A 17th century manor house in almost 5,800 m² of parklands
in the vicinity of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay and near to Combourg
Combourg, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35270 FR

Location

This house stands in a small, renowned character town, perched on the Marches-de-Bretagne, in the centre of the Saint-Malo-Combourg-Mont-Saint-Michel triangle. In the midst of the Gallo Country, it dominates the verdant Couesnon Valley. Rennes is 40 km away. TGV trains provide 1½-hour links to Paris. Small shops and amenities (health centre, chemist, bank, mini-market) are within walking distance.
The sea and Domaine-des-Ormes golf course are 20 minutes away, Dinard, Cancale and Saint-Malo beaches are 45 minutes away, Mont-Saint-Michel is 30 minutes away.

Description

This walled property is just a stone’s throw from the village square, with its unusual church formed from two old, 18th century churches. A gravel driveway, crossing vast lawns, leads to the main courtyard bordered on two sides by the manor house. The large garden is notably planted with centuries-old trees.

The manor house

Its elegant, perfectly symmetrical facade comes into immediate view. Constructed in the first half of the 17th century, this manor house reflects the Louis XIII era.
Laid out in an L-shape, it is composed of two buildings, with the old stables set at right angles. It is constructed from granite quarry blocks, whilst dressed stone forms the surrounds framing the windows and the quoins. It is topped with elegant hip roofs, enhanced with modillion cornices and roof dormers with triangular pediments, decorated with scrolls on the sides. The roofs feature chimney stacks and a fire pot (a vase-shaped, lead finial).
The central building, with a roof dominating the entire manor, is flanked by two wings, the first of which opens on to the main courtyard via the front door of the manor house. An impressive wisteria grows along the sun-drenched facade.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a vast, bright entrance hall, the walls of which are lined with protruding Louis XV panels and fluted pilasters. This vestibule provides access, on one side, to two adjoining lounges, with marble fireplaces, panelling and 18th century doors. They are illuminated by large windows and a bow window. The very high ceilings are adorned with roses and chandeliers. One of them has herringbone pattern parquet flooring, whilst thick carpet covers the floor in the other.
The vestibule leads, on the other side, to a library, where the beams and joists are exposed. One wall is adorned with an impressive granite fireplace. It is followed by the manor’s second entrance hall, leading to a dining room, enhanced with an exposed stone wall, shared with the family kitchen. Following on from the latter is a laundry room and a bathroom. The floors in this wing are paved with large, light-coloured stone tiles.

First floor
This level can be reached via two stairways. The main stairway, housed in the vestibule, is protected by wrought iron railings. It goes up to a landing with a large cupboard. A back stairway is housed in the renovated wing.
Two corridors provide access on either side to six vast bedrooms and two large studies, looking out over the parklands, a bathroom, three tiled shower rooms, two dressing rooms and two separate toilets.
The walls are lined with light-coloured, Toile-de-Mayenne wallcovering. Three bedrooms have fireplaces. Floors are alternately laid with carpet or strip pattern parquet flooring.

Attic
The attic space is taken up by three large bedrooms, currently undergoing renovation, and several attics which could be converted. The oak wood roofing framework, featuring the Saint-Andrew’s cross, is exposed and just waiting to be enhanced as part of a new vocation.

The outbuildings

The ground floor comprises a storeroom and a workshop.
A cellar in the basement houses a boiler room, a storage area and a wine cellar.
A small, stone pavilion on the corner of the premises, having come down through the ages, is a vestige of the property’s past.

Our opinion

This manor house exudes an impression of tranquillity, the effect of its sober, harmonious architecture. Although in an urban setting, the wooded parklands are out of sight of onlookers and provide a real change of scenery, infusing the premises with a peaceful atmosphere. It is difficult to imagine that this property is but 2½ hours from Paris.
The inside of the house reveals refined decoration. The authenticity of the stone and the panelling forms a superb balance between the white and warm colours in rooms steeped in light.
This manor house currently spans almost 500 m². Its attic space and second floor bedrooms provide approx. 100 m² of additional potential.
This property would be ideally suited to all kinds of projects from a family home to a guesthouse activity or a house with office space. All facilities and the Emerald coast are within easy reach.

Exclusive sale

1 850 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 685935

Land registry surface area 5794 m2
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 70 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Béatrice Viel +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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