I love the idea that a house has a history and a previous use, especially if that former life is still evident”
Iseem to find myself attracted to properties that have had a former life. Whether it’s a converted school, chapel or watermill, I love the idea that a house has a history and a previous use, especially if that former life is still evident. So it is perhaps no surprise that this sympathetically renovated cider barn in Orne in Normandy caught my eye.
Its former life as a cider barn is apparent from the large doors, stone walls, exposed wooden struts and beams, yet it has been lovingly transformed into a comfortable three-bedroom home by its previous owners. Even the original cider press is still there, housed in an open barn adjoining the house that is currently used as a bar and games room.
The other advantage of buying a converted barn is the space it offers. Not only does the house have three bedrooms but there is also a two-bedroom gîte, plus two outbuildings that could be converted into extra accommodation.
The property is in a good location for holidaymakers, being only a 90-minute drive from the ferry port at Caen, and with the attractions of Mont-St-Michel and the D-Day beaches within easy reach.
Although only five minutes from the medieval town of Domfront, this converted barn would be my rural retreat with two acres of land and no near neighbours. However, as the house is so easy to get to from the UK I don’t imagine it will be long before my diary is booked up with friends and family coming to stay! ahouseinnormandy.com
ON THE MARKET FOR €293,000