two well-concealed houses
Honfleur, with its fishing and commercial port as well as its marina, is 200 km or 2 hours away from Paris. 10 minutes away, the Pont-de-Normandie bridge sets its sights on the Albâtre coast and the Caux region. To the west, the A13 motorway links the emblematic D-Day Landing sites and the Cotentin peninsula. Deauville is just a stone’s throw away and Le-Havre, with all the infrastructures of a large town, is but 30 minutes away.
The main house
This main house spans four levels. The light-coloured, wooden stairway unit links the floors whilst letting light and air through. Wood is omnipresent. Floors are covered with walnut wood parquet flooring, beams and joists are exposed and walls are painted warm colours.
The front door opens into a hall, the height of which includes the first floor. The walls are lined with bookshelves and cupboards. A little corridor, housing the stairway, leads to a kitchen, laid out as a living room. A hall area opens into a room, completely covered with Emaux-de-Briare tiles. It is fitted with a shower and illuminated via a vertical window, overlooking an area filled with plants. A pivoting door in the hall area makes it possible to close off the shower room and provide access to a toilet with a wash-hand basin.
A door in the kitchen opens into the inner paved courtyard.
The main room is laid out as a lounge. A walnut wood bookshelf unit lines one wall. It is illuminated via a window.
Two bedrooms are separated by the stairway and, opposite, a wash-hand basin and a toilet. One bedroom, looking out over the street with a view of the side of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and the town rooftops, is illuminated via two windows. The other bedroom, on the courtyard side, is illuminated via a window.
This level is taken up by the main bedroom and a bathroom, both with sloping ceilings. The stairway unit stops at chest height. A roof dormer and a row of four small windows on the gable wall let in copious amounts of light.
The guest house
This guest house is separated from the main house by a little inner courtyard. The lower sections of the surrounding walls are composed of brick or quarry stone blocks. Higher up, the walls are covered with slate. This inner courtyard is bordered by a private alleyway, linking two streets and leading to Place-Sainte-Catherine. The gable of the guest house in this alleyway still has its original wooden shopfront. Just as in the main house, wood is omnipresent with exposed ceiling beams and joists, concealed shelves and cupboards, the original stairway as well as half-timbered walls.
A few steps go down from the little courtyard to this first level. It is used as an entrance room. A glazed door opens into the alleyway.
Two windows illuminate this area. The cupboards in this living room conceal a kitchen area.
This room is identical to the previous one. The cupboards, lining an entire wall, house a hearth and conceal shelves as well as storage areas. A landing door opens into a shower room.
This bedroom, with a sloping ceiling, is illuminated via two windows.
The renown of this port town does not exclude havens of peace where hustle and bustle are near and yet distant. The Sainte-Catherine district resembles a village within the town. The houses are surrounded and separated by alleyways. The verticality of these two homes enhances the narrowness of these constructions. This is where reinvention has come into play: in the main house, the stairway goes up through the floors, leaving an impression of airy lightness. The omnipresence of wood inside is reminiscent of its history. Its modern-day elegance goes beautifully with the age-old building.
Outings to explore the Seine and the hinterland from this port like no other will undoubtedly be tinged with the changing light so dear to impressionists.
|Land registry surface area||72 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Main building surface area||170 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.