manors for sale normandy - auge region - calvados department

A 16th century manor house, with its outbuildings, its dovecote and 1 ha of land,
in the midst of the Auge region in the French department of Calvados
Livarot, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14140 FR

Location

In a village, near to a town typical of the Auge region, famous for its cheeses, with all shops and amenities. 19 km from a train station with 100-minute links to the French capital.
220 km by car from Paris, 190 of which are on the A28 and A13 motorways.
50 km from Deauville.

Description

A discreet driveway, to the left of the village church, goes down to this property which comes into view at the last minute. The rear facade of the manor house with its imitation, rectangular tower is the first to be seen. On the right-hand side, at the end of the garden, stands a fully restored dovecote, from which it is possible to see the main facade of the manor house as well as the press-house, adjoining it at right angles. All these buildings are surrounded by orchards and grasslands; the view taking in the distant town and its outskirts.

The manor house

This half-timbered manor house, long the property of the Neufville family, is constructed on quarry stone block lower sections. The roof is covered with small tiles. Exposed diagonal ties temper the verticality of the half-timbering. A projection on the right of the rear facade gives the impression of being a square tower, the base of which is half-timbered and its upper two thirds covered with tiles, lighter in colour than those on the roof. The tower wall extends to its left, in line with the rear facade, before adjoining another section, set back out of alignment.


Ground floor
A wooden door opens into an entrance hall with a hanging space as well as a small window, on the left-hand side, and a toilet on the right-hand side, followed by the spiral stairway in the square tower. A large glazed door opens into a lounge. An open-plan dining room, on the left-hand side, is reached via two steps. This area is illuminated via three French windows, overlooking a gravel terrace, from which it is possible to see the dovecote, set slightly to the right. A large lounge, on the right-hand side, is separated from a smaller lounge by a double-sided fireplace featuring a small stone fireplace, with a plain brick hearth, on one side and a large fireplace, with stone jambs, sculpted corbels, a wooden mantel as well as a thin brick and dressed stone hearth on the other.
The floors in these various areas are covered with old terracotta tiles, laid diagonally inside large squares. The ceilings feature exposed oak wood beams and joists.
A kitchen is on the left-hand side of the dining room. This is not the original kitchen; it was added to connect the manor house at right angles to the outbuildings. It was constructed using materials dismantled from a barn, dating from the same period as the manor house. Its double aspect windows are horizontal and the walls made of quarry stone blocks. A door opens on to the garden. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. The kitchen provides access to the habitable section of the outbuildings. A stairway goes to a study under the slopes of the roof. Another stairway goes to the basement which comprises a machine room and two cellars, where packed mud and gravel floors provide optimal conditions for storing wine and cider.

First floor
The spiral stairway goes up to a corridor, with strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring. An old wooden door precedes open half-timbering that provides access to a small study, the windows of which look out over the surrounding countryside. Four bedrooms on the opposite side feature oak wood parquet flooring as well as exposed ceiling beams and joists. One bedroom forms a master suite, with wooden mullioned windows and a bathroom. Another is a child’s bedroom and the last two have their own bathroom.
Second floor
The spiral stairway goes directly up to a large area, illuminated by the oval window of a shed dormer. A first door opens into a small shower room whilst a second opens into a storage area, illuminated via a second shed dormer. A third door provides access to a large bedroom which receives light from the two windows in the large, main shed dormer, on one side, and via a skylight on the other. The double, impressive chimney flue separates the two rooms.

The outbuildings

Adjoining the manor house at right angles are an old press-house, converted into a storage area, and the old stables now in use as a large garage. The small old tiles covering the roof and the half-timbered structure on quarry stone block lower sections harmoniously reflect the same style as the manor house.

The dovecote

This octagonal dovecote was fully renovated at the same time as the manor house. The half-timbered structure is filled with tile fragments and features partially preserved dove-holes. It has a packed mud floor.

Our opinion

This manor house, straight out of a picture book and typical of the region, is enough to encourage visitors to the area. Architectural whims, such as this tower-like projection on one of its facades, have personalised this traditional half-timbered construction. Two hip roof dormers protrude like ears from the candlesnuffer roof on the polygonal dovecote: this effect is made even more irresistible by the fact that this building leans slightly, resembling the Tower of Pisa. In short, the centuries have respected the instruction that they appear to have been given as regards the residence and its outbuildings: above all, do not break the charm.

670 000 €
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Reference 414596

Land registry surface area 10403 m2
Main building surface area 265 m2

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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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