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Spectacular Maison de Maître with Mill race and river frontage with over 3 acres

This gorgeous  Maison de Maître was formerly a Paper Mill and it stands in a wooded valley just outside the major Town of Vire-Normandie. A long, private gravel drive leads to the 4 car Carport and outbuilding to the front of the house.  The property is presented in excellent condition throughout and benefits from oil fired central heating, double glazed windows, high ceilings and light and airy rooms.  There are approximately 4,500m2 of formal gardens which have a river on the boundary and the rest has been left more natural.  The Mill race runs under the property and could be harnessed for generating electricity.   There is the additional benefit of a self-contained annexe or gîte if required.  Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate this property.

This property is situated in the south of the department of Calvados within 5 minutes from the centre of Vire.  The 18 hole golf course is within a few minutes drive.   The property is within easy access of all facilities including a train service to Paris (2 hours 30 minutes)  and about an hour’s drive south from the port of Ouistreham, Caen , the landing beaches and an hour inland from the breathtaking bay of the Mont St Michel to the west.  The nearest beach is at Granville which is about a 45 minute drive.  It is about 36km from the town of Avranches and the nearest airports are at Caen Carpiquet (about 35 minutes), and Rennes (about 90 mintues)from the property.


On the ground floor –

Entrance Lobby 1.76 x 1.24m Tiled floor. Double wooden doors to front elevation. Cupboard housing electrics. Double partly glazed doors to:

Entrance Hall 6.03 x .08m Stairs to first floor. Tiled floor. Part wood panelled walls. Radiator. Partly glazed double doors to rear elevation.

Cloakroom Tiled floor. WC. Hand basin.

Lounge 8.23 x 4.86m Wood flooring. 2 windows to front, window and partly glazed double doors to north elevations. Coving and ceiling roses. 3 radiators. Marble fireplace (at present sealed but could be opened up for use). Part wood panelled walls. Double doors to:

Study 4.90 x 2.03m Window to north and west elevations. Glazed double doors to west elevation.

Utility Room 2.23 x 1.86m Window to west elevation. Radiator. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Space for tumble dryer. Sink. Tiled floor.

Dining Room 5.85 x 4.62m 2 windows to front and partly glazed door to rear elevations. 2 radiators. Stairs to first floor.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 6.45 x 3.12m Window to front elevation. Radiator. Tiled floor. Inset spotlights. Range of custom made oak units and worktops. Bosch induction hob. Built-in oven. Sinks with mixer tap. Space and plumbing for dishwasher. Granite fireplace with extractor fan. Space for upright fridge/freezer. Radiator.

Boiler Room 5.47 x 5.44m Tiled floor. 2,000 l Oil storage tank. Boiler.  Partly glazed door and 2 window opening to north elevation.

On the First Floor – via stairs from dining room (could be used as separate annexe/bed and breakfast with independant access)

Bedroom 1 4.32 x 4.14m 2 windows to east elevation. Radiator.

Dressing Room 2.61 x 1.73m Window to west elevation.

Study/occasional bedroom  2.56 x 2.55m Window to north elevation. Radiator. Built-in cupboard.

En-Suite Shower Room 2.55 x 1.75m Window to west elevation. Pedestal basin. Radiator. WC. Shower.

Kitchen 4.76 x 2.48m (to renovate if required) Sink unit. Glazed double doors.

Landing – (via stairs from entrance hall) –

Master Bedroom  5.33 x 4.23m 2 windows to west elevation. Radiator. Door to:

En-Suite Bathroom 4.07 x 2.56m Window to west and 2 windows to north elevations. Vanity unit. Travertine floor. Slipper bath with mixer tap/shower fitment. Large heated towel rail. WC.

Sitting Room/Bedroom 3 6.92 x 2.82m 2 radiators. Window to north and 2 windows to east elevations. Ceiling rose.

Dressing Room Fitted wardrobes to both sides of the room. Radiator. Window to front elevation. Space and plumbing for washing machine.

On the Second Floor – 

Landing Built-in cupboard. Window to west and front elevations.

Shower Room 2.12 x 2.11m Tiled floor. Vanity unit with mirror and light over. Suspended WC. Heated towel rail. Window to front elevation.

Bedroom 4 4.04 x 2.84m Marble fireplace. Window to west elevation. Radiator.

Bedroom 5 6.95 x 3.78m Window to east, west and north elevations. 2 radiators. Marble fireplace.

Bedroom 6 3.96 x 2.90m Window to east elevation. Marble fireplace. Radiator. Built-in cupboard.


