OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Stephanie Sheldrake dreams of life running a holiday business from a 16th-century manor in Normandy
Stephanie Sheldrake explains why a 16th-century manor in Normandy is her dream buy
When I dream of a new life in France, it’s the prospect of a fresh challenge that really appeals. Normandy may only be a little hop across the Channel, but the difference in lifestyle that a move would bring would certainly not be insignificant. Normandy’s rolling pastures, bountiful produce, numerous sites of historic interest, and its proximity to the ports not only appeals to me, but equally to holidaymakers, making this property for sale a very appealing proposition.
Currently a thriving B&B and gîte business, this 16th-century walled manor offers not only a new home, but an income, too. Bound on one side by a high stone wall, the property is entered by a handsome stone archway and it’s hard not to be impressed: the manor sits in a spacious courtyard and garden and is framed by four two-storey barns with a pond at its centre. Along with a large walled vegetable garden, a paddock and cider apple orchard, the total plot measures some four and a half acres.
The manor is situated a mile from historic Bayeux and is 20 minutes from the beaches used in the D-Day Landings. The current owners offer their guests battlefield tours, adding to the appeal of this property as a holiday business.
The property is currently able to accommodate 15 guests in en-suite rooms, nine in a dormitory with two shower rooms, plus a family of five in the selfcontained cottage. The attractive barns are also suitable for conversion meaning that this property would offer me just the challenge that I am seeking.