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Well renovated country house in over a hectare of grounds
€233 000

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    Facade showing the barn in the background
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    A beautiful Caen stone fireplace
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    The sitting room fireplace
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    The kitchen opening into the dining room
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  • Characterful timber framed/brick construction
  • Paddock and field for horses
  • Comfortable, charming and contemporary appeal
  • Close to a village and amenities
  • Potential to develop further accommodation
  • DPE = 322 [E] GES = 8 [B]

A very charming three bedroom fermette/longere constructed in brick and colombage beneath a slate roof. Approximately 300 years old, the property is set within approximately 1.4 hectares of open pasture with a separate paddock. The grounds are largely fenced with some hedges. Additionally, there is a large barn which previously had planning consent for conversion to living accommodation, an additional barn used as a hen house and storage of garden equipment, and a large car port suitable for three vehicles. There is also CU consent for a two level extension.

The main property has been cleverly planned with sensitivity over recent years. and provides a traditional, authentic home with a contemporary twist. The house comprises: Kitchen, dining room, lounge, a covered terrace, three bedrooms (two ensuite), one further bathroom and office space. Features include double glazed windows, underfloor heating, wood burning stoves, an impressive Caen stone central fireplace, fitted kitchen, natural tile and marble flooring together with oak floors on the first floor. Everything is very tastefully presented.

The grounds are extensive and well maintained and are suitable for horses. An attractive garden surrounds the property with very colourful planting, fruit trees and a potager. There is hard standing for several vehicles. The property is about 1 km from the historic, medieval village of Le Sap which boasts many fine buildings, a market, cider museum, restaurants, bakers, mini market and a bar. All day to day requirements are available in the village. From the house there is also easy access to both Lisieux and Bernay SNCF stations. The A28, a useful major road, is about 20 minutes away.


This house is located along an ancient lane, and is convenient for the road that provides access to the famous medieval village of Le Sap. Le Sap is accessible by car in two minutes, or it is possible to walk there in about 15 minutes. Le Sap provides all the day to day necessities. These include a baker, two convenience shops, pharmacy, bank, two restaurants, café/bar, post office, tourist information, hardware store and Mairie. There is a cider museum and an annual Jazz event. The market takes place on a Saturday morning and there are occasional vide grenier and other events throughout the year.

The area is rural in character with many traditional, timber framed buildings and many pretty traditional villages and small hamlets. Access to local small towns is quick, for example Vimoutiers can be reached in 15 minutes, Livarot in 20 minutes and Orbec in 20 minutes. For larger towns you have Bernay (30 minutes), Lisieux (35 minutes) and Deauville/Honfleur (60 minutes). The beach is within an hour, Houlgate is particularly popular.

Carpiquet-Caen airport to Southend takes around 80 minutes.The area is easily accessible via the ferry ports: Caen (75 minutes), Le Havre (75 minutes), Dieppe (135 minutes) and Calais/Channel Tunnel (200 minutes). Deauville St Gatian airport is approximately 60 minutes away. Paris can be reached from Bernay in about 70 minutes, or 150 minutes by car using the A28 which also provides access to the Loire valley (120 minutes) and beyond.


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7' 7'' x 6' 1'' (2.31m x 1.86m)

Plumbing for your fridge, space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Shelving.


7' 7'' x 13' 9'' (2.3m x 4.2m)

Galley style with fitted cupboards (oak doors), dishwasher, double sink, natural tiled floor/walls, which extend throughout the ground floor. Original wooden beams throughout. Extensive views of the garden. Leads to the large dining room.

Dining room

16' 2'' x 11' 7'' (4.94m x 3.54m)

Dominated by the impressive, large, double aspect Caen Stone fireplace with wood burning stove (10 kw). Natural terracotta tiled floor (under floor heating). Double glazed windows with oak shelves, French doors lead to a covered terrace and a front stable door accessing the front garden. The dining room is light and airy and boasts original beams and a contemporary appeal. Provides access to a bedroom and the lounge.

Bedroom 1

12' 2'' x 7' 10'' (3.71m x 2.4m)

Suitable for a double bed. Natural terracotta tiled floor with underfloor heating. View of the open field. Light and airy. Bathroom en-suite.

En-suite bathroom

6' 3'' x 9' 2'' (1.91m x 2.8m)

Bath (with shower attachment), toilet (vanity cupboard with mirror) and sink with pedestal. Natural terracotta tiled floor with underfloor heating, original beams and original window with a view to the field.


15' 5'' x 16' 2'' (4.7m x 4.94m)

Approached from the dining room. Natural terracotta tiled floor with underfloor heating, original beams and the reverse aspect of the impressive Caen stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove. Built in cupboard and under stairs cupboard. All windows with oak shelves and triple aspect proving a very light and airy appeal. French doors lead to a covered terrace. Wooden staircase proving access to the first floor.



4' 3'' x 32' 2'' (1.3m x 9.8m)

With oak floor and built in cupboards and work top. Currently used as an office space.

Bedroom 2

6' 11'' x 10' 10'' (2.1m x 3.3m)

With oak floor, original beams and two built in cupboards. View to field.


7' 7'' x 4' 7'' (2.3m x 1.4m)

Tiled floor and walls. Bath (with shower attachment), sink and toilet.

Master bedroom

12' 6'' x 11' 6'' (3.8m x 3.5m)

Opening into bathroom. Oak flooring, original beams, high ceiling and an open and bright aspect provided by the double aspect windows. Built in, spacious cupboards. Access to the bathroom.

Bathroom to master bedroom

9' 2'' x 5' 3'' (2.8m x 1.6m)

Boasting a marble floor, tiled walls and original beams. Walk in shower, bath (with shower fitting), toilet and pedestal sink. Built in cupboards. Underfloor heating.



59' 1'' x 13' 1'' (18m x 4m)

Large traditional barn with attractive wooden cladding. Measures 18m x 4m and equally split into three sections plus a garage. A mezzanine floor above one of the sections. Concrete floor with electricity. Equipped with entrance doors and windows. Previously had permission for change of use to living accommodation. Currently used for storage but an obvious opportunity for gites (subject to planning). Externally there is a gravelled path and a wood store with a seating area overlooking a lovely ancient pond.

Small barn

The small barn, with a fenced area, is used as a henhouse and to store garden equipment. A small pond.

Car port

An open car port to house three vehicles, including a camper van. Hard standing and access to the lane.

The site of a former barn

A further barn fell into disrepair and was cleared. However, there may be an opportunity to replace this former barn (subject to consent).


The grounds are extensive with a large open field and a separate paddock (fenced). The garden to the front of the main property is laid to grass and boasts many colourful borders, shrubs and specimen trees. There is a potager and seating areas in the garden and to the side of the property.


Planning for an extension

CU approval has been granted (expires May 2020) to construct a two storey extension (footprint 40m2) to provide ground floor garage space and living accommodation above.


Two wood burners, under floor heating and electric radiators.

Type of drainage: Fosse septic

Habitable area = approx. 120m2

Recent taxe fonciere = 574 euros per year

Ref 10832
Sap-en-Auge 61470
County: Orne
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: 10832
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