some 16 hectares of land, in the the bocage countryside around Vire
In the French department of Calvados, 20 km from Bayeux train station and 26 km from that of Caen. Villers-Bocage, a town with 3,000 inhabitants less than 8 km away, has all shops and amenities. The proximity of the A84 motorway puts Deauville, Caen and Rennes within easy reach. Gold-Beach and Arromanches, both emblematic sites of events in the Second World War are 20 minutes away. One side of the property faces south, with a view extending over the surrounding countryside.
The 18th century residence
Slightly set back, on the left-hand side of the entrance to the courtyard, a large horse-chestnut tree in the middle of the lawns forms shadowy patterns on the manor house facade. The latter comprises a main building with two side projections, both topped with triangular pediments. The slightly protruding, central entrance is flanked by pilasters and crowned with a pediment. A sculpted stone shed dormer marks the top of this central bay. The middle of the rear facade features an adjoining octagonal tower, built of white stone inlaid with red brick. It is set between two little, single-storey buildings, whose walls feature two windows. An extension adjoining the right-hand gable is built of shale quarry blocks. It houses a self-contained dwelling.
This level is divided into two sections separated by a through corridor, at the end of which is a wide wooden stairway leading upstairs. Cement tiles cover the floor.
A lounge, on the right-hand side, features a fireplace, with stone jambs supporting the wooden lintel and mantel, as well as old terracotta floor tiles. A door, on the right-hand side of the fireplace, opens into a fully fitted kitchen. The room also communicates with a bright, little study.
A dining room, on the left-hand side, precedes a triple aspect reception lounge, with four windows. Both rooms have painted parquet flooring which is laid in a strip pattern in the dining room and a herringbone pattern in the lounge. The latter is enhanced with a marble fireplace and a ceiling cornice.
A little corridor on the left-hand side, prior to the stairway, provides access to a toilet and a laundry room.
The three-quarter turning stairway goes up to a large landing which provides access, right, to a bedroom, with a ceiling adorned with a cornice and a small painted fireplace, to a bedroom, with a marble fireplace, and to a bathroom, with a toilet.
A master suite, on the left-hand side, comprises a large dressing room, a shower room and a separate toilet.
There is painted, strip pattern fir wood parquet flooring throughout this level. The windows look out over the main courtyard.
A little stairway goes up from the landing to a large bedroom, with a sloping ceiling and a shed dormer, as well as a bathroom and toilet.
The natural swimming pool
A natural swimming pool provides peaceful linearity, between the residence’s original facade and the old bakery, in the raised garden behind the manor house.
The former bakery
This small building, constructed from shale quarry blocks, is to be found behind the manor house and the swimming pool. Transformed into guest accommodation, it opens on to the natural swimming pool terrace. The oven has been preserved in its original condition.
The two outbuildings set out around the central courtyard stand at right angles to one another. Constructed from the shale quarry blocks characteristic of the local area, they are used for farming purposes. One houses a vast stone press and has an upstairs dwelling awaiting renovation. Outside of the property, a tarmacked carpark adjoins a little, shale quarry block building which has been restored as a dwelling.
The equestrian facilities
These have everything required for show jumping:
- a large, 80x35 m, sand and fibre, outdoor riding arena.
- a sandy grass, outdoor riding arena.
- an indoor, 35x18 m, sand and fibre riding arena, closed on four sides, covered with wood cladding.
- a Havrincourt lunge ring.
- an isolating paddock with a shelter.
- meadows and paddocks crossed by a stream.
- an elegant, wooden barn housing 11 large, horse loose boxes (4.2x4 m), a shower room, a tack room, a laundry room and a grooming area.
- an outdoor wooden stable with a concrete pavement and a canopy housing 7 horse loose boxes (3x3 m)
- a stable with a canopy, adjoining the indoor riding arena, housing 9 horse loose boxes.
The efficient and practical equestrian facilities are equipped for show jumping. This site, between the horse riding centres of Deauville to the east and Saint-Lô to the west, was almost essential for amateur and professional horse riders. Although it has everything to keep horses happy, between the leisure garden, the natural swimming pool and a distinguished, 18th century residence, it also has what is needed to satisfy its residents, a large family for example. The oriental style tower on the rear facade provides a touch of fantasy to an architecture carried by classicism. The outdoor life can but be seen as elegant, active and dynamic on these premises.
|Land registry surface area||16 ha 34 a 97 ca|
|Main building surface area||300 m2|
Yann Campion       +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.