STEEPED IN HISTORY, THIS PICTURE-PERFECT PROPERTY OVERLOOKING THE IDYLLIC BAY OF BONNE NUIT IS AN IDEAL INVESTMENT FOR THOSE CRAVING THE SIMPLE PLEASURES THAT ONLY AN OLD COUNTRY COTTAGE CAN DELIVER.
It’s hard not to be completely enchanted by Maison du Havre’s delightfully charming facade. A new addition to the market, this wisteria-clad, harbour-side home is brimming with historic features including antique style beams, two hearths (one in each gable), a corbelled fireplace, mature gardens and sea views that reach as far as the French coast.
This is a property that has retained its earthy, centuries-old charm. What some may dismiss as an empty shell, others will envisage as a glorious project just waiting to unfold. From lining the garden with borders that bloom all summer long, to fashioning the derelict outer buildings into the likes of a romantic potting shed, a state-of-the-art home gym or fully-fledged, multi-generational living quarters…Maison du Havre is a myriad of endless opportunities and a hub of potential. You can’t help but daydream about transforming this unique residence into the perfect hideaway.
History has it that this fisherman’s cottage was once a thriving public house and the new owners will undoubtedly enjoy peeling back the layers, taking care to preserve the cottage’s quaint details and 17th century charm. In fact, it was only in 1982 that the two delightful granite fireplaces were discovered under a mound of plaster and rubble fillings.
Although a historic property, its aesthetic is coupled with plenty of modern conveniences, which include three phase electrics and oil fired central heating. The granite walls are sure to inspire creamy tones and soft furnishings, whilst those who wish to make the most of the astounding views may choose to extend the already substantial sunroom.
Asides from the interior, which plays homage to old world simplicity, a lure from the moment you lay eyes on this property, is its potential for an incredible garden – the land surrounding the cottage could easily be shaped into a green fingered utopia.
This house represents the perfect blend of historical formality and country-cottage cosy with just a hint of shabby chic. From the nooks & crannies to the Hansel and Gretal style windows, Maison du Havre is a haven for the environmentally minded. Outside, the ample ‘wrap around’ garden, which boasts spectacular views of the harbour and beyond, is a mishmash of mature greenery and was once home to heavy machine posts during the German Occupation.
From watching the sun rise over the coast of France on a tranquil summer’s morning, to experiencing the far cliffs gradually become awash with colour as the heather reveals itself in all its purple glory come autumn, to witnessing the waves crash into the bay on a wild and windy winter day, Maison du Havre revels in the stunning nature of its location.
Whether you fawn over fixer-uppers or embrace in the excitement of putting your own stamp on a property, those searching for a project will feel right at home here. There’s no denying that this historic stone treasure would make a stunning home for anyone willing to undergo a little sweat and toil, fashioning Maison du Havre’s enchanting façade into an up-to-date oasis, without losing any of its bucolic charm. Whoever chooses to take it on will become part of its rich history and will own a great home in a place of natural beauty.