An 18th century chateau and its panoramic sea view,
just 15 minutes from the seaside resort of Pléneuf-Val-André
Pléneuf-Val-André, COTES-D'ARMOR brittany 22370 FR

Location

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.

Description

Visitors pass fields, copses, meadows and a few properties for about two minutes before signposts show directions to two nearby beaches and the named locality where this house stands. A driveway then runs through the undergrowth. The various species include fir, oak, beech and chestnut trees. A verdant meadow on the left-hand side, is partially concealed by foliage. The chateau comes into view at the end of this forest maze. Continuing to the left of the buildings, the driveway then leads to a walled garden. The unusual facade raises many questions but it is made even more unique by the fact that, like many chateaux, it was never finished due to the French Revolution. On the right-hand side, on a slightly lower level and concealed behind a hedge, a little, old caretaker’s cottage has been predominantly restored. Behind, a traditional, long farm building comprises the old stables, a barn and a small house. The entire property has a rare panoramic sea view. The setting is ideal and in no need of change as nature takes charge with each passing season.

The chateau

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.


Ground floor
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.
First floor
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.
Second floor
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.
Garden level
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.


Ground floor
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.
First floor
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.

The parklands

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.

Our opinion

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.

1 784 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 262193

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

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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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