an old presbytery and its walled priest’s garden
The Trégor region, with its wealth of more than 600 manor houses, features an exciting range of architecture. The growing of flax as of medieval times is at the origin of this profusion. In some villages, every farm could claim the title of manor house courtesy of its architectural appearance. One of these villages houses this old presbytery. Its surrounding, peaceful, undulating and wooded countryside is, nevertheless, within easy reach of the Pink Granite Coast with its hordes of tourists. This old presbytery, nestling behind the 15th century parish church, appears set in another time, one where the priest chanted his breviary in his garden. Near to the two bustling towns of Lannion and Guingamp, with the sea and its beaches just 25 minutes away.
The 17th century presbytery
All three levels, including the top floor under the rafters, have been converted. The main entrance is set in the rectangular stairway tower providing access to all the floors. A granite stairway goes up to the second floor, from where, another little stairway, typical of a small round tower which is no longer in existence, continues upwards. This could have led to a dovecote, a watch-tower or a small terrace. The openings are fitted with indoor shutters. Some of the doors opening on to the outside have semi-circular arches and some straight lintels, but they all reflect the Trégor region’s traditional, 17th century architecture.
A spacious kitchen has direct access to the back garden via a doorway, featuring an arch so slightly pointed that it is difficult to say whether it is triangular or semi-circular. A cosy, convivial lounge adjoins a bedroom all on a level. A little storeroom under the stairway is closed by a door, with a wonderful granite surround. The floors are covered with the region’s traditional terracotta tiles.
This level is completely taken up by two large bedrooms and their individual bathrooms, one of which is very spacious. A door communicates with the wing set at right angles, which was built at a later date.
Two bedrooms, with their own shower and toilet, are enhanced by the exposed roofing framework.
The 18th century west wing
This presbytery was extended in the 18th century with a wing, set at right angles, which now gives the impression of always having been there. This wing with its three large bedrooms has been used in recent years for passing tourists seeking a character holiday rental accommodation unit. It can be accessed either via the front of the property or via a gate set in the wall around one of the gardens, thus giving the guests absolute privacy.
The ground floor can be accessed via the main courtyard, via the presbytery kitchen or via the private garden. This ground floor can therefore be made completely independent or be an integral part of the main house. The entrance hall, with its terracotta floor tiles, provides access to a wooden, character stairway, which goes upstairs, a room laid out as a kitchen-living room, a lounge and a toilet.
Two bedrooms, one of which is extremely spacious, look out over the walled garden. Old, original, carved wooden doors adorn wardrobes set in the wall.
A bedroom under the rafters, with its exposed roofing framework, a shower room with a toilet and a small child’s bedroom.
The barn adjoins and continues the presbytery. Its wide, basket-handle arched, carriage door makes it easy to access the walled garden laid out to the rear. Above it, as if suspended, is a sculpted granite roof dormer which lets in light and provides access to the upstairs, awaiting conversion. This outbuilding forms a vast storage area. It would also be possible to transform this section of the building into a small, self-contained holiday rental accommodation unit, with a bedroom on a mezzanine.
A pedestrian gate and two carriage doors open into the garden, spanning approx. 3,000 m². Set in the middle of the village, it is completely enclosed by a granite stone wall, in an excellent state of repair. This wooded surface area, abounding in flowers, is divided into two sections, separated by a stone wall, sufficiently high as to provide complete privacy on both sides. Consequently, each of the two sections of the house has its own garden. As with all gardens, these could be used for other purposes: a wooded leisure garden on one side, with a vegetable patch and orchard on the other. The two areas communicate via a semi-circular arched, period gate.
Its site and layout immediately make this property the ideal place from which to run a bed & breakfast activity. It could also, without having to undergo any changes, become a family’s permanent residence or holiday home. There is absolutely no need to highlight the much sought-after authenticity of its exterior architecture or its interiors.
|Land registry surface area||2993 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Main building surface area||245 m2|
Jérôme Masson +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.