religious edifices for sale in france orne department

In the French department of Orne, a priory with a listed 13th century chapel and tithe barn, and its 18th century outbuildings in more than 2 ha of parklands
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This priory is in a region known as the Pays-d’Auge-Ornais and dominates a valley, interspersed with woods, fields and meadows. It is 180 km from Paris. Saint-Lazare train station can be reached in 100 minutes from Lisieux, 32 km away, whilst Montparnasse train station takes 110 minutes from Argentan, 25 km away. A slip road on to the A28 motorway, going to the north and the south-west of France, is 30 minutes away. Vimoutiers, 6 km away, has schools, shops and amenities.


This property and its perimeter wall, set halfway up a hillside, can be seen in the distance from local roads winding their way through this undulating, heavily wooded region. Gates open on to a shady driveway which leads to a square courtyard. The latter is surrounded by the prioral house and the chapel in a corner, as well as the old bakery, extended by the press-house and the monks’ cells. The tithe barn and the old dairy stand facing the press-house, from which they are separated by a pond. The old stables are set back.
Founded in the 10th century by the monks from Jumièges Abbey, the priory contributed to the enhancement of a region covered with oak tree forests. Construction of the chapel, the tithe barn and the perimeter wall began as of the 13th century. The estate was put up for sale as national property at the time of the French Revolution and it then remained in the hands of the same family until the 1980’s.
The walls and lower sections of the buildings forming this prioral property were constructed from “Roussier” stone, a local ironstone, between the 13th and 19th centuries. The roofs are covered with flat, terracotta tiles, except for those of the prioral house which are slate.

The 18th century prioral house

This prioral house was built in 1771. A rectangular building featuring a central projection, its openings are vertically aligned on both levels. It is topped with a hip roof.

Ground floor
Double oak wood doors open into a wide entrance hall, with white flagstones and walls covered with wainscoting. A three-quarter turning stairway, with wrought iron railings, leads upstairs.
The entrance hall provides access to a very bright, triple aspect lounge, then a dining room and a kitchen. The walls of these rooms are lined with panelling, their ceilings feature moulding and their floors covered with grey and white marble or paved with the same white flagstones.
The kitchen has old, hexagonal terracotta floor tiles and the ceiling beams are exposed throughout.

First floor
A central landing and a long hall area provide access to three bedrooms, each with its own bath or shower room and toilet. All are steeped in light courtesy of their windows, overlooking the garden.
Second floor
This level, with its slightly sloping ceilings, is reached via a wide, concealed stairway, providing access to a long hall area. It comprises three bedrooms, a linen room and a bathroom with a toilet.

The listed, 13th century chapel

An old roofing framework supports a gable roof
Five stone steps lead up to the entrance. The room, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 42 m², and featuring whitewashed walls, is illuminated via daylight coming in through a gothic window. It has a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The floor is covered with rectangular terracotta tiles.
The entire building has been restored. A small steeple, topping the ridge and covered with chestnut wood shingle, is from a later period.
Surprisingly, a semi-underground cellar can be reached from the outside, under the chapel.

The old, 18th century bakery

This bakery has been transformed and partitioned into living accommodation and utility rooms. The utility section, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 50 m², comprises a laundry room, a wash-room, a pantry and a private toilet.
A 35 m² attic, which could be converted, can be reached via a narrow flight of steps.

Ground floor
The front door provides access to a living room and an adjoining kitchen, a stairway and a bedroom, with a shower room and toilet.
A large fireplace, backing on to the wall of the living room, separates the latter from the kitchen.
Vertical and ceiling beams as well as joists are exposed. The floor tiles are contemporary.
The floor surface areas apply to the living accommodation.

First floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms and a shower room, with a toilet.
As on the ground floor, the vertical and ceiling beams are exposed.

The old, 18th century dairy

Ground floor
This floor is divided into two separate sections. A bedroom, with a shower room, which opens directly on to the outside. Guest accommodation, with a living room, a kitchen as well as a shower room and toilet.
First floor
This floor has sloping ceilings. The stairway goes up to a landing which provides access to two bedrooms. The door leading outside in the west-facing room is all on a level.

