Domfront, France

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Added to OHD on 6/15/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   17 Comments
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Domfront, Normandy, France

  • €294,250
    $340,453 USD
  • 6 Bed
  • 3 Bath
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Parts dating back to Louis XIV, this manoir oozes character and original features. It is crying out to be restored to its former glory. With 6+ bedrooms and a large attic area to renovate, the possibilities here are endless. The location is ideal on the edge of the town of Domfront,with amenities within walking distance. Ferries and airports are within 2 hours. There is work to do here to restore the manoir, but the setting is second to none. A rare opportunity to purchase a piece of history and bring it back to life. Not forgetting several large outbuildings, including another cottage to renovate, 8 hectares of land and a substantial wooded area. This property would make a magnificent home or has the potential to be a great business opportunity, lending itself a boutique B&B or gites in the guest house and outbuildings, subject to permissions.

Set off a quiet lane on the outskirts of Domfront, this manoir was a home and former lawyer's office. The location is convenient, with the town amenities within walking distance and yet still private.

Ground Floor.
You enter into an impressive hallway with marble flooring and stairs at one end. To your right is a large and light living room with feature fireplace and parquet flooring. To your left is another large room that could be a dining room with wood flooring and panelling, again with fireplace. A doorway leads to another hallway with access to the outside and stone flooring. Then we go into another sizeable room with feature fireplace. To the rear of here is another spacious room that has rear access outside. To the back of the first hall is a good sized kitchen space with a door leading outside and off here the ubiquitous cave or a potential utility area. All of the rooms are light with high ceilings and packed full of character and original features.

First Floor.
Here we find six bedrooms and a bathroom, with another potential bathroom. The property does need restoration, but the space, history and potential are in evidence throughout.

Second Floor.
Covering the whole of the footprint of the house, there could be at least three more bedrooms, with potential to create extra living space.

A circular drive is immediately to the front of the manoir with a one bed guest house to be restored to your left as well as a roomy double height garage/storage space. There are rooms above here that need a lot of restoration, but the potential is there. To the right is a separate stable block with access to the first floor. A gate leads to more stables and a large barn. The barn is another substantial, double height building, offering excellent storage, the potential for conversion, subject to permissions. The possibilities are numerous. Next to the stable/barn we find another good sized building divided into separate pens/stables, formerly used to house animals.

The grounds stretch beyond the buildings comprising of an area with many mature trees close to the manor, a large walled former vegetable garden, some grassed paddocks, suitable for grazing and a substantial wooded area to towards the property boundary. A wonderful opportunity to buy a piece of French history. A must view.
Contact Information
Rebecca Larkin, Leggett
0033 553 608 488
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17 Comments on Domfront, France

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  1. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1067 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Would give anything to see the rest of it. It IS pretty cool.

  2. Rondi says: 13 comments

    You are seriously challenging my commitment to live in the U.S. with this one. Love it!

  3. TGrantTGrant says: 945 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    I’m loving these overseas properties but oh how I want more pictures!

  4. KleighKleigh says: 11 comments

    Check out Sifex, a high end French real estate site with lots of old properties and plenty of pictures..

  5. Dawn says: 8 comments

    I totally agree with all other comments already stated! Wow! Now if I could just win the lottery . . . !

  6. abevyabevy says: 307 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    So interesting, I wish we could see more too. Loved the fireplaces. I guess “Old Houses” are the same most places.

  7. Elaine says: 87 comments

    I could live here and be SO happy! Sigh!

  8. MandyMandy says: 86 comments
    Edmonds, WA

    Beautiful. I agree with Rondi. Some of these European homes are so tempting.

  9. Lori Carpenter says: 2 comments

    I wonder what the laws are reguarding historic preservation and how hard it would be to make major restoration..? I may just be in love with the romance of it.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I believe France is one of the most difficult and strict places in this regard, based on other blogs I read and others’ comments on here.

  10. says: 236 comments

    Has great potential as a B&B, think of the money you would make!!

    • Billie says: 8 comments

      But first think of the money you would spend! Lol. There is a reason why these are the only photos shown. As is stated renovations are necessary. This property is a few hundred years old and things one takes for granted in the US is not an easy thing to have in these old castles such as plumbing and wiring. I live in Paris in a very old building and I see the challenges that were needed to update my apartment. Anyway, I certainly understand your desire as these old (and these are really old) places are just gorgeous.

  11. Auntie M says: 5 comments

    Check out all the Domfront properties for sale:

  12. Kfidei says: 343 comments

    I would love to see a complete walk thru video, because these are almost certainly the best of the rooms, and they could use a brush up. I was wondering what labor costs would be in France, because all sorts of skilled trades would be required. A friend stayed for a short while in an ancient French home. She said the plumbing was very unreliable and made the most astonishing noises. I would love to walk thru, look at the bathrooms and outbuildings and dream. I bet it’s haunted though. 🙂

  13. Anne Hamilton says: 202 comments

    LOVE those pink drapes! How totally Freeeeeench! In an almost abondoned place to boot!
    I’d live in it just the way it is if those drapes stayed!

  14. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1168 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Interesting property! I could not find a listing in French to try and get more info or pics about this listing. Weird…


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