Floor covering is tiles throughout except in the kitchen where they are ceramic tiles. All rooms except the kitchen have carpets covering most of the area. Rooms are listed left to right as viewed from the front of the house.
With adjacent ground floor toilet. External access fuel tank room
Windows to front; glazed garden access door to rear. Furnished with three-piece suite, TV and stand, coffee table, table/desk, lamps/standard lamp.
Access doors to study, hall and through French windows to conservatory at rear. Windows to the front. Furnished with sideboard, table and four chairs, standard lamp. Overhead chandelier-type light is on dimmer.
Leading off front door. Original wooden staircase leads off. Under stairs cupboard
Living room/Sitting room
Access doors to hall, kitchen and through French windows to the conservatory at the rear. Windows to front. Furnished with three-piece suite, sideboard, lamps, standard lamp.
Fitted with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and (elderly but working) washing machine. Windows to the front, and to the rear looking on to the pergola.
Situated behind the house with French window access to the dining room, living room and to the garden. Glazed with slate roof to match the main roof. Furnished with sofa, chairs and also used as a place to store some garden furniture. Lamp and standard lamp. Central heating is extended to work in the conservatory.
General. All bedrooms are fitted with a low-voltage air circulation system which remains on and circulates the air between the rooms. Rooms are listed from left to right as viewed from the front of the house.
Runs from the left end bedroom along the rear of the house to the stairs. Has window access to the rear and a shallow cupboard set into the wall suitable for some bedding storage.
Large guest bedroom
With en-suite bathroom 3 sq m (bath, overhead shower, wash basin, toilet). Windows to front and rear. Currently equipped with two single beds, modern dressing table, bedside tables and lamps, armchair.
Windows to front. Furnished with single bed, small dressing table, chair, and two small lamps. There is a small built in wall cupboard
Window access to the front. Bath with overhead shower, wash basin and toilet.
Window access to the front and rear. Currently furnished with a double bed, a single bed, a small dressing table, bedside table, armchair and lamps.
MAIN ATTIC AREA
The assumption is that the house was once a coaching stop – (hence the name ‘The Couriers’) and that the second floor, a slightly shallow attic with dormer windows, was once used as a sleeping area. The main staircase extends through a doorway on the landing to this area. It has not been used as such by the present owners or his predecessors. It is a place which holds insulation materials but is otherwise unused. An enterprising owner might seek to make some use of it but the present owner believes that options could be limited because it is comparatively shallow with limited headroom.
To the left the main feature is a period stone barn which has not been restored. The present owner has used it as a wood store, and the room at one end of the barn as a tool shed. He had once thought of converting it into two separate one-bedroom gites – one at each end whilst retaining a car port area in the centre and room for tools. He never found the time to do it but it does have potential for this type of project, subject to planning permission being obtained, and renovation costs in France drawing on freely available local craftsmen could be much cheaper than a similar project in the UK. Two such gites could conceivable provide a modest source of income trading on the continuing stream of visitors to the Normandy battlefields.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The garden comprises a large courtyard with adjacent green area to the front of the house accessed through double white wooden gates. The rear garden with access to the left of the house through the wall, has been set out formally with gravel paths and multiple rose beds. In the centre is an old pump which sits above a live well but is not connected. The garden is walled dating to the period of the house, and lined with fruit trees and shrubs. Immediately behind the kitchen and close to the conservatory is a large wooden pergola measuring around 4 x 2 m which the owner had built as a frame for training roses. It sits on a decking area and is a pleasant place to eat in the summer – although in Lower Normandy the summer can be quite hot and the rear garden is a good suntrap.
Oil fired water heating and central heating
Septic tank drainage
Habitable area of approx 180 sq metres excluding second floor
Area of land - around 2000 sq metres – about half an acre
Local taxes currently as a maison secondaire amount to around €1100 per annum.