In Bigouden Country, just a few kilometres from the surf waves,
a 17th century manor house
, FINISTERE brittany FR

Location

To the west of Quimper, the coast extends from Penmarc'h Point to Raz Point. Here, the land meets the sea in rocky promontories and beaches ideal for surfing.
This manor house stands on a slightly undulating plateau, on the outskirts of a market town, in a copse, half-way between the parish church and a listed chapel. It was constructed in 1645 on the remains of a 14th century seigneurial building, the vestiges of which are no longer in existence.

Description

This manor house is accessed via a straight driveway, planted with conifers, followed by a bridge over the old fishpond. Gates flanked by two stone pillars then open into a main courtyard, bearing witness to all past customs, affluence and events.
Extended and redesigned in the 19th century, it was transformed into a farm in 1929. It has not been lived in since the end of the 20th century and is in need of major renovation works (excluding the roof and roofing framework on the main building).
The classical north-south-facing houses are adjoined by wings, set at right angles and predominately used as outbuildings. The useable surface areas currently total approx. 500 m², to which can be added that of the attic space which, spanning approx. 180 m², could be converted. The total ground surface area of outbuildings, not in ruins, is approx. 500 m². Their attic space could also be converted.
This property also includes an outstanding garden, laid out as a vegetable garden and protected by a stone wall.

The manor house

This property comprises a manor house, standing facing a main courtyard and composed of two adjoining houses. The first was constructed in the 17th century; the other, in the 19th century. It is reached via a tree-lined driveway and a bridge over a moat, forming an old fishpond.
The main building spans two levels under attic space which could be converted. Its main facade was constructed from dressed stone, whilst the rear facade was built of smaller pieces of stone. Following a fire in 1985, its roofing framework, its roof as well as its flooring on the first and second floors were replaced. An octagonal tower adjoining the north side of this building houses a majestic stone stairway. Miscellaneous outbuildings in ruins are similarly adjoined to the north side of this building.
A secondary wing was added to the south-east corner of the original building in the 19th century. It too spans three useful levels. It was not affected by the fire.


Ground floor
The ground floor of the south facade of these houses features a window and five doors, the central one of which has a semi-circular arch. A vestibule, housing the foot of the stairway set in the tower, leads to three main rooms. These premises are currently predominantly used as farm storage space even though one of them was once a kitchen. The components of the profile and contour (interior and exterior surrounds framing the openings, door lintels) are intact and two monumental fireplaces, the original local flagstones and the beams supporting the flooring for the first floor are also in a good state of repair.
First floor
This level, reached via the 17th century stone stairway housed in its octagonal tower, has a new hollow concrete floor. As on the ground floor, original features such as steps, window surrounds and sills as well as fireplaces have been preserved. It is a smaller, wooden stairway that provides access to the section of the house dating from the 19th century where a corridor leads to two rooms, once used as a bedroom and a bathroom. The ceiling in the main bedroom needs to be completely redone. The premises are not currently habitable.
Second floor
The stone steps in the 17th century tower appear over-sized and go up to the top floor, spanning approx. 170 m². Just like the floor below, it has a hollow cement floor which leaves free rein for conversion and partition purposes. Under the roof in the section added in the 19th century are the remains of the old layout.

The outbuildings on the west side

The stone framework of a 2-storey building, the roof and floors of which are ruined, stands in the south-west corner. It once housed the manor’s chapel upstairs with, very probably, utility areas on the ground floor. It extends into a wing of outbuildings used for farming purposes, featuring three similar sized openings, one of which is a carriage door. These buildings, like the houses, are in need of renovation works to repair the damage caused by the passing of time.

The outbuildings on the east side

These aligned outbuildings open on to a little garden via three stone pillars, the mark of an old gateway with a pedestrian gate, opening on to a well that supplies the estate. Other outbuildings then succeed one another and, together with the west wing, close the courtyard. These include accommodation for the grooms, stables and a barn. They are currently used for farm storage purposes. They are in need of renovation works.

The moat and the main courtyard

The main courtyard is reached via two majestic pillars, built beyond the stone bridge over the moat. Its proportions quite rightly enhance the buildings laid out around it. Formed of packed mud, it spans a surface area of 1,500 m².
The moat, spanning a surface area of 600 m², is fed by a spring. In times gone by, it constituted the estate’s fishpond.

The gardens

A carriage passageway, under the attic space of the outbuildings forming the west wing, leads from the main courtyard to a vegetable garden which spans a surface area of 3,700 m². Backing on to the manorial buildings, it is enclosed by stone walls in a good state of repair on its south and west sides. It is a preserved area.
On the east side, three stone pillars mark the entrance to the garden that includes the well supplying the property. This passageway used to lead to the farmyard of the seigneury’s farm which is no longer part of the property.
And lastly, laid out in the shelter of the south gable wall of the wing of outbuildings, another little garden romantically adjoins the moat.

Our opinion

These premises reflect little of their splendour of yesteryear. However, their harmony, their austerity and their authenticity remain unchanged. Also intact and eloquent are the stones, whether used for fireplaces, flagstones or surrounds framing the openings, and their history.
New owners wishing to live in these premises will have to carry out renovation, reconstruction and rehabiltation works in order to restore their original opulence. Such works to reappropriate these premises and adapt them to modern-day requirements, whilst preserving their architectural heritage, form a challenge that is well worth undertaking.

583 000 € Negotiation fees included
550 000 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 648584

Land registry surface area 8738 m2
Number of bedrooms 1
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2

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Isabelle Pessemier +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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