A listed, 17th century chateau, its chapel and its outbuildings
on a 10-ha estate near to Rennes
Rennes, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35000 FR

Location

The capital town of Brittany is 20 minutes away. A TGV train station provides links to Paris taking less than 1½ hours. This property is near to a market town with 7,000 inhabitants, shops, markets selling local produce, primary and secondary schools and amenities. Thick hedges, outstanding trees, sunken lanes, numerous manor houses and old, well-preserved cob houses constitute the local scenery and heritage in a land, heavily marked by its extensive river system.

Description

A little road, bordered by trees, leads to the entrance to this property which extends over a little more than ten hectares. A driveway then runs alongside a wood before dividing into two sections that go around a parterre, enhanced with rose bushes. These two sections then join up in front of the chateau. On either side, a stable faces parklands, which are extended by a large wood and a lake, vestige of the old moat. A chapel stands on the banks of this lake. A garden, behind the chateau, is surrounded by three annexe buildings: a greenhouse, a fruitstore and lastly a forge, reflecting the equestrian vocation of the estate at one time.

The chateau

This chateau stands on the site of an old feudal motte, the features of which, concealed in the estate’s wood, can still be made out. The current house, listed as a French Historic Monument, was built on the top of a small plateau in the 17th century. Spanning approx. 390 m² of living space, it was constructed in an almost square layout, flanked by two semi-engaged, lateral pavilions. It comprises a lower level, a raised ground floor, a first floor and an attic floor. The facades are aligned with three bays on the central building and a single bay on each side of the pavilions. The walls are composed of shale and covered with lime rendering. Limestone was used for the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings. The central building is topped with a hip and sprocket roof, featuring several roof dormers. The imperial roofs on the lateral pavilions and the lanterns, dominating the central bays of the facades, are particularly interesting architectural features. A terrace looking out over the garden is laid out between the two pavilions. A straight flight of stone steps goes down to the garden.


Base level
Entrances to be found on each gable provide access to a dining room, on one side, and to a kitchen, on the other. The kitchen has exposed ceiling beams and joists as well as a sandstone block fireplace. The fireplace in the dining room is composed of a large, small brick hearth with a wooden lintel supported on little corbels. A back kitchen, a storeroom and a boiler room complete this level. Two back stairways go to the floor above.
Ground floor
The porch provides access to the main entrance hall, paved with cement tiles, which opens into a through vestibule, leading to the terrace. In the centre, the wooden stairway is an outstanding example of the 17th century art of carpentry. A lounge and a library are laid out on either side of the vestibule. These rooms, each with their own fireplace, have doors opening on to the terrace which overlooks the garden. A study, following on from the library, is laid out in one of the pavilions. The lounge precedes a toilet, installed in the other pavilion.
First floor
The landing provides access to the three bedrooms, all with parquet flooring laid in a ladder pattern, that compose this floor. The space taken up by two of these bedrooms, with their bathrooms and toilets, extends into the pavilions.
Second floor
The landing provides access to three bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings with exposed trusses, a study, a bathroom and a shower room with a toilet. A stairway leads to a small attic room, used for attic purposes, laid out under the lantern.

The outbuildings

A stable building, a forge, a fruitstore and a greenhouse are near to the chateau. The stable is composed of a shed with carriage doors, a tack room, a staff dwelling and a hayloft. The forge is a small building comprising a room, with a fireplace, and an adjoining lean-to. The stable, forge and fruitstore are constructed from cob, over shale lower sections and topped with slate roofs. The construction of the greenhouse, set behind the chateau, also dates from the 19th century.

The chapel

A contemporary of the medieval residence, this chapel, standing near to the old moat, is constructed from shale and covered with a slate roof. A rectangular building, it is topped with a gable, sprocket roof, crowned with a small bell-tower. A large, triangular arched door on a gable is framed with a moulded limestone surround. A second, triangular arched door is set in one of the eaves walls. Light floods in through three windows. The vaulted ceiling is covered with panelling.

The parklands

Spanning a surface area of a little more than 10 ha, the grounds are composed of some 9,000 m² of parklands, 4 ha of woods and 5 ha of grasslands. The first wood, sheltering the feudal motte, adjoins the entrance to the property. A wide bridlepath, currently covered with grass, links the chateau, surrounded by gardens, to the historic entrance to the estate. Nearby, two large meadows are delimited by thick hedges. Numerous oak trees, hundreds of years old, are dotted throughout the property. A lake, spanning approx. 1,000 m², has been dug on the site of the old moat below the chateau.

Our opinion

A feudal motte, old moats and a chapel are all proof of the estate’s medieval past. The interior stairway, an outstanding example of the art of carpentry, and the imperial roofs are illustrations of the Age of Reason. And lastly, the cob, used for constructing the outbuildings, bears witness to the vernacular heritage of the area around Rennes in the 19th century. The combined eras and styles of this property, protected by French Historic Monument listing, can but enhance one another. The ten hectares of parklands and their lake constitute a now rare biotope, the bases of which are formed by thick hedges and grasses as well as plants on the banks and in the water, where annual plants and small passing animals can take refuge. Set on the outskirts of a regional capital, this estate is but wating for meticulous restoration works to let the character of the premises shine through once again.

730 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 144261

Land registry surface area 10 ha 60 a 10 ca
Main building surface area 390 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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Lucie Riaux +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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