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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 6 habitable rooms
  • 210 square meters of living space
  • 5000 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
An equestrian training centre with 102 hectares of land in Orne - ref 215600
Where the borders of the French departments of Orne and Calvados meet, on the outskirts of the Houlme and Andaine areas. An hour from Deauville and 3 hours from Paris; near to the A88 motorway. In a village with 600 inhabitants just 15 minutes from Argentan town centre, with its railway station and 2-hour train links to Paris-Vaugirard. Schools, shops, a veterinary clinic, doctors and chemists are in the neighbouring town.
This property, standing on the outskirts of the village, extends over some 102 hectares. In addition to miscellaneous houses, professional premises and technical buildings, this estate also comprises schooling tracks and meadows, all levelled out and connected to driveways. An initial entrance leads to the large, luxurious house whilst a second entrance goes to the training centre. Featuring regional architecture, the houses and some of the barns are constructed from exposed shale stone and dressed stone under roofs covered with flat or interlocking terracotta tiles. All the other buildings are masonry or wooden structures. Everything, from the professional premise and the fixtures and fittings to the housing, is in a good state of repair.

The 19th century, large, luxurious home

This character house, constructed from exposed shale stone and topped with a gable roof covered with flat terracotta tiles, follows the lie of the land, thus providing direct access to both of its levels on each facade. The garden level is reached directly via the kitchen. This floor comprises a dining room with panelling, a lounge with a large fireplace and a study. The ground floor includes an entrance hall, a long hall area, four bedrooms, two of which have their own bathrooms, a separate bathroom and four toilets. The wooded parklands, with a tennis court, have a separate entrance marked by a long, oak tree lined driveway.

Staff accommodation

Reached via the second entrance, the staff accommodation and two long buildings facing one another, used as barns, are all set out around a main courtyard. The first dwelling is a 2-storey house, spanning approx. 90 m², awaiting restoration.
The second dwelling is a house, spanning approx. 180 m², which comprises a living room, a 50 m² staff dining hall, shower rooms, toilets, offices and four bedrooms with shower and toilet. Four more bedrooms are upstairs.
The last building houses four loose boxes for studs. Upstairs are two flats: one, spanning approx. 40 m², with a lounge, a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom, and the other, spanning approx. 70 m², comprising a lounge, a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The horse training section

This unit comprises 84 covered, horse loose boxes; 3 covered showers; a blacksmith’s smithy; a tack room; a large open stall area with 4 wooden loose boxes for yearlings; a hay and fodder storage area; a shed for farming equipment; a covered parking area for two horse boxes. The 50x25 m, riding arena with a 6-horse walker includes an inner lung ring. The covered 4-horse footbath is fed by the river that flows all year round. Two small paddocks with double fencing are intended for schooling horses.
All schooling tracks are composed of Rouen sand; they are drained and bordered by hedges and white plastic rail fencing. The wide, 1,500 m rising track has a large stopping arena at each end. The oval, 1,100 m track, with five movable hedges, is surrounded by hedges and white plastic rail fencing.

The horse breeding section

This unit comprises a large barn with 6 very big foaling boxes; 22 horse loose boxes; 2 open stall areas; a mash room; storage buildings and silos; a tack room; a treatment room with a gynaecological bar; an office with a kitchen, a television, an on-call bedroom, a shower and a toilet with electric heating; easy-access meadows of all sizes surrounded by rail fencing; four small paddocks with good fencing for broodmares and foals; a small separate courtyard comprising 4 more wooden horse loose boxes; a large stabling area.
Automatic troughs filled with borehole or mains water are installed in almost all of the paddocks. Easy access via paths and double fencing.

Our opinion
This centre constitutes a tremendous professional tool in a region widely dedicated to the equestrian world as regards both breeding and schooling. The existing layout would enable new owners to strengthen this vocation by continuing the estate’s current activity. This property is, however, perfectly suited to a new line of business connected to tourism. It would also appeal to lovers of unspoilt natural surroundings, regardless of whether they like horses.
Argentan, France
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