On the edge of Norman Switzerland, in the Falaise countryside, a former 16th century priory and its outbuildings, on more than 5 hectares

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On the edge of Norman Switzerland, in the Falaise countryside, a former 16th century priory and its outbuildings, on more than 5 hectares
On the edge of Norman Switzerland, in the Falaise countryside, a former 16th century priory and its outbuildings, on more than 5 hectares.
A mosaic of rolling hills and deep forests, Calvados attracts visitors from all over the world for its thousands of years old historical heritage boasting numerous castles, manor houses and grand religious buildings.
The estate is located at the end of a small, quiet country road, near the village of Saint-Pierre-du-Bû, with its 12th century church of Saint-Pierre and its presbytery, built in 1735.
Paris is 2 hours 45 minutes by road, or two hours by train, via Argentan station, 24 km away. The Côte de Nacre is 55 km away. The village is 5 minutes from Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror. The proximity of this town allows you to benefit from a range of shops, markets and amenities.
An elegant wrought iron gate in the surrounding wall is flanked by stone pillars topped with decorative finials. To the right of the gate is a pedestrian door. The courtyard leads to the former 16th century priory, known as "Les Logettes", with an imposing 15th century barn opposite. A small outbuilding adjoins the gate. The Renaissance-inspired priory overlooks a wooded park, with its orchard and green meadows. Below one of the wings, the garden is bordered by a stream.
Quiet and unobserved, the priory stands out for its pure and simple volumes, in accordance with the organisation of monastic life.
The prioryThe L-shaped building faces the courtyard to the north-east, it testifies to a period of great prosperity. The edifice is topped by a gable roof clad with red tiles, featuring gable copings and hip dormers. The rubble masonry and dressed stone walls are of Caen limestone, which is quite malleable and yet very resistant. Mullioned windows with chamfered jambs punctuate the facades. The left wing is the oldest part, as evidenced by the scallop shell motif in the recess on the street side, a symbol of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James. The two-storey building was restored in 1990. The main house comprises a ground floor, a first floor and a second floor under the roof slopes.
Ground floor
From the courtyard, the entrance opens onto the hallway and its elegant octagonal cream-coloured tiles with black cabochons. The ceiling is beamed. The opposite marble staircase climbs up to the first floor. The hallway leads on one side to the drawing room-library with oak parquet flooring and a Regency inset fireplace with a finely carved mantle. The ceiling is adorned with a delicate rose and mouldings. All rooms are dual-exposure and the windows are fitted with double-panel internal shutters. On the other side, a corridor leads to the sitting room, the kitchen and an office. The ceiling is beamed and the floor is tiled. Continuing through, a door provides access to the left wing of the priory. Again, the hall is tiled and the ceiling is beamed. A door opens out into the courtyard. An arched door connects to the landing of the spiral staircase leading down do the cellar. A stone dated 1578 testifies to the age of this part of the building. The steps are supported by well-crafted risers. They lead first to monastic cells and then down to the basement. The landing also connects to the drawing room with its impressive Renaissance fireplace. The former monks' refectory features a beamed ceiling and an octagonal ecru and black cabochon tiled floor. A large room adjacent to the drawing room is in need of refurbishment.
First floor
The staircase from the hallway leads to the landing and a corridor serving a bathroom and three bright bedrooms on one side. On the other side, there are a toilet, the large master bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry room. The rooms have parquet floors and are illuminated by mullioned windows with two-panel internal shutters. The ceilings are adorned with a carved rose and delicate mouldings. The "suite" provides access to the left wing, its cells and a large room awaiting refurbishment.
From here, one can admire the exposed beams high above. Very well insulated, the attic space can be fully converted and is lit by four hip dormer windows.
Adjacent to the gate, the outbuilding of approx. 40 m² is of rough-hewn rubble masonry. The slate roof is dual-pitched. The interior contains one single room and needs to be restored.
It was built in the middle of the 15th century by the English. This is probably a former abbey tithe barn. The barn stands in front of the priory. Its arched doorway opens into a gutter wall of dressed rubble masonry. The steep gable roof clad with cream-coloured tiles features gable copings. In very good condition, the building could lend itself for any project.

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