castles / chateaux for sale normandy - calvados department

Where the borders of the French departments of Calvados, Orne and Eure meet,
a 98-ha hunting estate with an 18th century residence and its outbuildings
, CALVADOS lower-normandy FR


This estate is on the borders of the Auge and Lieuvin regions. The A28 motorway going to Paris (200 km) is 10 minutes away. The train station, 25 km away, makes it possible to reach the French capital in 85 minutes. Caen, with its airport and flights to London as well as the south of France, and the holiday resorts along the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) are 50 km away. It takes just 5 minutes to reach the nearest market town with all local shops and amenities.


A drive, bordered by tall trees, leads from the road, straight through meadows and woods. Following a bend, the drive goes up through the forest to the residence in the distance. A courtyard is laid out in front of the residence on an esplanade, with lawns and outbuildings on either side. Behind the residence is a large, walled garden. Further away from the buildings and lawned areas, undulating meadows are surrounded by woods that protect the property.

The residence

This rectangular residence spans two levels under a converted attic floor. Separated by a stone string course, each level features seven openings. An imitation central projection, topped with a triangular pediment, features two openings also topped with pediments and flanked by rectangular scrolls. The walls are covered with brick. The slate, hip roof is enhanced with roof dormers. This residence owes its elegance not only to the symmetry of its facade, but also to the geometry of the dressed stone used to fashion the quoins and the framing around the openings as well as the keystones, sculpted in a diamond shape.

Ground floor
Double French windows open into an entrance hall, paved with cement floor tiles, depicting a stylised rose. Two doors lead, on one side, to a study and, on the other, to a hall housing a stairway. A third door, facing the entrance door, opens into a small lounge.
Every room on this level has two doors enabling it, in each case, to communicate with its adjoining room. For instance, on the one hand, the entrance hall is followed by the stairway hall, the dining room and, set at right angles, the kitchen and the small lounge. And, on the other, the study and its hall area lead to a toilet and the outside, whilst communicating with the large lounge and, set at right angles, the small lounge.
Wainscoting, moulding and ceiling cornices enhance the walls in the hall and the main rooms. The walls are also painted in light contemporary colours. The hall housing the stairway is paved with old floor tiles and the study with terracotta floor tiles, whilst the large lounge has herringbone parquet flooring. A marble fireplace decorates a wall in each of these rooms.

First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing, paved with old floor tiles, which provides access to two bedrooms and their bathroom and toilet, on one hand, and a hall area, on the other.
One of the walls in said hall area is lined with wide cupboards. A door gives access to a bedroom and a corridor which leads to two more bedrooms. The bedrooms are widely illuminated via two windows. One of their walls is decorated with a fireplace. The floors are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring or paved with old terracotta tiles. They all have their own bath or shower room and toilet.

Second floor
This level has sloping ceilings and trusses are exposed. The wooden stairway, with its terracotta tile steps, goes up to a corridor, leading to five bedrooms. These are illuminated via roof dormers. The floors are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring or paved with tiles or old terracotta tiles. One of the bedrooms has a shower room and toilet. A door at the end of the corridor leads to a bathroom and toilet.
Caretaker’s accommodation
The quarry stone blocks forming the walls are separated by brick string courses. The gable roof is covered with slate.
The front door opens into a lounge which is connected to the kitchen via a corridor. A door in this corridor opens into a shower room and toilet. At the other end, a stairway goes upstairs. This level has sloping ceilings. Two bedrooms are separated by a shower room and toilet. The rooms are illuminated via windows and skylights.

The other outbuildings are used for the upkeep of the pastures surrounding the buildings.
Other uninhabited buildings used, above all, for storage purposes are also to be found in the immediate vicinity of the residence. These include old barns in the meadow bordering the access drive, a small building used as a dovecote in the corner of the garden as well as an old henhouse and bread oven against the outside wall of the garden. A shed, following on from the caretaker’s cottage, has half-timbered walls, a tile roof and brick floors. It comprises three areas opening on to the outside and a closed area.

The hunting room and the barn

The hunting room has been set up in a long building. Constructed from quarry stone blocks, its openings have brick surrounds. It is separated in its centre by a wide porch, topping a carriage door. Both the building roof and that of the porch have two slopes, covered with flat tiles. The hunting room, at one end of the building, is semi-underground. The walls feature exposed stone and the ceiling, exposed beams and joists. The floor is paved with terracotta tiles. The room is illuminated by two small windows and two French windows. A stone fireplace, with a brick mantel, decorates one wall. A wooden stairway near to the entrance goes up to a level awaiting rehabilitation. A landing provides access to a large room with an exposed roofing framework, a small room in use as a kitchen and a toilet.

The barn, at the other end of the building to the hunting room, is divided into two. In addition to the area reached via the carriage door, a large garage featuring the roofing framework can be accessed via wide wooden doors set in the barn’s gable wall.

Features of the forest and hunting estate

The grounds are composed of some 60 ha of woods and 24 ha of ploughed fields rented on a land lease. The rest is made up of the parklands, the gardens and the pastures around the buildings.
The simple management plan is valid until the end of 2029.
There are no rights of way and the grounds are free of any tenants.
The hunting is predominantly given over to large game. Identification tags for roe deer and wild boar are requested on an annual basis.

Our opinion

Absolute peace and quiet reigns throughout these unspoilt premises. The geometric composition of the residence and its surroundings forms a retreat, delimited by the edge of the woods, encompassing it completely.
This verdant screen isolating the residence imparts feelings of well-being and safety which are further enhanced by the comfort and elegance of the house. There are no nuisances to disturb this estate’s country way of life. Activities linked to hunting are even more exciting as they take place in such a remote, convivial setting.

1 480 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 895083

Land registry surface area 98 ha 77 a 83 ca
Main building surface area 410 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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