Idyllic country house in tranquil location, oozing French charm

La Fourmenterie, Saint-Denis-d'Orques, France
Detached House
3 Beds
2 Baths
143 m²

La Fourmenterie, Saint Denis D’Orques

Situated off a minor road in a quiet rural situation, this 3-bedroomed, south facing, detached property is set within grounds of 5200 m², roughly halfway between Laval and Le Mans.

Ground floor: Large lounge/dining room with feature fireplace and wood-burning stove, fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower cubicle, separate WC, boiler room.

First floor: 3 double bedrooms (one with shower, WHB & WC), boxroom. Outside: former stables block (part used as utility room). Huge barn of about 200m²

This spacious French property (internal floor area of about 142 m²), is set in an idyllic position, the surrounding countryside being a haven for wildlife and birds.

The typically French house comprises lounge and dining room, well equipped kitchen, three large bedrooms (one en suite), boxroom, boiler room, bathroom and W.C.

Adjacent to the house is a former stables block which, subject to appropriate building permission being obtained, could be converted to provide further living accommodation. Part of the former stables nearest the kitchen is currently used as a utility/freezer store.

The imposing cathedral-like barn, thought to date from the 17th century that runs at right angles to the house provides generous storage and is currently used as a wood store, garden store, lawn-mower shed and paint store.

Land extending to 5200 m² is laid out mainly as lawns, meadow and orchard as well as providing plenty of space for parking.

Despite its rural situation the property is conveniently placed for road and rail connections to Paris and the Channel ports.

Overall, the house, gardens and the rural setting are just magnificent and demand a visit for the charm of this property to be fully appreciated!

The House

Ground Floor

Not only is this house in the Sarthe countryside stunning to look at, but inside it’s surprisingly spacious yet warm and cosy at the same time.

The open plan lounge and dining room together make a large downstairs living space, features being the exposed beams and well proportioned fireplace with wood-burning stove at one end. Double French doors and a central full length window (all double glazed) lend brightness and openness to both lounge and dining room.

Off the dining room, a couple of steps lead to a sizeable well equipped kitchen with hand crafted oak units. There’s ample space for a dining table and chairs in the kitchen. The kitchen is located in the first section of the attached former stables, the remaining sections of which could be used to extend the living accommodation subject to any appropriate building consents being obtained.

At the far end of the lounge, there are steps down to the downstairs bathroom (with bath, shower and washbasin and separate W.C.) and a sizeable boiler/laundry room (new energy efficient condenser type boiler installed 2018).

First Floor

A hand-crafted staircase fashioned in oak leads up from the dining room to the upstairs landing with doors opening to the 3 large double bedrooms and boxroom. All upstairs bedrooms and the landing have natural wood flooring.

Two of the bedrooms have windows offering an exhilarating vista towards the beautiful barn and gardens all the way to the large orchard. The third bedroom is presently used as guest suite with its own shower room, separate WC and a Juliet balcony on the gable end.

The boxroom offers capacious storage at the other end of the first floor. Subject to compliance with building regulations, part of the boxroom might be utilised to convert one of the other bedrooms to en suite.

The whole house is centrally heated.

Gardens and Outbuildings

To describe the barn as large would be an understatement – it’s huge! Stepping inside the barn is like entering a cathedral!

The external measurements of the barn are approximately 30 metres by 8 metres giving 240 m² (98 feet by 26 feet approx.) The front of the barn facing the house has arched doors and window openings in dressed stone making it a very attractive building.

At one end a large arched door means that part of the existing barn could be used for garaging, if required. The three smaller barn doors open to separate interconnected compartments presently used as garden store, wood store, general storage and lawn-mower shed. (Existing lawn-mower available for purchase by agreement).

At present the barn is under-utilised and its possibilities for use are endless.

The extensive gardens are well laid out and overlook the surrounding countryside. Most of the garden ground is laid to grass and is easily maintained.

The large orchard contains a variety of established apple trees. There are also a number of hazels, a walnut and various varieties of plum and pear trees around the grounds.

Getting there

The location of the house is also superb; it lies roughly halfway between Laval (36 Km) and Le Mans (44 Km) and halfway between the Normandy beaches and the chateaux of the Loire valley. Close by is the renowned golf course at Sable-sur-Sarthe (25 Km) with more excellent golf courses at Le Mans, Laval and Alençon.

Sainte-Suzanne, recently awarded the distinction of being one of the most beautiful villages in France, lies less than 10 minutes drive to the north of the property.

The mid-channel ports are within reasonable travelling distance: Saint Malo 2 hours, Caen 2 hours, Le Havre 3 hours. Further away, Dieppe is just over 3 hours and Calais just under 5 hours (all times approximate based on Viamichelin).

For air-travellers, there is a multiplicity of options. Low cost flights, some seasonal, operate to the airports at Dinard (2 hours), Rennes (75 minutes), Tours (90minutes), Angers (just over an hour) and Nantes (just over 2 hours). Easyjet operate regular flights from the UK to Paris Charles de Gaulle and there is a direct TGV rail link from Paris CDG to Le Mans.

The principal station nearby for the TGV fast rail network is Le Mans. The journey time for the direct TGV service from Le Mans to Paris Montparnasse is a mere 57 minutes. The French motorway network can be joined a few kilometres from the house making Paris just over a two hour drive away.


Energy rating: E
Annual energy consumption value: 263.42 kWh/m2/year

Greenhouse gases: F
Greenhouse gases rating:79.02 Kg CO2/m2/year


Property details:

Property ID: IH-18652
Property Type: Detached House
Property Status: Sale
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Area Size: 143 m²
Land Size: 5520
Year Built: 1871


  • Air conditioning
  • Apartment/Annex
  • Balcony
  • Barns
  • Central Heating
  • Double Glazed
  • Electric Heating
  • Fosse
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Gas Heating
  • Geothermic
  • Internet Connection
  • Lake
  • Land
  • LPG
  • Mains Drainage
  • Off Street Parking
  • Office
  • Oil Heating
  • Open Fire
  • Out Building/s
  • Renovation Project
  • Reversible air conditioning
  • Roof terrace
  • Stables
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone Connection
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Under floor heating
  • Utilities Connection
  • Utility Room
  • Water Connection
  • Wood Burner

Property address:

La Fourmenterie, Saint-Denis-d'Orques, France