Near Saint-Malo, in the utmost calm, an old farmhouse
where dreams of autonomy and sustainability come true
Saint-Malo, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35400 FR

Location

After leaving the corsair city and driving along the small roads crossing the fields and hedgerows, the bucolic and peaceful backdrop of the property is revealed. Located two kilometres from a village of about 4,000 inhabitants with local shops, the estate lies in a rural setting where the natural world and heritage are still very much present. It only takes five minutes to drive to the beaches and water sports activities, Cancale and the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay are very close. The old farmhouse is only ten minutes from Saint-Malo station, the TGV connects Paris in two hours and fifteen minutes. It takes about one hour to get to Rennes, the capital of Brittany, and its international airport.

Description

The setting is bucolic, with an unobstructed view of hedged farmlands, fields and meadows surrounding the village bell tower in the distance. A small track leads to the hamlet with a few buildings and on to the courtyard of the property. The former farmhouse has undergone extensive restoration work of a high standard. The owners have made a point of using traditional, environmentally friendly and energy-saving materials. The volumes of the house are substantial. It is flanked at right angles by two stone buildings, awaiting inspiration. They face a large garage. At the back of a permaculture garden a long brick building follows and, in its extension, a garage. The buildings form together an authentic, traditional and sustainable construction unit.

The house

This former distinguished farmhouse is built on three levels. The local stone facade is punctured with brick or dressed stone framed windows and features decorative horizontal brick friezes. The building has a slate roof with several dormer windows. The rough masonry is elegantly grouted in a warm colour that echoes the setting sun. Every detail has been meticulously restored.


Ground floor
The solid oak entrance door, with iron fittings and peephole, is imposing. It opens into a hallway with the start of an oak staircase leading to the upper floors. On one side, it serves a dining room bathed in light. It includes a large dining area and a kitchen area with a central island and ovens built into the wall separating it from a utility room. The room is paved with large dark tiles. The ochre and light grey walls blend in perfectly with the stonework and exposed beams. On the other side of the hallway, a double oak door opens into a drawing room which forms the heart of the house. Its fireplace combines the noble materials that are the common thread of the house: dressed stone hearth and coursed granite masonry, oak mantle and corbels topped by a brick hood. Its construction and function bear witness to a time when spending a time together in front of the fire was an important part of daily life. The floor is oak parquet, the beams are visible. Near the fireplace, an opening has been created to allow future access to the adjoining building.
First floor
A corridor, with exposed stone walls, leads to three bedrooms and two bathrooms which open onto the courtyard or the back of the house, with unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside. On this level, the flooring is old fashioned parquet, the beams are fully exposed. Interior shutters protect each window.
Attic
A staircase leads up to the attic where three bedrooms and their bathrooms are currently being fitted out.

The outbuildings

The two outbuildings adjoining the house, of the same materials, feature on their facades numerous windows of various sizes and shapes, some of which are arched. They have also preserved a dozen old putlog holes and the remains of old turrets linking each building. Formerly farm buildings, they were built on two levels with a total living area of approximately 430 m² and are currently being restored. The other buildings, entirely reconstructed in brick under slate, offer an area of approximately 150 m², facing the setting sun. They are followed by an outbuilding of 110 m² with its own entrance at the rear of the stone buildings. A large outbuilding, close to the main entrance, with a surface area of approx. 300 m², features a considerable ceiling height.

The garden

The exterior spaces are protected from any prying eyes, but still need to be developed. The views from and between the buildings are extremely varied. Garden lovers will find this a challenge worthy of their passion. A permaculture area is currently being cultivated. Moreover, additional land, representing an area of approximately 6,000 m², can be offered as an option.

Our opinion

This farmhouse has benefited from a remarkable conversion, thanks to an outstanding restoration carried out with bio-based and geo-based materials. The warm and welcoming farmhouse features all the modern comforts, yet its authentic character has been preserved. The topography of the property, with the layout of the various building elements and their individual volumes, lends this place a very special charm. Its architectural character, the reasonable size of its garden and the potential for development of the outbuildings will convince future occupants who are prepared to continue the renovation and are keen to implement energy and ecological transition.
To live in harmony with nature at the meeting point of the Emerald Coast and the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, to shape a personal or professional life project, these choices definitely make sense.

1 596 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 746056

Land registry surface area 4113 m2
Main building surface area 660 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 560 m2

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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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