on 1.5 ha of land, 200 km from Paris, in the Auge Country
This property, in a region renowned for its architecture and its landscapes, is 200 km from Paris via the A13 motorway and 40 km from towns on the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers). Lisieux, with all the useful infrastructures of a subprefecture with 20,000 inhabitants, is 7 km away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. A little town, with amenities and local shops, is 2 km away.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century in an almost square layout, its quarry stone walls are enhanced with string courses, made of brick like the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings. Its hip, slate roof features skylights and, in the centre of the facade, a large roof dormer.
The entrance door, in the centre of the facade, opens directly into a living room. Three openings lead, on the side, to a second lounge and, at the back of the house, to a kitchen and a small vestibule. A toilet is concealed under the wooden stairway, going upstairs, and a door provides access to the garden. The floors on this level are paved with old terracotta tiles. Wide windows let in copious amounts of light. Fireplaces are made of dressed stone; the one in the living room is large, that in the lounge made of black marble.
The floors on this level are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring throughout. The walls are painted warm colours. The landing provides access to a bathroom, a toilet and three bedrooms.
The stairway goes up to a vast area where light floods in through a large roof dormer and skylights. The floor is laid with strip pattern parquet flooring. A few trusses, a brick chimney flue and quarry stone walls are all exposed. One door opens into an independent room, another into a shower room.
The traditional, long farmhouse
Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the original traditional, long farmhouse has been extended by a construction set at right angles. The half-timbered walls of the farmhouse are supported on quarry stone block lower sections. The gable roof is covered with flat tiles. The sunniest slope features six roof dormers. On this side, a quarry stone block terrace runs alongside the farmhouse. The extension, reflecting a similar architecture, comprises a covered area which leads to a boiler-laundry room and a room in use as a storeroom.
The traditional, long farmhouse can be entered via an entrance door, set in the façade, which opens into a kitchen-living room and via a door, under the covered area, that opens into a corridor. The original decorative features have been preserved with exposed beams and joists, two wooden stairways and a large, dressed stone fireplace, with a wooden lintel. Two openings have been made on either side of the fireplace to communicate with the kitchen. A door leads to a corridor which provides access to a bathroom and a toilet as well as a little room.
This level can be reached via two wooden stairways, going up from the lounge and the corridor. One leads to three bedrooms, two of which are adjoining, and the other goes to the main bedroom.
The outbuildings, like the traditional, long farmhouse, are constructed from half-timbering, on quarry stone block lower sections. The gable roofs are covered with flat tiles.
A first outbuilding, behind the large, luxurious home, is used as a 2-car garage.
Set at a distance on the edge of the property, the other outbuildings are bordered by a communal lane. The walls and the roofs are in an excellent state of repair and the woodwork of a very good quality.
They comprise an old bakery (spanning a surface area of approx. 20 m²), a press-house (partly brick and partly half-timbering, spanning a surface area of approx. 114 m²), a cidery (spanning a surface area of approx. 116 m²) with an upstairs, reached via an outside stairway, a cowshed (spanning a surface area of approx. 46 m²) and a wood-clad farm shed for storing firewood (spanning a surface area of approx. 48 m²).
Courtesy of the layout of the two sets of buildings (both houses on one side and the outbuildings aligned on the other), the parklands are extensive. The vast grassy areas are planted with a large number of trees, varying greatly in species, local and otherwise: fruit trees as well as birch, oak, beech, maple, sweet gum, a young Ginkgo-Biloba, acacia, cedar and conifer trees. Sometimes a well-trimmed, tall hedge appears to be decorative when, in fact, it conceals what needs to be hidden. These tall trees are enhanced by the presence of beds planted with shrubs and flowers.
This property is bigger than visitors imagine. The two houses, not far from one another, differ in their architecture and yet are similar in living space. The garden is delightful and extensive. The feeling of space is enhanced with tall trees and copses that conceal the buildings.
And yet, these two houses, so different, will give rise to a conflict of love and duty, each having such a unique charm. The number of outbuildings and, above all, their potential are ideal for all kinds of projects. Unless, their various areas are quite simply used by an accomplished gardener, an enlightened DIY enthusiast or a shrewd collector.
|Land registry surface area||14720 m2|
|Main building surface area||300 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||256 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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.