An 18th century manor house and its bed & breakfast activity in its wooded garden,
near to the D-Day Landing beaches on the Cotentin peninsula
Carentan, MANCHE lower-normandy 50500 FR


On the Cotentin peninsula, in a small rural commune in the French department of Manche, 3 minutes from the famous Sainte-Mère-Église bell-tower and the site of the Utah Beach D-Day Landings.
3 hours from Paris and 1 hour from Caen.
30 minutes from Bayeux and Cherbourg and the landing stages for cruises or ferries going to England.
5 minutes from the wide sandy beaches and Veys Bay, a migratory stopover for various species of birds.
Sainte-Mère-Église has schools, shops, craftsmen, a chemist and doctors. An SNCF train station, 15 km away, provides links to Cherbourg and Caen and puts Paris less than three hours away by train.


This manor house stands amongst old stone Seigneurial farmhouses and manor houses which have all been attractively renovated. Around a bend from the church, the manor house faces a square courtyard opening on to one of the village streets.
Garden furniture dotted around the gravel courtyard makes it possible to eat a meal or simply appreciate the sun.
An enclosed garden is also available for pastoral breaks or strolls amidst the peaceful surroundings with their birdsong. The sea spray and the microclimate induced by the warm Gulf Stream encourage camellias to flower beneath the palm trees.

The 18th & 19th century manor house

This residence, originally a small castle built in 1760 with a single turret on the west gable, was extended 100 years later. A taller building replaced a second, south-facing turret which did not have time to see the light of day. Then adjoining outbuildings were constructed facing the castle which consequently became the manor house that it is today, with its land extending its courtyard.
The facades are built of lime-pointed shale and white granite under a hip natural slate roof which features zinc-lined bull’s eye windows and roof dormers with discreet skylights on the rear facade. The studded ceramic ridge is typical of the Cotentin peninsula.
The openings have wooden frames and slated shutters.

Ground floor
The main entrance hall, at the end of which is the stairway, opens into the kitchen and the dining room in the section dating from the 19th century.
The spacious kitchen and its eating area are set out around a cooking range. A back kitchen also acts as a laundry room.
The dining room, equally as large, is heated via a dressed stone fireplace with a wooden mantelpiece. It is used for the paying guests.
In this section dating from the 19th century, the floors are covered with tiles featuring inlaid decoration, the walls are painted or wallpapered and the ceilings have exposed joists, bearing the patina of time.
A few steps provide access into the section dating from the 18th century which has a slightly different atmosphere, resulting from its natural wood parquet flooring and exposed ceiling joists. The lounge and its wainscoting and its high ceiling exudes a welcoming air with its carved wood, monumental fireplace dating from the reign of Louis XIV.
A second adjoining, cosier lounge with its bookshelves is followed by a hall area and a guest reception area in the turret. A view of the attic space through a window shows the quality of the 18th century carpenters’ workmanship.
A study and a workshop with a shower room could easily be converted into a bedroom in line with the access standards currently in force.
A garage or another workshop on the end wall can be accessed from the courtyard.

First floor
Comfortable and carefully restored, a great deal of attention has also been paid to the decoration and furnishings, right down to the smallest detail.
This floor comprises four bedrooms with a bathroom, a Jacuzzi, a multi-jet shower and a toilet, as well as a 2-bedroomed suite with a shower room and toilet.
The thick carpeted floors are associated with different wall decorations in each bedroom whilst the bathrooms are tiled.

The square courtyard and its wooded garden

Outbuildings forming the square courtyard, in front of the manor house, are also available for purchase. The property is extended by a wooded garden, stretching out towards the surrounding countryside.

Our opinion

This manor house is already quite well-known because of its proximity to Utah Beach, the famous beach used for the D-Day Landings which has long attracted veterans and their families. These pilgrimages draw a significant international clientele, including several famous guests that stayed here during the 70th anniversary celebrations for the 6 June 1944.
The site has acquired a certain luxury, gained over past centuries courtesy of the attention it has been given, such that it now forms a wonderful, superbly comfortable place to stay.

905 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 167572

Land registry surface area 2865 m2
Main building surface area 426.5 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative
Lower Normandy

Yann Campion       +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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