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Cherbourg-Octeville (50)

An old, 19th century covered market in one of France's most beautiful villages on the Cotentin peninsula.
In a small port, in the French department of Manche, one of France's most beautiful villages.
3œ hours from Paris and less than 1œ hours from Caen. 20 minutes from Cherbourg and the landing stages for the cruises or crossings to England and to Ireland.
Schools, shops, a chemist and doctors can be reached on foot. An SNCF train station 25 minutes away has links to Caen and to Paris (less than 3 hours).
Like a peninsula having no other horizon than the sea, the village stands on the Cotentin headland in the Saire Valley. The leading port of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom in the Middle-Ages, where the Dukes of Normandy who were also the Kings of England liked to stay, this village is still a fishing port and a family seaside resort with natural and traditional charm.
The Saint-Nicolas church and its seafarers' cemetery, dating from the 17th and 19th centuries, are both on a rocky promontory next to the port.
One of the narrow streets fanning out from the church runs alongside this old covered market where fishermen would unload their catch every morning, the building facing the sea. In this narrow street, bordered by granite houses with bluish shale roofs, a set of gates flanked by two stone pillars opens into this property's garden.
The basement can only be accessed from the garden. The entire floor, once a tavern, has been transformed into a cellar used for storage purposes. One of the two partitioned-off areas houses the machinery for the aerothermal heating system and, the other, the electric fuse boxes.
Works to consolidate the floor support pillars were carried out during the renovation works.
Ground floor
This immense 300 m², open-plan floor has been converted for holding exhibitions; it can take more than 120 people.
The entire building is in line with current day standards in terms of receiving the general public as well as health and safety requirements.
Tables and a raised stage cover two-thirds of the floor surface area.
There are wings and a shower room behind the stage on the north gable wall.
A metal stairway without risers, making it very airy, is in the centre of the reception area comprising the bar, the pantry and the public toilets; this area being at the opposite end to the stage.
A lift going upstairs was installed during recent works.
First floor
The first floor spans the same 264 m² surface area as the ground floor. Backing on to the lift is the containment area in the event of a fire.
This entire level is vacant. Another access via an outside stairway could be used to change the layout of the premises.
Its features include a superb high ceiling with the original wooden roofing framework left exposed, insulated walls and sloping ceilings.
Ground floor
The entrance opens directly into the living room which has a closed kitchen at the end, making it possible to take in the entire floor surface area of the dwelling straightaway. It would be possible to convert the kitchen into a laundry room and to install an open-plan kitchen in the living room.
The wooden stairway opening into the room covers a cupboard in the kitchen.
The granite walls are lined and painted as is the ceiling. The large floor tiles add a touch of modernity. Insulating wooden window and door frames.
First floor
The master bedroom, accessed via the wooden stairway, is the same size as the living room.
A comfortable bathroom opens into the bedroom. There is also a separate toilet and a dressing room.

Le Figaro Properties reference : 21987143