In Dinard, in a late 19th century former Anglican church,
retail premises and connected living quarters of 196 m²
Dinard, ILLE-ET-VILAINE brittany 35800 FR

Location

Dinard, jewel of the Emerald Coast, is characterised by its beautiful Belle Époque villas along the Breton coastal path “Sentier des douaniers” (the former customs officers’ path). The seaside resort developed when sea bathing became fashionable and has become very popular since the 19th century thanks to British and American aristocrats and holidaymakers. The beach of l'Écluse, the casino, the popular Saturday market, the famous restaurants, the summer concerts of the Villa des Roches Brunes, all activities are accessible on foot or by bike. Every year since 1990, the city has also hosted the legendary British Film Festival, much to the delight of film lovers. The Emerald Coast is a land of water sports. Those who love hiking can admire its thousand shades of blue and green from the long-distance trail GR34. A thalassotherapy centre and an 18-hole golf course with sea views are nearby. The town centre is vibrant and very lively, just a few steps from the beach and marina. Saint-Malo with all important infrastructures such as the TGV station connecting Paris in 2h15 and the ferry-port is situated 10 km from the property. Rennes, the capital of Brittany, and its international airport are less than an hour’s drive away.

Description

The former church building is located in a quiet street in the city centre, a few metres from the main street. Converted at the beginning of the 20th century into a commercial and residential building, the ground and first floors house large commercial use premises and adjacent living quarters, which open directly onto a sunny terrace and garden area, and two small brick outbuildings with slate roofs. (The first and second floors are occupied by the only other unit in the co-ownership property)

The former old church

At the end of the 19th century, British aristocrats established their presence in Dinard and built numerous villas. Robert Monteith, English vice-consul in Saint-Malo, commissioned the construction of Saint Bartholemew, an aisleless Anglican church, with the support of the British government. It was built in 1877. In 1906, a young merchant couple bought the church building. Major works were undertaken, the structure was extended to the pavement by a two-storey residential building with a shop on the ground floor. The new shop was called "le Grand Bazar des Nouvelles Galeries". The retail activity has continued since then. The old church is built of coursed granite masonry. The building is laid out in a T-shape. It has a slate gable roof. The facade features a modillion cornice decorated with trefoils and neo-Gothic arched gables. The three levels of the facade have windows framed by projecting dressed limestone, topped by an ogee arched pediment. The upper windows are crowned with a second triangular pediment. The rear side boasts the main window of the former nave, inspiration for the windows on the facade facing the street. On one side of the building, large neo-Gothic brick arches frame windows of the same style and material. The courtyard facade offers the same brick ogee decorations, the historical thread running through the property.

The retail premises

Over the years, the old bazaar diversified its activities: sale of marine clothing, handicrafts and art gallery. It is an emporium, with a strong artistic dimension, combining the discretion of its location, the quietness of the place and the undeniable charm of its architecture and its history. The shop's facade, as well as the inscription "Old Temple", bear witness to the era of the first bazaar. A neo-Gothic wooden decor, inspired by the architecture of the church, adorns the display cabinet, symmetrically combining the three pointed arches.


Ground floor
Granite steps with a wrought iron railing lead to a second space of similar size. The floors in both spaces are unfinished, with checkerboard tiles here and there. The original pitch pine exposed beam ceiling is remarkable. It is several metres high and decorated with two hanging chandeliers. Long shelves run along the walls. They are separated by large windows allowing plenty of light to enter. On one side, a door opens to the summer kitchen and further on to the private courtyard. At the back of the shop, a double flight staircase in pitch pine with a candelabra baluster is lit by the main window of the former chapel. Under the staircase, a large storeroom is accessible through the panelled doors with glazing bead and small frames. The entrance to the staircase is guarded by a wrought iron gate protecting the access to the upstairs accommodation.

The living quarters

The living quarters are organised around a living room filled with light. The kitchenette and shower room are topped by a mezzanine bedroom. The kitchen earthenware wall tiles from Mexico, the sink and the copper taps blend in with the Italian Bisazza mosaic of the shower and the double washbasin in the bathroom. The second bedroom, on the mezzanine, is opposite the first. The eaves, which support the two mezzanines, are built with two angle braces forming a pointed arch. The regular panelling under the fully exposed roof structure echoes the dwelling's herringbone parquet flooring.

The outbuildings

The courtyard and garden area face the midday sun. They are surrounded by high stone walls overlooked by the trees of neighbouring properties. Two low brick annexes with slate roofs are the remnants of the past. One is used as a garden shed, the other is probably the former sacristy.

Our opinion

The deconsecration of the place does not seem to have affected the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Nonetheless, the old church has been used as a residential and retail space for over a century. In addition to its size and city centre location, parking spaces in the vicinity ensure easy and convenient access for visitors. The complex could also be suitable for a professional freelance project. An atypical address in search of a new lease of life, in a renowned seaside town. The next occupants will be responsible for investing in the property to continue the history of the site, respecting its past memories.

950 000 € Negotiation fees included
904 762 € Fees excluded
5% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 338248

Land registry surface area 289 m2
Main building surface area 196.95 m2
Number of bedrooms 2
Outbuilding surface area 15 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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