manors for sale - in the perche region - upper-normandy

A 15th century priory, awaiting renovation, and its 19th century dwelling
amidst 14 ha of grasslands and woods in the Perche region

Ferté-Bernard, ORNE lower-normandy 72400 FR


In the area around La-Ferté-Bernard, 190 km from Paris. Motorways can be reached via the A11 Paris-Le Mans interchange, La-Ferté-Bernard exit. The Le-Mans TGV train station has 55-minute links to Paris-Montparnasse whilst La-Ferté-Bernard TER train station has 110-minute links to the French capital.
Small towns, some ten kilometres away, have all amenities (a market, shops and schools as well as cultural and sports centres) and a village is less than 2 km away.
The Perche-Sarthois area is steeped in a wealth of heritage. Its main sites and landmarks relate many interesting pages of local history. Its countryside, featuring small fields and many hedges, will also appeal to nature lovers and enthusiasts of hiking, especially through forests. It provides opportunities to discover the delicious local produce and to meet the producers.


It is reached via a very narrow lane, at least two kilometres long, which ends in a track. This old farm estate, dating from the 15th century, is surrounded by meadows and woods in undulating countryside. A private track, going partially through trees, leads to the property. Once past a little stream and its pond, half-way up the hill, two buildings face one another. On the left-hand side is a farming priory and, on the right-hand side, a 19th century, traditional long farmhouse, followed by a barn and a workshop. Between the two, a magnificent oak tree takes pride of place, providing much appreciated shade in the south-facing courtyard during hot summer afternoons. Further afield are grasslands, a stand of beautiful oak trees over a hundred years old, an organic apple orchard and wetland. The property is surrounded by woods and sunken pathways.
Approx. 9 ha of grasslands.
Approx. 5 ha of rented organic apple orchards.

The priory

This rectangular building, dating from the 15th century, awaits renovation, although its carcass and its roof are still in a good state of repair. The walls are constructed from quarry stone blocks, the gable roof is covered with local tiles and the framing around the openings is made of freestone. It comprises buildings of varying heights; a first section spanning 2 levels is followed by another section spanning 3 levels. It still has some outstanding architectural features such as an ancient fireplace in the prior’s bedroom, old, 10x10 terracotta floor tiles, a superb roofing framework in the attic space, which could be converted. It is followed by a 19th century outbuilding (45 m²) which could be adjoined to the priory. It faces east-west.

Ground floor
This level comprises two non-communicating rooms, one of which is the old monks’ refectory, with packed mud floors.
First floor
This floor also has two non-communicating rooms, one of which is the prior’s vast bedroom.

The residence

This rectangular building is topped with a tile roof. The walls are covered with lime rendering. The framing around the openings is made of white stone whilst the window and door frames are wooden. It faces east-west.

Ground floor
The west facade comprises two entrances; one opening into the kitchen, the other into the lounge. The layout is that of a traditional, long farmhouse with adjoining rooms consisting of a kitchen with its eating area, a hall corridor with a stairway going upstairs, a toilet and a door leading outside on the east side. These are followed by the lounge with its large fireplace and its bread oven, in good working order, inside the dwelling, and a spacious, bright, through bedroom. The adjoining barn and workshop could be made to communicate with the dwelling which would indicate a reorganisation of the living space.
First floor
A corridor, in the attic space which could be converted, leads to four bedrooms, one of which has a wash-hand basin (possibility of a shower room), a toilet and a bathroom. The concrete screed floors are covered with carpeting or sisal matting.

The outbuildings

This outbuilding follows on from the residence, providing the opportunity to open up and reorganise living areas. It has a local tile roof supported on lime rendered, quarry stone block walls.
Following on from the priory, this building could be adjoined to it.

Our opinion

The surrounding natural countryside is reminiscent of the image of Epinal with one hundred year old oaks amongst many other trees, vast stretches of grassland as well as the typical Bocage features and harmoniously aligned apple trees, grown in keeping with organic farming principles. It is difficult to believe that Paris can be reached so easily; Paris, or another large town such as Le-Mans. This property with its outbuildings, in this unlikely out of the way place, would make an ideal family home or could be used for a bed & breakfast activity. In either case, a reorganisation of the aesthetically interesting buildings would provide autonomy and independence.

350 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 157690

Land registry surface area 14 ha 57 a 48 ca
Main building surface area 152 m2
Outbuilding surface area 341 m2


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Regional representative
Mayenne, Sarthe

Catherine Boivin       +33 1 42 84 80 85


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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.



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