on 6.3 ha of land consisting of field and stream, wood and pond, and a French garden.
The manor is located on the outskirts of the plaine de Caen, 250 km from Paris: two and a half hours’ drive to the French capital, and less than two hours by train to Caen station. An airport just 10 km away provides flights to London and the south of France. The property is 1.5 km (less than a mile) from the nearest town, which features all convenient shops and business.
The manor is composed of a main building enlarged by a spacious extension on one side, and three smaller extensions on the other. The walls are built of quarry stone, ordered by vertical pilasters. The main building is divided in two by a string course.
Facing the grounds, the large addition features three basket-handle arched carriage entrances on the ground level, each with double doors. The first floor is notable for its large triple window, covered by a shed roof.
On the other side of the main building, the three extensions are clearly differentiated by their diminishing roof heights. The first extension has four openings and is enlarged by a subsequent extension with an exterior stone staircase; this is followed by a third extension designed for use as an events room, with two sets of French doors.
Unlike its adjoining extensions, the main building could not be more symmetrical; the front door is flanked by a pair of six-paned windows on each side of the entrance level. Five more such windows are replicated on the first-floor level.
The other side of the building gives onto walled grounds, encompassing a French-style garden. This garden extends across the front of the main building, and the two adjoining extensions. The entrance hall projects out from the centre of the main building, and is capped by a triangular pediment. A stone terrace runs the length of the manor. In the middle, a convergent, U-shaped staircase leads down to the garden.
The manor’s rooms are located in the main building and its two adjoining extensions.
This does not include the space into which the three carriage doors open: these rooms are separate from the main building, and respectively house a studio, a luxury garage, and a fitness room. The final door leads to an old stone staircase, which winds its way up to a small attic room.
On the grounds-facing side of the building, the front door opens onto a vestibule paved with Burgundy stone. This contains a wooden staircase, and two doorways leading to a drawing room and a dining room. These two rooms share the same features: four large bay windows provide natural light, and both are equipped with fireplaces. The lower walls are panelled with wainscot, and the ceiling is adorned longitudinally with moulded coffers. The drawing room has a herringbone parquet floor, while the dining room has straight wooden flooring. In the drawing-room extension, a doorway leads to an office whose walls are covered floor-to-ceiling with painted rectangular wood panels, adorned with mouldings. The stone flooring is the same as that in the vestibules and the kitchen. The joist-and-beam ceiling is also painted. From this office, a doorway leads to a small library and bathroom. A glazed door opens onto the grounds.The drawing and dining rooms are both connected by an entrance hall, which opens onto the French-style garden. This entrance hall has a front door similar to that of its counterpart. Entry to the kitchen is via a doorway in the dining room. The kitchen has whitewashed walls and is equipped with a brick-backed stone fireplace opposite the cooking range, separated by a central island. The kitchen receives natural light from two small and two large bay windows. Two facing doorways lead, respectively, into the grounds and the garden. Several steps lead to a doorway which opens onto the ground floor of the guest house, and a corridor which leads to the reception room. This corridor leads, in one direction, to a bathroom, a linen cupboard, a cellar, and the boiler room; in the other direction, to a tower-room at the rear of the building. Another door opens onto the lawn.
This level extends across all three buildings.
In one direction, the corridor leads to the master bedroom, a bathroom equipped with shower and lavatory, and a room designed for use as a walk-in wardrobe. The master bedroom features a marble fireplace, four large bay-windows, and a herringbone parquet floor. The ceiling features cornice mouldings decorated with flower garlands.
In the other direction, the corridor leads to three bedrooms, two of which are interconnecting, and one of which has an en-suite bathroom. These rooms all have straight wooden floorboards, corniced ceilings, and lower walls panelled in wainscot. At the end of the corridor, there is a room lit by a large triple window. Another doorway leads to a shower and bathroom, while a third doorway leads to a fifth bedroom, with en-suite shower.
This level refers only to the main building. The pitched ceilings run directly under the roof space, and the rooms are lit on one side by gabled dormer windows, and on the other side by shed dormer windows.
The stone staircase leads to a landing, with doorways opening on either side onto two matching rooms, and their en-suite showers and bathrooms.
This is entered via an exterior stone staircase on the grounds-facing side of the building. Attached to the rear of the building are a hip-roofed tower and a large stone shed with a lean-to roof, designed as a fruit cellar. Two doorways, one on the terrace and the other facing the tower, open out to this shed. The building comprises a drawing room equipped with a fireplace, and is lit by three windows. A door opens onto a small corridor, which leads to a shower room, bathroom, and the tower-room.
The cathedral ceiling in the events room stretches two levels to the exposed rafters. Two double French doors give out onto the grounds and the lawn. The fenestrated walls are covered in wood panelling, and the floor is straight hardwood. A fireplace with a brick surround is built into a projecting wall.
Covering a surface area of around 115 m², this formerly housed the stables (the stone troughs of which can still be seen), the carriage houses, and the store rooms. A stone staircase divides the outbuilding into two levels that require renovation, attached to which is a covered shelter that can accommodate up to four vehicles.
The bakery, located between the meadow and the wood, houses a bread oven. It is also in need of renovation, with a surface area of some 35 m².
Located in one corner of the French-style garden, it is built of quarry stone and covered by a tiled pyramid hip roof. The walls have four openings, while vestiges of the windows from its twin pavilion (which no longer stands) can still be seen on the opposite wall.
This is located close to the manor, and dates from the same era. With a surface area of around 10 m², it is built of stone with a shed roof, and has nest boxes inside. A raised stone perch inside the henhouse offered shelter to its occupants, while also allowing them to freely go outside.
With a surface area of around 2.7 ha, the meadow is surrounded by fences, walls, and hedgerows. It is partially bordered by the stream, and houses a wooden horse shelter, with two stalls.
The meadow runs alongside the manor and the gardens, and is separated from the woods by the stream. Surrounded by tall plants, it also houses an old tennis court in one corner.
The grounds extend across the front of the manor, all the way to the meadow, from which they are separated by stone walls. Attached to these is a stone staircase with several steps, covered by a tile roof supported by columns, but this access has been walled off. Cedars, chestnut trees, and cherry trees overlook two fishponds.
At the rear of the manor, a meadow stretches to the wood and the pond, from which it is separated by a branch of the stream. This can be crossed via a wooden bridge, which is wide enough for a vehicle to cross. The meadow is surrounded by tall plants, and houses a tennis court.
The swiming pool
A discreet swimming pool has been installed at the far end of the grounds. The pool is simply designed, and marked only by a triple row of paving stones around it.
If this domain reads as a symphony, then the meadows are a hymn; and the woods, ponds, and stream form a ballad. The gardens recall the strains of a lullaby, while the grounds are a lively, joyous march. As for the residence, it acts as the score. The fenestration of its various extensions forms a scale of notes, whose chorus is championed by the symmetry of the main building. The syncopation of the structures keeps the music in tempo, while the surrounding countryside modulates the rhythm. Even when the symphony ends, it still hasn’t revealed all its secrets, and demands to be heard again.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha 30 a 68 ca|
|Main building surface area||600 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||160 m2|
Brune Boivieux +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.