a 16th century manor house and its outbuildings
Near to beaches, a golf course and miscellaneous shops, this manor house and its three neighbours are to be found along the road to Coutances where it meets a little country lane. This superb-looking, 16th century building can be glimpsed at the end of an avenue.
In the courtyard, the appearance of the manor house stands out courtesy of a second round tower, with stairway and windows featuring cross-bars and arches with ogee moulding, all made of granite.
Worthy of note:
- the architectural quality of the double entrance: a pedestrian gateway, with its inscriptions on the vault (1762, 1815), and a carriage gateway, both extended by two vaulted passageways, separated by a solid wall. A similar system is to be found in several of the chateaux in the French department of Manche;
- on both facades, a wonderful series of windows with mullions and ogee-arches (casement and half casement), the jambs of which still feature gothic decoration. Their state of preservation is quite exceptional especially when compared with other local contemporary constructions;
- the latrines, set on high in the corner of the tower and the gable wall;
- the outbuildings, composed of farm buildings with several semi-circular arched openings;
- several trees, hundreds of years old, as well as a small lake, a stream and a well;
- a vegetable garden and an orchard, spanning a total of approx. 1.6 ha.
The manor house
The actual manor house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 250 m², is a maze of stairways and levels.
Passing from one ground floor to another via interior stairways, cohabit a lounge, a small dining room, a kitchen, a shower room and a kitchen area providing access to a large bedroom, that could be transformed into a self-contained studio flat. A semi-underground independent cellar, spanning approx. 40 m², is on the same level as the ground floors.
On the first floor of one side of the house, reached via the stairway in the round tower, is a study or bedroom. On the other side, on a higher level, the other stairway leads directly to the second floor with 4 adjoining bedrooms, a shower room and 2 toilets.
An attic which could be converted completes this house.
Most of the rooms feature wonderful granite fireplaces, one of which bears a round motif, encircling an unsculpted coat-of-arms, separating a date: 1616.
Four separate entrances: one leading to the tower and its flat; the second, to a large semi-underground room, spanning approx. 40 m²; the third, to the actual manor house via the kitchen; the fourth, to the room with its monumental fireplace and to other rooms in use as a kitchen and a dining room.
The tower stairway leads to a large bedroom, spanning approx. 35 m², with its own shower room and a kitchen area. This bedroom communicates with another bedroom, spanning approx. 20 m², which, in turn, communicates with the rest of the manor house and its two other bedrooms and a bathroom. This section is reached via another stairway which comes up from the kitchens and continues up to the attic.
This level, awaiting conversion, spans a floor surface area of approx. 90 m².
Adjoining the manor house, a workshop and several lock-up garages as well as a storage area. Facing the manor house, a large, 350 m² building, awaiting conversion, dates from the same era. It is currently used for storage purposes. Behind the latter, a large farm shed increases its floor surface area.
The quality of this manor house’s architectural features is outstanding. The woodwork and stained-glass windows have been restored in keeping with good trade practices by skilled craftsmen. The same can be said for the major works undertaken: insulation using hemp, traditional rendering, etc. These have turned the building into a comfortable residence, whilst giving its past the respect it deserves.
Reorganising the interior layout of the reception rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms and converting the attic would make this a spacious, convivial residence.
The potential to use and improve the outbuildings could considerably increase the living space without diminishing the quality of the property.
|Land registry surface area||16288 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||350 m2|
Jean Gatellier +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.