Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux’s old holiday home
in the Auge region

Location

In the Auge area, in the French department of Calvados. 2 hours from Paris, 35 minutes from the centre of Deauville and 5 minutes from the city gates of Lisieux, an old town whose traditional Saturday market is much frequented. 25 minutes from Pont-l’Évêque and 15 minutes from the A13 motorway to Paris. Just 10 minutes from Lisieux railway station with train links to Paris-Saint-Lazare. Schools, hospitals, doctors and vets as well as large and small supermarkets are in the immediate vicinity.

Description

This house is in the hinterland between Pont-l’Évêque and Lisieux. Its access road winds its way through the superb Auge countryside renowned for its little valleys and its unspoilt natural heritage. Around the church in a small village, formed by several scattered hamlets, a lane goes down and then back up towards the house, standing on a crossroads. All roads, whether to Lisieux or to the sea, go through peaceful countryside comprising forest tracts and small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches set out on the gently sloping sides of the little valleys. Although some houses face this residence, they are a good distance away. This property is fully enclosed by a boxwood hedge on three sides of the garden with a blind, half-timbered facade on the fourth side.

The house

This rectangular house, set slightly back off the street, has two-storey facades constructed from thin limestone slabs and terracotta bricks. The lower section is also constructed from terracotta bricks and the roof covered with natural slate. The openings have wooden frames featuring small window panes. Trelliswork supports the wisteria partially covering the facades.
The house looks out over a small, slightly sloping garden, surrounded by a boxwood hedge. A central yew tree dominates a rose garden, the mother plant of which, growing up the main façade, witnessed the young Thérèse running around the house.


Ground floor
The garden sloping very slightly, the house is entered via the living room on the road side or via a few steps and the kitchen on the garden side. These two rooms comprise the ground floor. The relatively large living room is illuminated via through light. The south-east gable wall is lined with cupboards behind varnished panelling. Opposite, a fireplace, featuring two solid wood, endless screws, is next to the wooden stairway leading to the upstairs bedrooms. A work surface divides the kitchen into two sections, thus creating an eating area facing the door to the living room.
Wooden flooring and the main beam against a background of varnished panelling and painted walls blends harmoniously with the warm, refined decoration. The floors feature flat-laid bricks and terracotta tiles.

First floor
The stairway, with its wooden steps and railings bearing the patina of time, leads up to two bedrooms, a landing room transformed into a bedroom and a recent shower room with a separate toilet. Wide hanging spaces are concealed behind the wall panelling. Original fireplaces, like all the floors, still bear the patina of polished wood. The modern shower rooms are the only indication of our era on the inside.

Our opinion

It is difficult to forget that this garden echoed with the laughter of the young Thérèse-Martin, who was beatified and canonized in 1925. It is, after all, just a stone’s throw from Lisieux and the basilica which was built in her honour and which has become the second most popular French site visited by pilgrims. And yet, the memory of this child has not dulled the atmosphere inside the house, where rays of light seeping in through the shutters create a deeply human, warm ambiance. This house, a divine holiday retreat and a haven of peace far from the urban hustle and bustle, is near to other properties that once accommodated illustrious writers who adored the landscape of this valley, which can be deemed the most beautiful, the most mysterious and the most poetic of the Auge area.

190 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.

Reference 828714

Land registry surface area 500 m2
Main building surface area 80 m2

Regional representative
Lower Normandy

Hélène Lainé       +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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