in almost 2 ha of parklands, 20 minutes from Somme Bay
This 18th century house, in the midst of Somme Bay Regional Nature Park and just a stone’s throw from the sea, is less than 15 minutes from all local shops, amenities and schools. Paris is 2 hours away; Brussels takes 3 hours. Although this coastal region has become strategic for tourism, reinforced by its easy access by road (via the A16 and the A29 motorways) or by train, this property remains timeless and free of all nuisances.
The manor house
This large house was built in 1780 by Viscount Blangermont right in the middle of the Age of Reason. It has only belonged to three different families since its construction. Modifications, particularly including an extension in the 19th century, have been carried out by the various generations, their one constant aim being to ensure a maximum of light in all the rooms. This building, reflecting its classical style, is architecturally highly homogeneous. Enlightened enthusiasts will note that the house provides a glimpse of 19th century aesthetics on one of its lateral facades. The surface area of the house was, in fact, extended in 1860. This difference remains discreet and is solely revealed by the presence of a wrought iron canopy, by surrounds with keystones and slightly arched, moulded architraves framing the openings and by a pediment roof dormer. The main rectangular building has four bays. It is entirely constructed from traditional bricks, creating a range of colours from red to straw yellow. Brick was also used for the pilaster-style quoins and the window surrounds. Stone was only used for the capitals on the pilasters and the sills supporting the windows. The latter are heavily arched on the ground floor and are enhanced with shutters that are also arched. Spanning two levels, with a porch, this house is topped with a hip, slate roof. A separate roof covers the 19th century section. A bordering cornice supports the zinc work and guttering.
The main entrance is set in the facade opposite that facing the entrance gates. Double, glazed doors at the top of a stone porch open into a vestibule, with wide strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring. A stairway at the end of the vestibule is set in the centre of the house. It is enhanced by two wooden columns supporting a classical, semi-circular pediment, with a central round opening, featuring a pedestal. This entrance hall provides access, on one side, to a lounge and, on the other, to a dining room and a kitchen, with its cooking range.
All the reception rooms are illuminated by several windows, giving an impression of clarity and communion with the outside. They mark this period with oak wood parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, large windows and panelling composed of pilasters or corner bookshelf units. A main bedroom completes the ground floor level.
The hanging stairway, with its wooden handrail and its cast iron protective baluster railings, goes upstairs.
A central landing provides access to three bedrooms, exuding the same ambiance as the ground floor: a discreet, light 18th century air. Each bedroom, spanning a surface area of approx. 30 m², has its own bathroom and toilet. A small lounge completes each of the bedrooms.
This level, laid out under the rafters, comprises two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The utility areas in the basement make everyday life easier, with a laundry room, a vaulted wine cellar a boiler room and a workshop.
Three barns have been converted. One has become a house, spanning a surface area of approx. 110 m², comprising a kitchen, a lounge and a dining room on the ground floor, with two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, upstairs.
Another is now a function room. The last one has been furnished as a leisure area with a table-tennis table, a dart board and a bike shed. A health spa area comprising a sauna, with a shower, completes the outbuildings.
The swimming pool
An outdoor, 9x4 m swimming pool, with a salt filtration system and heated via a heat pump, was installed in 2019.
The parklands are divided into several areas with different ambiances. These comprise a vegetable garden and a greenhouse for providing residents with their own seasonal vegetables, an orchard, a garden landscaped in a chessboard pattern, likely to be classified as a “Remarkable Garden”, a pasture with a stable, housing two horse loose boxes, a henhouse and a pond. These very quiet, pastoral parklands are crossed by a river with, at the end, a panoramic view over the surrounding woods and a small valley. Hiking, cycling and horse-riding trails can be immediately accessed, providing a wide range of leisure activities.
This manor house nestles in a verdant valley. Beaches are but 20 minutes away. A house of high-standing, it was constructed at a time of literary salons and philosophers. This large house was fully restored several years ago. Its soberness, with no pretentious decoration, exudes a timeless and luminous elegance that completely justifies the reputation of the “Ancien Régime” (Old Order) for elegance. It draws its longevity from this balance between private and social life. The reception rooms, where light is omnipresent, encourage conversation in good company and saw the exchange of new ideas in the 17th century. Nowadays, an accommodation or bed & breakfast activity could continue this tradition. Furthermore, this house is a good compromise between an urban and a countrified way of life.
|Land registry surface area||18000 m2|
|Main building surface area||290 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 m2|
Jérôme Ferchaud +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.