just 15 minutes from the seaside resort of Pléneuf-Val-André
The road, leading to the property, goes through a quiet, little village and heads towards the nearby sea. This chateau, in the midst of a nature reserve, looks out on to the sea, giving an unobstructed view stretching into the distance that captivates the eye and reflects a thousand colours in keeping with the weather and the season. This is an ideal place for taking a walk along the coastal path, the GR 34 hiking trail, just a stone’s throw from the property. With the countryside and the sea, the surroundings are serene. The beaches are within easy reach by car (3 minutes) or by bike (9 minutes) and will appeal to enthusiasts of swimming and water sports alike. All shops and daily amenities are less than 7 minutes away. The nearest TGV train station is less than 20 minutes away and Rennes international airport is just over an hour away.
Constructed at the very end of the 18th century, this chateau should have comprised three sections but the French Revolution stopped the worksite and prevented construction of the east wing. It is successively topped with a pavilion roof, a long-sloped roof and a square-based imperial roof. The facade features four bays, topped with roof dormers featuring triangular and semi-circular arched pediments, each housing an oculus. Tall chimney stacks and spires complete this classical looking roof, with its combination of zinc and metamorphic rock. Granite, dressed stone and quarry stone blocks are the typical materials used locally on this type of building. Seven tall, large-paned picture windows let in copious amount of light. A few steps provide access to a porch and the main door, its architectural surround topped with a triangular pediment. Two balconies on a gable wall, looking out over the sea and the exposed natural surroundings, are ideal for appreciating the view or possibly a great wine.
The main door opens into an entrance hall, housing a monumental, single-winding-flight, masonry stairway, with open balusters. A ceiling almost 4 metres high, terracotta floor tiles and several beautiful artistic works compose this decor which blends old materials with contemporary pieces of furniture and art. The impressive wooden doors date from the origins of the chateau. On the left-hand side is a bright, spacious and comfortable lounge. The exposed beams and the fireplace, with its wooden surround, go beautifully with the parquet flooring. Each feature, such as the panelling and the sculpted cast iron radiators, dotted around the room and heated via one of the very latest heat pumps, has undergone meticulous restoration. An adjoining, fitted kitchen also includes a fireplace with a wooden surround. A cleverly concealed, small back kitchen completes this area. And lastly, a spiral, wrought iron stairway goes down to the garden and the greenhouse which abound with fruit and vegetables in the summer.
The monumental stairway goes up to a vast landing, the walls of which are lined with large bookshelf units. An impressive wooden door opens into a private lounge, featuring the same characteristics as the lounge on the ground floor. Aside from the fact that it includes a little door, subtly installed in one of the corners of the room, which provides access to the second floor via a stairway tower, built into the carcass, and its original wooden stairway. An adjoining bedroom features a little balcony, with a direct sea view. The floor is alternately laid with parquet flooring and terracotta tiles, especially near to the fireplace which, once again, features a sober, refined surround, this time made of wood and stone. It, in turn, is adjoined by a shower room, with a toilet, that also communicates with a more private bedroom, featuring exposed stone walls.
The stairway tower, built into the carcass and going up to the second floor, is flanked half-way up by a bathroom, with a toilet. It leads to a night-time landing that provides access to four rooms, awaiting completion of their renovation. The two rooms on the sea side have unobstructed views over the bay, through hanging dormer windows, topped with arched pediments.
The garden level can be reached via a spiral, granite stairway which is hidden behind the monumental stairway in the entrance hall. An intermediate landing houses a toilet. It goes down to a vast basement which houses utility rooms such as a boiler room, a linen room, a workshop and lastly a cellar with a packed mud floor. Several doors provide access to the garden. The floors are covered with floorings suited to each room and its function. A large, granite fireplace, featuring an old bread oven, takes pride of place in the main room, currently in use as a linen room.
The caretaker’s cottage
This cottage, built of brick and granite, stands near to the chateau. It is topped with a gable roof, covered with interlocking tiles. Inside the walls are partially covered with lime rendering, providing glimpses of the original stone.
This level is ingeniously laid out with an open-plan kitchen, a living room and a shower room, with a toilet. A little, almost “miniature” fireplace is worthy of note in the kitchen.
Two bedrooms complete this self-contained house. Exposed beams, wooden parquet flooring and quality materials have been used.
The traditional, long farm building
This long building is composed of two storage areas, an old stable and a small seasonal dwelling. The latter comprises a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom with a toilet and a bedroom on a mezzanine.
Each area has its own specific function. A garden, completely enclosed by walls and wrought iron gates, is an ideal spot for fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Sheltered from the wind, it is fully exposed to the sun. A vast meadow could accommodate sheep or members of the horse family. A small, nearby wood, a high wall as well as the large, traditional, long farm building distance the property from the little secondary road that runs alongside the estate.
The sea view is this property’s key asset. The horizon changes every hour of every day. The first-class interior restoration works are a subtle blend of the old and the new. The authentic atmosphere combines elegance and power. The potential still waiting to be exploited on the second floor is rare because of its view of the sea, stretching into the distance, like a lighthouse facing the ocean.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 17 a 93 ca|
|Main building surface area||320 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||240 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Chrystelle 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.