in the area around Roscoff near to the Brittany coast
This manor house, in the Léon area of the department of Finistère and just a stone’s throw from the coast, stands between the countryside and the sea. Morlaix TGV train station, 18 km away, provides 3-hour links to Paris. 35 minutes from Brest airport, with its flights to numerous destinations. Sixth form colleges and large infrastructures are 5 km away. A short distance from fine sandy beaches.
The manor house
The architecture of this manor house is particularly representative of tastes at the time of its construction which were busy changing from the Gothic style to the Breton Renaissance style. Architectural fashion fluctuated greatly in the 16th century under the influence of Italy and the king of France, François I married to Claude, daughter of Duchess Anne. Brittany followed the movement, whilst preserving its distinctive features. The Renaissance and Gothic styles became mixed. Constructed between the late 15th century and the early 16th century, this manor house has been fully restored in keeping with good architectural practices. The walls of the manor house are built of lime-rendered, granite quarry blocks. The gable roof is covered with slate. Spanning two levels, the walls feature numerous openings, framed with dressed granite stone surrounds.
The entrance hall to the manor house is laid out in the tower. With a radiating slab ceiling, it houses a spiral stairway. The radius of this monumental stairway exceeds two metres. This airy tower gives access to space and light, enabling residents to move easily around the premises. Large doors, set in the exposed stone walls of this octagonal-shaped room, lead to a large lounge, a study and a kitchen. Openings widely illuminate the lounge, a vast room with lime-rendered walls. An arched door opens on to the landscaped garden. A monumental fireplace, on one side of the room, is composed of wide dressed granite stones. A door, on the opposite side, opens into a vast study, also with a door leading out into the garden. Following on, a pantry is divided into three sections, a laundry room, a machine room and a toilet. Another door in the tower leads to a vast kitchen and to a dining room, enhanced with a monumental granite fireplace. Its windows, facing one another, include two with semi-circular arches.
The spiral stairway goes up to a wide dressed stone landing, illuminated via three windows, decorated with granite columns. A first door opens into a large bedroom, where a wood-burning stove has been installed in the fireplace. Illuminated via windows looking out either side, it features parquet flooring and lime-rendered walls. A second door opens into a bathroom and toilet. A third door leads to two bedrooms, one of which has a fireplace. Both await completion of their restoration works.
The spiral stairway ends in a landing, adorned with a radiating slab ceiling. A granite guardrail keeps residents safe. A door gives access to the attic space, illuminated via roof dormers. Another spiral stairway leads to the room set at the top of the tower.
The tower spans four levels. Its walls feature numerous openings, including a richly sculpted, gothic-style door. The roofing framework under the rafters has been left exposed in the top room, the walls of which reflect the octagonal shape of the tower. The original features have been preserved: exposed quarry stone block walls, granite floor and fireplace. Two windows, facing one another, provide views of the surrounding countryside.
The wing set at right angles is composed of two separate sections. The first has openings facing one another as well as a window set in the gable wall. Two doors open on to the garden and the courtyard, making it completely independent of the main building. The floor is covered with wide granite flagstones and the walls are lime-rendered. The lounge-dining room section is separated from an open-plan kitchen by the old partition wall of a stall. A wooden stairway goes to the upper floors.
A first bright, spacious bedroom has a living room area and a bathroom, with a toilet. A second, dual-aspect bedroom, overlooking the courtyard and the gardens, has a shower room, with a toilet.
This level has been converted into a third bedroom, with a shower room and toilet.
The independent bedroom
This bedroom, all on a level and set between the manor house and the wing, is completely independent. It can be reached via a door opening on to the courtyard and another on to the garden. The floor is paved with large granite flagstones and the walls are lime-rendered. A recess, preserved in the wall, is framed with a dressed granite stone surround. A door in the bedroom opens into a shower room, with a toilet. A passageway that once linked it to the manor house could easily be reopened.
This outbuilding, an extension of the wing set at right angles, opens on to the courtyard. It houses the boiler room as well as a second laundry room and is used for storing garden tools and equipment.
Constructed in the 16th century, this chapel stands facing the manor house. The coat-of-arms of the 16th century owners still adorn a gable wall. The year 1869, when it was reconstructed, is engraved on the facade. The chapel still has a bell-tower reflecting the style typical of the region. Under a gable, slate roof, the roofing framework and the beams have been left exposed. The granite stone block walls feature bull’s eye windows and a masonry ogee opening. Three crude coats-of-arms decorate a side door. Services are no longer held in this chapel.
The parklands surrounding the manor house are wooded and delimited by walls and hedges. The courtyard is laid out as an enclosed, secluded garden, planted with various species of plants and shrubs. The garden on the other side faces the manor house and the chapel. A path winds its way from the gates and numerous flower beds, planted with shrubs and hydrangea bushes, give colour to the exteriors and the grassy areas surrounding the buildings. A stream, spurting from a fountain on a lower level, has been cleverly channelled. It flows into an old lake which is but waiting to be refilled with water to complete the scenery. The parklands slope gently down to the edge of the property, bordered by thick hedges.
This is an old stately home with a history whose origins are known. Its architecture preserves rare heritage features such as the impressive octagonal tower. Numerous features bear witness to the centuries: serving hatches sculpted in granite, an ogee arch as well as mullioned and casement windows. This property is immaculately kept. It has been meticulously renovated in keeping with good trade practices by enthusiastic owners. Well-laid out, this manor house is both comfortable and welcoming. Visitors come and stay here. The surrounding countryside is ideal for long walks and the sea is not far away. This manor house keeps all of its promises as regards a quiet lifestyle near to busy, bustling towns.
|Land registry surface area||8986 m2|
|Main building surface area||450 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Charles de Kermenguy +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.