This rural town, 230 km from Paris and 45 km from Caen airport, with its flights to London-Southend and the south of France, has all local shops and amenities. The sea and its mythical towns can be reached in 45 minutes. Lisieux, 26 km away, has all the infrastructures of a large town and its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris.
A road slopes down from the town centre to an old wash-house and comes to an end in front of a listed half-timbered house. This stone manor house adjoins it at right angles. A 3-sided turret, running the full height of the building, acts as a separation between the two buildings and houses the entrance door. A small courtyard is laid out behind the manor house.
The manor house
This manor house is laid out in a square. It is constructed of dressed stone and its three-sloped roof is covered with tiles. The turret, originally topped with a hexagonal roof, houses the entrance door. The three facades, divided by a stone string course, feature several openings, including mullioned windows. Two openings reached via the rear courtyard provide access, one directly into the manor house’s main room, the other to a stone stairway leading to the upstairs of the manor house, as well as to flats in the half-timbered house.
The moulding around most of the openings is decorated. Crocketed spires adorn the first-floor windows. The corners of the building feature buttresses which originally ended in crocketed pyramids. The entrance door opening into the small courtyard is also richly decorated. Its edges are rounded and comprise several rows of moulding, topped with entwined leaves. They are accompanied on either side by a little pyramid.
This is a golden opportunity to purchase a listed ruin in an eminently tourist region! Enthusiasts of old stone renovation projects will have plenty here to research, redesign and reconstruct. And will, above all, be able to restore the original elegance of this manor house courtesy of the many architectural features that are still in place. It is in need of major works and those involving the stone will be intense and exciting. Furthermore, this challenge could benefit from tax benefits linked to its French Historic Monument listing.
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