character houses for sale auge region - calvados department

170 km from Paris in the Auge region of the French department of Calvados,
an 18th century residence, with its wooded parklands and a lake, in over one and a half hectares
Lisieux, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14100 FR


This residence is 170 km from Paris. Deauville is less than 60 km to the north across the Auge region. To the south, the French department of Orne and its horse stud farms still have their original rurality. The nearest large town with a train station and all infrastructures is 25 km away. A small town, with local shops and amenities, as well as slip roads for the A28 motorway, is 8 km away.


This property’s semi-circular entrance is on a secondary road, bordered by fields and meadows. It is closed by wide wrought iron gates, flanked by brick pillars extended by fencing on either side. A double row of lime trees leads to a lake and wide lawns, planted with trees and flowers, which surround the residence. A small house awaiting restoration stands on the edge of the property.

The residence

The whitewashed, quarry stone block facades are marked by the patina of time. Brick and Caen stone form the quoins and the surrounds around the openings.
The residence is symmetrical. Both levels feature five openings. Double glazed doors in the central bay on the ground floor form the main entrance. It is flanked by pilasters and topped with a stone entablature. The hip slate roof features a triangular pediment, containing a window, and two skylights.

Ground floor
The double doors open into a vestibule housing a stairway, with wooden steps covered with terracotta tiles, as well as three doors leading to a lounge, a dining room and a corridor, providing access to a kitchen, a study and a bathroom. The floor is covered with old square terracotta tiles with inlaid decoration. The edges of the wide joists have been softened. The beams are clad. The moulding of the floor-to-ceiling panelling is enhanced with refined hues. The wooden mullioned windows are all fitted with indoor, shutters, painted in the same hues as the walls.
The dining room features a large fireplace, with stone jambs, a brick hearth and chimney breast as well as a wooden lintel. It is illuminated via two windows. The lounge, however, has a stone fireplace with jambs in the shape of semi-engaged columns. It is brightly illuminated via four windows. Two doors open into a study and the garden.

First floor
The original wooden stairway, with its open-work bars and curved steps, goes up to a landing illuminated via a window. The floor-to-ceiling panelling on this level is plainer than that on the ground floor and most of the windows are fitted with indoor shutters.
The landing provides access to the two main bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom and a dressing room whilst the other has a toilet concealed by the oak woodwork. The landing also leads to a corridor, with old terracotta floor tiles, giving access to two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom.
The bedroom floors are covered with oak wood parquet flooring, laid in herringbone, randomly matched or strip patterns. The walls are decorated with fireplaces, set in corners in the smallest bedrooms. The exposed ceiling beams are identical to those on the ground floor.

Second floor
This level has sloping ceilings. The stairway goes up to a landing, a corridor and an area illuminated by the window contained in the triangular pediment. The floor is paved with old terracotta floor tiles. This level is divided into two sections. One is used as attic space whilst the other has been converted into a large bedroom and shower room.

The outbuilding

This small, brick house, at the end of the parklands, is used for storage and workshop purposes. Its hip, slate roof features two roof dormers. A door leads to two rooms illuminated via two windows.

The parklands

The parklands, composed of grassy areas dotted with flower beds and tall trees, are laid out around the residence. Facing it, the lake is bordered by lawns, a small area of undergrowth as well as sweet gum, wild cherry, deodar cedar and Himalaya pine trees.

Our opinion

The lime tree-lined driveway is so long that the residence is not in sight. It acts as a link between the shade of the trees and the light of this refined refuge amidst the fields and meadows of the Normandy bocage countryside. As a result, the mind can wander and the pleasure of the residence finally coming into view remains intact. The landscape then elegantly reveals lawns, adorned with ball-shaped boxwood, vertical tall trees and a willow weeping by the side of the lake, whilst resembling a painting enhanced with touches of colour provided by clematis, rhododendrons and other laburnum trees.
A little over two hours from Paris, this harmonious haven of peace makes an ideal holiday home, reasonable in size, easy to maintain and with modern-day home comforts.

650 000 €
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Reference 254067

Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 60 m2

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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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