An early 19th century, chateau, awaiting full restoration works, and
its 6 ha of landscaped parklands with a lake, along the Rennes-Redon road
Redon, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35600 FR

Location

40 minutes to the south of Rennes and 20 minutes from Redon. Paris is two hours away by TGV train. The Gulf of Morbihan is an hour’s drive away. The urban town of Nantes is 1¼ hours away. Where the French departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique meet. Numerous hiking trails make it possible to explore the local area with its varied landscapes. This fertile basin, covered with forests and old windmills on its hilltops, is dotted with meandering streams, watering this countryside. 2 km from a market town with 3,800 inhabitants. Shops, a market selling local produce, schools and amenities are nearby.

Description

A wide driveway, bordered with tall trees, leads several hundreds of metres to the centre of this 6-ha property where the caretaker’s cottage and the stable are to be found. The chateau can be glimpsed at the end of the driveway through the foliage of the trees. In the middle of this entirely wooded estate, set on the heights of a clearing, site of an old manor house, this 19th century, neo-classical chateau is reflected in a wide lake, extending in front of it on a lower level. Pathways stretching out from the chateau in a star-shape are but invitations to take a stroll. This estate belonged to a couple of artists. Both from large, aristocratic families and with a passion for the arts, they mixed with fashionable artists in society circles during the Second Empire. Whilst he devoted himself to horticulture and photography, learned from Gustave-Le-Gray, she practised drawing and painting, at which she proved to be particularly gifted. Their only son made this chateau his summer residence. It was here, during the Second World War, that he and his wife took in and concealed American airmen.

The chateau

This chateau, spanning approx. 900 m² of living space, was built on a knoll between 1830 and 1840. A rectangular, stone construction, it was built in the neo-classical style. The shale walls, on granite lower sections, are covered with lime rendering. Rusticated masonry limestone was used for the quoins, jambs, lintels, cornices and pillars. The chateau features seven bays with openings. The central section of the main, south-facing facade features a wide flight of granite steps leading to a porch, with four pillars topped with a terrace. Cast iron decorated with floral motifs forms the balustrade around the terrace and the railings at the windows. Another flight of steps on the north side also provides access to the parklands. The slate roof topping this building features five roof dormers and two large, brick chimney stacks.


Cellar
The cellars can be reached on the inside via a back stairway and from the outside via a slope on the east gable. A long corridor provides access to nine rooms, including an old kitchen with a granite fireplace. An old boiler room, woodstores and wine cellars, these rooms are partially illuminated via basement windows.
Ground floor
The main entrance on the south facade opens into a wide vestibule with oak wood parquet flooring laid in a ladder pattern. This room provides access, on one side, to a room, with an alcove and a fireplace, as well as a shower room, with a toilet, and, on the other side, to a large, open-string, oak wood stairway going up to the first floor. The vestibule also opens into a 40 m² lounge, again with ladder-pattern parquet flooring, which is illuminated via three large French windows, opening on to the steps on the north facade. This lounge leads, on one side, to a dining room and, on the other, to a large lounge. Six large windows illuminate the latter, spanning more than 50 m², with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and a ceiling decorated with a rose and a modillion cornice. The reception rooms have 4.7 m high ceilings. The dining room is followed by a hall area, leading to a kitchen, a pantry and the back stairway going from the basement up to the second floor.
First floor
The main stairway goes up to a landing opening on to a long corridor, providing access to five large bedrooms, with parquet flooring, alcoves and marble fireplaces. The central, south-facing bedroom provides access to the terrace. Three bathrooms and toilets. The back stairway is to be found at the end of the corridor. These rooms have ceilings 3.50 m high.
Second floor
The back stairway goes up to a long corridor leading to four bedrooms, illuminated via roof dormers and eight small, blind rooms, with sloping ceilings. This level is topped with an attic (accessed via a trapdoor in the corridor).

The parklands

The parklands, spanning almost six hectares, comprise five hectares of wood and one hectare of clearing laid out around the chateau. Below the clearing, a lake spanning a surface area of approx. 4,000 m², reflects the facade of the chateau, standing a few dozen metres further up. Next to the lake is a tennis court. An orchard spanning approx. 800 m² is behind the stables. Wide pathways all around the chateau lead off into the woods.

The outbuildings


Caretaker’s accommodation
This stone house, standing some 60 metres from the chateau, is built over a basement. It is topped with a half-hipped, slate roof, topped with a finial and a brick chimney stack. A flight of steps goes up to the entrance door, opening into a vestibule which, in turn, leads to a kitchen, a living room, a toilet and a stairway. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a shower room. The cellar can be reached via a slope outside.
The stables
A building, next to the caretaker’s cottage, is constructed from stone and topped with a slate roof. The ground floor is divided into four rooms: the old tack room, the stable and two storage areas with carriage doors. Above is the hayloft. A well is nearby.

Our opinion

Taking full advantage of seemingly wild, natural surroundings, the parklands are laid out around five wide pathways, stretching out in a star-shape. A shrubbery can be seen in the shade of the pathways. The parklands, with their lake, constitute a now rare biotope. Ferns, wild grasses as well as plants growing on the banks and in the water form a background where other annual plants and small animals can take refuge. The tall trees providing summer coolness leave room for the clearing acting as a setting for the chateau. Panelling, indoor shutters, ceiling roses and cornices as well as parquet flooring. This vast, elegant residence still exudes its original equilibrium. Major works will need to be scheduled. These premises are but waiting for meticulous restoration works to reveal their true character once more.

Exclusive sale

395 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 649547

Land registry surface area 5 ha 98 a 15 ca
Number of bedrooms 15
Main building surface area 900 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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