set in some 3 ha of parklands, between the Seine Valley and the Bray Country, 125 km from Paris in Upper Normandy
Although this property is about 125 km from the French capital, it is but 15 km away from the town of Forges-les-Eaux, renowned for its thalassotherapy centre, and some 30 km away from Neufchâtel-en-Bray (with its regional gem, Neufchatel cheese) as well as Rouen and 50 km from Dieppe. Slip roads for the A28 motorway, providing access to these destinations, are 15 km away.
On one side, a vast outbuilding with brick facades currently houses a workshop, a large garage and a small, recently converted, 2-storey dwelling.
The manor house
This manor house, owned by the same family since 1909, was redesigned at the beginning of the 20th century when it was flanked by two wings.
The main building spans three levels under an attic floor; the more recent wings span two levels. The ground floor is enhanced with a protruding bay, featuring curved openings and French windows. Its terrace roof, protected by plain belly balusters, can be reached via one of the first-floor bedrooms.
The hip, slate roof features chimney stacks. The facades are covered with white cement rendering.
The Mansard-style roofs on the added wings, adorned with zinc finials, feature windows topped with triangular pediments.
The building is surrounded by a gravel terrace. Porches, providing access to both sides of the building, are reached via a few steps. The building is in need of some attention and works will have to be scheduled.
A vast vestibule also houses a stairway, with wooden steps and railings, that goes upstairs. Rooms comprising a kitchen, a back kitchen, a lounge and a dining room, both embellished with marble fireplaces, a study area, a shower room and a toilet all follow one on from the other. The floors are covered with hexagonal terracotta tiles, old black and white tiles or oak wood parquet flooring. The painted, imitation marble walls in the entrance hall and the stairwell have been very well preserved.
A landing provides access to four bedrooms and a bathroom. One of the bedrooms opens on to a balcony, laid out above the protruding bay on the ground floor. It would be possible to convert a small bedroom into an additional shower room. This level has parquet flooring throughout.
As on the first floor, a landing provides access to the three bedrooms and toilet to be found on this level. Once again, a small room on this floor could be converted into a shower room.
The attic space has been converted into a landing, two bedrooms and a small attic which could be transformed into a shower room. The floor is covered with the original terracotta floor tiles.
Several rooms with brick floors, walls and vaults. They all have doors leading outside.
Although the buildings are in need of attention and some modernisation works, they are nevertheless extremely robust and ready to accommodate one or two families seeking a countrified way of life such as is still to be found in Normandy. The proximity of a town with restaurants, local produce and markets is an additional attraction.
The Bray Country extends an open invitation to explore its countryside as well as to enjoy its cultural and sporting activities.
It is also possible to go on a day’s outing for a dip in the sea, the seaside being less than 50 km away.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 60 a|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
Marie Merien +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.