A presbytery out of sight of onlookers, adjoining a Romanesque church,
and its 8,400 m² garden on a riverbank in the Perch region
Rémalard, ORNE lower-normandy 61110 FR


In the midst of the old province of Perche, in the south-east of the French department of Orne. Near to Rémalard and Bellême, two towns with shops and amenities, respectively 6 and 10 km away. 2 hours from Paris, either via the N12 or via the A11 motorway. 20 km from a train station with links to Paris-Montparnasse. The old French province of Perche was the result of the 12th century merger of the earldom of Mortagne with the lords’ domains of Nogent-le-Rotrou and Bellême. With its series of gentle hills crowned with outstanding beech and oak forests, its bocage countryside featuring irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, its manors, chateaux and warm-coloured houses, this region cultivates a real identity, boosted by the preservation of its heritage since the Renaissance period.


A little road in a valley with a river running through it, leads to the village which, with its few houses, its tiny town hall and its bell-tower, more resembles a hamlet. Adjoining a listed, 12th century church, the presbytery is concealed behind tall gates and the walls of the church. Said tall gates as well as a pedestrian gate provide access to a garden with trees. The south-east facade of the presbytery features wide openings. An outbuilding set at right angles overlooks a medieval garden with an orchard and a vegetable patch. Another garden on the north-west side slopes gently down to the river on the edge of the property. The rectangular grounds, delimited by a wall and hedges, look over the undulating, wooded countryside.

The presbytery

Built in the 16th century, then extended and modified in the 17th and 18th centuries, this presbytery was once part of the domain of a castellan who ruled the village. The main building spans three levels, including one under the slopes of the roof. An old extension, spanning two levels, adjoins the south gable end. The roofs are covered with local tiles, the walls are lime-rendered and white stone frames the doors and windows.

Ground floor
A little gravel path on the courtyard side leads to double entrance doors. The entrance hall provides access to a lounge and a dining room, followed by an open-plan kitchen, partially opening on to the dining room. These adjoining rooms span a total of approx. 97 m². The rectangular lounge opens on to the courtyard via a French window and a window. All the old materials, such as hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, oak beams and joists as well as the oak wood surround on the double doors, have been preserved. A stone fireplace is flanked on either side by built-in bookshelves and the walls are covered with hydrated-lime rendering. The double aspect dining room still has all of its old materials such as beams, joists, terracotta floor tiles and a stone fireplace. One of the two stairways goes up to the first floor from this room; it is made of oak wood. The fully fitted kitchen, with its marble work surfaces, looks widely outside through two French windows and a window. The kitchen also provides access to a terrace on the garden side. A hall area reached from the dining room and the outside leads to the second stairway as well as to a laundry room, with a shower room and a toilet.
First floor
The landing provides access to a triple aspect bedroom, with a fireplace and terracotta floor tiles, as well as another bedroom, with a wardrobe, has its own shower room and toilet. A second stairway going up from the ground floor hall area leads to a landing, laid out as a library which, in turn, gives access to another bedroom under the slopes of the roof.
Second floor
A large bedroom under the slopes of the roof, with a bathroom and toilet.

The outbuilding

This old, rectangular barn of approx. 100 m², has lime-rendered walls and a local tile roof. It can be reached via the courtyard next to the presbytery. Partially renovated on the ground floor, it comprises a 53 m² room with four openings, reminiscent of those of the neighbouring church, on the garden side. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles and a fireplace, with its wooden lintel, has been preserved. This room precedes an old kitchen, with its fireplace, and a workshop. The first floor is taken up by attic space which could be converted.

The garden

This property comprises three distinctive and communicating gardens. The one forming the entrance courtyard, delimited by the facades of the presbytery and the outbuilding as well as the apse of the church, is an intimate garden with a few trees, including a small palm tree, a variety of plants, notably roses climbing the walls, shrubs and a little tool-shed. The medieval garden is however intended for earthy nourishment with its orchard and its vegetable patch, the squares of which are delimited by boxwood hedges. A shed and a wood cabin are ideal for storing equipment. The most countrified garden is a vast meadow which leads down to the river with a view over the wooded hills in the distance.

Our opinion

A presbytery in the Perche region is a rare commodity as few owners wish to sell, especially if they are in such an unspoilt setting. Major works carried out nine years ago have provided necessary home comforts and enhanced the rooms on the ground floor. The outbuilding with its large room, looking widely out over the medieval garden, could increase the accommodation capacity. The garden, so much more than a priest’s garden, has been given meticulous attention and abounds in numerous areas just made for relaxing. A timeless spot free of all nuisances and yet near to all amenities.

Exclusive sale

790 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 200028

Land registry surface area 8395 m2
Main building surface area 230 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


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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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