A group of meticulously renovated buildings surrounded by 7 ha,
in the depths of the Perche region countryside
Mortagne-au-Perche, ORNE lower-normandy 61400 FR

Location

In the south-east of the French department of Orne, in the old province of Perche. Less than 10 km from Mortagne-au-Perche, a town of history, resources and amenities. Paris, 160 km away, can be reached in 2 hours via the N12 or the A11 motorway. A TER, regional train station, with links to Paris-Montparnasse, is 25 km away. The immediate unspoilt surroundings, typical of the Perche region, are composed of gently rolling wooded hills, rivers running through valleys, small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches as well as manor houses and traditional long farmhouses, reflecting warm colours.

Description

A little, quiet lane winds its way through the middle of the superb, French bocage countryside before reaching the estate which can be glimpsed, concealed behind immaculately-kept hedges. Tall wrought iron gates open on to a driveway, lined with trees and hornbeam hedges, leading to the three main buildings set out around a courtyard. Both the driveway and the courtyard are covered with gravel. Right next to the three houses, another two buildings and low, lime-rendered walls form an enclosure ready to house an ornamental or swimming pool. All around the buildings, this 7-ha estate is composed of lawns, hedges and pastureland, looked down on by a wood.

The main house

This house is accessed via the inner courtyard formed by the various buildings. Facing south-west, it is constructed in an L-shape over two levels. The walls are covered with natural lime rendering in such a way as to give glimpses of exposed stone. White stone was used for the quoins as well as the surrounds framing the doors and windows. The roof topping the stone cornice is covered with local tiles and enhanced with stone roof dormers, featuring gable or hipped roofs. It has copper guttering throughout.


Ground floor
This level is partially converted but already has all the openings, electrical wiring and plumbing as well as the initial installation for underfloor heating. It is divided into four large, double or triple aspect rooms, looking widely out over the exterior through single or double windows and French windows, some with fanlights, but all double-glazed. A storeroom adjoining the south gable wall completes this level. The ceiling beams and joists are made of oak wood.
Attic
Under the high, sloping roofs, it would be possible to convert this floor and even to add a second level in certain places. Openings exist in the form of double-glazed roof dormers.

The guest house

Standing right next to the main house, this stone guest house (the inside awaiting conversion) is constructed over two levels, with one of the gable walls extended by a wood-clad lean-to, in use as a workshop. The walls are covered with natural lime rendering, the roof is enhanced with several roof dormers, featuring hipped roofs covered with local tiles.
The ground floor comprises an entrance hall and four old rooms, with no distinct purpose. The first floor, under the slopes of the roof, could be converted given the good height of the ridge.

The outbuilding for use as a garage or a caretaker’s cottage

This L-shaped, stone building spans a ground floor, with attic space under the slopes of the roof which could be converted. The stone walls are rendered or clad with planks of wood. The openings comprise two large French windows that are wide enough to let cars in and a solid door on one side.

The other outbuildings

At the end of the garden, on a site intended for the installation of an ornamental or swimming pool, two buildings with covered terraces have also been restored, one being for the pool machinery.

Our opinion

Numerous years will have been needed to restore this property in strict keeping with the rules governing local buildings. The outstanding work carried out on all the roofing frameworks, roofs and outside walls, covered with hydrated-lime rendering, as well as the door and window surrounds is striking. The buildings are luminous courtesy of their aspect and their many openings give all round views of the outside. Everything inside the houses has been thought out so as to give new owners free rein with the layout as regards their own wishes and projects. With a total of 720 m² of living space, this is obviously a versatile site for some form of a hotel and catering activity. Its proximity to Paris, Mortagne-au-Perche and the majestic Reno-Valdieu forest as well as its absolute peace and quiet make this estate a very appealing and unusual property, totally in harmony with such first-class restoration works.

1 350 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 175850

Land registry surface area 7 ha 3 a 39 ca
Main building surface area 460 m2
Number of bedrooms 10
Outbuilding surface area 260 m2
including refurbished area260 m2

Consultant


Hugues de Linares +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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