LE MANOIR NORMAND AH04
MAIN HOUSE (approx. 6,500 sq. ft.) up to 10 +guest house additional fee
• Living room/Library (900 sq. ft) with 2 wood-burning fireplaces,
satellite television, DVD, music system and Steinway grand piano
• Dining room
• Kitchen with professional stove
• 6 bedrooms (5 kings, 1 with twins for children)
• 4 bathrooms (1 with shower + tub, 1 tub-shower, 2 showers), 7 WCs
• Microwave/Dishwasher/2 Washing machines/Dryer
• WiFi internet access
GUEST HOUSE (approx. 1,100 sq. ft.)
• Small sitting room with television
• 2 bedrooms (1 king, 1 single)
• Bathroom (tub with shower attachment),WC
• Additional fee apply please inquire
• Fresh water swimming ponds (6-feet and 18 feet deep)
• Tennis court with Astroturf surface
• Ping pong table/Bicycles available
• Garden furniture/Barbecue
• Heating – supplementary charge October – April
• Sheets and towels included
• Final cleaning included
• Security deposit – $2,000
*Guests house is additional $750
Location: 9 kms from Briquebec, 10 kms northeast of Carteret, 35 kms south of Cherbourg
Set on 100 acres of rolling countryside with centennial oaks, streams and ponds, this historic estate is located in western Normandy, just 5 kilometers from the white-sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a short drive to shops and services in neighboring villages. Carteret and Portbail, charming coastal villages facing the Isles of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are close at hand. And the D-Day beaches, American cemetery and World War II museums are within easy driving range.
The grounds surrounding the estate house have been well landscaped and feature expansive lawns, flowering plants, shrubs and an endless array of mature trees including ash, oak, maple and poplars. Highlighting the grounds are two fresh water swimming ponds, the larger of which is stocked with fish. Nearby is the tennis court. For those less-inclined to sport, stone terraces with lounging furniture alongside are the perfect spot to relax.
Owned by the same family for several decades, the spacious estate, including the main house and guest house, is built on two stories in the shape of a cross. It has been lovingly renovated and restored as a gentleman farmer’s residence and features massive wood-beamed ceilings, six fireplaces, original molding and wood-sculpture work. The house is decorated with gracious furnishings featuring the family’s collection of art and furniture that spans four centuries of French master craftsmen’s work. And with your complete comfort and convenience in mind, the property is also equipped with quality appliances, satellite television and WiFi internet access.
A circular drive brings you to the main entry of the tower wing. On the ground level is a magnificent library of 800 square feet with massive wood-beamed ceiling, oak paneling and two wood-burning fireplaces. The timber gracing this spacious and handsome room was largely recuperated from a chateau in eastern Normandy. Upholstered sofas and a chaise-longue are grouped by one of the fireplaces. The library (with balustrade) is equipped with satellite television with DVD player, surround sound fully integrated in the paneling, music system and a Steinway grand piano. It’s at once elegant and casual, the ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon tapping on the Steinway or perusing one of the thousand volumes in the library’s extensive collection.
A passage from the tower entry hall leads to the main wing. On the ground level are the formal dining room, living room and kitchen. The long dining room is decorated with mainly 18th-century Norman furniture and features a large traditional wood-burning fireplace with 17th-century irons, dining tables for 16 people with ample room for an additional table and chairs if needed. Adjacent is the living room with its wood burning fireplace, comfortable seating and 18th-century Norman china chest. On the other side of the living room is the fully equipped kitchen with high beamed ceilings and slate-tiled floor. This is a wonderful kitchen for the best of cooks with its professional-level gas stove, center island, full complement of quality appliances, cookware and long wood counters providing ample preparation space. Accenting the kitchen is beehive stonework of its 17th-century bread oven.
In the main house, there are a total of 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. All the bedrooms and 3 bathrooms are on the second floor. Five of the bedrooms have king beds. The sixth bedroom is smaller and has twin beds, more appropriate for children. The bedrooms are all well decorated with fine linen, lovely bedcovers, curtains, carpets and handsome antique pieces. The bathrooms feature quality fixtures and ceramics.
In the tower wing above the library up two flights of stairs is an enormous suite of 800 square feet with king bed and bathroom. The bedroom includes a sitting area with 16th and 17th-century French armchairs and extensive oak furniture. This suite also houses the property’s collection of black and white photography from renowned artists. An open-plan bathroom has a separate shower, bathtub and sink. Toilet facilities are separate and private for this bedroom.
Stairs off the passageway to the dining room lead up to two bedrooms with king beds, one decorated with warm red walls, the other with sunny yellow. These two rooms share a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet facilities. Stairs from the living room lead to three more bedrooms: two with king beds and another with twins best for children. These three bedrooms share a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet facilities. A further bathroom with shower and toilet facilities is located on the ground level between the living room and the kitchen.
A stone archway from the main wing leads to the opposite side of the cross and the Guest House. Here on the ground floor is a sitting room with wood-beamed ceiling, exposed stone walls and stone fireplace. To one side of the fireplace is an upholstered sofa, small ottoman, side tables and lamps. There is also a desk and television. Stairs lead to two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. One is a spacious king-bedded room with fireplace. The other is a smaller room with single bed and wood-burning stove. The bathroom is equipped with an antique-style bathtub with hand-held shower attachment, sink and toilet.
A magnificent estate with tremendous character, all amenities and a unique setting in a fabled part of Normandy.
Note: in low and mid seasons, the main house only may be rented for 10 adults and 2 children. Contact us for rates.
Please note that a minimum stay will apply for some properties