A listed, 17th century chateau in more than three hectares,
just 30 minutes from the sea in Brittany
Guingamp, COTES-D'ARMOR brittany 22200 FR

Location

On land once known as Armorica, in the midst of the Trégor region, this house can be reached from the French capital in less than three hours via the Paris-Brest fast train line. This chateau, built in the area where the production of linen cloth known as “Grâciennes” boomed between 1650 and 1830, is set in peaceful countryside. A village, with local shops and amenities, is two kilometres from the property. The nearby N12 makes it easy to get to various economic and tourist centres such as Lannion, Guingamp and Saint-Brieuc as well as to the Pink Granite and Goëlo coasts.

Description

A secondary road leads through the countryside to a no-through road and the main entrance to this property. Wrought iron gates, flanked by two stone pillars, are protected by a ha-ha. Bordered by tall trees, a majestic driveway leads to a gravel courtyard, extended by vast grassy areas. The parklands, spanning some two and a half hectares with a stream running through, spread out from there, concealing a tennis court. A second, more discreet entrance, leads, on one side of the house, to a garden and its walled terraces. A flight of granite steps links the garden to the main courtyard below.

The chateau

This chateau is impressive. Originally, two long buildings set at right angles to one another were connected by a pavilion. However, one wing was destroyed by fire last century. The monumental stairway in the pavilion was preserved.
Nowadays, the chateau comprises a main building, flanked by a pavilion at one end. An orangery has been constructed at right angles to the opposite end. The hip roofs are covered with slate.
The current owners have carried out meticulous restoration works throughout most of this L-shaped building.
The entire chateau is on the French Historic Monument list.

The pavilion

This pavilion protrudes slightly. Its three-sloped roof has a roof dormer featuring the same architectural codes as those of the main building: dressed stone bull’s eye windows, flanked with a curved decor and topped with an arched pediment. A large, stone stairway, with its wrought iron railings, is housed in the hall which provides access to the rooms on the ground floor of the pavilion and the main building.


Ground floor
A vestibule, which originally provided access to the two buildings then set at right angles, features a central opening and goes up to the floor above. This vestibule leads to a vast kitchen, where two windows look out over a garden.
First floor
A cupola, with a semi-circular profile, and its sculpted dome look down on to the stairway. A door on the landing leads to a corridor providing access to bedrooms, overlooking the parklands, in the main building and a bedroom in the pavilion, looking out the back of the house.

The main building

This building has classical architecture on two levels with nine regular openings on the facade, enhanced with granite string courses. The roof features four harmonious roof dormers which let copious amounts of light into the attic space. The facade faces south.


Ground floor
The entrance hall in the pavilion gives access to the chateau’s reception rooms. A ladies’ sitting room, a dining room and a lounge, all described as stately, adjoin one another. Fireplaces, original wooden parquet flooring, panelling and exposed beams enhance these rooms. Furthermore, a corridor running the length of the rear facade also provides access to the main rooms as well as to a toilet for disabled persons and a games room.
First floor
This level can be reached either via the main stairway or via a wooden stairway, housed where the orangery adjoins the chateau. The layout is identical to that on the ground floor with the possibility of accessing the adjoining rooms or of reaching them via a corridor running the length of the rear facade. Three of the four bedrooms, enhanced with panelling and their original parquet flooring, have their own bath or shower room and toilet. There is also a dressing room. Large windows make all the bedrooms bright. One bedroom is notably outstandingly decorated with four painted trumeaux, depicting children’s games.
Attic
The attic space awaits conversion. Divided into two sections, it is illuminated via roof dormers that look out over the chateau’s parklands.

The orangery

Set at right angles to the chateau, the orangery is topped with a gable roof, featuring three shed dormers. It is slightly raised in relation to the wing of the main house. Facing west, it is illuminated by the afternoon sunshine courtesy of its large, small-paned, picture windows. This facade becomes progressively covered with the foliage of a Virginia Creeper in the spring, thus creating a harmonious property combining greenery, wood, glass and granite.
Behind, adjoining the orangery, are two outbuildings currently used for storage purposes.


Ground floor
The orangery is divided into three separate sections: a main, spacious, fully fitted kitchen, with a door on a half level leading to the ground floor of the chateau, a machine room and a 2-storey flat which comprises a bedroom, a kitchen and a shower room, with a toilet.
First floor
The upper section of the orangery has undergone renovation works. This attic space comprises a vast living room with, on the right-hand side, two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a separate toilet. On the left-hand side, at the beginning of the attic space in the main building, a third, slightly raised bedroom completes these private quarters which could, notably, be used to accommodate guests away from the rooms in the chateau. Each of these bedrooms is fitted with a wash-hand basin. A door provides access to the section of the attic space over the main building which has not been converted and to the cupola’s outstanding roofing framework.

The parklands

These parklands, separated from the chateau via the main courtyard, are used for functions as well as large family and cultural events. This verdant feature extends progressively on to land planted with various old species. A little further away again, on the right-hand side, are a tennis court, an orchard and a lake. On the same side as the orangery, small paved sections alternate with flowering areas, enabling new owners to imagine a few tables dotted around here and there. These alternating structured and wild areas create a variety of successive atmospheres.

Our opinion

Away from the hustle and bustle of the town, this chateau is set in the countryside, and yet, all amenities are but two minutes away. The verdant, forest surroundings protect the privacy of this property which could equally well accommodate a large family as passing guests, just as it has done for the last few years. New owners can take on the role of castellans in this land of flax.

797 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 399129

Land registry surface area 3 ha 35 a 43 ca
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

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Jérôme Masson +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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