A 16th century house, extended in the 18th century, and its outbuildings
in 3.5 ha backing on to the forest in the midst of the Perche region
Rémalard, ORNE lower-normandy 61110 FR

Location

In the south-east of the Orne department, in what was once the province of Perche. Near to Rémalard, a town with shops and amenities, and not far from Bellême and the delightful Mortagne-au-Perche. Paris is a 2-hour drive away: either via the RN12, or via the A11 motorway. A train station, with links to Paris-Montparnasse, is 20 km away. The province of Perche was created in the 12th century by merging the County of Mortagne with the Seigneuries of Nogent-le-Rotrou and Bellême. With its successions of gentle hills, crowned with outstanding beach and oak forests, its bocage countryside, its manors, chateaux and houses with their warm hues, the Perche region cultivates its own identity, enhanced by the preservation of its heritage since the Renaissance period.

Description

This house, standing in a dominant position, features three pointed gables, staggered in height, that can be glimpsed at the end of a winding country lane, just a stone’s throw from a village. The house itself comes into view near the two pillars marking the entrance to the property, together with the parallel outbuilding, standing facing it and forming the inner courtyard. These north-south facing buildings are built on the slight slope of the land, backing on to the forest which begins on a higher level. In the foreground is a lake with the old wash-house, fed by a permanent spring. The surrounding garden, meadows and woods are in undulating scenery, providing a vista looking down on to the village in the distance. A terrace, on the south side of the house, slightly dominates the garden, planted with fruit trees. These unobstructed, varied views are in an unspoilt setting out of sight of onlookers.

The house

This house, dating from the 16th century, is partially constructed over older, vaulted cellars, and spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters. Extensions were added to both sides of the two original gable walls in the 18th century. This stone house is topped with roofs covered with flat local tiles. Its walls are all lime rendered except for the south side of the original Renaissance building, where the facade is constructed from large pieces of dressed stone. The surrounds, framing the windows, some of which are mullioned, are made of white dressed stone.


Ground floor
The entrance hall to the house is set in one of the extensions added in the 18th century. This room, going through from the courtyard, on the north side, to the garden, on the south side, provides access to a bedroom and its shower room, a toilet and a few steps going to a dining room. The latter, enhanced with a fireplace, also has a dual, north-south aspect, with three windows, including a single mullioned window. Terracotta floor tiles, exposed oak wood beams and an old “potager”, where meals were prepared in the olden days, have been preserved. This dining room opens into a study-library and a kitchen via a pantry which still has its old brick sink and its cupboards. The fully fitted, dual-aspect kitchen is illuminated via three windows. It continues via a door into an area, spanning approx. 90 m², which could be converted. This corresponds to the attic space above the old stable, the storeroom and the boiler room, laid out on the garden level and reached via a stairway.
Half-story
A few wooden steps go up from the dining room to a landing, providing access to a bedroom, with its private bathroom and toilet. This south-facing bedroom has terracotta floor tiles and a fireplace, a bookshelf unit and a cupboard.
First floor
A few steps go up from the half-floor landing to a large lounge, which takes up the full ground surface area of the original house. Facing north-south, with three windows, including a double mullioned window, it has a monumental, stone fireplace, with a straight chimney breast. The floor is laid with old terracotta tiles and the exposed ceiling beams and joists are made of oak wood.
Second floor
A stairway, with terracotta-tiled steps and wooden nosing, goes up from the landing on the lower half-floor to a hall area with cupboards, providing access to two bedrooms, a shower room and a separate toilet. Under the slopes of the roof and on the upper half-level are a large, west-facing bedroom, a toilet, a wardrobe and an attic.
Garden level
This garden level can be reached either via the house or via two outside doors. It comprises a boiler room and a laundry room. Following on, the old stable precedes a lean-to used for storing wood.
Outbuilding
Standing parallel to and facing the house, a large outbuilding, constructed from lime-rendered stone, is topped with a local tile roof. It consists of a barn (once used for beating the wheat), a shed or press-house, a storeroom, two garages, with their attics, and an old dairy in use as a storage area with an upstairs room.
Garden
With a lawn looking down on to the lake and a distant view taking in the driveway leading to the woods and surrounding meadows, this garden is on the south side of the house. It is planted with fruit trees, shrubs and flower beds, adorned with flowers as well as roses and vine stock, growing along the low wall and the slope protecting it.

Our opinion

Considering the surroundings as a major criterion, this property nestling in its verdant landscape can but appeal to aesthetics who appreciate peace and quiet, miscellaneous viewpoints and the charm of old stone. The proximity of some of the Perch region’s emblematic villages is yet another advantage. This property, made harmonious by the proportions of the buildings and the grounds, out of sight of onlookers, will welcome family and friends alike. A major restoration project conducted a few dozen years ago preserved most of the original features. The majority of the works are done, but the property could do with some modernisation. Awarded the French “Fondation du Patrimoine” (Heritage Foundation) distinction, this old Seigneurial home which escaped the torment of the French Revolution is an excellent example of the plain, elegant fiefdoms that make the Perch region so charming.

Exclusive sale

920 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 741967

Land registry surface area 3 ha 50 a 68 ca
Main building surface area 420 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 320 m2

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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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