A 17th century chateau and its outbuildings, with 17 ha of land,
less than 10 km from the beaches, near to Coutances on the Cotentin peninsula
Coutances, MANCHE lower-normandy 50200 FR

Location

Three hours from Paris and an hour from Mont St-Michel. The D-day Landing beaches and golf courses are just a few minutes away.

Description

Wrought iron gates precede a long driveway, bordered by trees, some of which are hundreds of years old. It leads to a group of perfectly laid out buildings.
A chateau is surrounded by a chapel, on the one hand, with a dovecote, outbuildings and a caretaker’s cottage, on the other. A wide, spring-fed ornamental pool and its reflections soften the appearance of these 17th century, quarry stone buildings. A little house, nestling in the parklands, has been completely renovated. Further away, a farm shed houses the equipment needed for maintaining the property.
A second, smaller entrance at the end of the parklands has remote-controlled gates.

The chateau

This chateau, dating from the Henri IV era, is constructed from quarry stone blocks and topped with a slate roof. A central building is flanked by two square pavilions. The various sections of roof were, no doubt, redesigned at the end of the 17th century at the same time as the windows in the central building were enlarged. The chateau faces north-south, an unusual layout in this region.


Ground floor
The ground floor comprises, from left to right, a kitchen, with a fireplace, a back kitchen, with its entrance and its back stairway, followed by a dining room, with a fireplace, adjoining the entrance hall, with the main stairway, as well as a lounge, with a fireplace, and lastly a bedroom, all on a level, with a dressing room, a bathroom and a toilet. All through rooms, their windows and French windows, opening on to the terrace on the south side, are double-glazed, and the floors, with underfloor heating, are paved with terracotta tiles.
First floor
The first floor comprises four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, toilet and dressing room. These are symmetrically laid out on either side of the stairway and reached via a gallery.
Attic
An independent study, on the attic floor, can be reached via the kitchen stairway. It communicates with the rest of the attics, reached via the main stairway. These could very easily be converted courtesy of their high ceilings, resulting from the shape of the roof.

The main outbuildings

Facing the chateau, the cowsheds and the stables have been fully renovated for use as function and exhibition rooms.
Large openings have been added, giving a view of the chateau and the annexe buildings. The floors and the electric wiring have been redone. Bathroom and toilet facilities have been installed and an interior stairway goes up to offices on a closed mezzanine. The attics, running the full length of the building, could be used as additional storage space. Several entrances would make it possible to reorganise the layout of the building in accordance with requirements: exhibitions, weddings, artists’ studios.

The old caretaker’s cottage

This 2-storey house has been fully renovated for use as a refreshment area/café with a lounge/ bar, a kitchen as well as bathroom and toilet facilities on the ground floor. The upstairs, reached via an outside stairway, has been converted into a staff flat (a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen area and a lounge). Adjacent to the house, a large, paved terrace, running alongside the house, is able to accommodate several dozen people.

The dovecote

This is the only feature which has not been restored. Its roof and its original roofing framework are in need of repair.

The chapel

Reached via an outside flight of steps, this oval chapel has a new roof, new windows and a suspended ceiling. Only the terracotta floor tiles still need to be laid. A room which can be used for storage purposes or for laying down wine is to be found under the chapel.

The house in the parklands

This farm building, with its own independent access, is concealed by the trees. It has been fully restored and transformed into a 2-storey house comprising a lounge, a kitchen, an eating area, two bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor, two bathrooms and a patio.

The farm shed

Concealed in the parklands, this modern farm shed is used for storing all the equipment required for the upkeep of the property.

The Mediterranean-style parklands

Dozens of unusual species, palm and other exotic trees have been planted in accordance with a specific plan. Each specimen was selected in keeping with the mildness of the climate specific to the Cotentin peninsula and all are currently part of an outstanding collection of trees, protected by the 17 hectares of untenanted land.
A large stone ornamental pool, on one side of the chateau’s main courtyard, provides coolness. Several terraces have been created, giving this property’s garden a distinctly Mediterranean air.

Our opinion

This 17th century chateau and the estate’s other buildings, with their classical exteriors, (dovecote, chapel, ornamental pool, roofs), surrounded by 17 hectares of undulating land, bear living witness to an ancient way of life.
Recent interior works, including double-glazing, underfloor heating, new electric wiring and plumbing, renovated roofs, bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, toilets and dressing rooms, make for a modern, comfortable way of life. The renovated annexe buildings can be used for a variety of professional purposes such as functions and exhibitions. And lastly, the parklands with their numerous tropical species, together with the Norman bocage countryside create a haven of peace, ideal for recharging one’s batteries.

Exclusive sale

1 950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 793958

Land registry surface area 16 ha 69 a 39 ca
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

Consultant


Jean Gatellier +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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