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A 19th century chateau and its chapel set in some 20 ha
of parklands and woods in the south of the Auge region

Lisieux, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14100 FR
Basse-Normandie

Location

In the Auge region, on the edge of a valley interspersed with woods and meadows. In an area renowned for animal breeding, cheeses and equestrian sports.
90 minutes from Paris, 45 minutes from Deauville-Trouville, and 15 minutes from Lisieux, a tourist, commercial town with an SNCF train station providing 100-minute links to Paris.
A slip road for the A28 motorway is less than 20 minutes away, going towards Paris. Schools, shops, doctors and chemists are all to be found in the neighbouring town.

Description

This chateau, looking down on the Touques valley, dominates its 20 or so hectares of land composed of woods and parklands following the lie of the land typical of the Auge region. Thick hedges and tall trees conceal its lofty silhouette as visitors approach. It has three entrances: the one for visitors, lined with hedges, comes to an end at the foot of the chateau; the other two on the opposing side are more discreet.
A lane, off the road crossing the village, leads to the chateau entrance. There is an unobstructed view over the valley in the Livarot region and over immense meadows. A driveway leads to the main porch way, after having gone around the lake and the caretaker’s cottage. The completely enclosed parklands comprise lawns, copses, various shrubs and a wood, spanning approx. 5 ha, planted with standard trees. Meadows can be reached on foot from the stables. Two long walls, vestiges of a vegetable garden, protect a tennis court and a swimming pool, awaiting renovation. An orangery stands at the end.

The 19th century chateau

The facades spanning three levels of living space are constructed from dressed stone and pointed quarry stone blocks, enhanced with typical local glazed bricks. The entrance pilasters are made of dressed stone. An additional level was added under the recent natural slate roof, crowned with a zinc frieze. Roof dormers with Caen stone reveals adorn the south and north facades. Zinc pediment roof dormers illuminate the attic space. The main, south-facing facade is marked by a central building that is slightly set back. All the openings are vertically aligned.
A slightly raised, Caen stone porch way provides access to the main entrance. A long balcony corridor runs alongside half of the garden level. The entire building was fully restored a few years ago, both inside and out.


Garden level
This level, completely illuminated by natural light, is divided into two sections by a central corridor. On one side are cellars whilst, on the other, are utility rooms as well as a flat with a view over the lake.
Ground floor
The vestibule houses the main stairway leading upstairs and provides access to a study with a separate toilet. Opposite, double doors open into a large central lounge, spanning approx. 75 m². This room is separated from the dining room by wide doors; the two together forming a vast reception room spanning more than 100 m². The restored 19th century decor still has all of its charm with its varnished wall panelling under coffered ceilings, its strip or chevron pattern parquet flooring and its highly coloured cement floor tiles.
First floor
The main stairway goes up to a long corridor providing access to five vast bedrooms with their bathrooms and toilets, all of hotel standard. A second, back stairway goes down to the lower floors and up to the second level. The parquet floors are partially covered with carpet, looked down on by varnished wall panelling, reminiscent of that on the floor below. Each bedroom spans approx. 20 m² and each is individually decorated in a 19th century style.
Second floor
This level is identical to the floor below, with a long corridor leading to another five vast bedrooms with their bathrooms and toilets of a similar standard. A linen room and a staff toilet are installed near to the stairway.

The chapel

The chapel is built on a little promontory, backing on to the woods. Previously in ruins, it has been fully reconstructed and restored in accordance with good trade practices. Its roof is covered with flat terracotta tiles, whilst that of the bell-tower is made of natural slate. The walls are built of dressed stone and lime-pointed quarry stone blocks. A heavy door marks its entrance, aligned with ridge just like the roof dormer above it. The inside has undergone meticulous restoration works carried out by local craftsmen. With its benches set at angles so as to leave a passageway to the altar, it has been reopened for prayers. The framework of the wooden ceiling reiterates the design of that of the main facade. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles of differing shapes.

The dovecote

This hexagonal building is made of half-timbering and lime-pointed broken tile masonry filler. The roof is covered with flat terracotta tiles. It has been completely restored by local craftsmen.

The caretaker's cottage

This rectangular building is constructed from dressed stone, brick and half-timbering and topped with a flat terracotta tile roof. The house comprises a lounge, a dining room with an adjoining kitchen and two bedrooms with a bathroom. It awaits internal renovation works.

The outbuildings

All these buildings reflect typical local architecture with brick, dressed stone and half-timbered walls under roofs covered with flat terracotta tiles or natural slate. The biggest is a stable housing fourteen horse loose boxes, including six foaling stalls and adjoining several areas used for garage or workshop purposes. Upstairs, reached via an outside stairway, is a vast area divided into two conference rooms, a work room, an office, a kitchen as well as bathroom and toilet facilities.
The other outbuildings include a press-house, a sheepfold, an orangery standing in the old vegetable garden and a building dating from the 16th century, once used as accommodation for the caretaker and now in ruins.

Our opinion

This property is a former four star hotel which remains extremely comfortable and luxurious with vast rooms, making it possible to accommodate all kinds of functions and seminars, both inside the chateau and the outbuilding where the necessary fixtures and fittings are still in place. However, by becoming a private residence once again, this residence has regained all of its tranquillity in the midst of lush countryside, far from the urban hustle and bustle. This residence could perhaps be turned back into a commercial property, bearing in mind that the running water, omnipresent throughout the parklands and after which it is named, is an eternal source of revival and renewed emotions, the strength of which can be felt by guests as they pass through the entrance gates.

2 641 500 €
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À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 141851

Land registry surface area 20 ha 83 a 51 ca
Main building surface area 1350 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1600 m2

 

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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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