Property for Sale in Maine-et-Loire, France
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Information on Maine-et-Loire and Property Available for Sale through Leapfrog Properties
Maine-et-Loire is a department in west-central France forming part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique. It has a varied landscape with forested ranges of hills in the south and north separated by the valley of the Loire.
The area has many navigable rivers such as the Loire, Sarthe, Mayenne, Loir, and Authion and the highest point is Colline des Gardes. Maine et Loire is traversed from east to west by the majestic valley of the Loire, with its rich orchards, nurseries and market gardens. The highest altitudes are found in the south-west but elsewhere the surface is low- hence the department is almost entirely made up of the basin of the Loire. Maine et Loire has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters.
The agriculture of the department is very prosperous and there are cereals, chiefly wheat, oats and barley in excess of its needs. Extensive areas in the Pays de la Loire are under hemp, and the vegetables, melons and other fruits of that region are of the finest quality. Good wine is produced at Serrant and other places near Angers, and on the right bank of the Layon and near Saumur the sparkling white wine is a rival to the cheaper brands of champagne. Cider is also produced and the cultivation of fruit is general. Cotton goods, hempen and other coarse fabrics, and similar industries take place at Angers which also manufactures liqueurs, rope, boots, shoes and parasols. Cholet, in the south of the department, is an important industrial centre known for shoes, textiles and electronics and Saumur, besides its production of wine, makes beads and enamels.
Angers, the ancient capital of Anjou, was from 1154 to 1399 the second capital of England since the Plantagenet family became kings of England as well as Dukes of Anjou. The 13th century château rises impressively over the river Maine, and visitors can still admire the 14th century Apocalypse tapestries. In the city there is also the cathedral of St Maurice from 14th century- it is considered to be one of the best surviving French gothic portals. Saumur is an attractive town with the chateau, immortalised in the “Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry”, known for its carnival masks and its mushroom growing in the tuffeau caves. Here you can find the Fontevraud l’Abbaye (13th century) which includes a cloister, kitchen, and the carved and painted gravestones of Henry II of England, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Richard the Lionheart, their son. Source: souslatonnelle.com
Towns in Maine-et-Loire
Property for Sale in Maine-et-Loire
The average price of a 4 bedroom property for sale in Maine et Loire will cost between 220k and 260k Euros while a 2 bedroom apartment will cost between 110k Euros and 130k Euros which are both considerably less than the average. All different types of property are available in Maine et Loire from chateaux and manor houses to cottages and farmhouses and the department’s great heritage and peaceful surroundings make it a great place to move or to use as a second home.