caretaker’s lodge, and ornamental pond in 4 ha of parklands
The property is located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. Paris is 200 km by the A13 motorway that is close by and can be reached be train (station is 10 mins away) in just under two hours. Deauville and Trouville 10 km away and Honfleur 15 km, are key holiday destinations along the “Côte Fleurie”. A small town with a range of shops and services is under 5 km away.
Originally an elegant manor house built in 17th century by an illustrious Normandy family. By the end of 19th century, a Parisian art dealer undertook expansion works: the manor house is now occupied by the current chateau. Two wings have been added forming an enclosed interior courtyard.
Later, changes to the two main facades were made.
Two wooden terraces topped with a pitched roof overhang the facade portico of the main building. The former manor house facade is decorated in an extremely unusual fashion. The pilasters features four exotic musicians. To one end, a canopy sheltering a statue of the Virgin Mary bearing her child built into the wall, rests on an Atlas with two fine wood columns, one Corinthian and the other Salomonic decorated with vegetal motifs. The roof overhanging this facade, with its coloured ceramic highlights chosen to match the Virgin Mary’s blue mantle was modified and dormer window widened and adorned with coloured earthenware representing Saint Martin sharing his coat.
The chateau facades are illuminated by the shimmer of the black and white flint in them and the numerous large picture windows brighten up the rooms. Certain sections of the facades are half-timbered or slate covered. Dressed stone has been used for the corners of the walls and window framings. The numerous architectural features of the brown tile roofs emphasise this impressive building.
There is diagonal parquet flooring in the large reception rooms. The walls have wood panelling, are decorated and the ceilings have mouldings. The double doors also featuring mouldings are topped with paintings or grisailles.
A large opening separates the entrance hall from the porch sheltered by a stone portico.
The entrance on both sides leads to a lounge and a dining room. Opposite, glass panel double doors separate the entrance from the stately staircase. The staircase is illuminated by three tall windows that overlook the interior courtyard.
Two openings in the lounge give access to a music room and a stately staircase. In this hall area, one door opens in to a corridor leading to two bedrooms with a shower room and a toilet, in line with the lounge, whereas another door at the opposite opens on to a back staircase and in line with the dining room, kitchen, study and pantries.
Opposite, the rooms, located in the original manor house, are on either side of the entrance hall incorporating a wooden staircase. They include a lounge, study, and what used to be a dining room and kitchen.
The stately staircase leads to a landing with ceilings with mouldings and walls adorned with stucco decorations. The landing gives access to the two main bedrooms, one benefitting from a wood terrace and stone portico, with its own walk-in wardrobe, bathroom and a toilet. An opening leads to a back staircase and a toilet. Another opens on to a corridor leading on one side to the two large bedrooms and on the other, two rooms used as linen room and for storage.
Set at a right angle, the corridor leads to a landing and a wooden staircase from the original manor house. Openings give direct access to three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a toilet.
The original manor house wooden staircase leads up to the attic as well as the back staircase. The corridor is illuminated by four dormer windows looking out on to the interior courtyard. It leads to five bedrooms with a bathroom and a toilet. French doors in one of the bedrooms open out on to the second wood terrace belonging to the central building.
Seven other rooms await restoration.
There is another attic floor in the main central building.
It is divided into two parts. A large cellar spreads out beneath the original manor house. Under the main central building the cellar is split in to five parts with a separate entrance.
It is located at the entrance to the estate. The walls are partly of random stone and partly half-timbered. The flat tile hip-roof features dormer windows. It spans approx. 100 m2 and awaits restoration.
In front of the central main building and its portico, the lawns are presented a la francaise. They are bordered by century-old trees. Along the south-facing chateau façade and its ornamental pond the lawns descend slowing along the driveway, sometimes they are terraced and scattered with majestic cedar trees.
It is a Normandy-style sleeping beauty chateau. At first glance, it gives an impression of strength and simplicity. But quickly, the complex roof line with its slopes intertwining and overlapping into an intricate lattice, dormer windows, chimney pots and finials are signs of complexity which is confirmed inside the chateau. Corridors, hall areas, landings, flights of stairs forming a joyful old-fashioned maze. And like a breadcrumb trial, decorative period features are to be found at every step.
There are still parts that need modernising, places to be rethought.
It would be perfect for someone with a passion for history and old buildings, no doubt producing a shimmering and refined result.
|Land registry surface area||3 ha 93 a 40 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||14|
|Main building surface area||1100 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||80 m2|
Yann Campion +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.