an old, listed, 16th century, town manor house awaiting restoration
This rural town, 230 km from Paris and 45 km from Caen airport, with its flights to London-Southend and the south of France, has all local shops and amenities. The sea and its mythical towns can be reached in 45 minutes. Lisieux, 26 km away, has all the infrastructures of a large town and its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris.
The manor house
This manor house is laid out in a square. It is constructed of dressed stone and its three-sloped roof is covered with tiles. The turret, originally topped with a hexagonal roof, houses the entrance door. The three facades, divided by a stone string course, feature several openings, including mullioned windows. Two openings reached via the rear courtyard provide access, one directly into the manor house’s main room, the other to a stone stairway leading to the upstairs of the manor house, as well as to flats in the half-timbered house.
The moulding around most of the openings is decorated. Crocketed spires adorn the first-floor windows. The corners of the building feature buttresses which originally ended in crocketed pyramids. The entrance door opening into the small courtyard is also richly decorated. Its edges are rounded and comprise several rows of moulding, topped with entwined leaves. They are accompanied on either side by a little pyramid.
The door housed in the turret opens into a room, featuring quarry stone block walls topped with a cornice. Opposite the entrance door, an opening provides access to a spiral, stone stairway which notably leads to the room on the first floor. A third opening, topped with a stone crossbow lintel, leads to the main room.
The walls feature exposed stone. The floors are paved with large flagstones. The roofing framework is visible as the flooring in the room on the upper floor and in the attic space has disappeared. One of the original beams features vorants at each end as well as a carved head in its centre. It is possible to see the two openings on the first floor. The first, topped with a crossbow lintel, opens into a small room, housed in the turret. Sections of the cross-ribbed vault, supported on corbelling featuring characters, are still in existence. The second opens on to the spiral stairway.
This is a golden opportunity to purchase a listed ruin in an eminently tourist region! Enthusiasts of old stone renovation projects will have plenty here to research, redesign and reconstruct. And will, above all, be able to restore the original elegance of this manor house courtesy of the many architectural features that are still in place. It is in need of major works and those involving the stone will be intense and exciting. Furthermore, this challenge could benefit from tax benefits linked to its French Historic Monument listing.
|Land registry surface area||251 m2|
|Main building surface area||70 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||1|
Yann Campion +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.