A perfectly restored, listed manor house, protected by its high walls delimited by round towers, in the midst of the Perche region.
In the old historic province of Perche, with roots dating back to the 10th century, is a valley which owes its quality to its scenery and to the manor houses dotted around. Mortagne-au-Perche, Rémalard and Bellême are nearby and have all shops and amenities. Paris, 160 km away, can be reached in less than 2 hours, either via the A11 motorway or the N12. The TER train line, with 100-minute links to Montparnasse, is about 20 km away.
The Perche region is characterised by a series of gentle hills, topped with outstanding forests planted with one hundred year old beech and oak trees. It is also a land featuring manor houses and long traditional farmhouses, with elegant and distinctive architecture exuding warm hues. It is a region that casts a sort of spell over visitors seeing it for the first time; they simply have to come back. French author, Roger-Martin-du-Gard, who lived there, related this impression in his diary: I have been won over by the incredible captivating charm of this region; no other site has ever possessed me to such a point, no air has ever intoxicated me this way.
A quiet little lane provides access to the manor house just a stones throw from a village. Half-way up a hillside, it can be seen inside high walls, flanked by round towers. This manorial, walled property includes a large, inner, U-shaped courtyard. This enclosed area has undergone meticulous landscaping, taking full advantage of the west-facing slope, looking out over the surrounding countryside and down on the walls. The main residence stands out courtesy of its high gable roof, covered with tiles and enhanced with a cornice. It is extended by a small adjoining house. Reasonable in size and of varying heights, the buildings exude a certain refinement. Other buildings, including the guest house, the caretakers cottage and out buildings complete this walled property. A 2 ha orchard, behind the residence and reached directly via the walled property, also dominates the countryside.
The residenceThe courtyard gates are straight in front of the residence. Dating from the early 16th century, it is constructed over vaulted cellars and spans two levels as well as an attic floor, all of which are reached via a wooden stairway in a round tower at the back. South-facing mullioned windows let copious amounts of light into the two main levels. An opening on the west gable probably dates from the 19th century. A sundial is to be seen on a corner stone on the right-hand side of the residence. This Renaissance style residence was extended at the end of the 16th century by a small house, spanning a single level plus an attic floor. This originally constituted several utility rooms such as a dairy, a kitchen and a bread oven. The buildings, of varying heights, harmoniously follow the lie of the land. Renovation works have been carried out on all the buildings, including the outbuildings, in accordance with good trade practices.
An entrance hall, complete with its hanging space, provides access, left, to the reception rooms, right, to the boiler room and, straight on, to an area used for storing firewood.
On the left-hand side of the entrance hall, a little lounge and a dining room, both facing south, are illuminated by windows and French windows. They precede a south and west facing lounge which still has its 16th century doors. Old terracotta floor tiles, oak wood beams and joists, stone fireplaces, lime-rendered walls and windows with indoor oak wood shutters characterise each of these rooms. A kitchen and its back kitchen, communicating with the dining room, and a study adjoining the little lounge as well as a toilet complete the ground floor. The annex house has its ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 8, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 2, Bundesland: Basse-Normandie