak French. I try, getting better every day. And the French appreciate it when one at least tries, which I do all the time.
          In actuality the fire ended up being a good thing because now I am living my dream and having a wonderful time and I am going to be featured on a segment of HouseHunters International! I am very excited by that.
          The bureaucracy is the issue that makes for things to be difficult, but one just needs to take things in stride.
          I think it is wonderful for you and now it is for me as well. I don’t know if I will ever return to the US because I was born in Europe and feel very comfortable here. La vie est belle!!

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  6. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1688 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
    NC

    Yesss, lots of possibility there. It’s a beauty, and a manageable size, not as large as many McMansions. I’d also live happily in the caretaker’s place. Much could be done with the property too.

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  7. TGrantTGrant says: 1026 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    I keep expecting to see Cinderella with the Prince chasing her! Storybook indeed!

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  8. Anne Hamilton says: 202 comments

    Oh Rapunzell, Rapunzell, let down your hair!This place is the epitome of a fairytale! It needs bunches of flags flying on those turrets, white knights riding up on valiant steeds, and a golden carriage sitting in front! WOW! How fun!

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  9. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1073 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    Okay…I want this. Who wouldn’t?? If you are a woman and always dreamed as a kid of Snow White’s castle, well here it is. If I won the lottery, I’m serious, I would go there and glide through the rooms in a wispy gown!

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  10. Bob says: 7 comments

    Oh my gosh!!! LOVE this place! Would love to see more photos. If I could only talk my other half into moving….oh well….one can dream….

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  11. Barrie Creedon Wennberg says: 38 comments

    Never was all that interested in France, but I’m reading a book by a woman journalist who moved to Paris in the 1940s (title: Champagne and Real Pain), so now my interest has been piqued. I’m a frustrated interior decorator, and I know I’d have a field day with this place !!

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  12. Catt says: 46 comments

    I just cannot EVEN begin with how much I love this and want pictures of EVERY ROOM! Je t’aime!

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  13. FG says: 69 comments

    This place looks like it was one of the houses used in the French Agatha Christie series that was shown in Chicago a year or two ago.

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  14. says: 3 comments

    I love love love this house! Amazing! ?

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