A 15th & 17th century manor house and its outbuildings on a 15-ha estate
amidst an outstanding natural site, looking down on the meanders of the river Orne
Écouché, ORNE lower-normandy 61150 FR

Location

This old Seigneurie, 15 minutes from Argentan, between Sérans and Putanges-le-Lac, stands in a pastoral hamlet that looks down on the banks of the river Orne, a classified and listed site with a spectacular landscape intermingled with natural and historic heritage. Rows of beech trees, oak seedling forests and copses of evergreen trees crown the peaks of the estate’s steep hillsides, at the foot of which flows the river Orne, just like a silvery ribbon. Paris can be reached in 2 hours and 10 minutes by train from Argentan station or in 2 hours and 20 minutes by road. All shops and amenities are in a town 8 minutes away by car. Slip roads for the A88 motorway are nearby, making it quick and easy to reach the A28 motorway. Falaise aerodrome is 30 minutes away.

Description

The hamlet, looking down on the meanders of the river Orne, is built on a rocky spur. The road winds its way alongside the river and goes up to the lane, leading to the hamlet. An impressive set of wrought iron gates, supported by two dressed stone pillars, is flanked by wide boxwood hedges. These gates open on to a square courtyard bordered by the manor house and its outbuildings, one of which adjoins the neighbouring property. The vegetable garden and the grounds extend to the rear where a second entrance is concealed by tall trees.

The manor house

This rectangular house has a surface area of approx. 340 m² and is composed of shale quarry blocks. It spans two levels under attic space. Its hip roof, covered with flat, terracotta tiles, features four small hip dormers which flank a gable dormer, topped with a bell-tower. On a rear corner of the manor house, a round tower, built in the 17th century, is topped with a candlesnuffer, slate roof. The quoins and the surrounds framing the openings are made of dressed stone.


Ground floor
The entrance door opens into a long corridor, providing access to four rooms and housing one stairway going upstairs and another stone stairway going down to the wine cellar and the boiler room. Old, oak wood doors conceal cupboards and hanging space built into the wall. Terracotta floor tiles, bearing the patina of time, are laid throughout this level. On one side, a vast kitchen features an impressive granite fireplace, accompanied by a cooking range. On the other side, three adjoining reception rooms are widely illuminated by tall, small-paned windows. Glazed doors open on to a terrace on the garden side. A white marble fireplace, with acanthus leaf motifs, decorates the large lounge. A door opens into a study, housed in the tower, where a dressed stone fireplace goes right up to the study ceiling.
First floor
An oak wood, turning string stairway goes up to a vast landing which provides access to five bedrooms. Only some are enhanced with fireplaces, but all have strip pattern parquet flooring. The corridor is laid with terracotta floor tiles. One bedroom and its bathroom are housed in the tower. The wooden shutters are fastened via an ingenious closing system. A stairway goes up to the attic space which awaits conversion.
Outbuilding
The architecture of this farm building, constructed of rendered, quarry stone blocks, is particularly elegant. All the openings are arched and framed with surrounds alternating dressed stone and brick. An imitation central projection, delimited by pilasters, ends in a gable point. Directly above the two doors, tall, hanging roof dormers are topped with triangular pediments. Red, blue and white cement tiles, flanking one another to resemble a label, have been used above the doors, decoratively indicating the areas to be accessed: “Vacherie” (cowshed), “Écurie” (stable), “Basse-cour” (henhouse). Brick, laid diagonally, covers the floor in the stable. The old stalls have been preserved, together with their mangers and their wooden hayracks. Behind them, a vegetable garden and its greenhouse await new crops.
Group of buildings
A second, large, adjoining outbuilding, set at right angles and constructed in the same style as the first, closes the courtyard. A tower with a candlesnuffer roof, covered with flat tiles, flanks its gable wall. A spiral stairway goes up to the attic space, awaiting conversion. A wide, opening, stained-glass window, topped with a fanlight, is set in the width of the gable. Stylised, floral motifs colourfully decorate each side of this original work, letting in copious amounts of natural light. Firewood is stored in the middle of the building under the arched vault of the carriage door which is topped with a triangular pediment, featuring a hay dormer. On the other side of the courtyard, a “charreterie”, where carriages were once kept, is built of shale quarry blocks and topped with a gable roof, covered with flat tiles. It can be accessed via two carriage doors. A metal stairway goes up the gable wall to the attic.
mixed grove
The manor house and its outbuildings are surrounded by 2 hectares of meadows. Separated by the road, 13 hectares slope down towards the banks of the river Orne. One section of the seedling forests is included in the listed Ménil-Glaise site. Gaps in the vegetation give glimpses of beautiful points of view of the opposite bank, its gently undulating relief covered in fields and thick hedges.

Our opinion

This property’s plain, sober architecture reflects exact proportions, with the adjoined tower attractively disturbing the overall layout. Its tall conical roof gives the impression that it was once even taller. It is now a landmark emerging from the midst of the vegetation. A complete property, it blends perfectly in with the surrounding landscape. The main house augurs a comfortable, country way of life.

Exclusive sale

695 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 662755

Land registry surface area 15 ha 64 a 9 ca
Main building surface area 340 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

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Sandrine Torossian +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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