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Castle Caen (14)

Price: € 2,800,000
  • Surface 550 m2
  • Rooms 14 
  • Bedrooms 7 
  • Land 10.7 ha

An impressive, half-timbered, manor house dominating the Auge region’s bocage countryside, 3 km from Crevecoeur-en-Auge, 20 km from Lisieux, in the French department of Calvados.
This property is 215 km from Paris via the A13 motorway and 30 km from the “Côte Fleurie” (Coast of Flowers) and its coastal towns such as Cabourg, Houlgate and Deauville. Lisieux, with all the useful infrastructures of a town with 20,000 inhabitants, is just 20 minutes away. Its train station provides 1¾-hour links to Paris. A village and its local shops are 3 km away.
At the intersection of a main and a minor road, a lane bordered with tall trees leads to this property. It goes gently up, through a little wood, as this stately property stands on a rounded knoll in the midst of grasslands. Roughly laid out in a square around a courtyard are the manor house, a charter room, a chapel and two very long buildings with their adjoining corner towers. All the buildings are encircled by old ditches, vestiges of the moat, crossed by a bridge that leads to the entrance gates. Nearby constructions, amidst a meadow or a wood, reflect the manor’s style and strangely house a stable or a henhouse, a small house amongst the trees of a little wood and a dovecote.
The manor houseFrom ruins dating from the time of Julius-Cesar to a fortress built just before the reign of William-the-Conqueror, major modifications were then made in the 15th and 18th centuries giving this manor house its current appearance. At the end of the Second World War, the property was used as a hospital for German troops and was involved in heavy fighting during the Battle of Falaise Pocket. Its reconstruction, started immediately after the war, was completed in 1952. It resulted in the wing extension and the adding of new openings.
This manor house was built in an L-shape, comprising a building with a wing set at right angles. It is constructed from half-timbering. The lower sections are composed either of quarry stone blocks, surrounded by dressed stone, or a wall alternating rows of quarry stone blocks and the dressed stone that was also used for the quoins. The gable roofs are covered with old tiles. The half-timbering’s masonry filler is composed of small bricks and broken tile fragments. These were often laid so as to form geometric motifs. The openings are numerous, their surrounds are sculpted. Wall plates form corbelling. Some end in a vorant. Two protruding gable trusses are covered with chestnut weatherboarding whilst the upper section of the rear gable is clad in slate. The manor house is preceded by a terrace paved with pink granite from Ploumanac’h.
Cellar
The cellars can be reached via a stone stairway concealed behind a door in the large entrance room. The intertwining corridor, hall area and cellars notably house a laundry room and a boiler room.
Ground floor
This level features numerous openings: tall windows and French windows. One of the doors opens off the terrace into a vast room, paved with large square tiles. Beams and joists as well as some of the half-timbering are exposed. A dressed stone fireplace adorns one wall. The severity of its geometric lines is offset by the brown brick hearth being curved. Two wooden pillars support a beam and separate two windows on one side and two French windows on the other. A wooden stairway, with a carved handrail and balusters, treads paved with cement tiles from Pré-d'Auge and newel posts topped with a bevelled wooden ball, leads upstairs. Vast, broad, colossal and monumental are some of the adjectives that come to mind in this room. A door next to the fireplace provides access to a fully tiled kitchen and its door leading outside. On the opposite side, a door opens into a large lounge. The walls and the ceiling are painted in a light hue. The floor is laid with Versailles …

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Advertiser reference: 486978 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 30220215

In detail

    • Surface 550 m2
    • Rooms 14
    • Bedrooms 7
    • Land 10.7 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 4
    • Shower rooms 1
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80

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