A 14th-century monastic guesthouse in Normandy

Posted on Sun, 22 Oct 2023 by KiM

A listed 14th-century monastic guesthouse, with almost 2 hectares of grounds in the Falaise region, on the borders of Normandy. The gothic edifice has been painstakingly restored over a period of thirty years, starting in the early 1970s. At the edge of the park, there are a coach house and a former lodging. On the opposite side, a pedestrian gate leads to a path through a wood with a pond. The estate also includes a barn and its meadow, surrounded by a wall, around 100 m from the main house. The rectangular, two-storey Gothic building is built of dressed and rough-hewn sandstone masonry. The corner buttresses are of limestone. Inside there is a solid oak quarter-turn staircase, slab-paved floor featuring red hexagonal terracotta tiles, wood-panelled ceiling supported by exposed beams, walls of dressed and grouted rubble masonry, ribbed and cross-vaulted ceilings, capitals and central columns of coquina limestone, ogee and stained glass windows, Caen stone fireplace…. This is the type of historic home that is so beautiful it brings me to tears. I can’t imagine being fortunate enough to own something this magical. For sale via Patrice Besse for €840,000.

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