In the “Pays-d’Auge” region, an 18th century abode and its converted outbuildings
surrounded by apple orchards
Caen, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14000 FR


In the “Pays-d’Auge”, a region rich in castles, manor houses and farmhouses of contrasting architecture.
In a small village and near to a town with 3 600 inhabitants well known for its 11th century Benedictine Abbey.
40 mins from Caen or from Deauville and Cabourg and their respective beaches.
15 minutes from the train station linking it to Paris-Saint Lazare in two hours.
Schools, convenience stores, doctors and pharmacists are to be found in the neighbouring town.


A windy country road leading from the centre of the village into rich unspoilt countryside ends up in a no-through road. Just before the end of the path, the property emerges behind its gate in a quiet neighbourhood.
The property comprises an 18th century building overlooking an old bread oven, a long barn and an old wine press of the same period all to be found in a sunny valley crossed by a brook that runs between the wooded parkland and an apple orchard.
The estate has been renovated professionally and is in very good condition.

The main house

Its facades are half-timbered and a large extension, a third of the size of the original building made of dressed-stone, slabs of stone, mock half-timbering with a clipped gable at the end has been added. This old extension has more recently been added to by a conservatory made of timber and stone and with a flat-tiled roof on the south facing gable wall.
The entrance in the middle of the main façade is protected by a flat tiled canopy. The clipped gable with its flat clay tiles matches the canopy on the opposite façade.
Window and door frames are in solid wood and the windows are small-paned.

Ground floor
This floor comprises two adjoining lounges, a dining room and a kitchen next to the partitioned staircase that shelters a toilet and cloakroom. The spacious dining room is illuminated by light coming through on both sides and opens onto a terrace. The original fireplace has been kept and fitted with an insert.
The exposed beams have been painted as have the walls.
A step reveals the different construction periods.
With ones back to the fireplace in the living room, another fireplace with dressed stone jambs, brick mantle piece and hearth, takes pride of place in this first lounge that leads in to another lounge at the gable end. Ceiling and beams are painted just like in the dining room and the kitchen.
The fitted kitchen is highly functional and was planned to make the best use of the space available. There are terracotta floor tiles on the whole of this level except for in the kitchen where there are Burgundy flagstones.

First floor
After the staircase landing, a long corridor leads to a first bedroom located above the dining room, then a second bedroom with a shower room at the south facing gable wall. There is an adjoining bathroom and a toilet on the landing.
There are fitted carpets in the bedrooms and the bathrooms; the other rooms are tiled.

A miller’s staircase up against the exposed brick flue of the ground floor chimney leads to this level where two comfortable bedrooms have been installed, a bathroom with a toilet.
The whole floor is illuminated by skylights that open out on to the surrounding countryside.
The walls are white, the bedrooms have fitted carpets and the bathroom a PVC floor.

Guest house (former bread oven)

Built in the traditional and typical Auge region manner, the lower sections are of slabs of limestone and the facades half-timbered with white-washed wattle and daub. The flat-tiled hipped roof extends to the south forming a canopy covering a terrace that overlooks the brook.
The old bread oven has been converted in to a comfortable lodge, with approx. 50 m2 of living space.
The living room with an open kitchen features a monumental fireplace and cathedral ceiling with exposed roofing framework. There is a separate toilet and mezzanine with a shower room.
There are terracotta floor tiles and the walls are painted. Underneath the mezzanine the exposed wooden joists go beautifully with the roofing framework.

Barn and loft conversion

This outbuilding also typical of Auge architecture spanning twenty metres long has been carefully renovated.
The clay flat-tiled hipped roof is new.
Half of the building is still home to three functional stalls with their swing doors opposite the apple orchard. Other rooms are used as storage rooms under a hayloft. The other half of the barn has been converted into a loft style home on two levels, with approx. 95 m2 of living space.
On the ground floor, the double entrance is marked by an old solid wood stable door that opens on to a hall, a large storage space and an adjoining kitchen. A bathroom and a toilet complete this level. The ceiling heights are standard.
The kitchen walls extend towards the staircase.
The barn’s original timber staircase leads up to a large converted area under a cathedral ceiling.
Two bedrooms separated by the exposed roofing framework are illuminated by skylights and a picture window set between open half-timbering, like the one in the kitchen.
There are terracotta floor tiles. The exposed roofing framework stands out beautifully against the white walls.
A linen room stands back-to-back to a wine cellar and pantry.

Wine press

Spanning approx. 90 m2 with an attic the same size, the lower sections are of slabs of limestone and the facades half-timbered with white-washed wattle and daub. There is a hipped roof with flat tiles. The doors are solid wood and the windows are small-paned and made of wood.
The estate has been renovated professionally and is in very good condition.
It is currently used as a garage and a vast storage area.

Our opinion

The main house and the lay out of the outbuildings mean that each unit can be made into a separate little paradise either in the shade of the apple trees or in the meanders of the stream.
This property benefits from the proximity of a medium-sized sophisticated town popular with tourists without suffering from any nuisances. In a simple and serene setting, this site makes its inhabitants feel as if they are on holiday every day. This quality would be ideal for a large family that could live here without the feeling of overcrowding. Holidaymakers passing by would also be won over if the purchaser were to use the property for a hotel and catering business.

590 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 714150

Land registry surface area 19000 m2
Main building surface area 190 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 400 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Caen region

Yann Campion +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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