just 15 minutes from the beaches on Penthièvre coast
This manor house stands on high ground, dominating the surrounding meadows, on the outskirts of a village with almost 6,500 inhabitants. Out of sight of onlookers and initially concealed by a spinney, it then takes pride of place within its perimeter walls, the main access to which is closed by impressive gates. This property is near to the Nature Reserve of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc (port prefecture of the French department of Côtes-d'Armor), and its beaches as well as a wood, spanning more than 100 hectares, with amenities to please hikers, runners, cycling enthusiasts, families and nature lovers. The main road, several kilometres away, provides easy access to the various economic and tourist centres of Trégor and the Pink Granite Coast, Erquy-Pléneuf-Val-André and the Penthièvre Coast, Greater Rennes as well as the Corsaire city of Saint-Malo.
In the midst of the courtyard, a 16th century garden well with a round shaft composed of superb stone and well-ironwork featuring three twisted wrought iron arms that meet at the top to support the pulley. Seen from the air, this is a well-balanced property, with its manor house and closed courtyard on high ground in the centre, forming a peaceful little fiefdom.
The manor house
This rectangular manor house spans two levels under an attic floor. Its gable roof features three pediment roof dormers and a dressed stone crenelated cornice. A dual stairway on the facade provides access to the entrance door which opens into a vestibule, housing a U-shaped stairway with an intermediate landing. A ground floor where stone and lime-rendering are omnipresent; an upstairs where panelling produces a contrasting effect courtesy of the warmth it exudes.
A vast reception room, illuminated via four large windows. Two adjoining rooms: the first, currently used as a dining room, is followed by a vast kitchen. Each of the three rooms has a monumental fireplace.
Facing one another on the first-floor landing are two wings. Each is closed by a door as if two large flats, overlooking the courtyard, extended on either side. In fact, the layout is identical: a toilet, two bedrooms, one of which is bigger with a granite fireplace, and an adjoining bathroom. The current owners of the property have meticulously restored this level using a great deal of panelling. This contrast is enhanced by the exposed stone of the wide stairway.
The layout of the attic space is identical to that on the first floor. However, the two wings are accessed via two semi-circular arched doors. The full floor surface area awaits conversion. The roofing framework, in pristine condition, with a clearance of more than 2 m, makes it possible to imagine a spacious area where the original roofing framework is, ideally, left exposed. Conversion of this second floor would increase the total living space of the house by approx. 140 m²: additional bedrooms, private flats as part of a bed & breakfast activity, a games room, a study and even a library.
The outbuildings are all laid out in the closed courtyard. A bread oven is still to be found in the old bakehouse. An old barn, an old stable and a woodshed could keep their original vocations or be used for other purposes. It would be more than possible to transform them into holiday rental accommodation units, some spanning two levels.
The apparent austerity of the granite buildings has, as if by magic, been offset inside by the very warm presence of parquet flooring and pinewood panelling. This effect will fascinate and appeal to enthusiasts of authenticity and contrasts. Pinewood is almost as rot-resistant as granite is frost-resistant, proof of the sustainability of the history of the place, virtually untouched since the time of Anne of Brittany. Set in the midst its land, this manor house is sufficiently well protected from any undesirable changes that might take place in the local area.
|Land registry surface area||5 ha 38 a 92 ca|
|Main building surface area||270 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Chrystelle 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.