castles / chateaux for sale - calvados

A 19th century, neo-gothic chateau
with esoteric architecture in Calvados
Caen, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14000 FR


On the outskirts of the Bessin area in the French department of Calvados, in a village with 300 inhabitants. 15 minutes from the centre of Caen, near to the 4-lane road leading to Cherbourg and Bayeux with its 2 hour train links to Paris-St-Lazare station.
10 minutes from the D-Day Landing beaches, in a region rich in manor houses with extremely varied architecture.
Schools, shops, doctors and chemists are in the neighbouring towns.


Once off the main road, a long, tree-lined street leads to the village and the chateau.
Barely hidden by the majestic trees surrounding it, the chateau stands behind its metal gates and its stone latticework walls.
The parklands, featuring lawns, copses and rare species of superb, tall, trees, surround the chateau, the chapel, the orangery and the old house used for domestic staff accommodation.
The gates open into the main courtyard which stretches out in front of the chateau. A long, circular driveway leads around the chateau, providing access to the outbuildings at the end of the parklands.

The chateau

Impressive because of its architecture which is totally out of character for this region, the chateau was built in the 19th century. Mixing periods with a consummate art of pastiche, it is also characterised by the finesse and the profusion of its architectural features: balustrades, columns, garlands, statues, pilasters between doors and windows, large stairways and large arches.
The facades bear the monochrome stamp of Caen stone. The hip roofs are covered with slate tiles and the ridges with ironwork. They feature stone chimney stacks as well as roof dormers with stone pediments adorned with decorative elements.
Two immense griffins guard the entrance. Said entrance, marked by a wide stone stairway with its wrought stone railings and its two sculpted griffins, provides a foretaste of the atmosphere inside.

Garden level
The reception rooms of the chateau, once a gastronomic restaurant, are set around an entrance hall providing access to the parklands.
A cloakroom with bathroom and toilet facilities is to be found opposite the stone stairway leading upstairs. Four reception rooms still have traces of their former vocation. The guests could seek privacy in one room which is now a workshop, spend time in the bar or even watch the meat grilling in the fireplace. The professional kitchen is adjoining.
The walls feature exposed dressed stone, those in the bathroom and toilet facilities are wallpapered, the ceilings are adorned with exposed wooden beams and joists and the floors are tiled. The insulated boiler room, with its boiler, the heating valves and the hot water tanks can only be accessed from the outside. Heat pumps stand against the boiler room’s outside wall.

Ground floor
The magnificent and elegant entrance hall with its monumental stairway has solid stone walls adorned with arabesques, friezes and latticework, all overlooked by the intriguing, sculpted chimera on the railings leading upstairs. The cement tiled floor with its peripheral frieze was inspired by oriental carpets. The suspended, stone spiral stairway has heavily wrought railings on either side. It is supported by corbelling featuring figures as are the landings upstairs. The wrought balusters make it possible to admire the architecture and the stained glass windows that continue up to the top floor. Double oak wood doors in the entrance hall lead on the one hand to a dining room as well as a study-library and on the other to a reception room and a lounge. A converted kitchen adjoins the dining room and the stairway leading down to the garden level. All these triple aspect rooms receive copious amounts of daylight. The ceilings feature cornices, the walls are painted and the doors are of a dark wood. The lower sections of the dining room walls have wrought panels, each bearing the symbols of craftsmen’s trades. The lounge opens on to the garden via a stone stairway that is more sober than the one in the entrance hall.
A narrow spiral stairway in the study-library leads to the ladies’ sitting room upstairs by lifting a hatch hidden in the ceiling. Dark wood book shelves line the walls. The original parquet floors are laid in herringbone or Chantilly patterns. Only the kitchen has a stone floor.

First floor
The stairway leads to a landing that is as ornate as the entrance hall, with its stone walls featuring sculpted arabesques that frame the doorways and its floor tiles forming a stone carpet. This floor comprises five bedrooms, a ladies’ sitting room and a bathroom with a toilet. It is laid out in a manner identical to the ground floor. Each room is decorated in a different way with painted or wallpapered walls as well as exposed oak wood beams and joists in the ceilings. The original parquet flooring is laid in herringbone or strip patterns. The spacious and luminous bathroom has a shower and a view over the parklands.
Second floor
Part of this floor has sloping ceilings, although its layout is the same as the floor below. The landing, again featuring sculpted stone and a stone floor laid in a chessboard pattern, comprises a wrought, glazed door concealing a storage area. Two solid wood doors on either side open into corridors, each of which leads to rooms that are currently used as storage rooms but which could easily be reconverted into bedrooms.
In the former bedrooms, the floors feature parquet flooring or stone tiles and the walls are covered with small natural wood friezes. The attics are still in their original condition with their roofing framework and the exposed stone walls reflect the facade walls. Two wooden stairways provide access to the area under the rafters.

The orangery

The orangery, at the bottom of the parklands and concealed behind copses of trees, is currently used as a workshop. Featuring wide openings framed with Caen stone, the facades are built of thin, lime-rendered, limestone bricks. The recent, metal “Bacacier” roof has not been treated in the same way as the chateau roof.

The chapel

Adjoining the orangery, the chapel still has its triangular arched openings and entrance door as well as its dressed stone framing. The chapel opens into the orangery’s workshop via an arched opening in the shared wall.
The facades feature thin, lime-rendered, limestone bricks, the hipped corners are of dressed stone. The

The pavilion

On the edge of the property and bordered by a narrow village street, the pavilion comprises openings than look out solely over the parklands.
This house, currently in use as a shed, comprises one large room with a ceiling the same height as the ridge, the floorboards having disappeared over the years. It has an exposed roofing framework.

The latrines

Concealed by a copse, the latrines were installed in a hexagonal tower built of thin stone bricks with arrow-loops framed by dressed stone, just like the lower sections. It is topped with dressed stone battlements.

The garage

Concealed from onlookers by the orangery, the vast garage with its double doors can house several vehicles.

Our opinion

This chateau, worthy of Sleeping Beauty, harbours many a mystery. The surprising details of its architecture, both inside and out, are such that it will immediately charm enthusiasts of the neo-gothic style and esotericists. It will also appeal to lovers of gardens and rare trees.
Despite its impressive appearance, the chateau forms a well-proportioned, reasonably sized dwelling. The outbuildings, once converted, will confirm this opinion, especially the orangery, the preserved size of which will enable it to be used once again for its original purpose or to be transformed into a guest house.
The dynamic towns in the surrounding area, the tourist activities linked to the Normandy coast and the local gastronomy will no doubt delight the new owners and their visiting friends.

1 219 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 150 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 6% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur

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Reference 487065

Land registry surface area 7000 m2
Main building surface area 670 m2
Outbuilding surface area 186 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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