The former outbuilding of a manor house, transformed into a residence
in a little over a hectare in the French department of Sarthe


Some 190 km to the west of Paris, in Lower Normandy, near Alençon, prefecture of the French department of Orne reached via the A28 motorway (slip road 11 km away) and a TGV train station with 90-minute links to Paris. Set in the middle of the countryside, in a region where the Normandy Maine and Perche Regional Nature Parks meet. Near to Perseigne Forest, surrounded by numerous tourist villages such as Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, one of the most beautiful in France. Nearby Alençon provides all amenities.


Set on an estate a little over a hectare composed of parklands with tall trees and a small brook running through. In game-filled, wooded surroundings, ideal for horse-riding. A communal lane, approx. 1 km long, leads to the estate entrance gates. This hamlet includes a manor house with moats, an old farm as well as this outbuilding, now transformed into a detached residence. This property is partially enclosed by old walls which conceal a south-facing terrace, the wild garden planted with tall trees as well as fruit trees, with a stream, bordered by a perched wooden cabin, at the end of the grounds. The residence is extended by an old greenhouse awaiting restoration. The front courtyard comprises an outbuilding, a wooden farmshed and an alleyway, lined with majestic chestnut trees, which crosses the fields to sunken lanes, ideal for country walks.

The 19th century dwelling

This rectangular home, with exposed stone walls, has a hip roof, covered with tiles tuiles.

Ground floor
A luminous lounge featuring windows with through light. Lime-rendered walls. A monumental, wooden fireplace, featuring herringbone pattern bricks. A wood-burning stove. Wide slatted, oak wood flooring. Followed by another small lounge, lined with bare wood and featuring a superb beam system. Wide picture windows provide a view over the countryside. A vast kitchen with old hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, a wood-burning stove near to the eating area. A toilet.
First floor
Three renovated bedrooms with sloping, panelled ceilings. One bedroom has its own bathroom. A separate bathroom and a toilet. Superb old exposed beams.

The outbuilding

A rectangular outbuilding with a hip roof, identical to that of the residence. A small attic which could be converted.

The open-sided farm shed

Clad with wood shingle.

Our opinion

Over the last three years, this residence, currently home to artists, has undergone major restoration works, including the conversion of a small, extremely cosy lounge with a view stretching into the distance over the countryside. It is a place, exuding inspiration, where time stands still. Although set in unspoilt natural surroundings, its location in the middle of a hamlet means that it is not isolated. Every family member feels at home here. This property is of a size such that it guarantees a perfectly comfortable stay whatever the season, without imposing overly heavy constraints. It can be lived in all year round. It has all amenities to hand courtesy of the proximity of Alençon. Not too close, nor too far from Paris, a daily return trip to the French capital is more than possible.

330 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.

Reference 923046

Land registry surface area 13747 m2
Main building surface area 190 m2
Outbuilding surface area 115 m2


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Regional representative
Mayenne, Sarthe

Catherine Boivin       +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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