on wooded land spanning more than a hectare, in Bayeux
Bayeux, capital of the Bessin region, is a town which was astonishingly preserved from bombing. The town centre, around the cathedral, is reminiscent of Paris’ Marais district, with a number of 17th and 18th century mansion houses which can be admired through their entrance gates. This property stands on a road leading west towards the bocage countryside. Paris can be reached in 2⅓ hours by train, after a stop at Caen, or by road via the A13 motorway. The D-Day Landing beaches are some ten kilometres away.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed at the very beginning of the 20th century, this large, luxurious home features five bays and spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. The gable, slate roof is enhanced with roof dormers, featuring lobed pediments and arched windows. The walls have been covered with a rendering comprising sea pebbles as was customary in 1810. A two-storey extension has been added all along the rear facade.
The entrance door is set to one side. It opens into a deep vestibule, partially covered with cement floor tiles. The stairway, on one side, is made of wood, the posts of wrought iron. On the other side, double, stained-glass doors open into a pantry, set between a dining room and a kitchen. The vestibule provides access, on one side, to a study, followed by a vast lounge. It is widely illuminated courtesy of four large windows, two of which flank the fireplace. Made of a light-coloured marble, it is topped with a mirror, surrounded by panelling, sculpted with acanthus leaves and garlands of flowers. The ceilings are moulded and the beams elegantly boxed. The dining room to the rear of the large lounge is more sober, its fireplace is made of wood and its floor laid with cement tiles. On the other side of the vestibule is a small lounge, with old terracotta floor tiles.
The stairway goes up to a large corridor which gives access to the bedrooms. Straight on, in the extension, a hall area, illuminated via a lightwell, leads to a bathroom, a toilet, a linen room, with a wash-hand basin, and a bedroom. As was customary, the rooms intercommunicate with one another. The floor is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring. The biggest bedroom, at one end of the house, is illuminated via three windows, two of which flank a marble fireplace. A shower room adjoins one of the four other bedrooms.
A bathroom can be reached via two wooden steps off the stairway.
A long corridor provides access to five rooms. This level, with partially sloping ceilings, is illuminated via two roof dormers and skylights. The floor is covered with parquet flooring, laid either in a wide strip pattern or, as in the biggest room, in a herringbone pattern.
The small farm
A grassy courtyard is enclosed by a large building, high walls and, in one corner, a kennel, topped with a dovecote. Two open buildings stand against the walls, facing one another. The gable roofs, covered with tiles, are supported by thick oak beams.
The origin of the building, which spans two levels, dates back to the 17th century. This barn was extended in the early 20th century by a living area.
The barn comprises areas used for stable, storage, cellar and attic purposes. The floors are paved or left as packed mud. The stone hay racks and mangers are still in place.
The living area spans approx. 250 m². The openings are arched and their surrounds are made of brick or dressed stone. The ground floor is composed of an entrance hall, with a wooden stairway, leading to a tiled room. A vast adjoining room, with a tall arched opening, is used as a garage. The first floor features a long corridor leading to four large rooms.
The entrance driveway crosses lawns planted with conifer and apple trees as well as other shrubs. A small wood is composed of horse and sweet chestnut trees, some of which are outstanding. The land has been concealed from the street and neighbouring plots by hedges formed by tall trees. Where, furthermore, a hazelnut trees has found a home by grafting itself on to an impressive lime tree.
Some 2,000 m² of one section of the grounds is building land.
This house has been lived in by the same family for more than a hundred years. It was so beautifully laid out and decorated in the last century that all of its period decorative features have been preserved: Toile-de-Jouy wallpaper, stencil-painted walls, a lion-claw bath, cement floor tiles and stained-glass French windows. It is a step back into the past which is not steeped in nostalgia but in delightful charm. Although obviously in need of modern-day home comforts, it is more a case of enhancing its character than its conversion potential. The small, independent farm has an unobstructed view over the surrounding meadows. This property acts like a magnet.
|Land registry surface area||11437 m2|
|Main building surface area||280 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Outbuilding surface area||300 m2|
Yann Campion +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.