an early 19th century chateau and its unlikely origins
The Léguer Valley, a haven for fishermen and hikers, was recently awarded the European “Wild Rivers Site” label. In the west of France, this little coastal river, which flows into the Trégor in Brittany, is a salmon river, with a mixture of salt and fresh water. Its mouth, frequented since Neolithic times, is set in an undulating, verdant landscape. It is on one of the heights bordering it that this chateau was constructed in the first years of the 19th century, very near to an old manor house, typical of the 16th century, a stately residence. Standing in the midst of natural surroundings, the fine sandy beaches are 25 minutes away by road whilst a TGV station with excellent train services is but 10 minutes away.
Spanning three levels awaiting rehabilitation, the rooms and floor surface areas are vast. Restoration works will, amongst other things, ensure that the chateau is weathertight. The rooms on every floor are still laid out in keeping with the original plans.
Once through the entrance door on the porch, a vestibule opens on to an impressive wooden stairway. Opposite is a door leading out into the closed courtyard. On one side, a lounge features a monumental dressed stone fireplace, bearing an empty coat-of-arms, flanked by two angels and topped with an abbot’s mitre. On the other side are a vast reception room and its anteroom. Recent bathroom and toilet facilities have been installed in the adjoining square tower.
This first floor is taken up by seven bedrooms: five on the south facade and one on each gable; there are none on the north facade. They are laid out in a row along a bright landing.
This level, under the rafters could be converted courtesy of the tall doorways under the roof. The roofing framework features queen posts reinforced with chalice-shaped knee braces. Two separate wings are formed by a load-bearing wall. There is a small stone fireplace in the west wing.
The small, dressed stone, religious edifice, dating from the 15th century, is topped with a bell-tower. The flamboyant gothic style openings are still intact. Two doors and stained-glass windows.
The caretaker’s cottage
A trapezium-shaped house in the corner of the closed courtyard appears to be set in the perimeter wall and keeping watch, right next to a porch. Probably once home to a caretaker, it currently awaits conversion on three levels under a very recently restored roof and roofing framework. Some masonry works need to scheduled.
A small fireplace.
Only the tie beams remain on this level. The flooring needs to be relaid.
Under the rafters, good advantage should be taken of the view. It would dominate above the perimeter wall, very recently redone and in an excellent state of repair.
The bread oven
Facing the chapel, concealed at the back of a fireplace in an outbuilding, it is adorned with a four-lobed opening. It is also possible to make out the blazon of the Coëtmen-Penthièvre family. Members of Brittany’s nobility, directly descended from the Counts of Rennes, their line died out in the Rougé family in the middle of the 18th century.
There were “follies” in the 1930’s, this chateau and its chapel were a “folly” at the very beginning of the 19th century. Surprise can but follow as visitors discover the true origin of this property. In the 21st century, would we still know how to build such a property if we so desired? And above all, with the means and conditions that existed at that time.
|Land registry surface area||10181 m2|
|Main building surface area||395 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||150 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.