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St Andre de Briouze, Orne

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  • Large family home/potential B&B
  • Close to all necessary amenities
  • A barn to convert/potential gite
  • Wonderful walled garden with pergola
  • Light and airy accommodation
  • Rural but not isolated
  • DPE - vierge

An impressive, mid-nineteenth century, fully MODERNISED AND WELL MAINTAINED DETACHED RESIDENCE standing in a WALLED AND ESTABLISHED GARDEN of around 2000m2 to the front and rear. Currently arranged as two sitting rooms (one with wood burner), separate dining room, kitchen, boiler room, large conservatory and ground-floor toilet; upstairs 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite). Shutters, internal shutters and double glazing. Oil fired central heating, satellite dish and telephone/internet. A fully conforming fosse septic. The garden is set out formally with multiple roses, fruit trees, attractive shrubs and specimen trees; it has a (currently unconnected) water pump above a proper well, and a pergola. An unrestored, authentic stone barn stands in the courtyard, currently providing space for storing wood and a separate lockable room for garden tools. There is graveled hard standing suitable for several vehicles.

The house is located within a rural hamlet on the edge of Suisse Normande, bordering on Calvados, around 4km from the thriving village of Briouze – less than one hour from the Channel port of Ouistreham (Caen), and just under four hours from the Channel Tunnel. To the north and north east the Normandy and Brittany coasts are under two hours’ drive; to the south is Le Mans less than one hour by car./>


The property is conveniently located within a scattered hamlet and between the attractive towns of Briouze and Putanges Pont Ecrepin. Briouze is only 4km and has all the necessary day to day requirements and a train station which can provide access to Paris in about 2.5 hours. In the opposite direction is the Lac de Rabodange, the largest lake in Normandy which is a pleasant place to visit for lunch or supper in the spring and summer. The lake is close to Putanges Pont Ecrepin, approximately 10km from the property. Putanges Pont Ecrepin is a typical town of the Suisse Normand with an attractive river at it's heart. The general countryside is pleasant and authentic with hedges and trees, grazing cows and orchards. The rural nature of the area, and low population concentration means that there is a genuine sense of tranquility without any sense of isolation. The area is popular with tourists and an excellent base to visit the Normandy landing beaches, Mont St Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry


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Floor covering is tiles throughout except in the kitchen where they are ceramic tiles. All rooms except the kitchen have carpets covering most of the area. Rooms are listed left to right as viewed from the front of the house.

Boiler Room

With adjacent ground floor toilet. External access fuel tank room

Sitting Room/Study

27 sq m

Windows to front; glazed garden access door to rear. Furnished with three-piece suite, TV and stand, coffee table, table/desk, lamps/standard lamp.

Dining room

18 sq m

Access doors to study, hall and through French windows to conservatory at rear. Windows to the front. Furnished with sideboard, table and four chairs, standard lamp. Overhead chandelier-type light is on dimmer.


4.7 sq m

Leading off front door. Original wooden staircase leads off. Under stairs cupboard

Living room/Sitting room

21 sq m

Access doors to hall, kitchen and through French windows to the conservatory at the rear. Windows to front. Furnished with three-piece suite, sideboard, lamps, standard lamp.


10 sq m

Fitted with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and a washing machine. Windows to the front, and to the rear looking on to the pergola and garden beyond.


16 sq m

Situated behind the house with French window access to the dining room, living room and to the garden. Glazed with slate roof to match the main roof. Furnished with sofa, chairs and also used as a place to store some garden furniture. Lamp and standard lamp. Central heating is extended to work in the conservatory.


General. All bedrooms are fitted with a low-voltage air circulation system which remains on and circulates the air between the rooms. Rooms are listed from left to right as viewed from the front of the house.


Runs from the left end bedroom along the rear of the house to the stairs. Has window access to the rear and a shallow cupboard set into the wall suitable for some bedding storage.

Large guest bedroom

21 sq m

With en-suite bathroom 3 sq m (bath, overhead shower, wash basin, toilet). Windows to front and rear. Currently equipped with two single beds, modern dressing table, bedside tables and lamps, armchair.

Single bedroom

9 sq m

Windows to front. Furnished with single bed, small dressing table, chair, and two small lamps. There is a small built in wall cupboar

Main bathroom

5 sq m

Window access to the front. Bath with overhead shower, wash basin and toilet.

Master bedroom

20 sq m

Window access to the front and rear. Currently furnished with a double bed, a single bed, a small dressing table, bedside table, armchair and lamps.


The assumption is that the house was once a coaching stop – (hence the name ‘The Coursieres’) and that the second floor, a slightly shallow attic with dormer windows, was once used as a sleeping area. The main staircase extends through a doorway on the landing to this area. It has not been used as such by the present owners or his predecessors. An enterprising owner might seek to make some use the area, however it provides valuable storage space.


To the left the main feature is a period stone barn which has not been restored. It has a wonderful former bread oven which is an outstanding feature. The barn is used it as a wood store, and the room at one end of the barn as a tool shed. There is potential to convert it into two separate one-bedroom gites – one at each end whilst retaining a car port area in the centre and room for tools (subject to planning consent).


The garden comprises a large courtyard with adjacent grassed area to the front of the house and is accessed through double white wooden gates. The rear garden with access to the left of the house has been set out formally with gravel paths and multiple rose beds, shrubs and specimen trees. In the centre is an old pump which sits above a live well but is not connected. The garden is attractively enclosed by a stone wall dating to the period of the house, and lined with fruit trees and shrubs. Immediately behind the kitchen and close to the conservatory is a large wooden pergola measuring around 4 x 2 m which the owner had built as a frame for training roses. It sits on a decking area and is a pleasant place to eat in the summer. The front garden attracts the sun earlier in the day and the rear garden is very much a suntrap in the afternoon and evening.


Oil fired central heating and wood burner

Septic tank drainage

Habitable area of approx 180 sq metres excluding second floor

Area of land - around 2000 sq metres – about half an acre

Local taxes currently as a maison secondaire amount to around €1100 per annum.

The property can be viewed easily.

Some of the furniture may be available by negotiation.

Ref 10096
St Andre de Briouze 61220
County: Orne
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: 10096
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