one of Normandy’s authentic, thatched cottages, dating from 1820, in 1.4 hectares
In the north-west of the French department of Eure, in the Lieuvin region between Bernay and Pont-Audemer, this thatched cottage is set amidst undulating bocage countryside, with small irregular-shaped fields, separated by hedges and ditches, in a quiet, little market town with some 500 inhabitants.
Protected from indiscreet onlookers in more than a hectare of land, this house comes into view at the end of a driveway.
Paris is 160 km away via the A13 motorway; Honfleur and Bernay with its train station and direct links to Paris is about 30 km away; Pont-Audemer is 10 or so km away.
The nearest local amenities and all shops are but 5 minutes away.
The thatched cottage
Characteristic of Normandy’s rural architecture, this house spans approx. 120 m² of living space over two levels.
It has a facade, composed of half-timbering and cob, topped with a thatched roof, featuring roof dormers with curved sidewalls.
Small-paned openings, with shutters, are spread widely over all the facades, together with French windows that open on to the garden.
The inside of this house was fully and meticulously renovated at the end of 2019. It, therefore, has all modern-day home comforts expected of a holiday home.
The floors on this level are covered with old terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature exposed beams. An entrance hall, a large main room in use as a living room, with an open-hearth fireplace, and a dining room, with a stairway going upstairs. A spacious, fully fitted kitchen originally also a dining room, with double doors, featuring wooden framed, small-paned windows, that lead outside. A room in use as a study or a bedroom as well as a shower room, with shower, wash-hand basin and toilet. A laundry room, and a boiler room in an independent machine room are set at right angles to the house.
Under the rafters, the floors are covered with painted parquet flooring. This level was recently repainted throughout in subtle shades of white, making it especially bright and luminous. A landing provides access to three comfortable bedrooms, including one with a door leading outside via a flight of wooden steps. A tiled bathroom, with a bath and two wash-hand basins in a double vanity unit. A separate toilet includes a wash-hand basin.
The guest house
This guest house, spanning approx. 50 m², has a half-timbered facade and brick lower sections, all topped with a chestnut shingle roof.
The interior layout comprises two bedrooms, with cupboards and hanging space, each with its own shower room and toilet.
Two barns with thatched roofs await renovation. One spans a floor surface area of approx. 50 m², the other approx. 35 m². Both are connected to electricity and water supplies.
This slightly sloping garden spans a surface area of approx. 1.4 ha. Enclosed with thick hedges, it is planted like an English garden, combining mixed flower beds with all kinds of other perennial plants. Fruit trees enhance the orchard, together with raspberry canes and other red berries.
A long alleyway, running the length of the parklands from the front door, leads to a carpark concealed amidst the copses near to the house.
This wonderful, warm and welcoming country house is a perfect example of Normandy’s housing. Set in the peace and quiet, it is very easy to maintain.
The thatched roofs will need to be redone on all of the buildings before the original simplicity and splendour of this property can be revived.
|Land registry surface area||14333 m2|
|Main building surface area||160 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||135 m2|
Thierry Chabasseur       +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.