character houses for sale orne - perche in france

A renovated farm, with 3.5 ha of meadows and fruit trees,
in a dominant position in the Perche region

Mortagne-au-Perche, ORNE lower-normandy 61400 FR


This property is in the south of the French department of Orne, in the west section of Perche Regional Nature Park, and can be reached in two hours from Paris, either via the A11 motorway or via the N12. Both Bellême and Mamers, two nearby towns, have all shops and amenities. Some of the surrounding villages, typical of the Perche region, are listed but all are good starting points for multiple outings. The region is characterised by its successive gently rolling hills, crowned with forests of one hundred year old beech and oak trees, and its valleys dotted with thick hedges. The Perche region will appeal to those seeking unspoilt, natural surroundings which have cultivated their identity through a wealth of historic heritage, the origins of which date back to the 10th century.


A quiet, little winding road ends at the top of a hill where the entrance to this property is to be found. Bocage countryside and scattered villages can be glimpsed from numerous view points. The farm buildings are laid out in a U-shape, with a central courtyard, reached via a porch way formed by two large, basket-handle arched openings in the old cowshed. Originally separate from one another in the 19th century, the three buildings comprising the property were cleverly and harmoniously connected to one another during the restoration works. The inner square courtyard is open on the south side which looks out over the natural surroundings, but it is nevertheless protected by a low wall. The constructions, of varying levels and made of white stone and lime rendered quarry stone blocks, are typical of the Perche region. The roofs are covered with old local tiles. The inner courtyard, spanning a surface area of approx. 1,200 m², is enhanced with flower beds filled with flowering plants. This property stands in its undulating wooded grounds, notably planted with fruit trees.

The house

This house, facing west over the courtyard and east over the garden, is partially constructed over two levels and extended by two rooms on one level. It is entered either via the inner courtyard or via the exterior on the south side.

Ground floor
All the reception rooms are adjoining and are double aspect. They comprise a vast dining room with an adjoining fitted kitchen, a lounge, a library followed by a conservatory, looking widely out over the garden. The conservatory is extended by a large covered area, providing a link to the guest house. The homogeneous materials used throughout include terracotta floor tiles, stone fireplaces, lime-rendered or whitewashed walls, exposed oak wood joists and beams as well as white stone framing around the doors and windows. The adjoining rooms span a floor surface area of approx. 230 m². A back kitchen and a toilet complete this level which has underfloor central heating and double glazing.
First floor
The first floor is reached via a masonry stairway going up from the entrance hall. Laid out under the slopes of the roof, it is illuminated via roof dormers. The landing provides access to two bedrooms. The master bedroom has fabric covered walls, a Louis XVI style stone fireplace, a bathroom with a toilet and a dressing room. The other bedroom has a bathroom and a toilet. Central heating is provided by cast iron radiators and the windows are double-glazed.

The guest house

Facing south over the courtyard and north over the garden, this building spans two levels and an attic floor which gives it the appearance of a house.

Ground floor
The vast entrance hall, accessed from the courtyard, provides access, left, to a double aspect lounge, with a fireplace and oak wood parquet flooring. On the right-hand side is a dining room with an open-plan kitchen. Straight in front of the entrance door is the stairway, under which a toilet has been installed. Old materials have been preserved, notably the floor tiles with inlaid decoration in the entrance hall. This level, with underfloor central heating, spans approx. 137 m² of living space.
First floor
The wide, half-turning, oak wood stairway goes up from the entrance hall to a landing, providing access to a corridor which leads to five bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom, dressing room and toilet. Another bathroom and a shower room, both with toilets, complete this floor which is heated by cast iron radiators.

The tower

This tower was constructed in order to link the guest house to the old, converted cowshed. It has its own entrance off the courtyard and a French window opening on to the garden. The ground floor provides access to a spa, laid out in a section of the old cowshed, completed with two showers as well as a toilet.
A dressed stone stairway goes up to a bedroom on the first floor before continuing up to the converted areas in the attic space above the old cowshed.

The converted outbuilding

The two basket-handle arched openings in the old cowshed provide access into the courtyard. This large building is actually used as a garage, a storage area and a boiler room. The area on the first floor, under the slopes of the roof, has been converted into a 120 m² room, with a fireplace and oak wood sprung flooring. On the south gable side, this room precedes a bedroom, with a shower and a view looking down over the countryside.

Our opinion

From this dominant position, the landscape can be observed as far as the distant horizon or explored along the popular hiking trail that passes near to the property. Successful renovation works have enhanced the stateliness of the rural architecture of the three buildings and the square tower joining them together. They are both communicating and independent which means that there is a great deal of potential in these large rooms where, for the moment, guests come to savour the peace and quiet of the open countryside.

950 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 734147

Land registry surface area 3 ha 46 a
Main building surface area 825 m2


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Regional representative

Hugues de Linares       +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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