The listed, 15th century press-house and 14th century monks’ cells

This construction has come down through the centuries courtesy of its robust stone architecture and its outsize wooden roofing framework. The half-timbering, with wThis construction has come down through the centuries courtesy of its robust stone architecture and its outsize wooden roofing framework. The half-timbering, with whitewashed filling, under a gable roof covered with flat terracotta tiles, bestow a Norman style on this building.
It is adjoined by a 2-storey stone storeroom. These buildings house an attic above the monks’ cells, transformed into bedrooms.
hitewashed filling, under a gable roof covered with flat terracotta tiles, bestow a Norman style on this building.
It is adjoined by a 2-storey stone storeroom. These buildings house an attic above the monks’ cells, transformed into bedrooms.

Reception building
The press-house is now a function room set out around the grinding wheel.
The size of this room under its exposed roofing framework is impressive. The architectural features of the press-house have been enhanced.
The room is illuminated courtesy of the glazing which has replaced the cob between the half-timbering in the lower section of the gable.

Ground floor
The old cells, in which the monks lived, have been converted into two bedrooms.
Each has a shower room with a toilet. The old floors are covered with square terracotta tiles or flagstones. The walls feature exposed stone. The ceilings still have their exposed main beams and joists. There is an original, monumental fireplace. The oak wood entrance door is a reminder of the monastic past of these rooms.

First floor
Laid out above the guest bedrooms, this level can be reached via a wide outdoor wooden stairway, with a landing protected by a canopy.
An oak wood door opens into a function room, spanning approx. 95 m².
It has a cathedral ceiling. The floor is covered with old, square terracotta tiles. A mezzanine section can be reached via a little stairway.

The listed, 13th century tithe barn

This barn comprises a single room, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 360 m². Its eaves walls are flanked with buttresses. An impressive, exposed oak wood roofing framework is supported on pillars, set on stone bases. The two carriage doorways were walled up in the 19th century, leaving it with just its pedestrian doors. Geminated windows at the top of the gables let in natural daylight.
An extension was added to the barn in the 19th century. It is used as garages.

The old, 18th & 19th century stables

These old stables have been transformed into function rooms and guest bedrooms.

Ground floor
The entrance hall, in the centre of the building, provides access to two function rooms and a kitchen. A two-flight, wooden stairway, dating from the 15th century, goes upstairs. The floors are covered with old square terracotta tiles. The walls of one of the two rooms are covered with oak wood panelling flanking a white marble fireplace.
First floor
Some of the upstairs rooms have sloping ceilings. This level comprises a wide central landing providing access to two vast bedrooms, with bathrooms and separate toilets; each spanning 50 m².
Similarly decorated, they have gloss painted ceilings and wallpaper on the walls. The bedrooms are carpeted whilst the bathrooms are tiled.

The parklands

A variety of atmospheres are to be experienced by residents taking a stroll. The square courtyard is planted with two-hundred year old trees around a central round pond, fed by a spring overflowing from a stone pool higher up.
A pleasure garden has been laid out behind the manor house. There is a clear view over the little valley below and with a small village on the horizon. The garden goes down to a lake, with its brick surround, fed by a spring and decorated with water-lilies.
Beyond the courtyard and on either side of a plane tree-lined driveway, ending in fields, residents can wander through a garden growing medicinal plants and herbs in true medieval tradition, between two ornamental pools set in a landscape garden, alongside a rose garden and in an orchard or a verdant haven composed of hornbeam hedges.

Our opinion

Men have prayed and, above all, worked here for centuries. There remain many buildings, now renovated, that corresponded to the work and times of its residents. It has to be said that the original architecture was not only harmonious but also robust. The preservation of old features and their renovation has been protected by the French Historic Monument Society. For centuries, visitors, believers, pilgrims and farmhands have all been housed in these premises. This property can house an entire family. It does, however, have great accommodation potential both for functions and for passing or holidaying guests. Residents, looking around, can see all kinds of different gardens, laid out in front of them, and then, further away, extensive woods on the rolling hills.

1 200 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 704737

Land registry surface area 2 ha 22 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 450 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1100 m2

Regional representative

Brune Boivieux       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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