A 17th century manor house, with outbuildings and equestrian facilities,
on a 2.5-hectare estate between Rennes and Saint-Malo
Tinténiac, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35190 FR


Some 20 km from Rennes and about 40 km from the Emerald Coast, this property is to be found near a picturesque village in Upper Brittany. A bigger market town, with all shops and schools, is less than 4 km away. This estate is also near to the canal running from Nantes to Saint-Malo, which links the Atlantic Ocean to the English Channel. Dray horses have given way to people out for a stroll and fishermen along a towpath that is now used for leisure purposes. Rennes TGV train station provides links to Paris taking less than 1½ hours.


A tree-lined lane leads from a secondary road to the manor courtyard, in the centre of the property. This house was constructed in the first quarter of the 17th century. Topped with a pavilion roof covered with slate, it adjoins a 15th century building, extended by another building, constructed in the 18th century. The living space spans approx. 320 m². At the entrance to the courtyard is an outstanding hemp drying shed. On the side, two outbuildings are used for storage purposes. Behind these buildings, facing a lake, an area has been laid out with a covered barbecue. An arboretum on the opposite bank is reflected in the water. Behind the manor, equestrian facilities a (riding arena, a barn, horse loose boxes and a tack room) can accommodate several horses. Two large meadows bordered by thick hedges complete this property. The estate must originally have been surrounded by moats as vestiges of ditches and earth embankments are still to be seen on the north side of the plot.

The manor house

Local press records bear witness to the fact that a main trading route passed near to this property. The Greeks used it to exchange amber from the Baltics for Armorican tin and bronze. The current manor house, whose foundations date back to the 15th century, probably enjoyed its golden age around the 17th century courtesy of the hemp trade. Constructed from granite stone, this rectangular, north-south-facing building is constructed in alignment with a house dating back to the 15th century. This layout was retained for a building constructed in the 18th century. The walls of these three buildings are constructed from quarry stone blocks. Dressed stone was used for the quoins and the surrounds framing the openings.

Ground floor
The main entrance door opens into a vestibule, where a wooden stairway goes upstairs. Straight on, a door opens out on to the garden on the north side. A first door provides access to a kitchen and a dining room, with a fireplace and a wood-burning stove, illuminated via a large glazed door. A second door conceals a laundry room, with a toilet. A third door leads to a study-library. Adjoining, the main kitchen, with its terracotta floor tiles, is enhanced with a fireplace dating from the 15th century. The ceiling in this room is approx. 4.6 m high. A glazed door opens on to the courtyard. Next to the fireplace, a few steps and an arched door lead to a corridor. The latter gives access to a boiler-laundry room, illuminated by a door, leading to the garden, a toilet and then a lounge. This large living room, with its oak wood parquet flooring and a door also opening on to the courtyard, houses an 18th century stairway, with a hewn wooden handrail, going upstairs.
First floor
The stairway in the entrance hall goes up to the first floor of the 17th century pavilion. A landing gives access to a corridor, leading to three bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet. A door on this landing opens into an attic. And lastly, a flight of steps goes up to the attic space. This area could be converted into a bedroom, with a shower room. The stairway in the lounge goes up to a landing, illuminated via a window and leading to two bedrooms. The first has a bathroom, with a toilet, the second has a shower room, with a toilet.

The outbuildings

Two slate-roofed buildings, standing between the manor and the lake, are used for storage purposes. The first comprises a covered area, able to take cars, and a workshop, topped with an attic. The second is constructed from cob on granite stone lower sections. An old cowshed, constructed in the 20th century, adjoins the section of the house dating from the 18th century. In the manor house courtyard, an outstanding 2-storey drying shed dates from the 17th century. This round construction is also made of cob on granite stone lower sections. Divided into two sections, the lower part was used as a bread oven, whilst the top half was used for drying the hemp. This rare example of such a building, still in existence, illustrates the importance of hemp production in Brittany between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The equestrian facilities

The equestrian complex, to the north of the property, is some 40 metres away from the house. It comprises six horse loose boxes, four of which span 12 m² and two 9 m², all with hayracks and automatic water troughs, a storage building, with a mezzanine for storing fodder, and a tack room. Adjoining the horse loose boxes, a covered grooming area can also be used as a foaling box. The entire complex is constructed on a concrete screed, making it also possible to park several cars. Nearby, a 50x20 m, riding arena, spanning approx. 1,000 m², laid to grass on sand, is fitted with a lighting system.

The parklands

These parklands, spanning a continuous surface area of approx. 2.5 hectares, surround the manor house. Large, thick hedges enhance its perimeter. The main facade of the house looks out over a courtyard. Near to the hemp drying shed is a well. A passageway between the two outbuildings leads to a green open space bordering the lake (approx. 2,200 m²). Installed with a lighting system and a covered barbecue, this area has a backdrop composed of the extensive foliage of the trees forming the arboretum on the other side of the lake. A few of the many species, planted some 20 years ago, are worthy of note such as a Lebanon cedar, an Austrian pine, a purple beech and a bald cypress tree. Two meadows, completely enclosed with fencing, one of which includes a shelter, could accommodate horses. The land on the north side is bordered by wide ditches, vestiges of the estate’s old moats.

Our opinion

This house, combining life in the country with proximity of amenities, has been meticulously renovated in keeping with the history of the premises. With its operational equestrian facilities, the estate is able to meet the needs of several horses, with which to explore the numerous hiking trails dotted throughout “Romantic Brittany”. The property’s outstanding 2-storey drying shed bears witness to a know-how that enabled the region to prosper in the 17th century, when its manufactured cloth was shipped all over the world. The manor house and its many outbuildings currently form an authentic and welcoming architectural property that would be equally well suited to a country home as a tourist activity.

Exclusive sale

745 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 188531

Land registry surface area 2 ha 46 a 77 ca
Main building surface area 320 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 250 m2

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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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