A 17th century, fulling mill and its brick buildings on 7,000 m² of land,
less than 2 hours from Paris and 9 km from the capital of the Auge Country
Lisieux, CALVADOS lower-normandy 14100 FR

Location

This property, in a region renowned for its architecture and its landscapes, is less than 200 km from Paris via the A28 and A13 motorways (slip roads 10 minutes away). Lisieux, with all the useful infrastructures of a sub-prefecture and 20,000 inhabitants, is 10 km away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris.

Description

The river winds its way parallel to the road. It is home, all along, to numerous mills courtesy of its very regular flowrate. Gates open off of said road on to a gravel courtyard, surrounded by vast lawns and bordered by the mill, two large brick buildings and a garage. A long, wooden building has been constructed on one side of the land. The millrace, at the back, separates the mill from the river which meanders in a wide curve, enclosing a vast grassy area.

The mill

The original mill was constructed of quarry stone blocks in the 17th century. It was adjoined, at the beginning of the 19th century, by a brick extension as well as two large, single-storey, brick buildings. Between the two wars, another extension, this time made of half-timbering, was added to the other side of the mill so as to enlarge the living area. The mill roof, covered with flat tiles, features three roof dormers. The impressive size of the wheel (5 m wide and 5 m in diameter) was determined by the river’s flowrate.


Ground floor
Double glazed doors, at the foot of an outside, granite stairway, provide access to a room in use as a summer kitchen. A sliding picture window opens on to the millrace and the grasslands behind the mill. Two basket-handle arched windows illuminate this area. An opening leads to the cellars of the mill’s living area and, then, to the room housing the machinery and the gear wheels for the fulling mill. And, lastly, the boiler room. A door opens into the first brick building.
First floor
The entrance door opens on to a corridor. A kitchen faces a small study. Following the kitchen, a dining room precedes a small lounge, set at right angles. The L-shaped corridor leads to a few steps and then to the night-time section, with its three bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room and a separate toilet.
Attic
A stairway, concealed behind a door, goes up from the first floor to a landing. A bedroom has been sparsely laid out. On either side, a small room and two vast attics await conversion.

The outbuildings

The garage, at the entrance to the property, is constructed from quarry stone blocks. Its gable roof is covered with flat tiles. It was used as a changing room at the time when the mill was working. It also, notably, housed the local telephone booth. An old, extremely prolific vine grows along the facade. The surface area spans approx. 35 m².
The open farm shed, alongside the road, spans a surface area of approx. 210 m². It is used as a shed and for storage purposes. It was recently clad with wood.
Both industrial buildings, flanking the mill, are built from brick. Their gable roofs are covered with tiles and slate (one of them is covered with “Bacacier” sheet metal). They span a surface area of approx. 85 m².

The garden

The garden surrounds the property and extends on each side and behind the behind the mill, from which it is separated by the millrace. The biggest section, facing south, is bordered by the river which forms a large loop. A row of beech trees is planted along the edge. A second section includes a vegetable garden and an orchard. It is bordered by acacia and alder trees. Cherry, apple, peach and numerous fruit trees and bushes are planted there. A hornbeam hedge separates the vegetable garden from the orchard.

Our opinion

The courtyard provides access to the various buildings: the mill with its three different roofs, the two low, wide, brick buildings, the cubic-shaped garage and the long farm shed, all bordered by the orchard, the vegetable garden and vast lawns. Behind, forming the nerve centre of the property, the mill and its impressive wheel face the river and the grasslands, green belt which cannot be built on. The water casts all of its magic. The charm of the mill and the potential of the outbuildings will make for exciting restoration works.

340 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 905541

Land registry surface area 7000 m2
Main building surface area 309 m2
Outbuilding surface area 416 m2

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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