in a typical Auge-Country village
In a region of chateaux, manors and half-timbered houses surrounded by meadows of apple trees, the village is 210 km from Paris via the A13 motorway and 25 km from the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) and its holiday resorts. Lisieux, with all the useful infrastructures of a town with 20,000 inhabitants, is 15 km away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. Local shops and a renowned restaurant are but a stone’s throw away.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed from brick, this L-shaped house spans three levels, including the attic space, all separated by stone string courses. The hip, slate roof features Jacobin-style dormers. Three steps go up from the street to an offset entrance door, one of five bays comprising the facade. In the garden, a building, composed of quarry stone blocks is aligned with the house. It spans one level under attic space.
The garden facade is identical to that of the street, but with four bays. The entrance door opens into a tiled vestibule. It provides access, on one side, to double, mirrored doors opening into a vast living room, widely illuminated via three openings. Straight in front of the entrance door, a wooden stairway goes upstairs to the first floor and to the attic space. On the other side, a wide opening leads to a dining room and to a second, adjoining living room. This is not a through room, light floods in via a wide stationary picture window facing a 4-leaf French window. It is heated by a moulded stone fireplace, the chimney breast of which goes up to the ceiling, featuring exposed beams and joists. A door closes the kitchen, followed by a boiler room, with a door leading out to the rear garden, and a wine cellar at an appropriate temperature. A vast toilet is installed next to the stairway.
The single-flight, wooden stairway is fitted with wrought iron railings and a wooden handrail. It goes up to a vast landing. The floor on this level is covered with herringbone parquet flooring which, in the main bedroom is laid in a randomly-matched pattern. It gives access, on one side, to two bedrooms as well as a shower room and toilet. On the other side, the main bedroom is separated from a smaller bedroom by a bathroom. And lastly, a fifth bedroom features a marble fireplace, flanked by wide cupboards that hold a surprise. They conceal, on one side, a bathroom and, on the other, access to the attic space in the second building. This area comprises a vast room, with a stone fireplace, a kitchen area and a terrace, which looks out over the garden, reached via a glazed French window. Light is further provided by a window and three dormers.
This area, which could easily be converted, is reached via the main stairway. The floors are predominantly paved with old, square terracotta tiles. It is illuminated via nine dormers and divided into corridors and small rooms.
This garden, entirely laid to lawn and surrounding three sides of the house, is bordered by tall trees. The many shrubberies notably surround the terrace in front of the quarry stone block house. As the land slopes slightly, the garden also borders the terrace of the vast room under the rafters.
The rented section
The solicitor’s offices take up two levels as well as attic space. The total surface area of the offices is approx. 135 m², whilst the 35 m² of attic space is used for storing archives. This rented section includes two outside car parking spaces. The premises were completely rehabilitated in 1988, when aluminium door and window frames were fitted.
It is not by chance that the area known as “Pays de Cambremer” has, since 2014, been awarded the French national “Site Remarquable du Goût” (Remarkable Site for Taste) distinction, the characteristics of which are as follows:
an emblematic product,
a natural setting with outstanding architecture,
a large capacity for accommodating tourists.
This house, like the village in which it stands, blends perfectly in with these preserved surroundings. A little modernity is needed to enhance the bright, spacious interiors. The section rented to a quiet, reliable tenant could help to finance the purchase.
|Land registry surface area||2561 m2|
|Reception area||84 m2|
|Living space||533 m2|
|Number of rooms||15|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Possible number of bedrooms||8|
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.