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Caen
€1,480,000
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  • 410 square meters of living space
  • 987783 square meters of cadastral area
Property description
Where the borders of the French departments of Calvados, Orne and Eure meet, a 98-ha hunting estate with an 18th century residence and its outbuildings - ref 895083
This estate is on the borders of the Auge and Lieuvin regions. The A28 motorway going to Paris (200 km) is 10 minutes away. The train station, 25 km away, makes it possible to reach the French capital in 85 minutes. Caen, with its airport and flights to London as well as the south of France, and the holiday resorts along the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) are 50 km away. It takes just 5 minutes to reach the nearest market town with all local shops and amenities.
A drive, bordered by tall trees, leads from the road, straight through meadows and woods. Following a bend, the drive goes up through the forest to the residence in the distance. A courtyard is laid out in front of the residence on an esplanade, with lawns and outbuildings on either side. Behind the residence is a large, walled garden. Further away from the buildings and lawned areas, undulating meadows are surrounded by woods that protect the property.

The residence

This rectangular residence spans two levels under a converted attic floor. Separated by a stone string course, each level features seven openings. An imitation central projection, topped with a triangular pediment, features two openings also topped with pediments and flanked by rectangular scrolls. The walls are covered with brick. The slate, hip roof is enhanced with roof dormers. This residence owes its elegance not only to the symmetry of its facade, but also to the geometry of the dressed stone used to fashion the quoins and the framing around the openings as well as the keystones, sculpted in a diamond shape.

The hunting room and the barn

The hunting room has been set up in a long building. Constructed from quarry stone blocks, its openings have brick surrounds. It is separated in its centre by a wide porch, topping a carriage door. Both the building roof and that of the porch have two slopes, covered with flat tiles. The hunting room, at one end of the building, is semi-underground. The walls feature exposed stone and the ceiling, exposed beams and joists. The floor is paved with terracotta tiles. The room is illuminated by two small windows and two French windows. A stone fireplace, with a brick mantel, decorates one wall. A wooden stairway near to the entrance goes up to a level awaiting rehabilitation. A landing provides access to a large room with an exposed roofing framework, a small room in use as a kitchen and a toilet.

The barn, at the other end of the building to the hunting room, is divided into two. In addition to the area reached via the carriage door, a large garage featuring the roofing framework can be accessed via wide wooden doors set in the barn’s gable wall.

Features of the forest and hunting estate

The grounds are composed of some 60 ha of woods and 24 ha of ploughed fields rented on a land lease. The rest is made up of the parklands, the gardens and the pastures around the buildings.
The simple management plan is valid until the end of 2029.
There are no rights of way and the grounds are free of any tenants.
The hunting is predominantly given over to large game. Identification tags for roe deer and wild boar are requested on an annual basis.



Our opinion
Absolute peace and quiet reigns throughout these unspoilt premises. The geometric composition of the residence and its surroundings forms a retreat, delimited by the edge of the woods, encompassing it completely.
This verdant screen isolating the residence imparts feelings of well-being and safety which are further enhanced by the comfort and elegance of the house. There are no nuisances to disturb this estate’s country way of life. Activities linked to hunting are even more exciting as they take place in such a remote, convivial setting.
Caen , France
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