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Caen
€1,490,000
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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 15 habitable rooms
  • 600 square meters of living space
  • 160 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
An 18th-century manor in Calvados, midway between Caen and the coast, on 6.3 ha of land consisting of field and stream, wood and pond, and a French garden - ref 843208
The manor is located on the outskirts of the plaine de Caen, 250 km from Paris: two and a half hours’ drive to the French capital, and less than two hours by train to Caen station. An airport just 10 km away provides flights to London and the south of France. The property is 1.5 km (less than a mile) from the nearest town, which features all convenient shops and business.
Set away from the town centre, nestled in a small valley with a stream running through it, the manor is surrounded by grounds featuring tall trees, a meadow, a lawn, and a wood with a pond. The manor is accessed through a stone gateway, fitted with both carriage and pedestrian entrances. The main building, enlarged by a succession of four extensions, opens on one side onto the park grounds, and on the other side onto an enclosed French-style garden. A pavilion adorns one corner of the garden. A large outbuilding flanks the main gate, while a small, 18th-century stone hen-house marks the entrance to the meadow. An old bakery still stands on the edge of the wood

The Manor

The manor is composed of a main building enlarged by a spacious extension on one side, and three smaller extensions on the other. The walls are built of quarry stone, ordered by vertical pilasters. The main building is divided in two by a string course.
Facing the grounds, the large addition features three basket-handle arched carriage entrances on the ground level, each with double doors. The first floor is notable for its large triple window, covered by a shed roof.
On the other side of the main building, the three extensions are clearly differentiated by their diminishing roof heights. The first extension has four openings and is enlarged by a subsequent extension with an exterior stone staircase; this is followed by a third extension designed for use as an events room, with two sets of French doors.
Unlike its adjoining extensions, the main building could not be more symmetrical; the front door is flanked by a pair of six-paned windows on each side of the entrance level. Five more such windows are replicated on the first-floor level.
The other side of the building gives onto walled grounds, encompassing a French-style garden. This garden extends across the front of the main building, and the two adjoining extensions. The entrance hall projects out from the centre of the main building, and is capped by a triangular pediment. A stone terrace runs the length of the manor. In the middle, a convergent, U-shaped staircase leads down to the garden.
The manor’s rooms are located in the main building and its two adjoining extensions.



Our opinion
If this domain reads as a symphony, then the meadows are a hymn; and the woods, ponds, and stream form a ballad. The gardens recall the strains of a lullaby, while the grounds are a lively, joyous march. As for the residence, it acts as the score. The fenestration of its various extensions forms a scale of notes, whose chorus is championed by the symmetry of the main building. The syncopation of the structures keeps the music in tempo, while the surrounding countryside modulates the rhythm. Even when the symphony ends, it still hasn’t revealed all its secrets, and demands to be heard again.
Caen, France
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