An old, 19th century covered market in one of France's
most beautiful villages on the Cotentin peninsula
Cherbourg-Octeville, MANCHE lower-normandy 50100 FR

Location

In a small port, in the French department of Manche, one of France’s most beautiful villages.
3½ hours from Paris and less than 1½ hours from Caen. 20 minutes from Cherbourg and the landing stages for the cruises or crossings to England and to Ireland.
Schools, shops, a chemist and doctors can be reached on foot. An SNCF train station 25 minutes away has links to Caen and to Paris (less than 3 hours).

Description

Like a peninsula having no other horizon than the sea, the village stands on the Cotentin headland in the Saire Valley. The leading port of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom in the Middle-Ages, where the Dukes of Normandy who were also the Kings of England liked to stay, this village is still a fishing port and a family seaside resort with natural and traditional charm.
The Saint-Nicolas church and its seafarers’ cemetery, dating from the 17th and 19th centuries, are both on a rocky promontory next to the port.
One of the narrow streets fanning out from the church runs alongside this old covered market where fishermen would unload their catch every morning, the building facing the sea. In this narrow street, bordered by granite houses with bluish shale roofs, a set of gates flanked by two stone pillars opens into this property’s garden.

The old covered market

Neglected for many long years, this former covered market was given a new lease on life after some major renovation works. Granite walls and a natural slate roof, only shale which is to be found on the roofs of the neighbouring houses was not used during these works.
The sea-facing facade still has its original appearance with its exposed granite stone.
It was given very few windows to prevent the wind from getting in.
The courtyard, transformed into a pleasure garden, is fully enclosed by high granite walls which stop at the covered market and the dwelling.
The rear facade, completely covered with raked plaster, provides even more luminosity to the suntrap garden. The openings are vertically aligned.
A ramp has been added to each of the main facades for disabled persons.


Basement
The basement can only be accessed from the garden. The entire floor, once a tavern, has been transformed into a cellar used for storage purposes. One of the two partitioned-off areas houses the machinery for the aerothermal heating system and, the other, the electric fuse boxes.
Works to consolidate the floor support pillars were carried out during the renovation works.

Ground floor
This immense 300 m², open-plan floor has been converted for holding exhibitions; it can take more than 120 people.
The entire building is in line with current day standards in terms of receiving the general public as well as health and safety requirements.
Tables and a raised stage cover two-thirds of the floor surface area.
There are wings and a shower room behind the stage on the north gable wall.
A metal stairway without risers, making it very airy, is in the centre of the reception area comprising the bar, the pantry and the public toilets; this area being at the opposite end to the stage.
A lift going upstairs was installed during recent works.

First floor
The first floor spans the same 264 m² surface area as the ground floor. Backing on to the lift is the containment area in the event of a fire.
This entire level is vacant. Another access via an outside stairway could be used to change the layout of the premises.
Its features include a superb high ceiling with the original wooden roofing framework left exposed, insulated walls and sloping ceilings.

The house

The dwelling, set at right angles to the old covered market, backs on to high granite walls enclosing the garden.
This residence is protected from the sea spray by the old covered market as it faces the garden and is bathed in daylight all day long, especially as the light-coloured rendering, applied to harmonise with the granite facades, reflects the sunlight.


Ground floor
The entrance opens directly into the living room which has a closed kitchen at the end, making it possible to take in the entire floor surface area of the dwelling straightaway. It would be possible to convert the kitchen into a laundry room and to install an open-plan kitchen in the living room.
The wooden stairway opening into the room covers a cupboard in the kitchen.
The granite walls are lined and painted as is the ceiling. The large floor tiles add a touch of modernity. Insulating wooden window and door frames.

First floor
The master bedroom, accessed via the wooden stairway, is the same size as the living room.
A comfortable bathroom opens into the bedroom. There is also a separate toilet and a closed dressing room.

The shed

This is an old small house standing at the entrance to the garden and backing on to a party wall.
Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 20 m², it could be converted into a guest room with a mezzanine floor, making sure to keep the exposed granite walls and the three windows that let in copious amounts of light.
It is built of granite and shale walls under a temporary asbestos cement roof.

Our opinion

A visit to this property is a must if its abundance of conversion possibilities is to be appreciated. One, two or even three open-plan flats; it is big enough, for instance, for an investor to create several dwellings. And yet, as the building is currently being used as an exhibition hall, there is nothing to prevent the new owners from continuing this activity. One interesting option could be to add a restaurant in order that it might become a firmly established part of village life. Especially as the proximity of the sea and its assets, just like those of a region with natural charm and a wealth of leisure activities, are sufficient to attract even the most indifferent.

450 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 964995

Land registry surface area 1179 m2
Main building surface area 722 m2
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Guillaume Garbe       +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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