in the Norman Seine River Meanders Regional Nature Park
160 km from Paris, Deauville and its airport, with international destinations, can be reached in just 30 minutes. The town of Le-Havre, redesigned by Auguste-Perret, is also 30 minutes away. Two small towns are to be found in the surrounding area: Pont-Audemer, 15 km away, also known as “Normandy’s Venice”, and Honfleur, 25 km away, both renowned for their tourist attractions, their markets, often suggestive of good local products, as well as antique and second-hand goods dealers, where it is still possible to hunt out little gems, and not forgetting the art galleries, restaurants and all local shops. This attractive region in the French department of Eure is part of the traditional Normandy, off the beaten tracks. Set between the Seine and the Risle valleys, Marais-Vernier is a natural, unspoilt area, protected by Natura 2000 classification, an area spanning more than 4,500 ha which is, furthermore, home to the biggest peatbog in France and a major flyway for migrating birds.
The main house
A house typical of rural Norman architecture, it spans approx. 95 m² of living space over two levels. The traditional farmhouse, often all on one level, was given an extra floor when more noble, as is the case here.
Its cob-filled, half-timbered facades feature recent, wooden-framed, small-paned windows and French windows. The lower sections are composed of flint and limestone, laid in geometric patterns. The thatched roof features roof dormers with curved sidewalls.
The south-facing wall has been redone, the chimney redone and lined. Some of the windows have been changed and two shower rooms are in the process of being converted, a recent electric circuit board, a new roof and an all-water septic tank. Installing a kitchen and a central heating system as well as reorganising the interior layout will make it ideal as a holiday home.
Floors are covered with old terracotta tiles and ceilings feature exposed beams. The rooms include a lounge housing an impressive brick fireplace and a stairway, a dining room and a kitchen.
With wooden flooring throughout, this floor comprises two bedrooms, one of which has a fireplace, two shower rooms and two separate toilets undergoing conversion works.
The old stable
Currently converted into a function room, spanning approx. 50 m² and able to seat some 45 covers, this old stable could easily be transformed into a guest house. Octagonal and square terracotta tiles cover the floors, the lower sections are composed of brick and flint, the walls are half-timbered and the ceiling beams are exposed.
The clay and straw mortar has been removed from the spaces between the half-timbering on the main facade in order to let in more light.
The old henhouse
This has now become a professional kitchen with a separate, independent toilet. With the same architectural quality as the other buildings, it could also become a comfortable dwelling.
The “chartrie”, where carts were once kept
This tall building, approx. 4 m high and totally made of oak wood, is also topped with a thatched roof. Wooden flooring makes it possible to install tables for eating outside or simply to store firewood.
The old cowshed
This long building, with a packed mud floor, is used for storing gardening equipment and other tools. It has not been transformed in any way over the centuries and is still in its original condition.
The old press-house
This building houses the long-lever press used in making cider. Complete and in its original condition, it is in a good state of preservation. It has a packed mud floor. Hewn stones are laid so as to form a round trough in which apples are crushed by means of a wooden wheel, often turned by a draught horse or a donkey. The small room providing access to the cider press is used for storing the cider-filled casks and barrels.
The old barn
This barn was once used for storing the harvests of wheat or the hay required for feeding the animals living on the farm. It is extended by a garage, constructed at a later date (around 1920).
Marais-Vernier is an outstanding, tourist site where it is very pleasant to live. It is not, therefore, surprising that several episodes of a French television series, “Chez Maupassant”, were filmed here. This group of buildings currently constitutes one of last traditional farms that is still in a very authentic state and has not been divided up. It is ideal for anyone seeking to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Miscellaneous projects could be envisaged: organic permaculture, a craft industry, rural tourist accommodation, some form of catering, etc. Here, the possibilities are endless, especially as the change of use of the buildings shown on the land registry plans gives free rein to countless projects on virgin land that has not been farmed for decades. The quality of its ecosystem is extremely rare.
|Land registry surface area||19376 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Main building surface area||95 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||350 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.