Emblem of the town, an old, 19th century convent in some 6 ha,
just 190 km from Paris in the region known as Pays-d'Auge-Ornais
, ORNE lower-normandy FR

Location

The town is in the immediate proximity of the A28 motorway. The old convent dominates the town and its castle as well as, further away, the forest and the countryside. All local shops and amenities are to be found in this town, typical of the Pays-d'Auge-Ornais region, which is also home to the Dame-aux-Camélias Museum. A train station, big shops and all large infrastructures are 25 minutes away. The station provides 110-minute train links to Paris.

Description

A large carpark, bordering the road leading to the town, precedes these buildings, comprising 3 houses and a chapel. An opening in this walled carpark leads to a courtyard, delimited on one side by the House of Sainte-Marie. This long building has 70 rooms, spanning a total surface area of approx. 3,600 m² over 5 levels. Following on, the House of Saint-Paul is a building with 14 rooms, spanning a total surface area of approx. 420 m² over 3 levels. On the other side of the courtyard, the House of Saint-Joseph with 9 rooms, spans a total surface area of approx. 664 m² over 4 levels. Behind the House of Sainte-Marie and set at right angles is the chapel, able to take about 150 people. It is surrounded by lawns and tall trees. The grassy grounds surrounding all the buildings extend over 6 ha, 2 ha of which is building land.

The House of Sainte-Marie

Typical of 19th century architecture, the robust facade is composed of red brick above a first floor constructed from millstone grit. The gable roof is covered with slate. This long building comprises fifteen bays. An imitation central projection, topped with a triangular pediment has three bays. It is flanked by five bays on either side. And lastly, the gable walls at each end of the building feature a single bay. The tall openings are arched and framed with surrounds made of dressed stone like the quoins. With the exception of the openings at the top of the gable walls and the projection which are quatrefoil with cusps. Under a semi-circular arched porchway, topped with a gallery adorned with stained-glass windows, a granite stairway goes up to a porch. The five levels, each spanning a floor surface area of approx. 722 m², are reached via a 15-person lift. The building features three wooden stairways, with wrought balusters, a central stairway and two lateral stairways, reached via a long corridor. Ceilings are more than 3 m high.


Basement
This level comprises 15 rooms, including the kitchens, large living rooms, a linen room, a boiler room and a toilet. Numerous entrances give access to the central courtyard and the parklands.
Ground floor
16 rooms, intercommunicating with one another, comprise an oratory, workrooms, lounges with a fireplace and two toilets.
First floor
24 rooms, with 20 bedrooms, a kitchen, a washroom, a laundry room, a lounge, a bathroom and a toilet.
Second floor
27 rooms, including 25 bedrooms, a lounge, a reading room, two bathrooms and two toilets.
Attic
This attic space, which could be converted, extends over a floor surface area of approx. 722 m². Two vast areas can be accessed from either side of the landing. The flooring, the impressive roofing framework and the wooden belfry of the bell-tower bestow great unity. Interior, red brick walls delimit the spaces. Under the slopes of the roof, impressive zinc baths are laid out on the floor to catch the rain water. Light floods in through five crossed-shaped, small-paned rose windows. Dressed stone delimits the outlines of these architectural features.

The House of Saint-Paul

This 13-roomed outbuilding, with a view of the valley, is constructed from brick, topped with a hip, slate roof. It is fully integrated into the parklands and follows on from the main building. It comprises five workshops on the ground floor, six bedrooms on the first floor, an attic and an extension which could be used as a shed and a garage. It is adjoined by a barn.

The House of Saint-Joseph

This neo-Norman style outbuilding faces the central courtyard. It looks down on to the vegetable garden. On the ground floor are a vast meeting room, with a view over the parklands and the town through wide openings, a shower room and a toilet. The first floor comprises five bedrooms, with their shower room, as well as a bathroom and toilet. The basement, with a room used for storage purposes, opens on to the vegetable garden.

The chapel

This large, 19th century, neo-classical style chapel, an outstanding feature of the estate, has the architectural specificity of being linked to the first floor of the House of Sainte-Marie via a walkway. Outside the chapel, a galley running under an arcade, with dressed stone balusters, surrounds this place of worship. Inside, eight large colourful stained-glass windows illuminate the chapel, with its pearly hues. The apse features an alcove which, courtesy of its lightwell, gleamingly houses a brilliant white, classical statuary, a rare sight. White, Carrara marble railings surround the altar, enhanced with a gilt, mosaic frieze. Paving, composed of blue and grey cement tiles, forms a passageway leading to the altar.

The parklands

The parklands, extending over 6 ha, include 2 ha of building land laid out on a lower level. A central, plane-tree-lined alleyway leads to an oratory. The land in the upper section is delimited by a henhouse. A glass and wrought iron greenhouse, awaiting restoration, is built up against a wall not far from the vegetable garden.

Our opinion

The Convent of Sainte-Marie, once home to the congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, still exudes a very strong spiritual and social air. The convent is characterised by its outstanding luminosity. An estate firmly linked to the urbanism of the town centre and its amenities, this property could be used for large, highly visible, local and international projects, involving cultural, artistic as well as social activities. Its large accommodation capacity will, in particular, encourage new development prospects.

600 000 €
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Reference 984010

Land registry surface area 6 ha
Main building surface area 3610 m2
Number of bedrooms +20
Outbuilding surface area 1084 m2
including refurbished area1080 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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