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(14) Calvados

Large fortified typical Norman farm with outbuildings


Reception Rooms:
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 0
Land: 0.8 ha

Reference: C5-3832
£ 938,585
$ 1,210,894

Large fortified typical Norman farm with outbuildings located in the heart of a historically preserved countryside in the coastal region of Calvados, flirting between land and sea in the heart of the Bessin region. The town of Bayeux, a sub-prefecture of 15,000 inhabitants, offers all the shops and services and means of transport necessary for everyday life is close by. Situated just a few minutes from the sea and its famous Allied landing beaches the whole area is full of history. This property is located in a small village with a very natural setting.

The imposing proportions are in the image of the many manors and castles that the region has, most of them from the "Age of Enlightenment" when excess was not a fear.
The property would have been built around 1750, changing from an agricultural activity to a residential place from the 19th century. The current owners acquired it in 2000 and live there all year round.
The architecture is of a refined style, designed from a central dwelling flanked by two large U-shaped outbuildings forming a square courtyard.
The living quarters are built on three levels, in local stone, covered with lime plaster and with a slate roof typical of the region.
With a floor surface area of approx. 300sqm, the dwelling has the following features

Ground floor:
Entrance hall of approx. 20sqm leading on its right to a sitting room with a fireplace of approx. 30sqm.
This room is now used as a dining room.
To the left is a beautiful modern kitchen of over 30sqm, hallway, study, another entrance, shower, WC, utility room and boiler room.

1st floor: corridor leading to 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have access to a bathroom/WC, shower room and separate WC.
Large living room in the shape of a "cathedral" used as a leisure room and dormitory.

2nd floor: mezzanine leading to a room that could be converted into a bedroom
Large attic with great potential.

1.at right angles to the main dwelling, a large outbuilding containing an old wine press and a large room used as a storeroom.
On the first floor, accessed via a beautiful stone stairway, 2 beautiful rooms for conversion which have kept their original joists.
2. Exceptional building of more than 50 m in length divided into 3 in a row. Very nice "cathedral" height ceilings.Very good general state of conservation.
3. Listed dovecote in perfect condition.
4. Old nesting boxes, remains of a passionate pigeon fancier.
5. Tiled barn of approx. 75sqm with storage room, used as a garage.

The main entrance is fully secured by a gate set against high stone walls.
The north-west façade leads to a beautiful grassed cour d’honneur.

The south-east façade benefits from a well-exposed terrace and an unobstructed view over the countryside.
The environment is rural and brightened up by wooded surroundings (lime trees, weeping willows, oaks, cedars, pines, tuyas, chestnut trees, holly trees
A few fruit trees complete the picture (apple trees, apricot trees).
A pond fed by a spring runs alongside a small river at the edge of the property, where a few ducks and moorhen’s frolic.
The whole property covers 8000sqm.

It is possible to acquire in addition a beautiful grassland of about 1.70 ha which completes the setting and allows the presence of a horse or some sheep. Price of €106,000
Currently the area is used for flax, which is recognised as being one of the most beautiful in the region.
If this is acquired the whole land would constitute an entity of about 2.5 ha (6.17 acres).