Un­touched pa­per mill

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This his­toric ren­o­va­tion project in Brouains, Manche, com­prises a 19th­cen­tury pa­per mill and an old forge. The prop­erty, which dates from at least the early 1800s, would once have used water power to pro­duce pa­per but with the adop­tion of steam power some 200 years ago, fell into dis­use.

Sit­u­ated in a beau­ti­ful river val­ley, un­touched by the modern world for over 200 years, the build­ing as it stands has space for a ground and a first floor, but there is ev­i­dence that it orig­i­nally had a half-tim­bered sec­ond floor upon the stone walls. This ar­range­ment could eas­ily be re­in­stated as part of the ren­o­va­tion, us­ing the ex­ist­ing roof tim­bers and slates.

Once ren­o­vated, the house will sit in its own pri­vate gar­den, en­closed on three sides by run­ning water. The small build­ing which orig­i­nally housed the old forge pro­vides a fur­ther 35m2 of use­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion at the water’s edge. healey­fox.com

900 105, €

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