character houses for sale in france bernay evreux

An old, 18th century tanbark mill, with its miller’s house, in 2 hectares
crossed by a river, 125 km from Paris in the French department of Eure
Évreux, EURE upper-normandy 27000 FR


The French capital is 125 km away via the motorway. Bernay, its infrastructures and its SNCF train station is 20 km away. Evreux is 35 km away. The nearest village and its food shops are but 2 km away.


A verdant screen of vegetation and forest on the outskirts of the village blocks the view, whilst a lane running through fields leads to the property. There are no nuisances from possible neighbours and no noise from a nearby road. Once through the gates, the babbling of the river acts as a guide towards the two houses, some 30 metres apart. The first is the fully converted miller’s house which is still in its original condition. The second is the old mill, now the main residence. Nearer to the river and backing on to an attractive terrace, it is extended by an open shelter and a small outbuilding. An islet can be seen not far from the houses. Meadows and forest can be glimpsed all around for as far as the eye can see. Although the mill no longer has its traditional wheel, the millrace and the water rights have been preserved.

The old, 18th century mill

Most probably dating from the 18th century and redesigned in the 19th century, this old tannery was to be transformed into a flour mill and then into a residence. The main section of the building is extended by an old outbuilding, half its height, with a “jay tail” roof. All the roofs are covered with Angers slate and feature brick chimney stacks as well as roof dormers, with projecting eaves. The facades are composed of two different facings: the left-hand corner features brick and its openings are enhanced with toothed quoins of the same material as that of the facade. The other section is built of a mixture of stone and flint covered with smooth rendering. Toothed brick quoins also surround the openings. A large travertine stone terrace runs alongside the residence.

Ground floor
The ground floor comprises a vast, very bright room, adorned with white-painted beams. On the left-hand side, an entrance overlooking the river could easily be integrated into the living room with a glass floor, thus making it possible to see the river from the lounge. French windows provide direct access on to terraces on either side of the residence, one of which is suspended above the river. Hexagonal terracotta tiles cover the floor and the features of the old mill have been preserved as decorative objects. A large kitchen, on the right-hand side and separate from the living room, has a central unit and an abbey stone floor. An automatically illuminated stairway, with concrete steps, goes up to the first floor.
First floor
A large landing, with through openings, provides access to the master suite and a bathroom with a shower. A section of this level still awaits conversion but the plumbing and electric wiring are already laid on. This level has oak wood parquet flooring throughout.
Second floor
The stairway, now with wooden steps, continues up to the second floor laid out under the rafters. A large bedroom, a shower room and a toilet take up this area.

The miller’s house

This house is laid out over three levels, topped with a gable slate roof. Its facade is similar to that of the main residence. Its windows are protected by wooden shutters with horizontal ties. The current owners have given this little house a sober but luminous decorative touch.

Ground floor
The warm, welcoming living room features an open plan kitchen with a lounge area. It includes a narrow wooden stairway going up to the second level. A back kitchen, a toilet and a shower room complete this floor which has rectangular terracotta floor tiles throughout.
First floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms. There is parquet flooring throughout.

The outbuildings

A “charretterie”, where carts where once kept, extends the main residence and, on one side, backs on to a workshop as well as a storage area for garden tools.

Our opinion

This property, far from the town’s hustle and bustle, is a holiday home ideal for recharging one’s batteries at the end of each week. The surrounding landscape provides a real distraction, especially for walking, riding and cycling activities. The many circuits and ordonnance survey maps available make it possible to fully appreciate this wonderful valley. Whilst the little islet and its bank will greatly appeal to the new owners when it is time for an afternoon nap!

556 500 €
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Reference 200311

Land registry surface area 19683 m2
Main building surface area 270 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative
Upper And Lower Normandy

Marie Merien       +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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