manors for sale in france french department of orne

In the midst of the French department of Orne, with more than 4 ha of land and a lake,
a listed manor house, dating from the 11th to the 19th century, with its outbuildings
Argentan, ORNE lower-normandy 61200 FR

Location

In the land of horse stud farms, surrounded by fields and meadows, this manor house is not far from the A88 and A238 motorways, leading to Caen, Rouen and Le-Mans. Paris is 190 km away, a journey taking less than 2 hours by train. Caen and its airport, with flights to London and the south of France, are 75 km away. The nearest town, with a train station, large shops and all useful amenities is 11 km away.

Description

Amidst a hamlet, composed of just a few houses and a church, a gateway opens on to a vast, grassy courtyard. It is flanked by a manor house, an old tithe barn and two other buildings, one of which contained the old bakery. On one side of the manor house, a wall, with vestiges of an old dovecote, adjoins a small sheepfold. These buildings are surrounded by lawns, a walled vegetable garden and a lake. Further away, an opening in a thick hedge leads to a large meadow, bordered by tall trees.

The manor house

This manor house was originally a priory that belonged to Cerisy-la-Forêt abbey in the French department of Manche. Construction of the manor house began in the 11th century. Major transformation works were carried out in the 15th and 16th centuries to enlarge, modernise and consolidate the manor house. The original house was transformed and an eight-sided, dressed stone tower, decorated with sundial, added in the 15th century. Two extensions were constructed on either side in the 16th and the 19th centuries. The partially rendered, quarry stone block walls are topped with a gable, flat tile roof. Both facades of the main house were consolidated through the addition of stone buttresses.
A dressed stone fireplace decorates a wall in every room, beams and joists are exposed and the old floor tiles have been preserved.


Ground floor
The entrance door, set in the stairway tower leading to all three levels, opens into a vestibule, paved in a staggered manner, with old tiles. Two doors provide access to two vaulted cellars with packed mud floors, illuminated via basement windows, in the main house. A door opposite the stairway provides access to an orchard and a vegetable garden at the back. And lastly, a door opens into a bedroom as well as a bathroom and toilet which precede a second bedroom. The half-timbering on one wall in the first room has been left exposed, as have the quarry stone blocks composing another wall. The floor is paved with old terracotta tiles. The walls in the second bedroom are whitewashed and its floor is paved with wide flagstones.
First floor
The stone stairway goes up to a small landing where two openings lead, on the one hand, to the main room of the great house and, on the other hand, to a large room in the 16th century extension.
In this room, where the stone walls have been left exposed, the floor was recently paved with ceramic tiles, reflecting the Renaissance bestiary. This is a living room which includes a kitchen area. It is notably illuminated by two large mullioned windows. A door opens into a bedroom, paved with small terracotta floor tiles, which communicates with a bathroom and toilet, and has another door leading back into the living room. Both doors are on either side of the fireplace. A door at the other end leads to the large living room in the main house.
This room was redesigned in the 15th century when it was given large Renaissance mullioned windows. The floor is paved with small terracotta tiles. On either side of the fireplace, two doors lead to two bedrooms. One is illuminated by a mullioned window, similar to those in the living room, which looks out the back of the manor house. Curiously, a spiral stone stairway, vestige from the 11th century, goes down into the floor, leading to an opening that provides access to the independent house. The other is composed of two adjoining rooms, followed by a bathroom, a toilet and a dressing room. These rooms await restoration.

Attic
The attic space is composed of two large rooms, one of which has an impressive roofing framework with a large number of trusses. The other, containing a fireplace and roof dormers, was probably used as a courtroom in the Middle-Ages.
Cottage
This independent house is set in the 19th century extension which replaced the old chapel of the priory dating from the Romanesque period. The gable features a sculpture of a human head dating from this time.
It communicates with a room in use as a workshop via an opening which goes through a shower room and toilet.
This house is laid out all on one level, half of which extends up to the full height of the building. In this section, a stone fireplace decorates a wall from floor to ceiling. Beams and joists are exposed. The cob of a half-timbered wall has also been enhanced.
A kitchen in the lower section, with a shower room at the back, opens into the main room. It is widely illuminated via three double, glazed doors. A high-up opening in the wall separating it from the manor house goes through to a bedroom in the main house courtesy of a spiral stairway.

The outbuildings

These are two buildings constructed in the same style as the old tithe barn.
One building houses the old bread oven which has been destroyed, although a few vestiges remain. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 100 m², it is used for storage, workshop and garage purposes. The second building, aligned in a similar fashion, is smaller as it spans a floor surface area of approx. 20 m².

The barn

This barn spans a floor surface area of approx. 140 m². Its quarry stone block walls are topped with a gable, flat tile roof. The facade walls feature openings, including a carriage doorway with a wooden lintel which has been walled up, leaving a passageway topped with a stone lintel. This building is a smaller version of the old tithe barn which would have been a much bigger building.

The sheepfold

This is a small, quarry stone block construction, built in the same style as the old tithe barn and the old bread oven. The stone lintels topping the two openings are most impressive.

The parklands

The buildings are surrounded by lawns, bordered by thick hedges and dotted with tall trees such as fruit, walnut, maple and chestnut trees, some of which are several hundred years old. Behind the manor house, wide lawns slope down to a lake, still featuring its original masonry. Low stone walls delimit the area which was given over to a vegetable garden.
The large meadow is at the rear. It extends over a surface area of more than 3 hectares. It is dotted with tall trees. One side is bordered by a double row of poplar trees.

Our opinion

This is an impressive property. Although the development of the manor house took place over some eight centuries, the architectural harmony emanating from all the constructions exudes an impression of character and robustness that has enabled it to come down through the ages.
The plainness of the green open spaces, dotted with trees, sometimes several hundred years old, provides a peaceful touch that creates a wonderful balance.
Free of any visual or audible nuisances, this is an ideal place to recharge one’s batteries.
Continuation of the restoration and renovation works will make it possible for this estate to accommodate a large family or passing guests. Animals could also be put out to graze in the large, neighbouring meadow.

750 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 238739

Land registry surface area 4 ha 76 a 65 ca
Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 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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