Double metal gates lead to gravel drive, parking and turning area.

Open Fronted stone Car Port for 4 cars.  Concrete floor. Electric.  Attached Barn 13.00 x 6.46m with basement. Room attached for storage – the basement level of the building previously held the Mill workings.

The partly walled park style gardens are mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs, including a Virginia Tulip Tree which is about 200 years old.  Former Orangerie.  The Mill race is currently partially diverted into the River which is on the boundary of the garden with a backdrop of stone from the cliff face.  Terrace leading out from the Lounge.


Mains water, telephone and electricity are connected.  Drainage is to an all water septic tank.  Broadband internet connection.  Oil fired central heating.


Taxes Foncières :  Approx. 1,200€ per annum

Taxe d’habitation : Means tested

Asking price  : 630,000€ including Agency fees of 30,000€. In addition the buyer will pay the Notaire’s fee of 43,300€

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.

Ref : SIF – 001537

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Immaculate detached house with half an acre garden in a quiet village in Normandy

The property has been completely renovated by the present owner including re-wiring,  a new kitchen and bathrooms and the creation of the first floor bedrooms.   It benefits from a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.  Pretty garden with ornamental pond.  Viewing is recommended.

The property is situated in a village in the Manche (Normandy region) in the north of France, 60 km from Saint-Lô, the department capital. The medieval town of Domfront is 25 km and Fougères 30 km with its forest, lake and manmade beach.  It is about 31km from the beach and UNESCO heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.  The attractive market town of Saint Hilaire du Harcouët with its weekly market is about 5 km from the property and Mortain is about 10 km.  It is 333 km from the Channel Tunnel at Calais but closer ferry links are available via Caen Ouistreham (95 km) or Saint-Malo (69 km).  The closest airports are at Rennes (79 km) and Dinard (73 km).


On the ground floor –

Kitchen/Breakfast Room  3.22 x 2.71m  Recently fitted kitchen with range of matching base and wall units. Built in oven and electric hob with extractor fan over.  Butler sink with mixer tap.  Solic wood worktops with tiled splashbacks.  Space for freestanding fredge/freezer.  Electric radiator.  Tiled floor.

Rear Lobby  2.21 x 1.40m  Partly glazed double doors to terrace and rear garden.  Tiled floor.

Bathroom  2.28 x 2.13m  Window to west elevation. Bath with mixer/shower tap adjustment over and shower screen.  WC.  Hand basin.   Heated towel rail.  Cupboard housing hot water cylinder and plumbing for washing machine.  Extractor fan and vent.

Lounge/Dining Room  5.00 x 4.25m  Partly glazed door and window to front elevation.  Radiator.  Oak floor.  Fireplace with wood-burner (previously had back boiler installed but not now).  Cupboard housing electrics.

Bedroom 1  5.07 x 3.40m  Window to front elevation.  Radiator.  Oak floor.

Snug 5.07 x 2.93 Partly glazed door and window to front elevation.  Laminate flooring.  Inset spotlights.  Radiator.  Stairs to :

On the First Floor –

Mezzanine study/seating area  3 x 2m Radiator.  Laminate flooring.  Sloping ceiling.

Landing Skylight to rear elevation.  Sloping ceiling.  Exposed beams.

Bathroom 2.54 x 1.85 Velux window to the front elevation.  Sloping ceiling.  Bath with tiled surround, shower screen and mixer/shower tap adjustment.  Tiled floor.  WC.  Vanity unit with mirror over.  Heated electric towel rail.

Bedroom 2 3.57 x 2.28 Window to the front elevation.  Exposed beams.  Sloping ceiling. Electric radiator.

Bedroom 3 3.87 x 3.24 Velux windows to the front and rear elevations.  Sloping ceilings.  Electric radiator.  Exposed beams.


A tarmac drive leads to gravel parking and turning area.  Ornamental pond with fountain surounded by decking to provide an attractive seating area.  Immaculate garden laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs.   Metal shed.  To the rear is a terrace and wooden chalet.  Walnut and cherry trees.


Mains water and electricity. Telephone line (not presently connected).  Electric central heating and a woodburner.  Double glazed uPvc windows.  Broadband internet connection.  Drainage is to an all water septic tank.


Taxes Foncières : 380€ per annum

Taxe d’habitation : € per annum

Asking price : 182,000€ including Agency fees of 12,000€ . In addition the buyer will pay the Notaire’s fees of 13,700€ 

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 – 001602

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