an authentic 17th century «Trégorroise» farm awaiting restoration
Just fifteen minutes from the town of Guingamp and thirty-five minutes from the pink granite coast, the calm of the surrounding rural wooded countryside is felt everywhere. Six minutes from local convenience stores and hidden away at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small village. The slightly hilly surroundings let you imagine the Monts d’Arrée close by. The breton meaning of the village name is “the hilltops”. Located at an altitude of 196 m, the building is in a dominant position.
The old farmhouse
A traditional breton farm was often just one-storey, it was two-storey when more impressive, and such was the case of this particular farmhouse.
A semi-circular doorway with bossed quoins provides access to the ground floor of the main building. Built on a rectangular base, with no load-bearing walls apart from the four exterior walls, makes any kind of layout imaginable. There is a stone trough built in the walls as you enter. The layout is typical of a Trégor farm of the period, and called “ar veol” in Breton. This is where yeast was kept for making bread.
A currently condemned door, featuring three keystones, including a smaller one at the top of the arch, once opened out the back. It almost brings a triangular arched entrance door with bevelled jambs to mind. One can almost imagine a pointed arch entrance with bossed quoins. Where could such a door have led?
It is one large space with a wood floor in reasonable condition. The wooden spiral staircase leading up to the attic is positioned in a little recess in the back wall, similar to a semi-engaged tower, in fact almost completely incorporated in the building walls.
The A shaped roofing framework, perfectly preserved thanks to the precautions of the owners who have always ensured that the building was covered, would make a spacious loft conversion possible.
In 17th century, modest farms used to have a stable attached to the farmhouse (two facade doors one for each part of the building). This is not the case here, to the right of the farmhouse there is a long and impressive stable, in one piece, that could have housed a large number of animals for the period.
It awaits conversion, there are no load-bearing walls the whole length of the building.
The door with a bevelled lintel opens out to the rear.
A loft conversion would be possible, creating a mezzanine or a cathedral ceiling.
This large shed, featuring several small windows could become an additional house, a gite or guest house.
The second floor under the rafters has a large opening in one of the gable walls.
A stone farmhouse, one side leaning on wooden stilts, is carefully covered. It could be called a porch or canopy. The harvests were stored here but this type of building was also used to keep carts and farm equipment.
Located next to the stable, the barn also benefits from protection from the wind in the courtyard.
The stones of the semi-circular doorway have fallen but are still on site.
Since then, the doorway has been restored with a straight lintel, a door opens in to a small room.
The presence of semi-circular doorways with bossed quoins throughout helps us put a construction date on the property. The layout of the buildings forming a central courtyard is bold and authentic. The three permanent buildings offer the possibility of converting it into +/- 350 m2 of living area giving free run to countless projects. All the more so since the change of use of the buildings registered (e.g. barn, carport, pigsty….) and extensions are possible. What naturally comes to mind is a bed and breakfast activity at the farm, or even a main house and two gites. But why not just simply restoration of a traditional breton farm with its permaculture vegetable garden, on lands that have not been cultivated since ancient times.
Secluded and rural; towns, the seaside and the TGV are so close, making travelling back and forth very easy.
|Land registry surface area||4360 m2|
|Main building surface area||180 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||170 m2|
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.