a French-style vegetable garden and 64 ha of grasslands, in the Auge Country
This property, about 2 km from Crévecoeur-en-Auge and its famous medieval castle, stands along the royal way between Normandy and Paris, the French capital being some 220 km away. Deauville, Cabourg and other towns on the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers), on one side and, Lisieux on the other, with all the amenities worthy of a subprefecture with 20,000 inhabitants, are less than 30 km away. The road leading to this manor house winds its way between the horse stud farms in this bocage countryside composed of irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches.
The manor house
This manor house obviously reflects the architecture typical of the Auge Country, with half-timbered walls on quarry stone block lower sections. Its main facade comprises a building flanked by a taller, square pavilion, protruding very slightly at right angles. The main building is topped with a slate, gable roof, featuring roof dormers, whilst the pavilion has a hip roof. Two chimney stacks built of dressed stone, inset with orangey-coloured bricks, are topped with rows of a darker brick and provide a touch of light.
Curiously, the rear of the manor house is completely different. The square pavilion appears to be set back whilst, the other end comprises a clearly protruding section. Its roof, featuring roof dormers, has three slopes and the walls are covered with chestnut wood weatherboarding. Between the two, the roof is divided into three sections: the slope of the two ends has been replaced by a roof with three slopes, thus increasing the attic space under the rafters.
The manor house is surrounded by a terrace, paved with bricks and dotted with decoratively-shaped boxwood. Fig and magnolia trees as well as forsythia bushes enhance the half-timbering.
A little glazed door, in the middle of the rear facade, opens into a hall which provides access, on one side, to a toilet as well as a pantry and, on the other side, to a kitchen, illuminated via openings on three sides. Between the two, a door opens into a double lounge, separated in the middle by open half-timbering. The floor is paved with old terracotta tiles, the beams as well as the joists are exposed and two large, dressed stone fireplaces face one another. The hearth of one fireplace houses an Alsatian, wood-burning stove, covered with white, glazed brick. A door communicates with an adjoining dining room. Illuminated via openings on both sides, only its beams are exposed and painted white. Its dressed stone fireplace, with its wooden lintel, is similar to that in the lounge. Its terracotta floor tiles are also old like those in the lounge.
A stairway goes up to a little landing which provides access, on one side, to a study and, on the other, to a bedroom. This level features exposed beams as well as joists and has light-coloured, oak wood parquet flooring throughout. A few steps opposite a dressed stone and small brick fireplace lead from the study to a bedroom and its fireplace. A bathroom, a toilet and a dressing room on a lower level, reached via a few steps, adjoin this bedroom.
On the other side of the landing, a second bedroom has similar decor. A little hall area provides access to a bathroom and toilet as well as to a third, smaller bedroom.
This level has sloping ceilings. The trusses are exposed and, sometimes, painted white. All the floors are covered with light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring. The landing provides access, on one side, to a bedroom where a bathroom has been installed in its rear section, partially separated by a partition wall. Three steps on the other side of the landing go up to a bedroom, laid out in the attic space of the square pavilion. Its ceiling is, therefore, the highest in the house. Two openings on the landing provide access to a bathroom and to a separate toilet.
The large, long, traditional farmhouse
Standing at right angles to the manor house, its hip roof, covered with flat tiles, features six roof dormers. The walls are composed of half-timbering, with brick cob alternating rectilinear and herringbone geometric motifs, supported on quarry stone block lower sections. The openings are either framed with wood or with a brick surround.
One room houses the manor’s heating system (Viessmann boiler), a large central room is in use as workshops and storage areas. A bedroom, with its bathroom and toilet, has been laid out at the end. The half-timbering has been left exposed and it is illuminated via two windows and a glazed door.
The annex building
Facing the manor house, this building has a hip roof covered with flat tiles and featuring roof dormers just like the property’s other constructions. The half-timbered walls, with their masonry filler and cob, are supported on quarry stone block lower sections.
A vast lounge, on one side, and a kitchen, with an opening to a bathroom, on the other, are illuminated via two French windows as well as openings, set in the half-timbering, which have been glazed.
The caretaker’s cottage
The construction of this cottage is similar to that of the annexe building. The middle of its roof features a chimney stack identical to those on the manor house.
Facing the manor house, an opening provides access to a little dwelling composed, on the ground floor, of a kitchen area, a bedroom and its bathroom. A stairway, in the little entrance lobby, goes up to the first floor with its sloping ceilings. Two openings provide access to a bedroom, on the one hand, and to a bathroom and toilet, on the other.
At the back, the roof features four roof dormers. Two glazed doors and five openings let copious amounts of light into this dwelling. The lawns surrounding it are enclosed by thick hedges.
A door opens into a vast room, with a stone fireplace. Three openings lead to a bedroom, a kitchen and a back kitchen. A wooden stairway goes up to a floor, with sloping ceilings, and its two bedrooms, with a shower room and toilet.
The manor house, partially surrounded by a moat, looks down on its neighbouring houses, a lake, green open areas, sports facilities and a French-style vegetable garden, irresistibly bringing a hamlet to mind. Preserved and away from all nuisances, it has been continually well looked after. The meadows, planted with apple trees, are harmoniously in tune with the immaculately trimmed hedges and shrubs, the French-style vegetable garden and other decoratively-shaped bushes. Both the architecture and the surroundings generate a wonderful feeling of serenity and security here, in this wonderful setting.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha|
|Main building surface area||280 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||500 m2|
|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.