in a small town just 10 minutes from the beaches in Brittany
The northern coast of Lower Brittany is but a stone’s throw away, hence, both tide and land are present. Rising up from the port on to the heights of the hillside, embraced by two coastal rivers, the historic capital of the Trégor region features greatly in Brittany’s history. In the 6th century, a Welsh monk settled there and founded a monastery. The town was born! Artists and craftsmen drawn to the town as of the 14th century extolled its beauty. At the same time a canonisation trial was held on the very site of this mansion house. History was written in the stone.
The mansion house
This house still has all of its old features, in particular, several fireplaces with straight mantels and stone cornices: two on the ground floor, two on the first floor and a last, small one on the third floor. The semi-circular arched door surrounds are made of granite. Worthy of note on the first floor is a double doorway, with two perpendicular, arched doors. Some of the wooden doorframes are very old and the wooden flooring is supported on beams and joists. The various levels are reached via a half-pace stairway, with monolithic granite steps, landings and intermediate landings. The stairway is crowned with a top, half-timbered room, covered with slate cladding. The panoramic view of the town reveals its architectural gems that are invisible from the street.
The gothic door opens into a large reception room, adorned with a monumental fireplace, ideal for winter evenings. The granite, a wonderful temperature controller, will also make this room a cool haven during hot summer days. At the back, preceding the garden with its two entrances, are a kitchen and the stone stairway. Between the two is a small back kitchen. Under the stairway are a toilet and a flight of steps going down to the basement cellar.
Once passed the garden level, the first-floor landing opens into a second vast reception room, the luminosity of which is outstanding. The walls are made lighter by clay rendering. The ceiling features sand-blasted beams and wooden slats, whilst the old, small-paned windows are wide and numerous. An adjacent, south-facing room could be used as a bedroom, a study or a lounge in accordance with requirements.
The stairway continuing to the second floor is made of wood and not granite. But it is just as old, well-preserved and authentic. A semi-circular arched, wooden door provides access to a bedroom and an artist’s studio with a cathedral ceiling. There is also a bathroom.
The top, half-timbered room, with its fireplace, dominates the town’s rooftops. The cathedral spire would give the impression of being within arm’s reach, if several manor houses were not in the way.
A door under the granite stairway provides mysterious access to a vast cellar via a few steep steps. A basement window acts as a reminder that the historic street is there.
This walled garden, half a level above the ground floor, appears to dominate the south facade of the house, despite its very modest size. Nevertheless, the wealth of species and the various themed areas make this a multi-facetted place. A corner for eating, a corner for a summer lounge, a corner for rest and relaxation, a corner for taking a nap or spending a night under the stars, a corner that is still wild, a sunny corner and another shady. Square in shape, it should have but four corners, but that does not take the boundless imagination of its owners into account.
Nowadays, it is a real challenge to combine shops, cultural and artistic events as well as local amenities with a character home exuding a pastoral air, all just 10 minutes from the sea. This house, as ideally suited to lazing around in the sun as winter relaxation, will delight its residents whatever the season. The car can be left in the garage as all shops and amenities are within walking distance in the quiet, little, tourist town, so near to the sea. The coastline, 15 minutes away and with its fine sand, is wild and well-protected. This peaceful refuge is, nevertheless, in a strategic location.
|Land registry surface area||251 m2|
|Main building surface area||268 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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.