A priory, with a listed, 13th century chapel and tithe barn, the 18th century prioral house and its outbuildings with more than 2 ha of parklands in the French department of Orne.
This priory is in a region known as the Pays-dAuge-Ornais and dominates a valley, interspersed with woods, fields and meadows. It is 180 km from Paris. Saint-Lazare train station can be reached in 100 minutes from Lisieux, 32 km away, whilst Montparnasse train station takes 110 minutes from Argentan, 25 km away. A slip road on to the A28 motorway, going to the north and the south-west of France, is 30 minutes away. Vimoutiers, 6 km away, has schools, shops and amenities.
This property, set halfway up a hillside, can be seen in the distance from local roads winding their way through this undulating, heavily wooded region. Gates open on to a shady driveway which leads to a square courtyard. It is surrounded by the prioral house and the chapel in a corner, as well as the old bakery, extended by the press-house and the monks cells. The tithe barn and the old dairy stand facing the press-house, from which they are separated by a pond. The old stables are set back.
Founded in the 10th century by the monks from Jumièges Abbey, the priory contributed to the enhancement of a region covered with oak tree forests. Construction of the chapel, the tithe barn and the perimeter wall began as of the 13th century. The estate was put up for sale as national property at the time of the French Revolution and it then remained in the hands of the same family until the 1980s.
The walls and lower sections of the buildings forming this prioral property were constructed from Roussier stone, a local ironstone, between the 13th and 19th centuries. The roofs are covered with flat, terracotta tiles, except for those of the prioral house which are slate.
The 18th century prioral houseThis prioral house was built in 1771. A rectangular building featuring a central projection, its openings are vertically aligned on both levels. It is topped with a hip roof.
Double oak wood doors open into a wide entrance hall, with white flagstones and walls covered with wainscoting. A three-quarter turning stairway, with wrought iron railings, leads upstairs.
The entrance hall provides access to a lounge, widely illuminated courtesy of its triple aspect, and then to a dining room and the kitchen. The walls of these rooms are lined with panelling, their ceilings feature moulding and their floors covered with grey and white marble or paved with the same white flagstones.
The kitchen floor is covered with old, hexagonal terracotta tiles and the ceiling beams are exposed.
A central landing and a long hall area provide access to three bedrooms, each with its own bath or shower room and toilet. All are steeped in light courtesy of their windows, overlooking the garden.
This level, with its slightly sloping ceilings, is reached via a wide, concealed stairway, providing access to a long hall area. It comprises three bedrooms, a linen room and a bathroom with a toilet. The listed, 13th century chapelAn old roofing framework supports a gable roof
Five stone steps lead up to the entrance. The room, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 42 m², and featuring whitewashed walls, is illuminated via daylight coming in through a gothic window. It has a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The floor is covered with rectangular terracotta tiles.
The entire building has been restored. A small steeple, topping the ridge and covered with chestnut wood shingle, is from a later period.
Surprisingly, a semi-underground cellar can be reached from the outside, under the chapel.
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 6, Bundesland: Basse-Normandie