Pretty Old Half-Timbered Forest Cottage – Normandy, France – $298,000

Pretty Old Half-Timbered Forest Cottage – Normandy, France – $298,000

This misty forest cottage is really speaking to me this morning. I’m not sure of the specific age of this house but would estimate it was built sometime in the 1600-1700s based on the style of construction, known as half-timbered in English, or colombage in French.

Learn more about old timber framing architecture here!

This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is in perfect condition. The rooms are all beautifully quirky and full of gorgeous old wood. There is additionally a stable, workshop, and large garden with old vegetable patch.

From the listing:

Pont Audemer: Beautiful four bedroomed colombage detached family house with workshop/woodstore, stable and 4709m2.
Fantastic location with outstanding countryside.

Magnificent colombage family home. Constructed using traditional materials but with modern convenience. Hunkered in the lea of a gentle hill with magnificent views of the valley beyond. A feeling of openness and space. Quiet, yet not isolated.

Within a scattered hamlet of other traditional properties. Pont Audemer 6km, Honfleur 25km, Deauville 35km, Lisieux 30km, Cormeilles 20km. Paris two hours.

This property is in perfect condition. All diagnostics and drainage conform to the modern requirements.

The property is located in a quiet countryside location, but only two minutes drive to the main road that leads to Pont Audemer and Espaignes. The property itself is sited on the side of the valley and is therefore elevated with magnificent, panoramic views of the countryside.

The property is sited centrally withing a good sized garden that is beautifully maintained with mature shrubs, lawns and a former veg plot. Approach the property up a a driveway alongside the garden to a graveled driveway with plenty of room for several cars.

Ground Floor:

Enter the property through the rear door into a good sized kitchen which is fully fitted out with quality units. This is a dining/breakfast kitchen with a lovely open view of the countryside.
To the right gives access to a bathroom/wc and bedroom beyond.. Back through the kitchen gives access to a pleasantly proportioned lounge with two sets of double doors to the attractive garden. The lounge has attractive features that include an oak staircase and wooden beams.
All flooring on the ground floor comprise tomette tiles. There is a wood burner for cosy heating in the Winter months.

The staircase leads to the first floor.

First Floor:

Consists of three bedrooms , all with good headroom and views of the surrounding countryside. Sensible yet quirky rooms that are typical with colombage construction. There is also a bathroom, wc and open landing area that is currently providing an office space.


A garden and hillside meadow measuring 4709m2 with a small paddock and stable for a donkey. The grounds are pleasantly landscaped and easy to maintain. There is a woodstore/workshop with electricity with some handy storage.

The property benefits from double glazing throughout, wood burner, electric radiators and a fully compliant fosse septic. The property has been very well designed and planned and makes a wonderful family home. Presented in excellent condition and ready to move into and enjoy.

Viewing is highly recommended.

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