A late 19th century property and its landscape garden
in a quiet market town in the French department of Morbihan
Gourin, MORBIHAN brittany 56110 FR

Location

In the west of the Morbihan department, on the border of that of Finistère, 45 minutes from Lorient train station, with 3-hour links to Paris, and from its airport, with 70-minute flights to the French capital. This property is very near to the centre of Gourin, a town with close to 4,000 inhabitants, to the south of the Black Mountains. It is notably known for being the original birthplace of numerous North-Americans of Breton origin following the heavy emigration of its inhabitants to the United States and to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. Currently in the midst of a now attractive Brittany, Gourin, a town with Internet broadband cabling, has all necessary amenities in the immediate vicinity of this property.

Description

This property consists of a manor house, set in the midst of its 6,000 m² garden, enclosed with walls and bordered by centuries-old trees, as well as several outbuildings. The west section, facing the main facade, is an area used by cars seeking access, in particular, to the garages on the north side. The garden, at the back out of sight of onlookers, constitutes most of the grounds. Several pathways, bordered with boxwood, lead to a fountain or miscellaneous relaxation areas which are also points of view, making it possible to fully appreciate the house and the garden.

The manor house

This manor house was constructed at the end of the 19th century and modified with a wide extension, featuring a hip roof, at the beginning of the 20th century. It spans two levels, under a converted attic floor, topped with a slate roof. Three of its facades, excluding the main one, are constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks, enhanced with dressed stone quoins, lower sections, cornices and surrounds framing the openings. The roof over the main facade has three dormers: one, on the south side, with a triangular gable pediment, another, on the north side, with a raised semi-circular pediment, and one, in the centre, housing a bull’s eye window. A flight of steps goes up to a porch and the main entrance. At the back, a vast renovated conservatory adjoins the south and east sides.


Ground floor
An entrance hall, with mosaic flooring, provides access to the various living areas: on the right-hand side, a study, with parquet flooring and a kitchen, on either side of a stairway going to the floors and the cellars. On the left-hand side, a first reception room leads to a double, through lounge, enhanced with panelling and featuring a closed-hearth fire and parquet flooring laid in a chessboard pattern. This double lounge also has a very high ceiling. Both the study and the double lounge give access to the conservatory, a vast, bright recently renovated area. A toilet is on the right-hand side of the entrance hall.
First floor
The landing provides access to two bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room area. Following on from the landing, a hall area leads, via a short flight of steps, to two bedrooms, with high ceilings, connected via a shower room. The toilet is separate.
Second floor
This level, under the rafters, comprises four areas which could be converted: two small single rooms and two bigger adjoining rooms, one of which has a ridge more than 6 m high.
Cellar
Four cellar areas and a boiler room take up almost the entire surface area of the basement.

The outbuildings

On the north side, a building topped with attic space comprises a double garage, a room awaiting conversion and two small storage areas. A henhouse on the south side is extended by a woodshed.

Our opinion

The comfort and elegance of this property have been improved by the attention given by its current owners over recent years. The renovation of the conservatory and the exterior conversions are some of the most representative signs of their desire to breathe new life into these premises. Additional conversion works, possible on the second floor and in the outbuilding, will give free rein to future residents wishing to complete the renovation already undertaken.

710 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 240949

Land registry surface area 6195 m2
Main building surface area 240 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Consultant
Finistère Sud, Morbihan


Gilles Durin +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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