Property Bayeux (14)
- 548 m2
- 5 bedrooms
A 17th century residence, surrounded by moats, and its 16th century dovecote on a hectare of land in the Bessin area 15 minutes from Omaha Beach.
In the Bessin area, in the French department of Calvados, a region which symbolises the events of the last world war and which has a good tourist trade.
A secondary road provides a ten-minute link between this property and the A13 motorway.
Paris can be reached in 170 minutes, Caen in 40 minutes, and Bayeux in 20 minutes.
Lison SNCF train station, 10 minutes away, provides 140-minute rail links to Paris.
The nearest market town, with all shops and amenities, is 6 km away.
The local area is made up of fields and grasslands, surrounded by thick hedges and streams, with hamlets comprising two or three buildings dotted here and there amongst the numerous manor houses and chateaux.
A private driveway leads from the secondary road up to the gates of the residence. The perimeter wall, some parts of which are still standing, runs alongside the moats which surround the residence, a four-sided building set at the end of the parklands. A round dovecote standing in one corner of the entrance is extended by the ruined walls of a mill, built on the edge of the moat. Opposite is a barn used for storing wood.
A pedestrian bridge to the rear of the chateau separates the parklands and a meadow.
The residenceFrom the entrance to the property, this residence can be partially seen at the end of the esplanade, concealed behind its high perimeter walls.
However, it comes completely into view once through the gates which are in line with the main entrance.
The current owners have done their utmost to revive all the splendour of this property by carrying out major restoration works. Supporting walls, partition walls, technical building service systems, wooden insulating windows and roofs are recent and in pristine condition.
The partial symmetry of the facade and the positioning of the brick chimneys give the impression that another wing was planned but never built or that it was destroyed.
The facades, marked by the patina of time, are built of limed rubble stone. The openings are framed with a projecting combination of brick and Caen stone. This same chessboard pattern enhances the dressed stone, gutter entablature.
The gable pediment roof dormers, Caen stone and brick acroterion, are topped with a stone ball, to match that of the front door.
The natural slate roof is recent and the roofing framework sound.
As is often the case for this region's architecture, the residence is divided into two with high ceilings in the rooms used for receiving guests and lower ceilings in the rooms used on an everyday basis.
The main entrance hall with its black-tiled stairway divides the chateau into two sections. The through hall, running the width of the building, opens via a door near to the cloakroom out on to the rear of the parklands.
The wide limestone tiles are marked with the patina of time.
The walls have a lime rendering. The orange-coloured brick contours that adorn the doors and encircle two window seats as well as the fan-shaped vault bear witness to the nobility of the dwelling.
The main lounge faces west. This spacious room has a high ceiling with exposed, varnished beams.
The chessboard pattern, terracotta floor tiles from Noron-la-Poterie are also attractively marked with the patina of time. Bricks are laid around the hearth of the fireplace which forms a significant decoration in the lounge.
Double oak wood doors in the entrance hall lead to the dining room which soberly features painted walls, a terracotta tile floor and a fireplace.
This is followed by a pleasant, spacious kitchen. The wide-hearth fireplace and the
reference : 284425 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 14980325