Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month, Emma Rawle falls in love with this 19th-cen­tury manor house in Pas-de-Calais

Living France - - Décourez -

For many, the area around Calais is just seen whizzing by from a car win­dow on the way to south­ern France. Al­though it may not of­fer the scorch­ing sun­shine of the Riviera, north­ern France has plenty of his­tory, coun­try­side and even scenic coast­line to of­fer in­stead; as well as the ad­van­tage of be­ing only a short hop across the Chan­nel.

This 19th-cen­tury manor house is lo­cated in Do­hem, on the edge of the Parc Na­turel Ré­gional des Caps et Marais d’Opale, boast­ing both rolling green coun­try­side to­gether with long beaches and a dra­matic coast­line. Liv­ing here, I would only be a short drive from the his­toric town of St-Omer and the sea­side set­ting of Boulogne-sur-Mer, an hour from the cos­mopoli­tan city of Lille and only 40km from Calais, mak­ing ac­cess from the UK quick and easy.

The house it­self has been ren­o­vated and taste­fully dec­o­rated. There is a south-fac­ing liv­ing room, a spa­cious din­ing area, equipped kitchen and an of­fice and games room on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are four bed­rooms shar­ing a fam­ily bath­room and two dress­ing rooms, while on the se­cond floor there are a fur­ther two bed­rooms, each with an en-suite bath­room, so there would be plenty of space for friends and fam­ily when they visit.

In the warm sum­mer months, I will en­joy the beau­ti­fully land­scaped gar­dens of 3,300m, a ter­race for evening drinks and a heated swim­ming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. All of this, plus park­ing for eight cars, which should be enough space for all the vis­i­tors I ex­pect to drop in! nord-sothe­bysre­alty.com

ON THE MAR­KET FOR €1,380,000

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