Focus : the mansion

The agency Immobilier Anthouard proposes exceptional properties in the Dordogne, in the Bergerac region. We propose you today to focus on the term mansion (“maison de maître” in french) and to give you some explanations about this property we propose you to sell.

What is a mansion?

Beautiful house of France, the mansion is part of our national heritage. It evokes the elegance of a certain lifestyle. It has its place in the category of luxury real estate offered by Anthouard Immobilier.

The origin of the name of mansion

The name “mansion” arrived in France with the appearance of bourgeois houses often owned by aristocrats. These large buildings were found in urban areas or in the countryside. Recognizable by their architecture, they are square-shaped, with a central room on the first floor that can accommodate receptions, a second floor that serves bedrooms and a top floor where the attic is located. Sometimes built by architects, the mansions date from before 1914. The property had to meet the requirements of the social status of a person of high rank, such as the celebration of parties.

The mansion and its features

The mansion is distinguished by its square shape and built with large exposed angular stones. These houses were inhabited mainly by notables and burghers, which earned them the name “bourgeois house” :

  • Its year of construction, generally prior to 1914
  • Its materials: cut stones
  • Walls up to 1m thick
  • The height of the ceilings (ranging from 2.80m to 4m).
  • The presence of marble or stone fireplaces in the dining room, the living room, and also the bedrooms.
  • Sometimes a period stucco ceiling.
  • A beautiful interior stone staircase with a wrought iron railing.

These beautiful residences are often surrounded by vast gardens with fountains or ponds, parks with hundred-year-old trees, with ponds or springs. A large old wrought iron gate indicates the entrance to the house.

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Where do we find these mansions?

These beautiful houses are present throughout France, town houses or country houses, with different characteristics, depending on the regions. The building materials used will not be the same in the North or the South of France. The colour of the facades will evolve from a rather grey hue in the North or the West (granite stones), towards a more ecru and patinated hue in the South of France. The roofs will consist of slates in the North, tiles in the South-East, and lauzes in the South-West.

Houses for sale in the Dordogne

You appreciate the charm of the Dordogne ? Our real estate agency Anthouard Immobilier can accompany you in your future acquisition and proposes you its selection of manor houses for sale in Dordogne. You may also be interested in our selection of castles, manors and chartreuses for sale.