A 16th & 18th century manor house amidst more than 4 ha of parklands
on the outskirts of a village, 10 minutes away from the Finistère beaches
Saint-Pol-de-Léon, FINISTERE brittany 29250 FR

Location

This manor house is in the Léon area of the Finistère department, a tourist region with a wealth of architectural heritage. It is less than 2 km from a little town and 15 minutes from the sandy coastline. Santec and Cléder are the nearest of these very well-known white sandy beaches, where all types of water sports are practiced. The little, old pirate town of Roscoff, with its ferry links to England, Ireland and Spain, is but 20 minutes away. Morlaix train station, with its 3-hour links to Paris, is 25 minutes away, whilst Brest airport is 35 minutes away. The towns of Saint-Pol-de-Léon and Landivisiau, with their sixth form colleges and other infrastructures, are less than 15 km away.

Description

A country lane, running alongside the property, leads to a stone bridge, providing access to a courtyard. This manor house stands on raised land completely surrounded by a dry moat, followed by a fortified wall, with three defensive towers in the corners, and an old chapel. The main house, with its wing set at right angles to the original manor, stands at the end of the courtyard, partially paved with old pebbles. Further away, behind the manor, an old garden is enclosed by walls on three sides. Behind the wing is a large, open farm shed and, on a lower level, a vast meadow.

The 18th century manor house

Built around 1730, on the foundations of an old Renaissance chateau, the central house stands in the middle of the parklands. The site, the vestiges and the manor house all bear witness to the transformation, destruction and reconstruction of an old Seigneurial home that have taken place over the centuries. They further demonstrate the dual, defensive and residential vocation of chateaux built between the 15th and 17th centuries. The manor house is fairly characteristic of the civil architecture of the time which was still hesitating between security and modernity.
Rectangular in shape, it is constructed from large pieces of dressed granite stone. It spans two levels under a high, slate roof, featuring a break and roof dormers. Four large chimney stacks further enhance the roof, two in the centre and one on each of the gable ends. The facade is embellished with large openings, laid out in a symmetrical manner.


Ground floor
The entrance door opens into a vestibule. It provides access to two large reception rooms laid out on either side. Straight on is a stairway, paved with wide slabs of granite and concealing a toilet and a shower room. A door opens on to the back garden. Granite stone is omnipresent: stairway steps, surrounds framing the openings and fireplaces. The lounge, spanning almost 45 m², has a high ceiling, with exposed beams, and lime-rendered walls. It is illuminated by windows facing one another. A fireplace adorns the end wall. A door on the other side of the vestibule opens into the dining room, the same size as the lounge. Paved with tiles, it features exposed beams and lime-rendered walls. A kitchen area has been laid out on the opposite side to the fireplace. The windows face one another. An opening, following on from the dining room, leads to the 16th century wing, currently used as a storage area and a boiler room.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing, paved with granite stone. It provides access to two large bedrooms, spanning approx. 45 m². They are illuminated by four large windows facing one another. Floors are laid with parquet flooring, beams are exposed and walls are lime-rendered. One of these bedrooms has a fireplace, made of granite, obviously.
Attic
The layout of these rooms is similar to that of the first floor with, on either side, a large room illuminated by roof dormers overlooking the courtyard. Under the roof with exposed beams, the floors are laid with parquet flooring. Each room has its own fireplace. These rooms could be converted.

The 16th century wing

This is one of the features remaining from the original manor. Set at right angles to the main building, it is constructed from granite quarry blocks, under a gable roof. The old windows and the arched door have been filled in using granite quarry blocks. It is currently used for storage purposes. Spanning a surface area of approx. 70 m², it awaits renovation.

The outbuilding

This little, single-storey building, constructed from granite quarry blocks, is used for storage purposes. Adjoining the rear of the manor house, it acts as a link with the 16th century wing. It houses the boiler room, a toilet and an area in use as a laundry room.

The parklands, the garden

Bushes and shrubs, ornamental trees and flower beds planted with hydrangea bushes enhance the parklands that surround the manor house. A garden at the back is enclosed by walls. On one side of the perimeter wall, an opening leads to a vast area, currently lying fallow as grassland and showing traces of the manor’s old lake which fed the mill, the vestiges of which are still visible.

Our opinion

This house still has numerous features bearing witness to local architecture from the Renaissance period through to the 18th century. Once exterior and interior renovation works are completed, the moat, the towers and the chapel as well as the manor house will give back all of the splendour of yesteryear to this site, whose origins are known.
The power of granite stone goes perfectly well here with a pleasant architectural style, typical of the 18th century.

542 650 €
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Reference 608349

Land registry surface area 4 ha 32 a 95 ca
Main building surface area 300 m2
Number of bedrooms 4
Outbuilding surface area 68 m2

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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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