I love the idea that a house has a his­tory and a pre­vi­ous use, es­pe­cially if that for­mer life is still ev­i­dent”

Living France - - WHAT'S NEW - – says dig­i­tal edi­tor Emma Rawle

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

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