A large, luxurious home and its walled garden
in the midst of a little character town in Brittany
Guingamp, COTES-D'ARMOR brittany 22200 FR

Location

This property stands in an urban setting that brings an excellent, homogeneous architectural heritage to the fore. Numerous green open spaces complete the landscaped banks of a little coastal river, appreciated for its salmon and its brown trout. All daily shops and amenities are within walking distance as is a train station on the Paris-Brest LGV, fast train line with its 2¾-hour links to the French capital. A weekly market, craftsmen, shopkeepers, a cinema, sports facilities, schools and a university are all assets enjoyed by the town and its inhabitants. The nearby N12 makes it possible to reach the coast and its beaches in just 25 minutes.

Description

This large, luxurious home is partially concealed by its perimeter wall and the lush vegetation in its garden. Remote-controlled gates, set between two granite and brick pillars, provide access. On their right-hand side, a pedestrian entrance is controlled via an interphone security system. Both open on to a circular, landscaped area dominated in its centre by a tall conifer. Vehicles can therefore easily drop guests off near to the porch. Just a stone’s throw away, an outbuilding, totally clad in wood, is currently in use as an office for a professional working from home. Behind the house, a vast garden extends over large areas, laid to lawn, and includes a vegetable garden and fruit trees. Pine trees and copses complete the property and ensure that the owners of the premises are out of sight of onlookers. A well can be used for outside watering; there is also a garden shed.

The large, luxurious home

As on Parisian Haussmannian buildings, slate has been combined with zinc for the roof housing the converted attic space of this tall house. Three skylights extend the front rectilinear facade, composed exclusively of dressed stone. The granite surrounds framing the windows and the front door bear witness to an architecture typical of Brittany. White decorative features such as a crenelated cornice, slatted shutters and wrought iron railings, a double porch and its wrought iron railings as well as a wrought iron and glass canopy give contrast and depth to this 19th century house. The surrounding vegetation, composed of bushes and plants, some climbing, as well as trees, add greenery to this impressive stone property. The rear facade features numerous openings. Brick surrounds have been used to frame the windows. The old-fashioned conservatory, notably home to a vine, covered in bunches of beautifully ripened white grapes, faces south.


Ground floor
The main entrance door at the top of the porch steps, sheltered by the canopy, gives an indication of the wonderfully high ceilings inside. It opens into a wide corridor and then a spacious hall area, followed by a glazed door providing access to the conservatory. Dotted around this reception area, several old, pearl-grey doors conceal first-class rooms. For instance, on the left-hand side, is a dining room, with its wainscoting, followed by an adjoining lounge, featuring a fireplace with a black mantle. On the right-hand side of the entrance hall is a bright study. Floors are covered with authentic, polished, wooden parquet flooring which contrasts with the white walls and ceilings. The kitchen, partially paved with terracotta floor tiles, still has a discreet door set in a gable wall, previously intended for the comings and goings of the domestic staff. Even the toilet facilities are spacious on this level! And lastly, under the character wooden stairway, going up to the first floor, is a door giving access to the cellar which runs the full floor surface area of the house.
First floor
The first floor is marked by the presence of an old atrium window that separates the night-time landing from the stairwell. The bedrooms are therefore protected from any noise created by a family way of life. This level comprises two bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom and dressing room, a linen room, a shower room and a toilet. This floor also has solid wood parquet flooring throughout.
Second floor
Three bedrooms and a vast dormitory take up this level. Some walls feature exposed stone which has been repointed. The period fireplaces are all in good working order and solid wood parquet flooring is still omnipresent. The view from the three skylights stretches to the horizon.
Garden level
The entrance door harmoniously set below the porch gives access to the cellar which extends under the full surface area of the house. It is divided into two clearly separate sections and provides extensive storage space.

The pavilion

This outbuilding, with its wooden framework, leans against a granite quarry block wall. It comprises an office, a little room acting as a waiting room, a toilet and a garage. It stands at a distance from the main house.

The garden

This large, wooded garden is filled with flowers and sunshine. Entirely enclosed by walls, it is completely unoverlooked.

Our opinion

Space is one of the major assets of this property which has vast rooms with high ceilings on the inside as well as extensive wooded parklands right in the middle of the town. Numerous original features have been preserved and enhanced. The district is residential. The surroundings are very quiet despite the proximity of the railway line. A car is hardly necessary courtesy of the nearby shops, encouraging residents to walk or cycle. Furthermore, the adjacent pavilion, currently used by a professional working from home, could be reconverted into a guest house, an artist’s studio or a holiday rental accommodation unit.

359 900 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 687899

Land registry surface area 2975 m2
Main building surface area 257 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 50 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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