Reception Rooms: 2
Land: 1.7 ha
Attractive French Manoir for sale In the heart of the ‘Bessin Maritime’ region of Normandy - one of the main French fishing ports and just over the hill are the famous beaches of the allied landings - an area of exceptional beauty and of great historic significance. A short distance away the town of Bayeux, famous for its tapestry, has all shopping and other services. This is one of the most popular tourist areas of Normandy and ideal for any commercial venture as it attracts many visitors from all over the world on an annual basis.
Once a cider farm with a pressoir, there are numerous outbuildings in use as cow sheds, stables and coach houses dating back we believe to the 16th Century. During the first part of the 18th Century it was turned into a more comfortable dwelling by a local nobleman. He is attributed with the reconstruction the exterior and the creation of the moats. It then passed from hand to hand and two Parisien architects transformed it until finally in the late 19th century it was entirely redesigned in a Neogothic style with the addition of a kiosque, the orangery, a small annexe in Norman style with colombage and just before the first world war around 1910 a tower is built. The Lintel above the main door inscribed with 1900 seems to mark the completion of the transformation.
Built on three floors including an attic there is the main building and an “L” shaped return. With a living space of 400m2 the accommodation comprises;
Ground Floor; Lovely central entrance hall with a vast wooden fireplace, painted ceiling, wood panelling and stencilled canvas. The Salon, approx 40m2 has a fireplace surmounted with Trumeaux, exposed beams, period tomette floor tiles and the dining room, also approximately 40m2 has a stone fireplace, exposed beams and cement decorated period square shaped floor tiles. Space, dressing room, W.C. Corridor with turning staircase with wooden banisters, prettily decorated, kitchen and scullery ( Caen stone) with an exit to the annexe.
First Floor; Corridor off which are five bedrooms and a shower room and W.C.
Second Floor: Corridor off which are four bedrooms of which two are smaller with a shower room and dressing room.
Inhabited as a primary residence until last year, despite routine maintenance having preserved the property from any notable deterioration, it is nevertheless true that improvements in terms of modern comforts are to be envisaged such as the addition of bathrooms etc.
The roof is in useable condition.
The windows are single glazed mullioned windows and some stained glass windows.
Fireplaces are functioning.
The stone masonry is said to be in good condition.
Partial central heating by an oil fired boiler over twenty years old. Plastic tank.
Hot water heated by electric immersion heaters.
Rewired six years ago using casing.
Drainage by means of mains drainage in useable condition.
Caretaker’s house with tiled roof and rendered exterior.
Ground Floor; Living room with kitchenette and upstairs two bedrooms with a bathroom and W.C.
The second floor has an attic room and the house has an enclosed garden.
Norman House. Rendered with wood colombage design. Ground Floor: A laundry and space, first floor: a small apartment to renovate with a living room, bedroom, w.c. and sink/ shower.
Bergerie. Stone with slate roof built on three levels including a stable on the ground floor with brick floor, on the first floor a room and a large loft and under the roof a vast attic above the whole building.
The Stone Orangery adjoining a beautiful curved terrace with stone balustrading overlooking the moat.
The tower has a room and is surmounted by a terrace.
Taxes: Taxe Foncière of the order of 2,500 €
Grounds; The property is set in grounds of approximately 1ha 70 ares with numerous species including some remarkable specimens including, among others, purple beech, magnolia, weeping willow, a tulip tree and Ginko mixed with apple and plum trees. An elegant little stream runs through the property and feeds the moats. There is a well.
Comment: Partially walled, the property has a certain seclusion and intimacy but it is as well to take account of the fact that it does sometimes suffer from the proximity of the road. However the appearance of this architectural gem, its geographical location and its charm should go a long way towards compensating for this temporary inconvenience. In addition for anything commercial the property is extremely well placed of course.