A manor house, from the “Belle Époque”, with its Victorian veranda and its outbuildings
in 4 ha of parklands, just 10 minutes from Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
, ORNE lower-normandy FR

Location

This manor house, in the midst of the Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park and its 800-ha forest, stands between the medieval town of Domfront-en-Poiraie and the spa resort of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, famous for its casino. Briouze train station, on the Paris-Granville line, provides links to Gare-Montparnasse in 2 hours 50 minutes, whilst the N12 makes it possible to reach Paris by road in less than 3 hours. The “Côte Fleurie” (coast of flowers) and its beaches are 1¼ hours way by car. The village, just 5 minutes away, has all amenities. La-Ferté-Macé has all large shops.

Description

This property stands at a distance from a hamlet symbolised by a historic monument: Bonvouloir Tower, one of the last vestiges of a 15th century castle of the same name. A set of wrought iron gates open on to a lime tree-lined driveway, leading to the manor house. Moreover, a set of wooden gates, in a continuation of the perimeter wall, open into a courtyard where an old grindstone and its granite wheel take pride of place. On one side, a bamboo grove is accompanied by a stone-lined, spring-fed pond, a paved terrace borders an outbuilding, extended by a workshop. A priest’s garden separates it from a traditional, long farmhouse, made of half-timbering and topped with a slate roof, which stands facing the veranda. An octagonal stone pond provides water for birds. Farm buildings at the back of the courtyard, separated by a low wall, house maintenance equipment. Parklands with centuries-old trees extend over 4 ha of copses and pastures.

The manor house

Built of stone in the Victorian style in 1890, this impressive manor house spans a surface area of approx. 400 m² over four levels, covered with a Mansard, slate roof. The facades feature five bays, topped with recessed dormers, the widely overhanging roofs of which are supported on small trusses and curved angle braces. Two central dormers are set one above the other in a tall, narrow pavilion roof. The main facade is flanked along its entire width by an impressive, fully-glazed veranda. Its framework is delicate and its apron walls decorated. It is topped with a terrace featuring a wrought baluster. The entrance to the boiler room, reached via the garden level, is under the flight of steps leading to the porch.


Ground floor
A flight of stone steps, with wrought iron railings, goes up to a porch. The door opens into a vast entrance hall, the walls of which are lined with wainscoting. Coloured cement floor tiles form a rug. A carved, wooden stairway has wide steps. The hall provides access, on one side, to a contemporary kitchen, illuminated via a wide window, followed by a dining room. The ceiling, with is octagonal coffer, is adorned with floral motifs. A window overlooking the garden replaces a mirror above the marble fireplace. A door opens into the lounge, where the ceiling decoration with its cherub motifs is highly characteristic of the 19th century and can certainly hold its own against the French capital’s Haussmannian rooms. All the moulding is embellished with a gilt edge. A sculpted, inlaid mirror adorns the white marble fireplace. At the end of a corridor, a small music room looks out over the garden. The veranda, featuring a very British elegance, is steeped in light and can be reached from all the rooms. Its black and white floor tiles are laid in a star shape.
First floor
The four bedrooms are comfortable and refined. They all have an adjoining bath or shower or dressing room. Their decors are composed of fireplaces, cornices, ceiling roses and herringbone pattern parquet flooring. A vast, terrace balcony, which can be accessed from two of the bedrooms, dominates the Normandy countryside. Its latticework railings are made of wrought iron.
Second floor
All of these rooms, laid out under the rafters, are illuminated via roof dormers. One of these four bedrooms features spectacular Art Nouveau style decor. Large, interwoven plant motifs adorn the perimeters of the windows and the corner cupboards. A garland of bunches of grapes is harmoniously mixed with musical instruments on the cornice.
Group of buildings
These large farm buildings could accommodate several horses. An adjoining hay barn is surrounded by pastures.
Guest house
This stone house has been divided into three flats, each comprising two bedrooms and a shower room. A vast living room and a kitchen complete these areas. The attic space is illuminated via roof dormers. Two wood-burning stoves provide heat and well-being. A spacious, traditional, long farmhouse, composed of brick with a hip, slate roof, adjoins the priest’s garden. A wide wooden terrace looks out over the countryside behind the house.

Our opinion

A carefreeness and progress are the characteristics of the “Belle Époque” when a wind of liberty blew through French society. Here, the exoticism of colonies with classy English accents is expressed in full and it is immediately clear that meticulous attention was paid to its aesthetic quality throughout. Wrought roof dormers, the Victorian veranda as well as the wealth of internal ornamentation and the Art Nouveau style bedroom give this home its authenticity and unique character. Amidst the meadows, in an elegant atmosphere enhanced by the size of the spacious rooms, the hustle and bustle of the large town is but a distant memory. More than a change of address, this is a different way of life.

960 000 €
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Reference 672146

Land registry surface area 4 ha 38 a 97 ca
Main building surface area 400 m2
Number of bedrooms 8
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2
including refurbished area200 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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