9 km from Cabourg and 5 km from the sea on the edge of the Auge Country
Paris can be reached via the A13 motorway in 2¼ hours or in 2 hours by train from Caen station, 15 km away. Cabourg, with its numerous shops and amenities, is nearby. A lane, off the main road, passes between the fields and parklands of a chateau. It comes to an end in front of the facade of the traditional, long farmhouse and the press-house.
The traditional, long farmhouse
Constructed from quarry stone blocks under a tile-covered, gable roof, this traditional, long farmhouse is composed of two adjoining buildings. Dressed stone forms the surrounds framing the openings and the quoins. The side of the roof facing the garden features hanging dormers.
A paved pathway crosses the lawns, bordering the house, and leads to double glazed doors. The latter open into a short vestibule, housing a Cevennes-style stairway, the steps of which are covered with the same terracotta tiles as the floors on this level. A large opening on one side leads to a dining room, separated from the kitchen by a wide, arched window. The rooms are illuminated via large-paned windows and via two glazed doors in the kitchen which open on to the main facade and the garden. A corridor on the other side provides access to two bedrooms followed, after a few steps, by a small landing which leads to a bathroom, a toilet and a main bedroom, with its shower room, where double glazed doors open on to a terrace overlooking the garden.
The stairway and the landing are housed in a large area that goes right up to the ridge. The floor is covered with strip pattern parquet flooring and the trusses have been left exposed. All the rooms are illuminated by large windows that open on to the garden. A door on one side of the landing leads to a vast living room, with a panelled, cathedral ceiling. Opposite, the rectangular hearth of a fireplace is set in a white wall. Light is omnipresent courtesy of the low rectangular windows, on the main facade side, with a view of the chateau. The other side of the landing has a partially sloping ceiling. The long corridor, illuminated by similar rectangular windows, gives access to two bedrooms and then, after a few steps, to a bathroom, a toilet and an opening to a main bedroom and its bathroom, following the same layout as the ground floor.
The press-house is built adjoining and in the same style as the farmhouse. A large awning has been added to protect a large, high, vertical opening. Further on, a section of the roof has been extended to house an extension. An outdoor stone stairway goes up to the second level.
Carriage doors open into the actual press-house, composed of a succession of rooms, featuring stone pillars, with numerous tuns still in position, as well as miscellaneous vestiges of the press and the vats. A boiler room and an oil tank have been installed at the end of the press-house, where it adjoins the house.
A door, reached via the outdoor stone stairway, opens into a vast, continuous area. With a high ceiling, it exudes potential. The quarry stone walls have been restored and left exposed as has the roofing framework.
At the end of and behind the press-house, a covered passageway, paved with quarry stone blocks, leads to the parklands. It is delimited by small outbuildings, once home to the washerwomen on the edge of the pond and now used for storage and woodshed purposes. A door opens on to the vast garden, once the estate’s square vegetable garden. The facade of the house, covered by an impressive climbing saritea, is bordered by a terrace. Numerous trees, sometimes hundreds of years old, are set out around the perimeter: yellow poplar, beech, meddler, walnut, oak, chestnut, fig, quince, plum, hazelnut and majestic lime trees. Rows of pear and apple trees are planted along the walls.
Shrubs are numerous and include Himalayan peonies, rhododendrons, roses and other euphorbia, mock orange and hydrangeas, blackberry and redcurrant bushes. The vestiges of a wrought iron greenhouse (still with its vine) remain against a wall, as do the fishponds and their irrigation system.
The importance of the original estate is revealed along the access lane by the roofs of the chateau which are higher than the perimeter wall and all the buildings laid out on either side of the pond. The long, sober facade of the farmhouse and the press-house, exuding great conversion potential, gives no indication of the opulence of the hidden garden, extending at the back. Fully enclosed by high walls, the branches of the majestic trees and the flower beds take pride of place. The building, on a slightly lower level, appears to emerge from its verdant setting. It is indeed a world apart where time appears to slowdown, just a short distance from the coast and its lively, frenzied way of life.
|Land registry surface area||10000 m2|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||419 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.