A pastoral, 15th & 16th century manor, with a spring, a pond and a wash-house,
180 km from Paris in the region known as Pays-d'Auge-Ornais
Champeaux, ORNE lower-normandy 61120 FR

Location

Just 8 km from Vimoutiers and its traditional market. The undulating countryside of the region known as Pays-d' Auge-Ornais is crossed by rivers, springs and meadows for as far as the eye can see. Between the house where Charlotte-Corday was born and the museum for an emblematic AOP cheese heritage. Paris can be reached either by train from Lisieux station in 2 hours, or by road in 2⅓ hours. Argentan and Falaise are 30 minutes away by car. Little and big shops as well as all schools are but 10 minutes away. The beaches on the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) are within easy reach.

Description

This property is outside of the village. On more than a hectare, the manor, the caretaker’s cottage and the press-house dominate the Normandy bocage countryside from the side of a valley, without appearing to be governed by any hierarchy. The entrance gates open on to a long driveway, bordered by an orchard and leading to the buildings. A stream winds its way between the estate’s trees and meadows prior to cascading into the wash-house pond. A vegetable garden has been planted alongside a wooden fence above the house.

The manor house

Constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries, this old fiefdom is representative of the local regional architecture with its half-timbered walls and its brick or flint lower sections that follow the natural lie of the land. Rectangular in shape, it spans two levels under attic space. The front facade, adorned with sculpted features, has openings that let in copious amounts of light. The half-timbering forms the framework of the house up to the gable roof, covered with local tiles and featuring Jacobin-style dormers. The opposite facade is flanked by square, half-timbered tower housing an oak wood stairway which goes up to the first floor and the attic space. Adjoining the building, an extension with a hip roof, covered in tiles, extends the manor house. A large wooden terrace, covered with a pergola, faces the water.


Ground floor
The entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a lounge, followed by an adjoining study. On the other side, a kitchen precedes a large bedroom. An independent entrance makes it possible to access all of the rooms in the house from the garden. The lounge walls are lined with panelling. The floor is paved with terracotta tiles. Wide stone fireplaces, with a carved oak wood lintel supported on two granite corbels, separate the lounge from the study. Beams have been left exposed. The other section of the house, with a laundry room, two bedrooms and a shower room, can be reached from the outside and, inside, via a pinewood stairway. The geothermal heating system and the workshop are housed in the extension.
First floor
All reached via a corridor, the three bright, spacious bedrooms, with oak wood parquet flooring, look out over the water. Toile-de-Jouy wallpaper lines a small lounge. The ceilings feature exposed beams and joists. At the end of the corridor, a shower room is illuminated via a small-paned window. The stairway goes up to the attic space which awaits conversion.
Outbuilding
An old press-house, with stone lower sections as well as restored cob and half-timbered walls, is used as a utility area where garden materials and firewood are stored. It has a slate roof. A traditional, long farmhouse, with a restored roof, awaits a new vocation.
The parklands
In an ideal setting, the wooded parklands span a hectare. Planted with deciduous trees and enhanced with an orchard, grasslands with a meandering stream extend over the entire property. Several weeping willows plunge their branches into the flowing water. Climbing roses accompany white hydrangea bushes. A vast, fenced vegetable garden is ready to be put to good use.
wash-house
Set back from the buildings, this stone wash-house, topped with a roof, is reflected in the pondwater, fed by a rising spring. The area is laid out on either side with squares, planted with herbs. The feeder pond, topped with a low stone wall, extends over a surface area of 200 m². The water cascades via a dual, granite waterfall into the pond where waterfowl like to swim.

Our opinion

An architectural feature typical of the rural Auge Country. This property bears worthy witness to a bygone past when houses were built using the natural materials surrounding them. The promise of a peasant way of life, improved by all home comforts and enhanced by an agriculture respectful of its environment as well as by lively local markets. A way of life that is quite simply happy.

Exclusive sale

610 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 249519

Land registry surface area 11690 m2
Main building surface area 200 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

Consultant


Sandrine Torossian +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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