Manoir Bayeux (14)
- 345 m2
- 13 rooms
- 9 bedrooms
- land 1.8 ha
A 19th century manor house and its outbuildings in wooded parklands 11 km from the D-Day Landing beaches in the French department of Calvados.
This manor house, neighbouring a listed, 12th century church, stands with its back to the village. It dominates fields and grasslands crossed by a river on a lower level. Paris is 190 km away, a journey taking 2œ hours by car or 2Œ hours by train. Caen and its airport, with flights to London and the south of France, are 30 km away. The nearest town, with a train station, large shops and all useful infrastructures, is 7 km away.
In the midst of an unspoilt village, housing chateaux, and beautiful residences, surrounded by stone walls and a slope, a gateway featuring wrought iron gates provides access to the manor house courtyard. Outbuildings have been constructed on either side of the entrance. An arched doorway in a stone aedicula in the property's perimeter wall opens on to a little road that has but to be crossed to reach the church. At the end, a second gateway, surrounded by walls, provides access to the manor house. Parklands, the lawns of which are dotted with tall trees and flower beds, extend in front of the manor house as far as a pond. These are bordered by green belt grasslands which cannot be built on.
The manor houseConstructed from quarry stone blocks and topped with a hip, slate roof, this square manor house stands in the middle of the lawns. It was flanked on either side by two aediculas, with 3-sloped, tile covered roofs. One aedicula has been replaced by a bigger extension, featuring wide windows and an adjoining wooden terrace.
The main façade's three levels, each featuring three openings, are separated by stone string courses and the height of each one is less than the one below it. On the first level, the entrance door is flanked by two windows. The door jambs take the form of engaged columns. The latter are topped with Corinthian order inspired capitals supporting a triangular arch composed of arch moulding. The windows have moulded Caen stone framing. The lintels are shaped like a crossbow, topped with a clover leaf on the ground floor and a square on the first floor. The second floor windows are square.
The rear facade has similar windows. Two turrets rising up from the ground on the two corners are topped with candlesnuffer slate roofs. Their four levels are separated by stone string courses and feature lancet windows.
A spiral stairway in the entrance hall, souvenir of an admiral who once owned the manor house, goes down to the basement which can also be reached via an outside door and several steps. A corridor provides access to a cellar and a boiler room, before leading to a kitchen illuminated via a high window. A door leads from the kitchen to two adjoining living rooms. These rooms feature exposed stone walls. Beams and joists are painted. The floor is paved with large flagstones.
The glazed entrance door, topped with a glazed, triangular arched tympanum, opens into a hall, housing a wooden stairway. This hall leads to a little room and an adjoining extra kitchen. A second door leads to a dining room, followed by a study. A third door leads to a lounge which precedes the main kitchen, laid out in a very bright extension. A toilet has been installed next to the painted wood stairway.
The walls of the rooms and the stairwell are lined with wainscoting. The lounge and the dining room have floor-to-ceiling panelling.
The entrance hall is paved with Carrera marble tiles with inlaid decoration. The dining room features parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern whilst the lounge and the study have strip pattern parquet flooring. A wind rose inlaid in the parquet flooring in the study creates an elegant decorative effect.
The lounge is decorated with a stone fireplace, whilst that in ...
reference : 544211 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 22403041