a 38-ha horse stud farm, with half-timbered houses, a Californian style villa and a pool
This property, in a region renowned for its characteristic architecture and its scenery, is 220 km from Paris via the A13 motorway. Normandy’s “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) and its holiday resorts are 20 km away. Lisieux, with all its useful infrastructures, is 25 km away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. A village with local shops is 9 km away.
The large half-timbered house
This house, with its slate hip roof and its walls covered with slate cladding, is supported on brick and quarry stone block lower sections. It was extended on two separate occasions. The first extension was built in line with house, but set at right angles. Then, a second extension was constructed parallel to the rear facade. The two buildings are connected via a small building, built in accordance with the same codes. A brick terrace runs alongside the front facade, separating the house from the lawns surrounding it.
The house is entered via a door, flanked by wide vertical windows, set in the small connecting building. It opens into a vestibule which provides access to the two buildings. A corridor, on either side of the vestibule, leads to the rooms in each house.
Harmony is the order of the day in the main house. The floors are paved with old terracotta tiles. When the half-timbering is not exposed, the walls are painted white. Beams and joists have not been concealed.
A corridor leads from the vestibule to a vast living room where light floods in, notably through a very wide horizontal window which looks out over the adjoining grasslands, double glazed doors opening on to the terrace and three other small windows. A dressed stone fireplace enhances a wall facing the large window. A wooden stairway, going upstairs, a cloakroom and a toilet can all be reached via the corridor. A door opens into a kitchen, a vast living room with a central unit and an eating area. Said kitchen is illuminated via windows and notably by a glazed door which leads on to the terrace. This large room precedes a dining room, in which a fireplace adjoins a little stairway, set in a corner.
The ground floor of the house also comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet as well as a storage area. A door opens on to a flight of steps, going down to a basement, spanning approx. 32 m².
The wooden stairway, with its terracotta tile steps, goes up to a landing. A few steps provide access to a small hall area, leading to two bedrooms, with sloping ceilings, as well as a bathroom, with a shower and a toilet, and a laundry room. These rooms are laid out above the large lounge. In the older section, on the other side, a door opens into a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, and an adjoining second bedroom. And lastly, a door leads from the landing to a vestibule, set in the small connecting building, which leads to two bedrooms, a bathroom and toilet as well as a laundry room.
The painted, wooden stairway in the dining room provides access to a large bedroom, with its bathroom and toilet.
The Californian style villa and its swimming pool
This 1970’s house was designed to resemble a Californian style villa: a house all on one level, widely illuminated via wide picture windows that open on to a large, south-facing terrace, encompassing a swimming pool, spanning more than 100 m². With a flat roof, its walls are built of bricks, warmly ranging in colour from light to dark brown. A covered area, with painted wooden cladding, and used as a covered terrace, links the house to a similar styled extension, comprising showers, toilets and a room containing the pool machinery.
The picture windows provide access to a large room. A contemporary fireplace is set in one wall and a corner bar conceals the kitchen area.
A hall area at the end of the room leads to two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and toilet. A picture window in each bedroom opens on to a little terrace, looking out over neighbouring grasslands. The bedrooms are separated via a little area reserved for guests.
At the back of the house, a bedroom and its shower room and toilet, on one hand, and, on the other, a studio flat with a kitchen area, have their own separate entrance.
The three stables
The three stables are aligned along the drive that leads to the main house. These three buildings are characteristic of the Auge Country, with their half-timbered walls on brick lower sections, topped with slate gable roofs, featuring roof dormers and skylights.
The first building houses six horse loose boxes, bordered by an access corridor, an office and a fodder storage room. A bedroom with a water supply point (awaiting renovation) and an attic are laid out above the ground floor and can be reached via a spiral stairway, to be found in the access corridor.
The second building houses two horse loose boxes, bathroom and toilet facilities (shower, wash-hand basin and toilet) and a garage, spanning approx. 18 m². An outside stairway goes up to a room, spanning approx. 40 m², with a shower room and toilet.
The last construction also houses two horse loose boxes and a garage, spanning approx. 34 m².
The equestrian facilities
Further on, the south side of a wooden-framed barn, spanning approx. 640 m², is open. It has a packed mud floor and is separated into a pen, a workshop and horse loose boxes.
Moreover, a recent construction with a slate roof houses 10 horse loose boxes as well as a fodder storage area. The dung heap is behind this building.
The caretaker’s cottage
This half-timbered cottage, with brick lower sections, has a slate roof, featuring roof dormers. It stands keeping watch on the main entrance.
It comprises a ground floor with a large room, a kitchen as well as a bathroom and toilet. The first floor can also be reached via the outside by two wooden stairways, facing one another, which provide access to three bedrooms with their water supply point.
The basement, reached via the outside, houses the boiler room and the oil tank.
This cottage, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 80 m², is surrounded by an enclosed garden which extends over a surface area of approx. 1,000 m².
There is no doubt that this property is in the midst of the Auge Country! Half-timbered constructions, wonderful undulating grasslands for as far as the eye can see, delightfully divided by wooden rail fencing and protected by thick hedges. Peace and quiet reign here; not only for the horses, in their kingdom, but also for their best friends. The houses, set amidst meadows, look widely out over the grazing land, making it possible for their residents to live in unison with the descendants of Bucephalus. Comfort, tranquillity and contentment are naturally exuded by the harmony that reigns here.
|Land registry surface area||37 ha 92 a 98 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Main building surface area||367 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1400 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.