character houses for sale normandy - cabourg - deauville

20 km from Deauville and 6 km from Cabourg, on the “Côte Fleurie”,
a large, luxurious home, a thatched cottage and a press-house in 5 ha of grounds
Cabourg, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14390 FR


This property is 220 km from Paris via the A13 motorway. Deauville is less than 20 km away. Cabourg and its beaches, with all shops and amenities, are but 6 km away. It is a land of little lanes winding their way through French bocage countryside. The “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) and its seaside resorts are but a stone’s throw away.


Along a winding road, shaded by trees, wrought iron gates open on to wide lawns. A large, luxurious house in a dominant position looks out over the buildings surrounding it: a press-house, a thatched cottage, stables and, a little further away, an artist’s studio. Beyond that, the grounds, composed of meadows and enclosed plots of land, slope gently down to the bottom of the valley. The ferry to England can sometimes be seen on the sea in the distance.

The large, luxurious home

This house is constructed over two levels under converted attic space. Separated by a stone string course, the levels each feature three openings. The walls are covered with light-coloured rendering. This house owes its charm as much to the slate hip roof, with upward-turning eaves and three curved pediment roof dormers, as to the Caen stone used to fashion the lower sections, the quoins and the framing around the openings. A predominantly glazed extension, added to the rear, houses a kitchen with a wonderful view over the valley.

Ground floor
The original interior walls have been removed. The front door opens directly into a large area. Walls are painted in light hues. Beams and joists are exposed. A curving, wooden stairway, opposite the front door is concealed behind walls that form a type of projection into this large room. One side, illuminated via a wide horizontal opening, is used as a lounge area. The other side, extended to the rear by the kitchen, houses the dining area.
First floor
An opening, half-way up the stairs, leads to a small room and a toilet. The landing, with its oak wood parquet flooring, provides access to four rooms. Two symmetrical bedrooms are illuminated by windows, looking out from the front facade. Beams and joists are exposed and painted, whilst the floor is laid with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. A study and a bathroom are set on either side of these two large bedrooms.
Second floor
The layout of this level, with its sloping ceilings, is slightly different. Beams and trusses are exposed. The floor is laid with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. A small room separates two bedrooms which are illuminated via roof dormers. A skylight lets light into a bathroom.

The press-house

Typical of the Auge region, this 19th century construction is laid out longwise. A higher section, at one end, is made of quarry stone blocks. The openings are framed with brick. The rest of the building is composed of half-timbering supported on quarry stone block lower sections. A quarry stone block extension has been added at the back. The three-sloped roof, covered with flat tiles, features roof dormers and skylights.

Ground floor
The press is still in position in a large room in use as a living room. The quarry stone blocks forming the walls are exposed as are the bricks framing the openings. So as to enhance said press, half of the ceiling in this room has been removed to create a cathedral ceiling. The remaining section of the ceiling houses a mezzanine. This area is greatly illuminated via skylights, wide picture windows and glazed doors.
An opening leads into a corridor which provides access to a kitchen, two bedrooms and their bathroom. A stairway at the end goes down to two communicating bedrooms, separated by a shower room. Laid out in the quarry stone block extension, they have sloping ceilings and are widely illuminated via sliding picture windows. At the other end to the stairway, a relaxation room with a Jacuzzi is illuminated via windows and glazed doors.

The attic space can be reached, on the one hand, via the mezzanine which looks down on to the vast living room and, on the other hand, via a stairway in the relaxation room. This space comprises two adjoining rooms.

The thatched cottage

Also typical of the Auge region, this house features half-timbered walls supported on quarry stone block lower sections. The gable roof, featuring two roof dormers, is covered with flat tiles. A terrace, behind the cottage, is paved with square stones and looks out over the enclosed plots of land, the meadows and the valley.

Ground floor
The front door opens into a large room where the original partition walls have been removed. Beams and joists are exposed. Open half-timbering, remaining from the original partition walls, delimits the lounge section, predominantly illuminated via a sliding picture window, and the dining area, the wall of which is decorated with a red brick fireplace. An opening provides access to a kitchen, featuring old, hexagonal terracotta tiles, extended by a shower room and a toilet. The stairway is at one end of the lounge.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a small landing, illuminated via a glazed door. An opening provides access to two bedrooms, with sloping ceilings and illuminated by roof dormers, following one after the other. The walls are enhanced with painted panelling and the floor is covered with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring.

The artist’s studio

This is a plain, contemporary house, spanning two levels, to which an extension has been added. The rendering on the walls is light in colour. The gable roof is covered with tiles.

Ground floor
Double, glazed doors open into a wide room, illuminated via horizontal and vertical windows. This room is used as an artist’s studio. An opening leads to a second room in use as a kitchen which precedes a third room used for storage purposes.
First floor
An outside stairway provides access to the second level. The entrance door opens on to a landing which leads to two bedrooms and a shower room.

The stables

Built of half-timbering, these stables house five horse loose boxes and a room used for storage purposes. A wide canopy runs alongside this building.

Our opinion

A landscape of hills, the tops of which are covered with woods: a land of irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches where housing is scarce. This property abounds in assets with a large, luxurious home, an impressive press-house, bearing witness to a past which has not yet completely disappeared, a thatched cottage and typical stables.
This property could become a home for a large family spanning several generations who would appreciate not only the peace and quiet of the countryside but also the coast or it could be used for bed & breakfast or holiday accommodation activities.

1 150 000 €
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Reference 805543

Land registry surface area 4 ha 92 a 50 ca
Main building surface area 200 m2

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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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