in art and history, a listed medieval house
The Rance valley is well known for its enchanting scenery. Set between a unique heritage and tranquil countryside, a few miles from the Emerald Coast, the granite houses compete in architectural beauty and history. Dinan overlooks this green and mineral landscape and offers all the shops and services one can wish for. The property is located in the heart of the historic centre, in an environment much appreciated for its tranquillity. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets, yet within a stone's throw of all the stores and cultural activities or of strolls along the towpath. The train station is just a few minutes walk away. Saint-Malo with all its infrastructures, a TGV train station connecting Paris in 2h15 and its ferryport is just a 30-minute drive. Rennes, the capital of Brittany and its international airport, is 45 minutes away.
The imposing appearance of the building sets the tone for this unique and historic place. The house consists of two main buildings. The first is preceded by a half-timbered porch that extends over the main entrance of the property. The eaves serve as protective breastplates, the post heads and corner posts rest on stone cubes. These solid supporting post heads bear witness to the simplicity and raw beauty of the carpentry and joinery of the first half of the 15th century. On the sides of the porch, a diagonal wooden brace breaks the regular vertical lines of the half-timbering. Three large symmetrical windows are surmounted by a hanging dormer topped by a bell roof and decorated with several rows of slate tiles laid in a scale pattern. The porch is covered by a four-sided roof with a finial. The building is made of coursed granite masonry and dressed stone. The second building has four levels, numerous windows framed with dressed stone punctuate the facade. The pyramid roof features a triangular pediment dormer.
The privacy of the house is revealed once you cross the porch. The entrance hall is paved with medival granite slabs. The central wooden staircase of the house features a banister with elegant wrought iron balusters. The hallway provides on one side access to the boiler room and to a corridor leading to the patio. On the other side, it leads to a large living room with walls painted in light colours and panelled with 18th century woodwork. It features a fireplace with a moulded surround. The room has strip parquet flooring. It is adjacent to a study area followed by the fitted kitchen which opens onto the inner courtyard. A door offers access to a shower room and a bedroom with half-panelled walls and a fireplace. In the entrance hall, the banister of the central wooden staircase boasts elegant wrought iron railings.
The landing leads to a bright bedroom overlooking the patio, with its en-suite slate tiled shower room. A dining room, lit by three windows, with a view over the terrace and the roofs of Dinan, is opposite the kitchen. It features a fireplace with moulded surround and half-panelled walls. Finally, a spacious living room, with the same period parquet flooring as the other rooms, extends over the first floor of the porch. This is the centrepiece of the house. In this reading room, the bookcases are hidden behind period woodwork near the fireplace with moulded surround, facing the windows offering a view of a tree-lined square.
The staircase leads up to a landing which serves three bedrooms and their shower room. The architect who directed the restoration work took care to combine the contemporary materials of the sanitary facilities with the characteristic period features that have been skilfully preserved and enhanced, such as the exposed roof beams.
The attic houses the most beautiful bedroom and bathroom of the property. The dual exposure and high ceilings with exposed beams allow plenty of light to pour in. The oldest remains of the place, dating from the Middle Ages, have been preserved: the original staircase and old latrines.
The inner courtyard
At the rear of the house, it boasts numerous trees and shrubs, including a Japanese maple and camellias. The patio opens onto a paved courtyard and an outbuilding. A staircase runs along a high stone wall and leads to the terrace above the annex, bordering a wall with climbing plants. This is a perfect area for winding down, a subtle combination of stone and vegetation.
From the street, the authentic and almost rustic façade does not reveal the charm of what lies behind. In perfect harmony with its historic environment, the house also features a major asset, rare for properties in the city: the peace and quiet of the interior and exterior is largely preserved. The owners allowed the house to retain its character, making a feature of the property, a historic place with all the elements of modern comfort. Living in a half-timbered house in Dinan, in an exceptional location, and developing an activity related to the history of the place, is certainly tempting.
|Land registry surface area||222 m2|
|Main building surface area||270 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||10 m2|
Béatrice Viel +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.