An 18th century farmhouse and its outbuildings in 4 ha of meadows,
crossed by a river, on a listed natural site in the Orne department
Argentan, ORNE lower-normandy 61200 FR

Location

This property stands on a spectacular architectural site, on the edge of a forest, in the midst of a protected hamlet. Contrasting with the surrounding plains, the site offers a wild, irregular landscape with its deep gorge slashed into a high Armorican plateau. Just 15 minutes from Argentan train station and 200 km from Paris, this house can be easily reached via the N12. The horse-riding activity of the Haras-National-du-Pin stud farm and the Golf-de-Bief golf course keep the surrounding area lively. 15 km from Falaise and William-the-Conqueror’s castle, the beaches along the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) coast are just 50 minutes away.

Description

Gates open on to a set of buildings nestling in the 4 ha of this verdant property. On one side stand the stables. In the background, a barn, a pigsty, a press-house and a dovecote stand out from the house. The house and its terrace, bathed in light, are bordered by a hornbeam screen. The stables look out over a large meadow. Facing them, a building housing a wood-chip-fired boiler is aligned with a vast farm shed. An extension, illuminated via a workshop atrium, faces a vegetable garden. Above the house extend the meadows of the valley where a stream meanders its way to the road. A pond, bordered by tall trees, has found refuge there. Opposite the entrance to the property is a pasture, with a shelter. Crossed by the river, it extends along the edge of the forest.

The house

This rectangular house spans more than 180 m² over two levels, topped with an attic. Constructed in the middle of the 18th century, it is built from lime rendered sandstone. The arched facade windows, with dressed stone surrounds, are fitted with wooden frames and shutters, both inside and out. The gable roof is covered with terracotta tiles. The branches of a wisteria tree grow along the facade. The contrast of colours is extremely sober. All the main rooms face south, overlooking the garden. A majestic willow is opposite the dovecote. Two cast iron Medici urns delimit the entrance to the terrace. The rear of the house gives access to the farm’s well.


Ground floor
A boot room precedes the kitchen. Hexagonal, terracotta tiles cover the floor. The living room, with exposed beams, and the lounge, with a fireplace, are separated from the kitchen by a wide, wooden stairway, going up to the first floor.
First floor
Three bedrooms and a bathroom take up this level with a dual aspect looking out over the countryside. Behind a door, a little stairway goes up to the attic space, awaiting conversion. Floors are laid with wooden parquet flooring.
The stables
Both stables are composed of four spacious, comfortable horse loose boxes, one of which is a double. A tack room completes these buildings, representing the horse universe.
Pigtail
An old pigsty is preceded by a stone press-house, in good working order, both part of the same building. The alcove for the bread oven is still intact on the outside.
Dovecote
This dovecote has been transformed into a guest house, giving it a new vocation. A bedroom and its shower room take up the garden level. A wooden stairway goes up to the first floor and to the attic space from a living room and kitchen. These two upper floors await completion of their conversion. The walls feature exposed stone.

Our opinion

Remote but near to everything, this farm is reminiscent of holidays in the country under the willow on the riverside, not forgetting the charm of the wisteria. Conversion of an art studio or a music room could easily be done. The house has partially undergone first-class restoration works and has a French Heritage Foundation label. The various conversion possibilities for all the buildings are a major asset for receiving guests, passing on foot or on horseback. The dovecote is almost ready. Meadows, stretching for as far as the eye can see could accommodate the riders’ horses, before they set off to explore the wild Orne department across the gorges and valleys of this listed natural site.

Exclusive sale

500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 322501

Land registry surface area 4 ha 1 a 7 ca
Main building surface area 180 m2
Number of bedrooms 3

Consultant


Sandrine Torossian +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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