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Historical Townhouse to finish renovating



Property reference: SIF - 00953


  • Habitable Space: 310m²
  • Land Area: 291m²
  • Bedrooms: 8
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Historic Townhouse for sale in Normandy to finish renovating with enclosed garden.

This house is of historical interest as it was the birthplace of Georges François Xavier Marie Grent (1872) who went on to be Cardinal, scholar and teacher.  The house was believed to have been used by the priests and then by nuns who administered and fed the poor and needy, and as a health centre in the 1960’s.  There is possibly a hidden cellar accessed from under the stairs where the boiler is located. The property benefits from all mains services.  It has been partially renovated by the present owners who have preserved all the character features possible including ornate architraves, coving and ceiling roses, floor tiles, fireplaces and wood panelling.  It would make a superb Boutique Hotel or B&B (subject to planning).  Viewing is highly recommended.

This rare property  in the town of Percy in Normandy.  About ten minutes drive from Villedieu-les-Poêles the property is conveniently situated just off the main road from the ferries (A84) – 7 km – and it is less than 90 minutes from Cherbourg and an hour from Caen Ouistreham. Dieppe is about a 3 1/2 hour drive and Calais is about 4 1/2 hours drive.  The nearest airports are at Caen Carpiquet and Dinard.  The nearest beach is at Granville which is 25 minutes to the west and Mont St. Michel, Bayeux and Avranches are all within an hour’s drive.  The pretty market town of Percy  has a supermarket, many shops and numerous bars and restaurants and hosts a market on Saturdays selling fresh farm produce. The larger market town of Villedieu Les Poeles, approx. 8 minutes drive away, has an indoor swimming pool and a large weekly market selling everything from food to clothing.


On the ground floor –

Entrance Hall  Original tiled floor.  Partly glazed door to front elevation.  Coving and ceiling rose.  Part wood panelled walls.  Cupboard housing electric meter.

Study  4.30 x 4.28m  2 windows to front elevation.  Marble fireplace with built-in cupboard either side.  Tiled floor.  Coving and ceiling rose.

Inner Hall  Stairs to first floor with cupboard under housing boiler. Tiled floor.

Dining Room  6.32 x 4.10m  (Old meeting room for Cardinal)  Wood flooring.  Marble fireplace with small woodburner.  2 windows to east elevation.  Radiator.  Part wood panelled walls.  Partly glazed double doors to breakfast area.

Kitchen 6.00 x 2.27m  Tiled floor.  Skylight.  Inset spotlights.  Fitted kitchen with base units, worktops and tiled splash-backs.  Window to north and window and partly glazed door to west elevations.  Ceramic sink with mixer tap.  Space for upright fridge/freezer.  Space and plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine. Space for tumble dryer and range style cooker with extractor over.

Breakfast Area  3.36 x 2.77m  Tiled floor.  Built-in cupboard.

“L” shaped Lounge   8.86 (max) x 6.72  3 windows to front elevation.  Original wood panelling and tapestry wall hangings.  Fireplace with wood-burner ornate carved wooden mantle.  Door to stairs to first floor.  Telephone socket.  Partly glazed door to rear garden.  Hot water cylinder.

Cloakroom  WC.  Hand basin.  Tiled floor.

On the First Floor –

Landing  Radiator.  Wood flooring.  Stairs to second floor.

Bedroom 1  4.65 x 2.26m  2 windows to rear elevation.  Radiator.

Dressing Area  1.93 x 1.25m  Built-in cupboard.  Stained glass door.

Bathroom  Radiator.  Hand basin.  WC.  Hip bath with mixer tap/shower fitment and tiled surround.

Bedroom 2  6.09 x 3.77m  Fireplace with carved wooden surround.  Ornate wood panelling.  2 windows to front elevation.  Wood flooring.  Radiator.  Door to –

Room (ideal as En-Suite)  4.37 x 2.05m  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.

Second Landing

Store Room  Radiator.  Window to rear elevation.  Wood flooring.

Bedroom 3  3.37 x 2.55m  Decorative cornice.  Wood flooring.

Inner Landing  Large walk-in cupboard.  Wood flooring.

Bedroom 4  4.43 x 3.27m  2 windows to front elevation.  Wood flooring.  Marble fireplace.  Radiator.  Door to –

Dressing Room  5.00 x 2.38m  (could be converted to En-Suite)  Marble fireplace.  Wood flooring.  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.  Cupboard with basin.

On the Second Floor –

Landing  Wood flooring.  Built-in cupboard.  Hand basin.  Door to Loft Space.

Bedroom 5  3.29 x 2.93m  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.  Wood flooring.

Bedroom 6  3.88 x 2.43m  Wood flooring.  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.

Bedroom 7  3.95 x 3.27m  Wood flooring.  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.

Bedroom 8  3.95 x 3.00m  Wood flooring.  Skylight to front elevation.  Radiator.


Gravel courtyard to the front of the property with iron railings.  Walled courtyard garden to the rear.  Shrubs.  Old stone building with tiled roof (formerly used as a Chapel).  Attached garden shed.


Mains drainage, gas , water and electricity. Broadband internet connection believed to be available.

Please note : There is no Energy Rating for this property because the owners do not have bills for the last 3 years’ energy consumption for full time occupation.


Taxes Foncières : € per annum.

Taxe d’habitation : € per annum

Asking price : 96,000€ including Agency fees + Notaire’s fees – 8,100€

Please note : All room sizes are approximate. Suzanne in France has made every effort to ensure that the details and photographs of this property are accurate and in no way misleading. However this information does not form part of a contract and no warranties are given or implied.

Property Ref : SIF – 00953

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