Alençon is a region of Normandy, best known as the birthplace of St Therese of Lisieux, often known as 'The Little Flower'.
It's also the name of an architect-designed house built in 2007 in the townland of Kilbline, between Bennettsbridge and Thomastown in Co Kilkenny.
True to its name, Alençon is in the French colonial style. From the front, it looks like a single-storey house but it's actually split-level - two-storey at the back - and is 2,799 sq ft in size.
The ground floor rooms are arranged around a central hallway, where there's a spiral staircase leading down to the garden level below.
The main living area is a kitchen and family room linked by double doors. In keeping with the French theme, the kitchen has Parisian limestone flooring, while the floor of the breakfast area is in oak. Double doors open from there to a granite patio outside.
The family room also has oak flooring and a limestone fireplace, and there are French doors opening to the garden. There's also a sitting room with another limestone fireplace and two sets of French doors; one leads to the garden and the other to a decked balcony.
The master bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite and dressing room, and two doors to a balcony. There are two other bedrooms on this level, one with an en-suite, and there's also a utility room and guest toilet off the entrance hall.
At garden level, there are two more bedrooms and a bathroom with doors out to the garden. There's a geothermal heating system with underfloor heating and solar panels, giving the house a B2 energy rating .
Alençon is set on just over half an acre of landscaped gardens. It's for sale for €550,000 with joint agents Warren McCreery in Kilkenny, (056) 770 2000, and Hooke & MacDonald in Dublin, (01) 631 8402.