Orne/Calvados border in the pays d’auge. Equestrian property; a paradise for both horses and humans, 50 acres, elegant and comfortable principal house with swimming pool, 28 stables, indoor and outdoor schools, staff accommodation. Set in stunning countryside with 360° views and direct access to network of bridleways, very close to Gace which has all amenities.The property is well situated under 5km from Gace which has all amenities, in turn the National Stud of Normandy (Haras du Pin) is 25km away. Hence, the local support services such as veterinary clinics, farriers and horse dentists are some of the best in France. The property has excellent access to the motorway A28 connecting Gace with Rouen ,Paris, Le Mans and the coast, yet it sits in a very quiet pocket of countryside surrounded by its own land with lovely views all around.
The handsome principal house has been completely renovated over the years by the current owners to include new electrics and plumbing, insulation, double glazed windows and doors, redecoration throughout, state of the art bathrooms and top end kitchen – great attention to detail. A very careful balance has been achieved between modern comforts and enhancement of the original features to create a first class residence.
The principal residence is composed of :
Entrance hall (6m²) Original tomettes ( tiles) floor with exposed beams, beautiful wooden door and staircase, under stairs storage.
Wc original hexagonal tomettes on the floor and the wall tiles are a taste of the south of France – handmade Provence tiles
Kitchen (30m²) very light airy double aspect room with French windows onto the patio and garden. Original hexagonal floor tiles, painted exposed beams, modern fitted kitchen with island and granite work tops.
Utility room (4m²) with old stone sink , splash back of beautiful Provence tiles, room for white goods.
Boot room (5m²) brick floor, very useful space with room for plenty of muddy boots and coats.
Dining room (24m²) large yellow tinted hexagonal floor tiles, typical of the region. French windows to the patio area, bright room with double aspect. Original cupboards with lovely old wooden doors, exposed beams.
Living room (32m²) tomettes , original working fireplace, French windows to the garden , this time a triple aspect creating a light room.
Landing with beautiful wooden floor , leading to
Bed 1 (30m²) wooden floor, working fireplace. Lovely views over the fields and woods.
Bed 2 (22m²) sisal carpet, marble fireplace, cupboards either side of the fireplace, beautiful views over the garden and fields and woods beyond. A lovely feature of this room is a “lovers secret door” which leads to inside the cupboard of the next bedroom. (handy!)
Bed 3 (20m²) sisal carpet, cupboards, marble fireplace.
Bathroom (12m²) mosaic tiled walls and superb wooden floor (designed for use on yachts), stylish cabinet and basin, bath and wc.
Landing with wooden floor and exposed beams
Bed 4 (30m²) wooden floor, exposed beams , a charming bedroom with superb views.
Bed 5 (18m²) wooden fitted cupboards, access to ring the bell on top of the roof ( traditionally a bell such as this was used to call the nuns – however, in many cases it is a decorative feature and I suspect that is the case here).
Bathroom ( 20m²) wooden floor, and partly tomettes, Exposed beams both on the ceiling and the floor creating a very special feature of the room, superb far reaching views from the jet bath, free standing jet shower, basin and wc.
The rear garden has a very good patio area for al fresco dining, catching some sun or drying off after a dip in the swimming pool.
Swimming pool 5x12m and 2.5m deep, filtration system.
The old garden wc is now removed but the brick building which house it remains and is not only a pretty feature of the garden but also makes a useful potting shed.
Small gite ( Ideal staff accommodation): bedroom, dressing room and a shower room,wc. Original tiled floor.
Workshop and cellar with water and electricity.
Boiler room, the main residence benefits oil central heating.
Large gite (Ideal staff accommodation):
Open plan ground floor with a fitted kitchen (10m²), large living/dining area (28m²), shower room, wc. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. Gas central heating.
Beautiful original timber framed outbuilding housing: 4 stables , 3 foaling boxes and an insemination area, useful space to hang tack outside the stables and running hot water. The roof overhang and concrete base make a useful space to tie and groom/prepare horses outside the stable. Loft space above.
Independent block of 10 stables, concrete base and roof overhang.
Brick and timber framed outbuilding – the ancient apple pressing barn: Garage space, storage, 2 further stables (or workshops) . Club house (36m²) with heaters and windows. Loft space above.
Open barn (180m²) for parking trailer, tractor and vehicles and also storage of hay and straw .
Stable block 9 stables with roof overhang and concrete floor.
Indoor school (15x30m) with geotextile surface which does not require watering in summer neither does it freeze in the winter.
Outdoor sandschool (40x60m) An area of 20x60 (advanced dressage size arena ) has been fenced off by current owners and mirrors installed along the short side. Good drainage system.
Open barn for spectators, storage of jump poles or chairs etc
The land extends to 20.9 hectares = 52 acres of prime grazing land split into various sizes paddocks with field shelters. There is direct access to bridleways and the forest providing good hacking.
Would make an excellent French base for a competition rider either dressage or jumping, or a breeder of young horses requiring the facilities to “start” them .
€966,000 / £805,000
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