castles / chateaux for sale upper-normandy - eure department

A chateau dating from the Restoration period, its 3 ha of parklands
and its outbuildings on the edge of the Auge region in Normandy
Bernay, EURE upper-normandy 27300 FR

Location

In the French department of Eure, in Normandy, just a few kilometres from a town of art and history. The area is dotted with villages, still reflecting their authentic characters, where numerous markets and car-boot sales are held and which have all local shops.
2 hours from Paris and 50 minutes from Deauville, with its airport, and 20 minutes from the nearest train station.

Description

In a natural area known as Lieuvin, in the Auge region, a little, narrow country lane leads to this estate. The chateau stands proudly in the midst of its parklands, spanning a little over 3 ha.
The main entrance comprises wrought iron gates. Gravel driveways go around the building and also lead to the outbuildings, set out around a square courtyard,near to the chateau.
In addition to grasslands and an orchard, planted with apple and other fruit trees, a small wood comprises various species of trees over a hundred years old, such as cedar, purple beech and chestnut trees.
Water-filled moats behind the chateau add to the pastoral and countrified atmosphere existing in the parklands.

The chateau

This chateau, the origins of which date back to the 18th century, was completely redesigned in the 19th century, having been totally destroyed by fire. It came back to life in its current form in 1830 during the Restoration period.
This elegant, pink brick, country residence faces south. It features numerous large windows with limestone framing. The main building is adorned with a pediment and its slate hip roof is enhanced with a wrought frieze. Four small roof dormers and four perfectly symmetrical brick chimney stacks complete the roof decor. A few stone steps in the centre of the facade provide access to the building.
An octagonal turret, on the right-hand side of this residence, is also built of brick and features a clock as well as bells. It is topped with a slate spire ending with a tall, zinc finial.
This chateau has always been well looked after and improved over the years. It spans approx. 430 m² of living space. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, a lounge and an adjoining dining room, a kitchen and its back kitchen, a storeroom, a study and a guest toilet. The upper floors comprise a total of seven large bedrooms, with their own shower rooms, a large area spanning approx. 80 m² and a storage room. The basement houses a superb wine cellar.


Ground floor
Heavy double doors, adorned with richly decorated cast ironwork, open into the entrance hall. The latter, with its marble floor and stairway leading upstairs, is spacious and elegant, setting the tone for the rest of the residence.
On the right-hand side of the entrance hall is a bright study, with a corner cupboard, a marble fireplace, ceiling moulding and herringbone pattern oak wood parquet flooring. Pastel hues dominate.
On the left-hand side of the entrance hall is a large lounge and an adjoining dining room, with herringbone pattern oak wood parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, ceiling roses and moulding, wainscoting and warm-coloured walls.
The spacious, fully fitted kitchen, with an impressive fireplace, octagonal terracotta floor tiles and ochre-coloured walls, is an extremely bright room. It is followed by a back kitchen and a linen room as well as a boiler room. The tower houses a guest toilet with a wash-hand basin.

First floor
A balcony corridor landing provides access to four bedrooms, with pitch-pine parquet flooring, dressing rooms, cupboards and adjoining bathrooms, with toilets.
Some also have alcoves and marble fireplaces, adorned with trumeaux. Ornamental ceiling roses and moulding as well as wallpapers and fabrics providing a blend of flowers and stripes by well-known artists make these rooms extremely cosy.

Second floor
A landing, under the slopes of the roof, provides access to three comfortable bedrooms, a shower room, a toilet and a large living room, with a kitchen area. Consequently, this floor could possibly become an independent flat. Also on this level are a storage room and another toilet. It has pitch-pine parquet flooring throughout.
Basement
The wine cellar can be reached via a wooden stairway. With a brick floor, its constant hygrometry is ideal for laying down good or vintage bottles of wine.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings consist of a 2-storey guest house, spanning approx. 180 m² and awaiting renovation, a building in use as garages, a workshop laid out over two levels with a shower room as well as a toilet and able to accommodate a camper van, in addition to a storage barn and a canopy able to take six parked cars or outside equipment. The outbuildings also still include a “charretterie” where carriages were once kept, old paved stables and an authentic octagonal dovecote, covered with rendering and toothed pink brick quoins, its slate roof adorned with a finial and featuring a lantern. The inside comprises a large number of exceptionally well-preserved dove-holes. The latter were originally an indication of a landowner’s wealth.
An old chapel, awaiting renovation, still exudes all of its original character. Its double doors, windows and rose feature sparkling, highly-coloured stained glass. The altar, made of semi-precious wood and soberly adorned with gilt religious signs, is of great interest.
A garden shed, standing behind the chateau, is used for storing wood.

The parklands

Predominantly laid to lawn and spanning a total surface area of just over three hectares, these landscaped parklands are planted with various species of majestic trees, over a hundred years old, such as cypress, purple beech, horse and sweet chestnut as well as oak trees. A few decoratively trimmed yew trees in front of the chateau create a decor somewhere between fantasy and rigour.
There is also an orchard, planted with cider apple and other varieties of fruit trees. The old water-filled moats and a small pond provide water features.
These nuisance-free parklands are enclosed by thick hornbeam hedges which, as of the springtime, conceal the residence from the little country lane, fulfilling their protective role impeccably.

Our opinion

Red brick dominates the facades of Normandy’s wonderful residences, with stone being used but for decorative purposes as is shown here. This version of classicism was still the mark of good taste in 1830. Restraint is the order of the day, with only the main facade daring to feature limestone for the framing around the openings and for the quoins. An adjoining turret appears to be guarding the residence. The inside is reminiscent of the middle-class home comforts that returned after the torment of the French Revolution and the Empire period. The parklands, with its tall trees, also include water features. Amongst the many outbuildings, the dovecote is worthy of admiration, its wealth of dove-holes bearing witness to that of the master of the premises at the time.

904 500 €
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Reference 970993

Land registry surface area 3 ha 26 a 64 ca
Main building surface area 430 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 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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