A renowned horse stud farm, with a hundred or so hectares,
between Paris and Deauville in the department of Eure
Bernay, EURE upper-normandy 27300 FR

Location

This horse stud farm is set in the midst of Normandy, just an hour’s drive from Rouen and Deauville, with its racecourse and its famous yearling sales. Paris can be reached in two hours via the A13 motorway. Bernay, but a few kilometres away, has all the attractions of a medium-sized, character town with olde-worlde charm.
A sub-prefecture classified as a “town of art and history, it is in a privileged geographic location, with a good road network (D438, D613 and A28). The train station on the Paris-Cherbourg line provides 1½-hour links to Paris-Saint-Lazare as well as to Rouen and Caen.

Description

A caretaker’s cottage and its private garden keep a watch over the entrance gates. A long bridlepath driveway, bordered by trees, divides the stud farm into two clearly separate sections. On one side, a large, luxurious home, the stallions’ stable, its facilities as well as grassy areas and, on the other side, the central stables, the annexe buildings, the outbuildings and other miscellaneous outhouses.
Both sections are surrounded by meadows and paddocks, contained within wooden rail fencing.

The large, luxurious home

This Anglo-Norman style house, dating from the early 20th century, spans a total floor surface area of approx. 250 m² over two levels. The walls are rendered and the wide, small-paned openings, enhanced with a cleverly designed, red brick decoration on the main facade, gives the architecture a deliberate British air.
The roof is covered with tiles. The house and the terrace running alongside it are surrounded by lawns. Ingeniously added to one end of the building, a luminous veranda adjoins the west gable and provides yet another living area, much appreciated in all seasons.


Ground floor
An entrance hall, housing a wooden stairway, provides access to a vast area, spanning approx. 60 m², laid out as a lounge and a dining room. A fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelf units. The walls are lined with wainscoting and the floors covered with solid oak wood parquet flooring. Double, small-paned doors open directly out on to the garden. A study is decorated in a similar manner and is widely illuminated courtesy of its many windows. Heating is provided by a wood-burning stove and wide, double doors open on to the outside. A fully fitted kitchen features numerous cupboard units. A cellar can be reached from the laundry room. A veranda, spanning approx. 10 m², is currently used as a conservatory.
First floor
The landing provides access to three bright, comfortable bedrooms. Featuring solid oak wood parquet flooring, they each have their own tiled shower room and toilet.

The stallions' stable

This long, red brick building is topped with a tile roof. It houses eleven horse loose boxes reached via a corridor. A small staff flat has been laid out at one end. It comprises a main living room and a kitchen area, with two bedrooms and a shower room upstairs.
Adjoining this long building are a servicing station, a room with insemination cubicles and an area given over the veterinary care.
Electrified paddocks, perfectly enclosed with wooden rail fencing surround the stallions’ stable. They are fitted with purpose-made hayracks and mangers fixed at a certain height so that horses needing special attention can be left safely.

The caretaker’s cottage

This cottage spans approx. 75 m² over two levels. Its architecture is similar to that of the main house. The ground floor comprises a main room and a kitchen area. A stairway leads upstairs to two bedrooms, with built-in cupboards, and a shower room. This level has parquet flooring throughout.
Wide hedges delimit an enclosed, private garden.

The water tower

This building also reflects the same architectural codes in fashion at the time of its construction. Its octagonal shape, going up to a height of some 15 metres, features several openings and is crowned with a so-called “Chinese hat” roof, topped with a zinc finial in the shape of a horse.
Although no longer used for its original function, it still has a spring-fed well, going down to a depth of some 60 metres, at its base.

The central stables

These are composed of three buildings laid out in a U-shape around a square, grass courtyard, planted with ornamental shrubs. This is an ideal layout when presenting horses for sale.
Some of the 37 horse loose boxes are dedicated to foaling. A small staff flat has been created for the groom, with a bedroom and a kitchen-shower room. Also nearby are a tack room, a room for veterinary care and medicines as well as a room for watching over the foaling boxes, with a shower room and toilet.
A club-house, with a reception area for customers, includes a bar, a kitchen area and toilets.
An outdoor shower for the horses and an area for medical care, with an ultrasound scanner, are laid out behind these stables. The dung-heap pit has been installed next to the garages for the horseboxes and farm machinery as well as a workshop. A fodder storage room with a silo, stalls with water supply points and hayracks are also to be found in this dedicated area.

The equestrian facilities

Bordering the estate and the numerous paddocks with shelters, a 35x18 m sandy riding arena and a training track, some 800 m long, are laid out across the plain and a wooded section.
At the end of the estate are two large farm sheds, used for storing fodder, balls of hay as well as farming equipment.
The many paddocks on the stud farm are all enclosed with wooden rail fencing, reinforced with electric safety fencing, and all have hayracks or mangers.
The hay used for feeding the horses is grown on land belonging to the stud farm, dedicated solely to this purpose.
More land, spanning approx. 70 hectares, is to be found outside of the stud farm, on the other side of the little road separating the estate. It is laid out with paddocks fitted with shelters, water as well as hayracks. These splendid areas are perfect for raising and developing young horses in ideal conditions on a first-class site.

Our opinion

This horse stud farm is ready for immediate possession. It has all the infrastructures required for a first-class, professional equestrian activity and offers good prospects.
The land in Normandy has one of the best reputations as regards quality for breeding horses, whether for racing or sports purposes.
In the case of a stud farm such as this one, the quality of the soil is fundamental for guaranteeing the nutrient intake necessary for the good development of foals.
The proximity of Deauville is a significant asset as its airport has a section for the international transportation of horses.
Equestrian estates are a very specific type of property and there is no doubt that the taking into account of the above criteria will give the future owners of these premises every chance of success especially as the French Equestrian Federation has more than 650,000 registered members, making it the third largest federation in France.

3 515 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 417099

Land registry surface area 77 ha 7 a 73 ca
Main building surface area 250 m2
Outbuilding surface area 3800 m2
Number of bedrooms 3

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Thierry Chabasseur +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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