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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 12 habitable rooms
  • 267 square meters of living space
  • 309 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A 14th century manor house, with its 15th century “gendarmerie” and 3.5 ha, on the outskirts of Swiss Normandy in the French department of Orne - ref 821588
This property, where the boundaries of the three French departments in Lower Normandy meet, is 290 km from Paris which can be reached in 130 minutes by train from a station 9 km away. Caen, with its airport and flights to London as well as the south of France, is 60 km away. A large town with all infrastructures is 9 km away whilst a little market town, with local shops and amenities, is but 3 km away.
The view over the foothills of Swiss Normandy and its verdant, rugged relief, hollowed by the river Orne, is completely clear. Thick hedges and low granite stone walls surround the fields and grasslands. Countryside stretches all around the driveway, bordered by oak trees, hundreds of years old, which leads to the property, once through the entrance gates. These architecturally harmonious, medieval buildings are laid out around a circular lawn, featuring a large chestnut tree and an old well. They comprise, on the one hand, a stately home and, on the other, a group comprising the “gendarmerie”, with a tower featuring loop-holes, followed by an extension as well as an old barn set at right angles and, lastly, an old house awaiting renovation. Useful outbuildings such as a carport, a garage and a barn, are on the edge of the property.

The manor house

The manor house, fiefdom of Ronfeugerai, belonged to the Saint-Bômer family, liege subjects of the Count of Harcourt. It was one of the first descendants that gave it its name: the “Fief Enguerrand”. It changed hands several times in accordance with the various allegiances of its owners during the One Hundred Years War as well as the Wars of Religion.
It is composed of the stately home, a first continuing extension set slightly back and a second, with a bread oven, set at right angles at the back. The gable roofs are covered with tiles. The walls are constructed from rows of limestone quarry blocks. The corners of the walls are composed of dressed granite stone, alternately laid lengthwise and end on. The same technique was used to frame the doors and mullioned windows.
Inside, the construction materials are exposed: exposed stone walls, ceilings featuring oak wood beams and joists, terracotta floor tiles. The fireplaces are an integral part of the walls, their centre is partially dressed stone and partially quarry stone blocks, lintels are made of stone or wood. The double hearth fireplace in the main living room also supports the fireplace in the main bedroom above it, courtesy of a curved dressed stone chimney breast. They extend on to the floor courtesy of an exterior hearthstone, either made of stone or small, diagonally laid bricks.

The 'gendarmerie'

Constructed a century later, the “gendarmerie” is so-called as it once housed the guardsmen protecting the fiefdom. It comprises a house, with a tower set at right angles, featuring round and vertical loop-holes. An outside stone stairway, set perpendicular to the middle of the house, provides access via two entrance doors, separated by three steps. The left one opens into a kitchen whilst the one on the right-hand side opens into a lounge. The walls feature exposed stone, topped with exposed ceiling beams and joists whilst the roofing framework enhances the lounge. Large white stone tiles cover the floors throughout.

The outbuildings

Our opinion
There is, of course, a legend stating that a tunnel links this property to the little medieval town nearby. Visitors do not need to use a great deal of imagination to be drawn to the very special charm of this property, dating from the Middle-Ages or the first Renaissance period: it exudes a blend of severe plainness and deep compassion. Modern-day home comforts have been discreetly installed here such that stone takes pride of place courtesy of the history and the sober beauty in which it is steeped. Finally the large number of autonomous areas, the large reception room, the swimming pool and the wooden terrace surrounding it, exude enormous potential. The local area, known as Swiss Normandy, with its rocks, its steep slopes and its forests, is more than worthy of its name.
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