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Argentan (61)

An early 19th century residence, its old bakery, its outbuildings and 2.7 ha of landscaped parklands in the French department of Orne.
This residence, in the golden triangle of horse stud farms, surrounded by fields and grasslands, is 190 km from Paris which can be reached by road in 2œ hours or by rail in less than 2 hours. Caen, and its airport with flights to London and the south of France, is 60 km away. The nearest town, with a train station, large shops and all useful amenities, is 4 km away.
In the midst of an unspoilt village which still has its original rurality, wrought iron gates set in a gateway flanked by high walls provides access to this residence and its courtyard. In a corner of the latter, a covered area with a high roof adjoins an outbuilding, extended by a second smaller outbuilding and, a little further away, stables. On the opposite side, an old bakery, in use as a guest house, separates a lawn from an orchard and its greenhouse, with walls on three sides. The landscape garden, dotted with mature trees, extends in front of the residence as far as a stone-lined canal and, further away, the river bordering the property.
The residenceThis residence comprises a central house and a pavilion, with the same sized openings. The hip roofs are covered with slate; the pavilion roof is slightly higher. The entrance door, in the middle of the house, is topped on the roof level with a triangular pediment. The roofs feature roof dormers and skylights. The facade facing the parklands has more or less the same layout. The house's entrance door is set in a projecting, enclosed porch, featuring two side windows, whilst the pavilion protrudes slightly. Tasteful, simple renovation works have been carried out on the property, keeping everything beautifully authentic.
Ground floor
The entrance hall and the wooden stairway, with wrought iron railings, going upstairs separate the residence into two sections. Openings provide access to a lounge, straight on to a hall area (cloakroom and toilet) corresponding to the projecting, enclosed porch, and to a dining room. A vast kitchen is housed in the pavilion.
The main feature in the lounge is its ceiling, completely painted with an oval fresco, representing the base of a stone cupola, partially decorated with floral vegetation, open on to a cloudy sky, crossed by migrating birds. Its refinement is enhanced by wainscoting, strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring, a marble fireplace, with a brick hearth, and four large windows.
The entrance hall communicates with both the lounge and dining room via single doors. its floor is paved with old flagstones, laid in a staggered manner, whilst those in the projecting, enclosed porch, the dining room and the kitchen are covered with old hexagonal terracotta tiles.
The dining room, like the lounge, is vast and luminous. Wrought iron gates separate it from the kitchen. At the other end, a serving hatch has been created in what was the original door to the kitchen.
The latter is extremely bright notably because of two glazed doors, one of which opens on to the parklands. It features a brick fireplace, the renovation of which revealed decorative iron, cast in the neighbouring town, surrounding the hearth.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a hall, laid out as a library. An opening provides access to the main bedroom, with its dressing room and its bathroom, whilst an L-shaped corridor at the other end, bordering a room in use as a study, leads to a linen room and, in the pavilion, to two adjoining rooms in use as reading and television rooms. The floors are covered with strip pattern oak wood parquet flooring, the walls are painted in light-coloured hues and all the rooms are illuminated by large windows. A painted wooden stairway leads from the first of the two adjoining rooms to an insulated ...

Le Figaro Properties reference : 21985873