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(61) Orne

Elegant 18th C. Priory for sale in the Mortainais


Reception Rooms: 3
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Land: 0.85 ha

Reference: C5-3556
£ 660,975
$ 852,743

The property is in the north western corner of the Orne, in  the  direction  of the Channel, near Mont-Saint Michel Bay, in the middle of a small village. The natural and protected land here makes for excellent grazing for horses and sheep.  Rural life is still  very present and  well conserved.

This Hermitage of the Augustins has its origins from around 1045 when William the Conqueror began his conquest of Normandy.
Situated on the  pilgrims’  way,it was endowed by Henry II around the 1170s before its demise, then seized during the Revolution. The priory acquired its permanent form in the 18th-century but it was not until the following century that a “ master nailer “ bought and enriched the building to turn it into it a comfortable notaire’s house.

Several generations of notaires resided  here right  up to the acquisition in 2013 by a talented art enthusiast who has left his mark an with  a paradoxical instinct for the conventional combined with the contemporary style.

The priory has a current living space of about 350 m2 with extensive areas fit for conversion, both in the attic and in the adjoining outbuilding.

It comprises:
Ground floor: entrance hall with staircase leading to the first floor and giving access to the “functional wing” comprising a garage/cellar, boiler room and wine cellar. Small living room (25 m2) in painted woodwork and terracotta floor tiles, with a fireplace, a spacious dining room (80m2), including a lovely fitted kitchen (fireplace); access to a laundry room. Second staircase leading to a spacious living room with Louis XV wood paneling and terracotta floor tiles.
(Fireplace with Godin stove), toilet and cloakroom.

First floor: in the wing - 2 guest bedrooms with access to bathrooms and shower room with W.C. This part is served by a long corridor accessing 3 further bedrooms two of which have their own bathroom and toilet.The spacious master bedroom  55m2 has a stunning combination of whitewashed walls and contemporary oak parquet.

Second floor: large convertible attic on the main house of 140m2.

- 2 small period stone garden pavilions.
- Small stone building called the old forge; to renovate.
- Adjoining outbuilding attached to the main house with 45m2 of surface area over 2 rooms. Access could be created through an old walled door.
- Parking 
-Site of a well.
Grounds over 8500m2 mainly lawns arranged around the house in sections, along with an attractive, unblighted depth of view  over the countryside. The property is not overlooked   directly, the neighbours not visible.
To date this property has been used as a main residence since its renovation in 2013,  when it  underwent a  complete  renovation. 
It is now in good general condition and requires no  further works.
Slate roof dates from 2014. Whitewashed stone walls. Wooden frames, double-glazed windows.
Terracotta or oak parquet floors. 
Oil heating by recent boiler (2014).
Hot water by Cumulus. Recent electrics.
ADSL ok (fibre optics)
Modern  drainage:sanitation by micro-station from 2013, up to standards.