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In the Auge region, with a dominant view over the French bocage countryside, an old, 18th century priory and its outbuildings, with more than 4 ha of land - ref 413918
This property is in a region renowned for its typical architecture, its gastronomy and its cheeses. It is 230 km from Paris via the A13 motorway and 40 km from the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers), Deauville and other holiday resorts. Lisieux, with all useful amenities is 12 km away. This busy tourist and shopping town has some very popular markets. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris.
A long, winding lane, set amidst bocage countryside where fields and meadows are surrounded by thick hedges interspersed with little woods, eventually comes to a dead end. A barrier provides access to this property and the garage at the entrance. The priory, a holiday rental accommodation unit and an old “charretterie” where carriages were once kept, are concealed amongst lawns, fruit trees, flower beds and tall trees. Whilst the artist’s studio, on the other side of the lane, is in a more open setting.

The old priory

This old, 18th century, rectangular priory is constructed from quarry stone blocks and flint. Quoins and two vertical string courses at one end are composed of red brick, which also frames two windows and a doorway under a wooden lintel. The hip roof, covered with flat tiles, features two roof dormers. A small extension with a single-sloped roof adjoins one of the priory’s gables.
Inside the house, white is omnipresent on the walls and ceilings. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles on the first level and covered with white-painted, strip pattern parquet flooring on the two other floors. Beams have also been painted white.

The holiday rental accommodation unit

This small half-timbered construction, with quarry stone block and flint lower sections, is concealed in the wooded garden behind the priory. It is topped with a gable roof, covered with flat tiles, and its walls feature two windows. The cob on one gable has been replaced with glazing. The internal space extends right up to the ridge. A mezzanine, illuminated via a skylight, has been added. A kitchen as well as a shower room and toilet are laid out under the mezzanine.

The old “charretterie”

This old “charretterie”, where carriages were once kept, has been transformed into a music room. Also concealed in a corner of the garden, it is constructed from half-timbering supported on quarry stone block and flint lower sections, a portion of which is brick. It has a gable, flat tile roof. The cob has been replaced by glazing. The omnipresent white covers the walls right up to the ridge as well as the floor. A mezzanine has been added. The entrance hall, under the mezzanine, is paved with old terracotta tiles. A door provides access to a shower room and toilet.

The artist’s studio

This building, constructed from half-timbering supported on quarry stone block and flint lower sections, has been fully restored. The walls feature a doorway and windows. Its hip, slate roof features a skylight. The main room is divided into two. The front door opens into a section with a cathedral ceiling, whilst the other section has a mezzanine. This artist’s studio is on the other side of the private lane that separates the property into two.

The garden

The priory, the holiday rental accommodation unit and the old “charretterie” are set out around a large garden, predominantly planted with tall trees and dotted with fruit trees and flowering shrubs. Sometimes boxwood hedges lead to a passageway, going elsewhere.
The artist’s studio, on the other side of the lane, stands amidst lawns surrounded by thick hedges. In front of the studio, the sloping hillside disappears towards the bottom of the valley. There is a clear view over the Auge region and its bocage countryside, stretching to the horizon. The rear of this artist’s studio is bordered by a large meadow.

Our opinion
This region is well-known for its wonderful, rolling bocage countryside which stretches for as far as the eye can see. The lane, a turning off a secondary road, initially resembles any other. But it gradually sinks deeper and deeper into the countryside, with tree branches meeting overhead and hiding the sky. It is a lane that goes on and on and on. But charm immediately comes into play at the end of this vegetal tunnel. This property is in a dominant position and has an exceptional view, looking down into the valley. Secluded and out of sight of onlookers, these houses are dotted around an almost lush garden. It is a place where enchantment competes with delight and pleasure rivals rapture.
Lisieux, France
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