A 16th century manor, its 20th century extension and its outbuilding
in more than 7 ha of copses and meadows near to Bernay in the Eure department
Bernay, EURE upper-normandy 27300 FR

Location

Fields and meadows alternate with numerous dense, irregular-shaped forests. Bernay, some 15 km away is a bustling town, with many shops and amenities, attractive restaurants, a rich local way of life as well as a train station on the Paris-Cherbourg line. The train provides numerous daily links to Paris, taking 1½-hours, whilst the journey via the A13 motorway takes 2 hours. Local shops are, however, but a few minutes away.

Description

A little lane leads to wooden gates that open on to a driveway, disappearing into a copse. On the other side of the latter, said driveway leads to the grassy areas laid out in front of the main facade of the manor, extended at the back by an extension, added in the 20th century. The surroundings are planted with tall trees. The driveway continues alongside the copse to an outbuilding. Meadows are separated from the manor by wooden rail fencing.

The manor house and its extension

This manor is constructed from flint quarry stone, enhanced with dressed stone for the quoins and the moulded surrounds framing the openings. The gable roof, covered with flat tiles, features tall Jacobin-style dormers. This house spans three levels in addition to a cellar. Its rear facade is flanked by a semi-engaged, octagonal, stairway tower. The 20th century extension is set at right angles. Spanning two levels, it is partially constructed from quarry stone blocks and partially from half-timbering. The roof is similar to that of the manor house.


Ground floor
Several entrances make it very easy to move around this house. A low door in the manor’s vast living room. A door in the tower. Two doors in the extension, one leading to a bedroom and, the other, directly to a kitchen. The spiral stairway alone provides access to the upper levels. It can be reached from the dining room in the manor. The two reception rooms are the most spectacular. High, French ceilings, large casement windows and impressive dressed stone fireplaces, with chimney breasts going up to the ceiling joists. Floors are laid with black and white tiles laid in a chessboard pattern. A door in the dining room opens into the kitchen. A stairway goes down to the cellar. And, a room adjoins a shower room and toilet as well as a bedroom. A toilet is concealed under the spiral stairway.
First floor
A little landing leads, on one side, to the rooms in the extension and, on the other, to a corridor giving access to two vast bedrooms, laid out above the reception rooms in the manor house. The floors are the same as those on the ground floor, the ceilings slightly lower and the windows are also casement. The matching fireplaces are impressive: with dressed stone jambs and lintels as well as thin-brick chimney breasts. Beams are exposed. In one of them, a water supply point has been concealed in a corner. The walls of the other are lined with floor-to-ceiling panelling and a bathroom has been added. In the extension, a flight of steps leads to a lounge, where wood is omnipresent on the walls, the floor and the ceiling cornices. A corridor provides access to a large bathroom and, further on, to a bedroom.
Attic
Both the roof height and the surface area are significant. A corridor provides access to two bedrooms, with their shower room; one also has a dressing room. They are illuminated via large dormers and smaller windows set in the gables.

The outbuilding

This building is constructed from quarry stone blocks, partially left exposed and partially rendered. The walls are composed of half-timbering or wooden cladding. The gable roof is covered with flat tiles. On one side, a wide awning, covered with flat tiles, extends over a vast area for storing firewood. The garage is big enough to house two cars. A small room was once used as an art studio.

The parklands

Plane trees border the driveway that leads to the manor house. The copses are planted with tall conifer, oak, beech, birch and hornbeam trees as well as an impressive holly bush. A majestic yellow poplar stands in the midst of the lawns, whilst apple and sloe trees mingle with Japanese flowering cherry trees. The manor house and its extension are surrounded with immaculately trimmed boxwood hedges, sometimes bordered by a quarry-stone-lined passageway.

Our opinion

This manor stands between meadows and forests. Several tall trees and lots of shrubs ensure the transition, just like the slope going down to the pasture. Its appearance is both sober and welcoming courtesy of the light-coloured stone and the pleasant old, flat roof tiles. The size of the rooms is impressive as are the fireplaces. Those in the extension are cosier. All things considered, the two buildings discreetly and conveniently complement one another. The various areas are made to appear even more spacious by the manor’s many points of view.

Exclusive sale

750 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 392011

Land registry surface area 6 ha 87 a 20 ca
Main building surface area 300 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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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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