midway between Lannion and Guingamp in the Trégor region
The Trégor region, a land of poets as well as singers of sôn and gwerz ballads, where dance reigned, has always been personified by its language and its traditions. Historically, it appears to be the region of Brittany most attached to its local Breton customs. Its towns such as Lannion, Morlaix, Perros-Guirec, Guingamp and Tréguier are all steeped in this distinctive character. The Trégor region is also a land of history, abounding in architectural heritage, putting it in the forefront as regards its number of manors, castles and chateaux, with no less than 700 dotted throughout its countryside. This property is 15 km to the south of Lannion. All daily shops and amenities are less than 10 minutes away. The road network puts it within easy reach of business centres and, above all, the Pink Granite Coast as well as the “Golden Belt”. And lastly, Guingamp TGV train station provides direct, 2¾-hour links to the French capital.
The country house
The architecture of this early 19th century, rectangular house is classical in appearance. Spanning two stories, it is topped with a gable, slate roof, featuring three dormers with triangular and arched pediments. The many facade windows are all protected with white, wooden shutters. The walls are constructed from dressed granite stone. The main, semi-circular-arched door, flanked by pilasters with human masks, is topped with a stone bearing the year 1615. As with all those used for the facade, the stone was taken from Saint-Norvez chapel, no longer in existence, and reused. A panel on two lintels is engraved with the founders of the building. The courtyard is home to a very old feature: a very tall granite wayside cross gives the property character. The rear facade is embellished with a square stairway tower, built into the carcass. The right-hand side of the building is extended by a porchway and a woodshed.
The double wooden doors, forming the main entrance, are semi-glazed and enhanced with wrought ironwork. They open into a vast entrance hall, where the visitor’s eye is immediately drawn to the basket-handle arch which enhances the original, beautifully preserved, wooden stairway. The white floor tiles are inlaid with black decoration. This reception area is composed of four rooms: a study of a relatively modest size, a lounge, with parquet flooring and a black marble fireplace, a dining room, with an impressive granite fireplace, and lastly a kitchen, with coloured mosaic floor tiles. Near to the stairway are a toilet and a corridor, leading to a shower room and a storeroom. The ceilings are very high. A door in the dining room gives access to the adjoining guest house, following on from the main building.
A hall provides access to three large bedrooms, with parquet flooring, one of which features a fireplace. A fourth door opens into a corridor, leading to another two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet.
The stairway continues up to the attic where a door opens into a reasonably large area, with a 2-metre-high ridge, illuminated via roof dormers. The impressive roofing framework is in a good state of repair.
The guest house
This rectangular building spans two levels and is topped with a gable, slate roof, featuring a pediment dormer. It extends the main building. The facade is composed of shale quarry blocks, with dressed stone surrounds framing the openings. A perimeter wall adjoining the gable features a door providing access to a walled vegetable garden.
The living room is spacious. The many openings look out over the interior courtyard and the walled vegetable garden. A terrace adjoins its west gable. First-class materials were used for its renovation. Large floor tiles, indoor wooden shutters, exposed beams, a granite fireplace and panelling enhance this room. A large, wooden cupboard, with double doors, conceals a miniature, fitted kitchen.
This level has been converted into two bedrooms, a toilet and a bathroom.
The holiday accommodation rental unit
This rectangular building, spanning two levels, is topped with a gable, slate roof. It stands at right angles to the main, country house. Its facade is composed of shale and granite quarry blocks.
A lounge-living room has been restored using first-class materials. The beams and the stone used for the walls are exposed or whitewashed, the floor is laid with sandstone tiles. A granite fireplace, fitted with a wood-burning stove, heats this functional home. A kitchen, with all basic equipment, is laid out next to the entrance door.
A night-time landing provides access to three bedrooms, two of which have parquet flooring, and a bathroom with a toilet. One of the bedrooms has a cathedral ceiling, featuring exposed trusses.
The numerous outbuildings have the potential for an interesting, additional floor surface area. A first rectangular building, spanning two levels and topped with a gable, slate roof, is an old farmhouse. The inside is bare. A nearby barn, spanning two levels with an open ground floor, can accommodate large vehicles. The upstairs attic could be converted. Another building stands at right angles to the main, country house, facing the interior courtyard. This is an old house, with a fireplace, extended by stables. The entire building is currently used for storage purposes. The ground floor is heavily partitioned and notably comprises an old cold room. Two large attics covered the full surface area of the building.
The continuous plots forming the farmland are at a distance from the property. They can be reached via annexe lanes on the north and south sides. A plot of woods is near to the road. The area around the country house includes a walled vegetable garden and several leisure areas, laid to lawn.
This property, free of all nuisances, is unusual in the fact that it is for sale with almost 6 ha of untenanted land. The country house has a large sleeping capacity, without taking the holiday accommodation rental unit and the guest house into account. The outbuildings are numerous and varied. A number of the buildings are still in their original condition, giving free rein to the imagination as regards restoration. With the nearest neighbours a reasonable distance away, these premises would be suitable for a communal project such as an ecovillage or one of self-sufficiency. Wood, water, land, space and buildings, all that is missing are the people to give this property a new lease on life.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha 78 ca|
|Main building surface area||360 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
|Outbuilding surface area||700 m2|
Jérôme 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.