In Cornouaille, at the gates of the regional capital
a manorial estate, its landscaped parklands and lake
, FINISTERE brittany FR

Location

The property is approx. five kilometres from Quimper and its main public facilities (airport, TGV station, shops, museums and theatres). The manor house is located in a quiet peripheral town of 4500 inhabitants, with rich archaeological heritage: dolmen, Gallo-Roman vestiges.
It benefits from the proximity of major roads linking it to the beaches and Cornouaille ports to the south and north within half an hour.
The property, currently comprising five buildings three of which are residential, dates back to 15th century.

Description

Access to this 3-hectare estate is via a road bearing the name of the manor house, standing firmly in this region for six centuries. The main driveway begins to the north and leads to the most recently restored dwellings. Dense vegetation and shrubs of varying species border the winding path and undulating land. The secondary entrance, leads to the south-facing facades, and older dwellings (This entrance was in all likelihood the original main entrance) Of the country manor mentioned in the 1441 Hearth Tax reform as “old manor” only a few dozen metres of fortified walls are still standing. Just a few stones, some ornamentations and architectural elements of the old seigneurial dwellings remain. The property has been owned by a succession of local noble families and naturally additions were made over time. Today the buildings are set at right angles. Some radical transformations undertaken by the previous owners in the 1970s unfortunately meant that some of the dwellings, annexes and servants’ quarters that once existed in line with the main facade to the west were removed. At this time an impressive workshop was built perpendicular to the main facade where some old stables once stood.

The dwellings dating back to 16th century

They consisted of two adjoining buildings once communicating via an inner door that is currently condemned.
The granite stone south-facing facades are the only thing remaining today. The first two-storey building was the master’s house, the second lower building the servants’ quarters. The period windows and doors including ogee door, two mullioned windows, roof dormer with curved pediment, ribbed frames and sills still exist.


Reception building
The entrance door to the main building of this country manor opens just like in 16th century into a large reception room. All volumes, hall areas and openings have been preserved. This room communicates with the farm building via a currently condemned door and with the main living quarters thanks to recent renovation/extension works. Due to restoration carried out in 20th century, access to the upper floors is no longer possible from the ground floor of the old manor house. The upper floors are now accessed via a staircase in a building built in 20th century.
Farmhouse building
The secondary dwelling originally intended for tenant farmers or servants is called the “little house”; it consists of a two-storey living unit separate from the main building.
Ground floor
The entrance opens into a lobby and then a through-room where the fireplace is in very good condition. There is a fitted kitchen in this open living space. The entrance also incorporates the staircase to the upper floors, a toilet and storage space.
First floor
Roof dormers have been added to the original north-facing roof. The staircase leads to an open study on the landing, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The dwelling built in 20th century

It is an approx. 170m2 two-storey building including the attic. Built in the 1970s and set at right angles to the main building; made of stone with a slate gable roof east/west facing. The fixtures and fittings unchanged since they were fitted require upgrading to meet with current standards of comfort.


Ground floor
The entrance opens into a large vestibule forming a monumental stairwell. This area leads to the technical and utility rooms (laundry room, boiler room, kitchen), and the living rooms: a study then an area comprising three different spaces spanning approx. 40m2. One of them, to the east, is a rotunda featuring a clipped round roof that leads out onto a terrace overlooking the park. This living space communicates with the large reception room in the original 16th century seigneurial dwelling. Tiled floors throughout. Several contemporary stained-glass windows made by local master glassmakers decorate the west-facing bay windows in the entrance and the laundry room.

First floor
The landing and a corridor lead to four bedrooms, linen room, bathroom and toilet; all the rooms are built in the most recent construction. Sprung parquet flooring throughout. Another landing area leads to two master bedrooms that occupy the whole first floor of the old house. At the end of this second corridor, a staircase leads up to a large open attic space currently used as a games room.

The farm outbuildings


Outbuilding
Built of stone and concrete during the final quarter of the previous century, the farm outbuilding is set at right angles forming a closed courtyard with the other old buildings.
It spans two floors. The upper floor is partially partitioned and accessed from outside via the south courtyard but also from inside via a staircase. The ground floor is accessed via a sectional door in the main façade overlooking the dale and a lake. This area was used to park farm machinery thanks to its high ridge that is of particular interest.

Barn
In line with the oldest houses stands an old stone barn with slate, gable roof. It has a large opening to the east with a north-facing side door; it is the last of the many outbuildings that once existed adjoining the manor. It is in good structural condition.

The landscaped parkland

Almost three hectares of red beech, tulip trees, ginkgo bilobas, Lambert cypress, cherry and apple trees etc… follow on from each other in this undulating park and its multiple perspectives. The flower beds and driveways also bear witness to former agricultural activity: a well, the stones of an old animal-powered press.

The source and wash-house

Slightly downhill from the buildings, an ancient narrow stone staircase leads down to the source that feeds the manor for its domestic use. It features a stone buttress and small aedicula resembling a nymphaeum. A spillway carries the water to the wash-house; then into the lake.

The lake

A charming driveway runs down the hill towards a 1000 m2 lake. It is partially surrounded by trees and is in good condition.

Medieval vestiges

At the bottom of the dale, remains of the old manor’s boundary; fifty metres of wall flanked by two bastions today calmly bear witness to the clashes of the past.

Our opinion

The main advantages of this property lie in its location and landscaped setting rather that its heritage features. In this context, subject to restoration works of course, the large surface areas already developed or awaiting development -currently available, are a real advantage. This site lends itself to numerous development projects. The buildings, already redesigned many times are just waiting to be rethought.

Exclusive sale

748 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 742705

Land registry surface area 2 ha 83 a 59 ca
Main building surface area 345 m2
Outbuilding surface area 325 m2
Number of bedrooms 11

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Isabelle Pessemier +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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