in a little village near to Bayeux, in the French department of Calvados
This manor house, neighbouring a listed, 12th century church, stands with its back to the village some 11 km from the Channel coast. It dominates fields and grasslands crossed by a river on a lower level. Paris is 260 km away, a journey taking 2½ hours by car or 2¼ hours by train. Caen and its airport, with flights to London and the south of France, are 30 km away. The nearest town, with a train station, large shops and all useful infrastructures, is 7 km away.
The manor house
Constructed from quarry stone blocks and topped with a hip, slate roof, this square manor house stands in the middle of the lawns. It was flanked on either side by two aediculas, with 3-sloped, tile covered roofs. One aedicula has been replaced by a bigger extension, featuring wide windows and an adjoining wooden terrace.
The main façade’s three levels, each featuring three openings, are separated by stone string courses and the height of each one is less than the one below it. On the first level, the entrance door is flanked by two windows. The door jambs take the form of engaged columns. The latter are topped with Corinthian order inspired capitals supporting a triangular arch composed of arch moulding. The windows have moulded Caen stone framing. The lintels are shaped like a crossbow, topped with a clover leaf on the ground floor and a square on the first floor. The second floor windows are square.
The rear facade has similar windows. Two turrets rising up from the ground on the two corners are topped with candlesnuffer slate roofs. Their four levels are separated by stone string courses and feature lancet windows.
A spiral stairway in the entrance hall, souvenir of an admiral who once owned the manor house, goes down to the basement which can also be reached via an outside door and several steps. A corridor provides access to a cellar and a boiler room, before leading to a kitchen illuminated via a high window. A door leads from the kitchen to two adjoining living rooms. These rooms feature exposed stone walls. Beams and joists are painted. The floor is paved with large flagstones.
The glazed entrance door, topped with a glazed, triangular arched tympanum, opens into a hall, housing a wooden stairway. This hall leads to a little room and an adjoining extra kitchen. A second door leads to a dining room, followed by a study. A third door leads to a lounge which precedes the main kitchen, laid out in a very bright extension. A toilet has been installed next to the painted wood stairway.
The walls of the rooms and the stairwell are lined with wainscoting. The lounge and the dining room have floor-to-ceiling panelling.
The entrance hall is paved with Carrera marble tiles with inlaid decoration. The dining room features parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern whilst the lounge and the study have strip pattern parquet flooring. A wind rose inlaid in the parquet flooring in the study creates an elegant decorative effect.
The lounge is decorated with a stone fireplace, whilst that in the dining room is made of marble. A small brick fireplace is set in the wall of the little room.
The stairway goes up from the entrance hall to a landing providing access to four doors. An open-plan room in use as a dressing room; two bedrooms, with wash-hand basins in the turrets; a master bedroom with a dressing room, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
An L-shaped corridor provides access to six bedrooms, two of which are adjoining, a bathroom and a toilet. The floors feature parquet flooring laid in a strip pattern. Three of the bedrooms have exposed and painted ceiling beams and joists. Two bedrooms overlooking the parklands have wash-hand basins in the turrets. A little concealed stairway goes up to the attic.
The parklands are predominantly laid to lawn, dotted with flower beds and tall trees. They extend around the manor house and slope gently down towards the grasslands bordering the property that are separated from it by wooden railings. A pond on a lower level is surrounded by copses.
This outbuilding is constructed from quarry stone blocks but its front facade is lined with Caen stone. The gable roof is covered with slate. On the same facade, the roof features dormer windows topped with triangular pediments. Its rear facade features a vertical hanging window, also topped with a triangular pediment.
A dwelling, a garage, a shed and old stables are constructed adjoining one another all in a line with a carport set at right angles.
The dwelling comprises a living room, with a stone fireplace, on the ground floor. The floor is laid with large flagstones. At the back, two small rooms are used as a shower room and a kitchen. A door conceals a wooden stairway leading to a bedroom, enhanced with a fireplace and, illuminated by three windows. A small, hidden stairway goes up to the attic space.
In an old stable, used for storage purposes, a narrow flight of steps leads, on one hand, to a bedroom, with a fireplace and illuminated via a window and, on the other, to attic space which extends over the entire surface area of the outbuilding. The dwelling and the bedroom await renovation works.
The surface area of the building is approx. 190 m².
This house was originally intended for domestic staff. Two extensions with single-sloped roofs adjoin it on either side. It features two central carriage doors. Two windows illuminate the upstairs rooms. Its spans a total surface area of approx. 75 m².
The henhouse stands at the end of a little, stone-walled courtyard behind the outbuilding. Spanning a surface area of approx. 20 m², it symmetrically features three doors. A roof dormer topped with a triangular pediment is aligned with the central opening.
This property has been previously owned by a marquis, an admiral as well as a descendent of the Romanov family. It is said that a residence’s charm is predominantly dependent on its surroundings. There is no doubt that everything has been united here so that the beauty of its stone and its natural surroundings can be appreciated all at once. The verticality of the manor house contrasts directly with the lawns sloping gently down to the grasslands, dotted here and there with tall trees and parterres. A distant pond, with its peaceful air, completes the property. This comfortable residence blends harmoniously with elegant parklands on the outskirts of the village.
|Land registry surface area||18342 m2|
|Main building surface area||345 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||270 m2|
Brune Boivieux       +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.