A comfortable, 18th century, mansion house in a walled garden
in the midst of the episcopal town of Sées
Sées, ORNE lower-normandy 61500 FR

Location

In the French department of Orne, the town of Sées with its rich past currently remains a cultural, religious and heritage reference. It has no less than eleven listed buildings, including the cathedral, a gem of Norman gothic art, and Argentré Palace, a former 18th century bishopric. This town, with more than 4,000 inhabitants, is crossed by the river Orne. It has all shops and amenities, including renowned secondary schools and sixth form colleges as well as an art cinema. Alençon and Argentan are within easy reach via the A28 and A88 motorways which also go to Rouen, Caen and Tours. The train station, 5 minutes from the town centre, provides links taking less than two hours to Paris-Montparnasse. The majestic forest of Ecouves is just a short distance from the town. Spared by the Second World War, Sées still has its peaceful atmosphere even if its way of life is no longer governed by the chiming bells of miscellaneous religious communities.

Description

The so-called Bourg-l'Evêque district in the centre of town looks down on to the river Orne. It is characterised by its many religious edifices and beautiful residences. Built at right angles to the street and protected by high walls, this mansion house can only be seen from inside its impressive entrance gates. A courtyard, alternating gravel alleyways and grassy parterres, is laid out in front of the house. A walled garden on a lower level is enhanced by flower beds as well as perennial bushes and shrubs. The view from there takes in the roofs and facades of the surrounding buildings, including the listed bishopric.

The mansion house

This mansion house, constructed in the 18th century from stone and lime rendered quarry stone blocks, spans three levels including an attic floor. It comprises a main, rectangular building, with wings set at right angles on both gable walls and another building on a lower level, adjoining one of these wings on the garden side. The slate roofs feature roof dormers. Dressed stone forms the window framing and the quoins. The windows on the ground and first floors are slightly arched and the main entrance door is flanked by pilasters. Two separate, vaulted cellars can be reached via the courtyard and the residence. One is currently used as a wine cellar; the other notably houses the boiler room.


Ground floor
The main entrance door, set in the centre of the facade, opens into a spacious vestibule providing access, on the one hand, to a wooden, winding, single-flight stairway going up to the first floor and, on the other hand, to the reception rooms. On the right-hand side is a dining room, whilst adjoining on the left-hand side are a little lounge, a study and a large lounge which takes up the corner of the road side gable. All these south-facing rooms look out over the courtyard and communicate via double doors. They are bright courtesy of their double-glazed windows and French windows, fitted with casement bolts and indoor shutters. The large, double aspect lounge has windows overlooking the little-used street. It is adorned with a white marble fireplace, featuring inlaid decoration and fine moulding. The ceilings are 3.4 m high and the floors are covered with Italian marble tiles. Heating is provided via cast iron radiators. A fitted kitchen follows on from the dining room and has a French window that also opens on to the courtyard. In the right-hand corner of the garden facade are a library, a study and an artist’s studio with four windows opening widely on to the garden. A 5x3 m, heated swimming pool has been installed, making good use of the lie of the land, below the artist’s studio, in front of a terrace out of sight of onlookers. Also on the ground floor are a shower room, a toilet and hall areas.
First floor
The stairway, illuminated by a stained glass window, goes up to a landing with corridors on either side leading to the bedrooms. On the left-hand side are a bedroom, with a shower room and a separate toilet, and another bedroom, with its bathroom, its toilet and its dressing room. On the right-hand side are four bedrooms, a bathroom, with a bath and a shower, as well as a separate toilet. All the bedrooms look out over the courtyard or the garden and the view of the surrounding mansion houses and religious edifices constitutes an additional asset. The main bedroom has a marble fireplace and Versailles pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. Behind the stairwell, a laundry room communicates with two of the bedrooms.
Second floor
A spiral stairway goes up to the second floor under the rafters. A landing on this level provides access to two bedrooms, one of which has a shower room, as well as a separate toilet. The rest of the floor surface area is used as a games room and attic space. Roof dormers in the roof let in copious amounts of light. The floors are covered with old, octagonal terracotta tiles. This entire area is insulated with panelling.

The outbuildings

An orangery in the garden has dressed stone walls inlaid with brick. It opens widely on to the outside via a French window and three tall windows.
A garage, with a slate roof, on a lower level in the garden adjoins the back of the house. It can accommodate two vehicles and is, furthermore, used for storing miscellaneous maintenance tools. Double gates, supported by two dressed stone pilasters and opening on to an adjacent street, make it possible for cars to access the garage without having to use the main entrance.

Our opinion

The neighbouring, religious and civil pieces of architecture provide a discreet decor equal to that of this mansion house. Here, dressed stone frames the large, basket-handle arch windows, a bit like a rosary. The courtyard glorifies the residence, a gentle slope personalises its garden. Modernity has been tactfully integrated into a building dating from the Age of Reason, making it possible for a family to move in straightaway. All the amenities of the quiet, episcopal town of Sées are within walking distance.

Exclusive sale

875 000 €
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Reference 177087

Land registry surface area 1376 m2
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 70 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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