In the south of the Cotentin, a 19th century castle
and its outbuildings surrounded by a 6 hectare park
, MANCHE lower-normandy FR

Location

The property is located near a village of 200 inhabitants and 4 km from a market town with all services and amenities. Paris can be reached in 3 hours 20 minutes by car and in 3 hours by train from Vire station, 35 km away. The Mont-Saint-Michel with its bay and beaches is 40 km away.

Description

From the main road, through a gate, a driveway bordered by two low walls leads to the castle. On one side, it is lined with trees of different species, oaks, beeches, chestnut trees, on the other by a hedge of white roses. In the grassed park, the view opens onto the caretaker's house, the castle and its outbuildings. The main building is impressive, and two smaller buildings are nearby. An orangery completes the picture. The castle is a perfect example of 19th century architecture, typified by symmetry and balance: its four-sided slate roof is punctuated by four chimneys.

The castle

It is built on three levels of rendered coursed granite masonry. The foundations are made of exposed stone. The entrance door is topped by a window on the first floor and a pediment on the second floor with an oeuil de boeuf window, reminiscent of 18th century architecture. Two dormer windows on either side of the pediment add to the symmetry. The main entrance facade faces south. On the first floor, the east and west facades feature each two small arched windows.


Ground floor
The entrance hall is paved with white octagonal stones and black square cabochons; the walls are dressed stone. On one side, a double door leads to the living room. Opposite, an identical double door opens into the study. The following door leads into the second part of the hallway. Double doors give access on one side to the dining room and on the other to the kitchen. At the back of the latter, a spiral staircase with a wrought iron banister and oak steps leads up to the first floor. At the end of the hallway, a double door opens northwards onto the park and on the side a door provides access to the cellar. On the ground floor, large windows let the natural light pour into each room. The ceiling of the living room is decorated with stucco reliefs and patina woodwork in shades of yellow and white. The fireplace mantel is white marble topped with an ornamental mirror. Two double doors lead into the dining room. The fireplace is black marble, topped with a carved wooden overmantel, and the parquet floor features a herringbone pattern like that of the living room. The walls are covered with stretched fabric with low wood panelling underneath. A double door in the hall leads to the kitchen with an adjoining pantry. Access to the kitchen from the outside is provided by a double stone staircase. The kitchen is fully equipped, the furniture is framed by two pillars supporting a granite lintel. The walls are clad in wood and the worktop is light-coloured marble. The floor is paved with large beige flagstones. In the study, the walls are covered with wood panelling emphasising the straight, sober mouldings. The floor is oak parquet. The black marble mantelpiece of the fireplace is topped with a full height mirror.
First floor
On the first floor, a large landing leads to four bedrooms with bathrooms and toilets and a fifth smaller bedroom. Each room has a black marble fireplace. The floors are straight or herringbone oak parquet. The attic on the second floor is currently used as such.
Basement
The cellar is partly clay and partly paved. Its ceiling is lined with insulating material. It houses a new oil-fired boiler.

The caretaker's house

This is built of coursed rubble masonry. The slate gable roof features a central dormer window. The facade has a white entrance door on the ground floor and four windows with white shutters. A Virginia creeper and a wisteria adorn the facade. The interior needs to be restored.

The outbuildings

At the back of the park, two buildings sit side by side. They are tiled; one is made of coursed rubble masonry and the other of wattle and daub. A larger outbuilding, built of coursed rubble masonry, houses six horse boxes on the ground floor on one side and a double garage for cars on the other. A convertible first floor features five windows.

The orangery

Built of dressed stone, the northern facade is restored in reconstituted stone. It has a gable roof, slate on the south side and sheet metal on the north side. It is bordered by a decorative pelmet. A dormer window in the centre of the building adds to its elegance. On the garden floor, windows punctuate the south facade along its entire length, and the entrance door is itself glazed. It is lined with box and roses.

The parklands

Planted with various species of trees, these parklands extend over 6 ha. Between two trees and facing the caretaker’s cottage is a small quarry stone building. The chateau’s entrance courtyard is designed with a hedge of cone-shaped boxwood and an apple press transformed into an ornamental pool. The east facade of the chateau is bordered by an oak and a magnificent blue cedar tree, both two centuries old. A small quarry stone building stands at their feet. A rose garden enhances this area. Laid out in front of the dual flight stairway leading down from the kitchen, a rectangular hedge delimits a small French formal garden. It comprises geometrically-planted boxwood, with a central, plant-covered arbour providing a relaxing area. A vegetable garden and an apple orchard are surrounded by a quarry stone wall. Beyond this wall, a wood spanning some 2 ha covers the east section of the parklands.

Our opinion

A family-sized castle, built in 1820, which perfectly reflects the attachment that each generation has devoted to it, with a certain nobility. It is a fine example of the architectural transition from the 18th to the 19th century, the owners’ family tree dating back to long before its construction. The elegance of the castle and its richly wooded park, dotted with outbuildings, are an invitation to a beautiful life project in the heart of a rich countryside and in a serene peacefulness. The proximity of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay is an undeniable asset.

Exclusive sale

1 350 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 864045

Land registry surface area 5 ha 43 a 26 ca
Main building surface area 350 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 280 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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