15 km from Bayeux and 25 km from the coast in the French department of Calvados
This residence is half-way between the Cotentin peninsula and the Auge area and Deauville. It is 20 minutes from the A13 motorway leading to Paris (275 km) and the A84 motorway to Mont-Saint-Michel (60 minutes). Caen and its airport, with flights to Lyon and the south of France, are 35 km away. The D-Day Landing beaches are 25 km away.
The nearest market town, with all local shops, is 3 km away. All useful infrastructures, including sixth form colleges, a train station and supermarkets, are 15 km away in a well-known town.
This residence consists of a central building, covered with light-coloured rendering, topped with a pediment featuring a bull’s eye window, and an adjoining orangery, followed by an extension, both constructed from partially rendered quarry blocks of shale and separated in a figurative manner by two bull’s eye windows, set one above the other. The central building has a gable roof, the wings have roofs with three slopes, all are covered with slate. The residence’s openings are rectangular, with small panes, whilst those in the orangery feature semi-circular arches as did those, now closed, in the extension. Although the restoration of the original features such as fireplaces, old stone floor tiles, built-in woodwork and doors, was carried out in keeping with the original aesthetics of the building, a touch of modernity has been added. The rooms are bright and the decor is sober.
The little hall in the right wing of the residence provides access to the adjoining living rooms. A small pantry separates the first from the kitchen, laid out in the rear section of the wing, the facade to which it belongs being presented as the main facade. Following on are a reading room and the main lounge, which also takes up the left wing and is adorned with a stone fireplace. A corridor leads from there to the ground floor of the orangery.
This section comprises a reception room, with a mezzanine covering one third of the surface area. It is illuminated by semi-circular arched openings on the first and second levels. The contemporary stone floor tiles are sober. The walls of the lower section are partially rendered. An unsupported, monumental, Caen stone stairway goes up to a balcony and the mezzanine, both protected by wooden railings. The walls have been renovated on this level.
A corridor, generously illuminated by the large windows bordering it, provides access to five bedrooms. Its floor as well as those in the first three bedrooms (each with a wash-hand basin) is covered with light-coloured oak wood, wide strip parquet flooring. The fourth and biggest bedroom, decorated with a marble fireplace, topped with a wooden trumeau, has its own bathroom, with a shower and a toilet. The last bedroom, laid out in the right wing, has a shower room with a toilet. The mezzanine, large enough to accommodate a living room, opens into a little hall, housing a shower room and a toilet as well as the stairway that goes up to a little summer bedroom, awaiting completion of its renovation, in the attic space.
The attic space is reached via the summer bedroom. It spans the entire surface area of the central building. This area, illuminated by openings on a level with the floor, could be converted. The roofing framework and the slate roof are exposed.
A first small, shale quarry block and brick outbuilding stands near to the residence, under a slate roof. It features several small openings. Used for storage purposes, it cannot be seen from the main residence as it is concealed by vegetation.
Once used as stables and standing behind the property, a second outbuilding could take a second level. Its upper section comprises rectangular openings and has two other arched openings, one on either side of the door.
Surrounded by thick hedges and various species of trees, the parklands are predominantly wooded, notably with chestnut trees over a hundred years old as well as by a row of trees, with tall trunks, that divides them partially into two. Their depth is accentuated by a difference in ground levels which makes the horizon seem further away than it really is. They are separated from the old farm by a stone wall and boxwood hedges.
This residence, with two small, symmetrical wings and a central bay featuring pilasters topped with a pediment, resembles a small chateau. Its old, adjoining orangery in no way mars its beauty. A great deal of elegance and character is reflected by the facade, the soberness of which is also to be found inside the house. Although the current layout is very comfortable, new owners will still be able to give free rein to their imaginations in areas that are not used to the full. Balance and good taste appear to be the order of the day in the parklands, the slope on which they extend being as gentle as the property is pleasant.
|Land registry surface area||15494 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||80 m2|
Brune Boivieux +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.