If you have a secret, or not so secret, wish to buy and restore a century old manor house in Normandy; if you dream of patina, exposed beams, century old tiled floors and sprawling orchards….. if you’d like to live in the country where the only noise to be heard from behind your old stone walled garden is the chiming of the village church bell …. then you may want to read to the end of this piece.
This stunning property is 90 minutes drive from Paris in the green countryside of Normandy. It has evolved over the centuries, as many old homes do, it was first built in the 16th century then other parts were added on up to the 19th century. It has a very grand name, ‘Le Royaume’, which actually means the Kingdom!
Currently on the market for the first time in 37 years, it is habitable on the ground floor, and the two upper floors have still to be restored. This is an unusual opportunity to get your hands on a property that is largely untouched for over a hundred years.
My eye is particularly caught by the original patina on the walls, in particular in the dining area and the stairwell. Also the beams and the beautiful original stone floors, much of which would be 16th century.
The property is 90 minutes drive from Paris, and the closest little market town in Glos La Ferriere. It’s also possible to catch a train to Paris from a station about 15 minutes away.
On the 1200 sq ft ground floor of the house there are currently 5 rooms, including one bedroom with shower and toilet, dining room, kitchen and pantry, library, one independent 30 sq/m room with an ensuite bathroom, and a small kitchen, with a direct view over the garden. There are fireplaces in each main 4 rooms on the ground floor.
On the second floor are another five rooms, none of which are restored or in use at present, there is also an attic floor.
The grounds of the property are hidden from the tiny lane by a beautiful old stone wall.
Besides the main house there is also a barn, and a covered stone and timber well.
The 1.5 acre garden is planted with a selection of mature fruit and ornamental trees and in particular a large number of apple trees.
The overall property will require work to make it entirely habitable on all floors, but I see that as a plain canvas, a beautiful home locked in time and waiting to be woken.
If you would like more information, you are welcome to email me here, or alternatively to email the owner of the property directly, my friend Henri, he speaks excellent English and would be happy to send you more pictures or answer any questions. You’ll find his email here