It is in a magnificent setting of this manor that you will be able to discover the timber-framed architecture of the Auge region, and the history of a manor, which wanted to be "of the Bishops".
Crossing the remains of the enclosure of the manor by the postern, you discover what according to Arcisse de Caumont, is the most remarkable in Canapville: the Manor called the Bishops, with its octagonal tower of the thirteenth century, and its two dated main buildings from the 15th century, without forgetting a construction a little later, called the "Petit Manoir", where you will find a bishop's head mitred on the central post.
In addition to this architecture, you will have the pleasure of discovering a magnificent garden in a rural setting, where local and exotic plants mingle. Children will be able to surprise the frogs, which not content to escape the pleasures of the beach, regularly sunbathe on the edge of the pond. From this point of view, you will see the parish church, old church of the domain, destroyed in 1925 by fire, apparently because of the inadvertence of the priest who had left two candles inside ... But, it was rebuilt and consecrated in 1926.
The guide will then accompany you inside the Grand Manoir where you can discover the Room where, in the Middle Ages, we cooked and took meals. You will notice, inside this room, a monumental fireplace belonging to the whole of the 13th century. Finally, you will notice, inscribed on the beams, lilies dating from the end of the 100 Years War. Proof that the owners of the time had remained faithful to the Kingdom of France!
The "Petit Manoir", also built at the beginning of the 15th century, was used as staff accommodation at that time. One can notice between the 2 entrance doors a sculpture of a bishop's head which recalls the presence of bishops in the 13th century. This further reinforces the name of the mansion.
The press, installed in the 17th century, is complete with its lathe and its long grip press. It has surprisingly remained intact, which is fortunate with the vagaries of the weather.
General view of the Manoir de Canapville, after Arcisse de Caumont (1850)
E) Pressoir, Grenier à pomme
F) Ancienne écurie
G) Petit manoir
I) Mur d'enceinte