in a dominant position in the Charentonne Valley
150 km from Paris, in a valley that borders the French departments of Eure, Calvados and Orne. The subprefecture of Bernay, with its SNCF train station, is 20 minutes away. All local shops are 4 km away. Access to the A28 motorway is 10 minutes away.
Located on the north bank of the river Charentonne, along a country lane that winds its way through meadows and streams.
The manor house
Its name comes from the fact that in the 16th century a “planche” (plank), an old French word for a bridge, spanning a river, made it possible to cross the river “à pied sec” (with dry feet) and therefore to collect a tax. A plaque in one of the fireplaces indicates its construction date: 1583. Built on lower sections of flint and brick, the upper sections feature half-timbering. The Pays d’Auge was the only region where wooden constructions were given a noble appearance. Never having had to play a defensive role, its windows are sufficiently large as to let in copious amounts of light. The gable roof is covered with flat local tiles. Slightly offset and protruding vertically on the front facade, a square projection supported on wooden pillars that span the full height of the ground floor, has a gable roof enhanced by a finial. The roof features two small roof dormers directly in line with the windows on the lower levels.
The rear facade features a projection that contains the kitchen.
This manor house spans a floor surface area of approx. 220 m².
A lounge, with a monumental fireplace, brick walls, stone window framing and terracotta floor tiles, acts as an entrance hall. This extends into a dining room with a fireplace that opens into another lounge, with a fireplace, featuring terracotta tiles and parquet flooring. A fully fitted kitchen and a pantry with a toilet and a boiler room complete the ground floor.
A two quarter turn stairway leads to a landing. On one side is a large bedroom, with a fireplace, and a stairway leading up to an attic that could be converted. Straight on, a room that could be a dressing room opens into a large bedroom, with a study, and a bathroom and toilet. On the other side is a bedroom, adjoined by a bathroom and toilet. Some bedrooms are fitted with large storage cupboards.
A landing leads to a bedroom and a large attic that could be converted.
The guest house
With the same architectural style as the manor house, this guest house comprises a large living room, with a cathedral ceiling and a double-hearth fireplace. Wide picture windows provide an impressive view over the valleys. An open-plan kitchen. A stairway provides access to a mezzanine which has everything for spending the night, with a bathroom, a wash-hand basin and a toilet.
The artist's studio
This outbuilding currently laid out as an office could be used for other purposes. It also houses a bright, comfortable mezzanine, with openings featuring glass panes. The floor is covered with terracotta floor tiles.
A garage that extends into an office, with a room that could be used as a bedroom on a mezzanine floor.
The “charretterie”, where horse-drawn carriages were once kept, has a wooden framework with a gable roof, covered with small tiles. It is currently used as a garage.
A large garage, with double wooden doors, is currently used for storing firewood as well as garden and DIY tools.
A pleasant priest’s garden, exuding undisputed charm, surrounds this manor house, up which is growing a fragrant wisteria. This garden is planted with ornamental trees, round boxwood bushes, decoratively trimmed yew trees and flower beds with perennial plants as well as flowering shrubs.
Paved alleyways mark the routes between the various buildings. A terrace, bordered by a low stone wall, delimits the space in front of the residence. A stone table and benches are ideal for taking lunch outside as soon as weather permits. This site also has a panoramic view over a lovely part of the countryside.
This residence, with its reasonably sized living rooms and garden, is in a very private setting. The site is made outstanding not only by the serenity that it exudes but also by its beautiful view over the Normandy countryside. The manor house and its outbuildings are in a very good state of repair and have been immaculately kept by their various owners. This property, with its wealth of history almost a thousand years old, unites all the assets of a country residence and thoroughly modern home comforts. It is a dream haven for relaxing at weekends or during an extended holiday.
|Land registry surface area||1885 m2|
|Main building surface area||220 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 m2|
Thierry Chabasseur       +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.