manors for sale orne - perche - rémalard in france

A listed manor house and its outstanding garden
in a dominant position in the midst of the Perche region
Rémalard, ORNE lower-normandy 61110 FR

Location

In the south of the French department of Orne, in the midst of the old historic province of Perche. Near to the three emblematic towns of Bellême, Rémalard and Mortagne-au-Perche, all with shops and amenities. Paris, 160 km away, can be reached in 2 hours via the A11 motorway or the N12. 20 km from a TER train station with links to Paris-Montparnasse. The immediate unspoilt surroundings, typical of the Perche region, are composed of gently rolling wooded hills, rivers running through valleys, small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, manor houses and traditional long farmhouses, reflecting warm colours.

Description

A little quiet road, on the outskirts of a village, leads to this manor house, dominating the Huisne Valley. Half-way up a hill stands an old dove-cote, surrounded by its perimeter wall. This manor house then comes into view at the end of a lane, running alongside the wall to the entrance. Tall wrought iron gates provide access to this north-south facing manor house which comprises two separate sections: the house, with its hip, pavilion roof and the old “state apartments”. It still has its original 16th century structures despite the divisions, still present today, that took place in the 19th century. The buildings are surrounded by gardens with a wide range of trees, boxwood, plants and lakes.

The manor house

This manor house was constructed in the late 16th century from lime-rendered quarry stone blocks and dressed stone. Built over vaulted cellars, reached all on a level on the north side, it comprises a ground floor, which is raised on the courtyard side but all on a level with the garden, a first floor and a second floor under the slopes of the roof, featuring roof dormers. Set at right angles on the west side, a turret, an old chapel with cellars, and a tower, all intercommunicate on the inside. Both front and rear facades are enhanced with wide openings, even the roof dormers have twin windows.


Ground floor
The entrance vestibule provides access in a star-shape to the main rooms comprising a lounge, a dining room and a kitchen as well as to a toilet. The lounge is particularly bright with four openings, including a French window opening on to stone steps that go down to the courtyard. Old terracotta floor tiles, oak wood beams and joists, a monumental stone fireplace, lime-rendered walls, windows with indoor shutters and doors have all been preserved. The lounge provides access to a closed-string stairway via double oak wood doors. The stairwell opens on to a south-facing terrace via double wooden doors. The dining room is laid out in the old chapel, constructed in 1623 with the approval of the Bishop of Sées. Topped with a hip, pavilion roof, it still has its original roofing framework panelling, visible inside. The stained glass in its gothic windows depicts thistles as a reminder of the Scottish origins of one of its owners. Double French windows provide access to the west section of the garden. A passageway, with a few steps, goes from the dining room to the first floor in the tower. A fitted kitchen can be reached via the vestibule and from the exterior on the west side. It has a stone fireplace and a Burgundy stone work surface.
First floor
The main stairway, going to the two upper floors, is vaulted, has straight stone steps and is illuminated by windows on each landing. The first landing initially provides access to two bedrooms, one of which has a stone fireplace. Both have French ceilings, openings on either side, looking out over the garden, and parquet flooring. A bathroom with a toilet communicates with both bedrooms. A third bedroom, which can also be reached via a wooden stairway going up from the vestibule, has its own shower room and toilet.
Second floor
This landing provides access to a hall area leading to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet, all under the slopes of the roof. A little room, used for storage purposes, communicates with one of these two bedrooms and could easily be transformed into a child’s bedroom. The attic space cannot be converted at this time.
Garden level
Reached from the entrance courtyard, a large vaulted room, with a fireplace, was once the manor house kitchen. It is extended by a laundry room, also a boiler room, and two cellars. These rooms are laid out in the manor house below the raised lounge. Similarly, under the old chapel, a large room used for storage purposes can be entered all on level with the ground on the west side. A toilet in the little tower can also be reached via the garden level.

The outbuildings

Two rectangular, brick buildings, with slate roofs, stand on either side of the gates providing entrance to the manor house and adjoin the perimeter wall. One is in use as a garage whilst the other is used for storage purposes.

The garden

The garden was designed by the very well-known English landscape gardener, Russel Page, in the 1930’s. over the years, the owners have successfully created an accomplished garden. Once through the entrance gates, visitors are entranced by the lilypond, bordered with multi-coloured lilies and irises, the mixed flower beds, the verdant sections and the fishpond with its carp as well as the roses climbing up the walls or into the apple trees; all dominated by the giant shadow of a yew tree dating from Louis XIV and tall one-hundred-year-old trees. This garden in the springtime is like an explosion of colour which can be contemplated not only from the manor house, and its south-facing terrace in particular, but also by strolling along the boxwood lined alleyways.

Our opinion

This residence, set in fields and steeped in light, still has almost all of the original features that constitute its elegance. It looks out over an outstanding garden with a glorious pedigree. In such a setting, new owners will have no problem putting up with the division of the premises which has been tried and tested for more than 150 years. The house is of a reasonable size and the immediate surroundings spellbinding.

590 000 €
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Reference 798384

Land registry surface area 7830 m2
Main building surface area 250 m2
Outbuilding surface area 165 m2

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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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