REDUCED in price - The property is 70 minutes from the ferry port at Ouistreham, and 15 minutes from the fast rail link to Paris at Villedieu, making day trips to the capital a reality. Villedieu is a very popular tourist attraction, renowned for its copper and pewter workshops and the bell foundry. Several major supermarkets, shops and good quality restaurants can all be found there.
The world famous Mont-Saint-Michel is 35 minutes away, as are the beautiful sandy Atlantic beaches between the Mont and Granville to the north. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor pursuits close at hand, including walking, cycling horse riding and fishing. The property is approached from a rural lane with no through traffic.
A gated drive leads through the grounds to the house itself. An area of pasture land opposite the entrance gates is included in the sale, but the majority of the land surrounds the house.
This consists of very well maintained gardens, with mature trees, shrubs and lawns, a vegetable patch and various fruit trees.
The house is built of dressed granite with a slate roof.
The restoration work has been carried out to a high standard, using original materials when possible.
It is fully double glazed, and heated by a combination of wood burners and a hot air circulation system. There are numerous exposed beams and internal stone walls.
It consists on the ground floor of a living room, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, utility room, shower room, WC and double garage.
On the first floor are 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and WC.
The whole of the second floor roof space has been converted into habitable accommodation.
A double door of solid oak leads to the entrance hall (6.3 x 1.9). Ahead is the original oak staircase.
A left turn leads to the dining room (5.7 x 5.0).
Exposed beams, tiled floor, 2 double windows to the front, wood burner.
From the dining room, a door leads to the kitchen (3.9 x 3.8).
Tiled floor, fitted storage cupboards, double sink, wood strip ceiling, doors to shower room and WC.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room (6.2 x 3.7).
Double sink, plumbing for washing machine, storage units and shelving.
A door leads to the double garage (6.0 x 5.5).
A trap door gives access to the roof space above the garage, which could easily be converted for a variety of uses.
Returning to the entrance hall, a right turn leads to the living room (6.3 x 5.9).
Exposed beams, tiled floor, 2 double windows to the front, open fireplace containing hot air delivery system.
A door leads to the conservatory (7.8 x 4.0).
Tiled floor, wood strip ceiling, connecting door to kitchen, and picture windows onto the rear garden.
French doors lead outside to the covered patio area (4.7 x 2.5).
Attached to the patio is a very useful wood store (6.2 x 4.0).
At the top of the stairs, a left turn leads to bedroom 1 (5.7 x 4.7). Exposed beam, wooden floor boards, 2 double windows to front, 1 double window to rear, and granite fireplace. Adjacent to bedroom 1 is the bathroom (2.7 x 2.0). Bath, wash basin, heated towel rail, and WC. Next to the WC is bedroom 2 (5.5 x 4.6). Exposed beam, wooden floor boards, double window to front and rear, and granite fireplace.
The stairs lead directly into the fully converted loft (13.0 x 4.9). Exposed roof trusses, wooden floor boards, 3 dormer windows to the front, and 2 windows to the rear, fitted wall storage cupboards on both sides.
Currently laid out as studio and craft rooms, this light and airy space could be converted to bedrooms with a minimum of effort.
This restoration has created a marvellous family home which successfully retains the charm of the old whilst incorporating the best of the new.
The department of Manche is in Lower Normandy and is bordered with Calvados, Orne, Mayenne and Ille-et-Vilaine. The English Channel in the west, north and north-west coastlines makes getting here to its many ports very easy from the UK. There is also an airport in Caen and many others are easily accessible in the surrounding regions such as Rennes airport.
History is all over the department through its museums and heritage, discovering the local traditions and culture as well as Chateaux, religious monuments, water mills, maritime sites and gardens is easy to do. The biggest 'must-do' is a visit to Mont Saint Michel.
Tourism plays a major role in the economy of the department which is fine because there is so much to see and do.
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