a 19th century residence and its wooded parklands
Some 40 minutes east of Rennes; 10 minutes from the motorway to Paris and from the centre of Vitré, with its station providing 2-hour TGV train links to the French capital. A dynamic, commercial town, Vitré abounds in tourist and cultural attractions, with its castle and its half-timbered houses. Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel Bay are less than 1½ hours away by car. This property, 5 minutes from a town with 900 inhabitants, is bordered by a river.
The manor house
Built in 1823, this manor house was originally the hunting lodge of a large chateau in the Vitré region. The late 19th, early 20th century saw this holiday home become a permanent residence. The layout, probably a Latin cross originally, gradually took the shape of a rectangle with a projecting tower. Spanning approx. 260 m² of living space, the building is constructed from sandstone. The masonry is laid horizontally with staggered pointing. All the windows are topped with arched, brick lintels. The floor level of the second floor is delimited on the facade by a brick string course. This storey features carpentry work to create overhanging roofs on painted angle tie braces. Two brick chimney stacks, adorned with finials, rise up from the slate covered roofs.
A glazed door opens into the vestibule. At the end, an open-string stairway with cast iron balusters goes to the two upper floors. On one side, double wooden doors provide access to a large lounge, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring: between two French windows, a wood-burning stove. On the other side, doors open into a dining room and a fitted kitchen. In the vestibule are a toilet and a cupboard, whilst a door next to the stairway leads to a partial cellar. A little lounge in the tower has a French window, opening on to the garden on the river side, and a fireplace. On either side of the latter are two doors, one opening into the large lounge and, the other, into the dining room.
A landing with parquet flooring. On one side is a first bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet; on the other, a second bedroom, with a wall lined with bookshelves and cupboards, a bathroom, with a cupboard, and a toilet. A third bedroom, on a half level, has a fireplace.
A landing, with parquet flooring, is illuminated via two fanlights. Opposite, a first bedroom has a cupboard and a shower room. On the other side is a second bedroom. A hall area houses a toilet, a cupboard and a bathroom. Another few steps and a landing provide access to a third bedroom in the tower.
Constructed in the 1960’s, the outbuilding reflects the manor house’s architecture. Spanning a surface area of approx. 100 m², it features three carriage doors and a window on the facade. The ground floor of the building is used as a boiler room (wood-pellet boiler) and a storage area. An interior wooden stairway leads to an attic. Outside, a masonry stairway goes up to a self-contained flat, spanning approx. 25 m². It comprises a kitchen, a bedroom and a shower room. A lean-to adjoins the rear of the building.
This property, spanning a surface area of approx. 9,000 m², is bordered by a river. Copses, lawns, an orchard and tall trees come into view along a drive which winds its way through the parklands. Amongst its numerous mature trees are two outstanding examples of a sequoia and a yellow poplar, both dating from the same era as the manor house’s construction. A tennis court is laid out behind the outbuilding.
This residence symbolises simplicity through its proportions and its materials. A holiday home, it was occupied for weekends or longer periods of time; not for show but to take advantage of the area and its natural surroundings, hence, all the ground floor rooms have direct access to the garden. Upstairs, the parklands and its tall trees also formed a harmonious backdrop for the bedrooms. The projections, reminiscent of Anglo-Norman villas, reflect a desire to be elsewhere. The landing stage on the river also expresses this same desire. When all is said and done, this desire to get back to nature is satisfied by this “country house”, with its parklands forming its essential setting.
|Land registry surface area||9055 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||260 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||100 m2|
Lucie Riaux +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.