On more than 8 ha of land, a 15th & 16th century manor house and its outbuildings,
looking out over a valley in the Auge Country, just 30 km from the Fleurie coast
Cambremer, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14340 FR

Location

In a region renowned for its typical architecture, its gastronomy and its cheeses, this property is 210 km from Paris via the A13 motorway and 30 km from the Fleurie coast and its seaside resorts. Lisieux, with all the amenities of a town with 20,000 inhabitants, is 10 km away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. A village with its local shops is but 6 km away.

Description

A lane, off the main road, winds its way between the meadows, surrounded by wooden rail fencing, belonging to a large horse stud farm. It comes to an end at gates adjoining a brick house. This property is set in the midst of grasslands. One side of the manor house has a clear view, looking directly out over a valley, whilst the other side is flanked by grassy areas that also border an old press-house. A barn and a sheepfold are isolated at the end of a field.

The manor house

One half of this rectangular manor house is constructed from quarry stone blocks and the other from brick and half-timbering. Dressed stone has been used for the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings. The walls have numerous openings, including three doors. The hip roof is covered with flat tiles and features two roof dormers, including a geminated window that tops a similar one inset in the half-timbering.


Ground floor
The floors on this level are paved with old terracotta tiles. The beams and joists are exposed as is the half-timbering in places. The walls are painted warm colours.
A glazed door opens into a vestibule. A toilet has been installed under the wooden stairway. The door providing entrance to the lounge faces a fireplace. Made of dressed stone with a wooden lintel, its straight chimney breast rises the full height of the room. The jambs, shaped like engaged half-columns, and the corbels are decorated with a sculpture resembling a coat-of-arms. Two large, small-paned windows and two small windows illuminate this room. Furthermore, a glazed door next to the fireplace opens on to a terrace, which is delimited by a low stone wall, lined with a hornbeam hedge, overlooking the valley.
On the opposite side to the lounge is a vast, welcoming kitchen: light-coloured, solid oak wood units are installed the length of a short side of the room and at right angles. A large bookshelf unit lines one wall. Light floods in through numerous openings, including a stable door.

First floor
The floors on this level are covered with light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring. The landing provides access, on one side, to the main bedroom. Beams and joists are exposed and a dressed stone and brick fireplace is flanked by large, oak wood cupboards. On the other side, the corridor is illuminated via two windows. The wall opposite is lined with wide, modern strips of oak wood which conceal cupboards and two doors leading to a bedroom and a large bathroom and toilet. At the end of the corridor, an old, darker oak wood, glazed door opens into a small linen room.
Second floor
Two little landings, either side of a step, separate two bedrooms. Illuminated via roof dormers, they are laid out under the rafters and the trusses have been left exposed. A door on one of the two landings opens into a shower room and toilet.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings comprise four buildings dotted around the property.
Constructed from brick, quarry stone blocks and half-timbering, they are topped with slate roofs. A brick and half-timbered building at the entrance to the property was once used as a garage for cars. An old barn stands in the middle of a meadow and a sheepfold on the edge of another. Nearer to the manor house, the old press-house follows the slightly uneven lie of the land. Laid out longwise, it appears to be composed of several sections, constructed adjoining one another.
These outbuildings, spanning approx. 450 m², await restoration.


Meadows
This property is on the side of a valley. The manor house and the press-house are surrounded by vast grassy areas. A stone-lined lane, initially winding its way under a row of plane trees, provides access to the manor house and, further on, to the press-house. They are surrounded by the meadows and their outbuildings.

Our opinion

Although the charm of the Auge region’s bocage countryside is undeniable, it is further enhanced here by the undulating setting. This property, in a dominant position, has an unobstructed view over grasslands and copses. Secluded and far from onlookers, the manor house and its outbuildings are together but separate. The house has been successfully restored and the potential of its annexe buildings is clear. This property is sheltered from the world but only a stone’s throw from civilisation. Serenity is ever present and relaxation is certain.

899 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 314443

Land registry surface area 8 ha 15 a 64 ca
Main building surface area 175 m2
Outbuilding surface area 450 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

Regional representative
Caen region


Yann Campion +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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