Reception Rooms: 2
Land: 1.7 ha
Gorgeous 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 from the famous beaches of the allied landings - an area of exceptional beauty and of great historic significance. A short distance away is the town of Bayeux, famous for its tapestry,with 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. With its four outbuildings including a caretaker's house, norman colombage house, bergerie and orangerie - this property offers enormous commercial potential.
Once a cider farm with a pressoir, the numerous outbuildings used as cow sheds, stables and coach houses date back probably to the 16th Century. During the first part of the 18th Century a local nobleman modernised the house and made it more comfortable. He is attributed with the reconstruction the exterior and the creation of the moats. Later on 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 in 1910 a tower was built. The Lintel above the main door is inscribed with 1900. 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; Central entrance hall with vast wooden fireplace, painted ceiling, wood panelling and stencilled canvas. Salon, approx 40m2,fireplace surmounted with Trumeaux, exposed beams, period tomette floor tiles.Dining room, 40m2 stone fireplace, exposed beams and cement decorated period square shaped floor tiles. Space, dressing room, W.C. Corridor. Turning staircase with wooden banisters, prettily decorated, kitchen & 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 appears to be in a 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 which is over twenty years old. Plastic tank.Hot water heated by electric immersion heaters.Rewired six years ago using casing.Mains drainage in useable condition.
Caretaker’s house with tiled roof and rendered exterior.
Ground Floor; Living room with kitchenette and on the first floor, two bedrooms with a bathroom and W.C.
The second floor consists of 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 built with a 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 .Under the roof is a vast attic running above the whole building.
The Stone Orangery adjoins 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; These extend to 1ha 70 ares with numerous species including among others, purple beech, magnolia, weeping willow, a tulip tree and Ginko mixed with apple and plum trees. A charming 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 minor inconvenience. Ideal location for any commercial venture.