A chateau listed as a historical monument with eight hectares of wooded
grounds, near beaches and the Buguélès archipelago in Brittany
Penvénan, COTES-D'ARMOR brittany 22710 FR

Location

The property lies just north of a town by the Côte des Ajoncs d’Or coastline of northern Brittany. A patchwork of hedge-lined meadows and woods forms the countryside. A country lane running west to east leads to the chateau. There are shops and amenities for everyday needs less than 10 minutes away. The nearest train stations are in Lannion, 30 minutes away, and Plouaret-Trégor and Guingamp, 45 minutes away. From these train stations, you can reach Paris in under three hours by rail. Brest airport, 1 hour and 30 minutes away, and Rennes airport, two hours away, can be quickly reached via the N12 trunk road.

Description

The main entrance to the chateau is a small bridge that stretches across a moat. A paved driveway from the country lane runs through a tall wrought-iron gate, framed between two stone square pillars that are embellished with mouldings and crowned with spheres. On both sides of the gate, there is a low wall with pointed wrought-iron defensive railings. On one side of the plot, a tall stone wall continues the fencing, enclosing the property along several hundred metres. On the other side, an old outhouse demarcates the property's edge. The view of the chateau is clear. The driveway, between lawns, leads to a second moat, which is broader than the first one. You cross this second moat via a bridge to reach the chateau’s main courtyard. The chateau forms an L shape, made up of a main rectangular dwelling in a Louis XIII style with a square tower that adjoins its rear, a tall corner pavilion with a hipped roof, and, thirdly, a second rectangular dwelling that is smaller than the main one. Lastly, at one end, there is a large round tower that dates back to the 15th century. This tower is a remnant of the stronghold that was built here in around 1498. The moat that runs around the chateau is filled with water from a system of fountains and ponds, which is still here today. The grounds are dotted with age-old trees. Two nearby woods that do not adjoin the main plot also belong to the property.

The main dwelling

The main dwelling is rectangular in shape. A gable slate roof crowns it. It has a ground floor, a first floor and a loft. Its facade is punctuated with seven bays of rectangular windows with small square panes. A dormer with an arched pediment stands above each window. A square tower adjoins the rear elevation. The elevations are made of rubble stone and dressed granite. The facade bears the Keralio coat of arms, which features a leopard. The main entrance door, framed between pilasters, is capped with an entablature. Two secondary doors also lead into the ground floor.


The ground floor
The entrance door leads into a hallway with a large main staircase of granite with a wrought-iron balustrade that dates back to the 18th century. A timber beam supports the first-floor landing. Granite slabs, kept in good condition, adorn the floor. There is a lavatory beneath the staircase. A dining room lies on one side of the hallway. Lime-hemp plaster coats its walls. Exposed beams run across its ceiling. The room features a monumental granite fireplace. Exposed stonework forms its hood. On one side of it there is an alcove in the wall. Windows bathe this room in natural light. The room is high-ceilinged. Beyond a few steps, a door leads to the back of the dwelling. This door is fitted with a defensive grate. An arched door leads into the tall pavilion. The first lounge lies on the other side of the hallway. This lounge is adorned with wooden panelling. Wood strip flooring extends across this lounge, which has indoor wooden shutters too. The room features a fireplace with an arched mantelpiece and a rear wall of brickwork beyond a remarkable front railing. A double door leads to a second lounge, which is smaller. A discreet door takes you to a small oratory on the ground floor of the square tower. Next, there is a bedroom with a shower room and a lavatory.

The first floor
You reach the first floor via the main staircase. A bright, spacious landing connects to a lounge on one side via a double door of solid wood. Nailed wood strip flooring extends across the room. Like on the floor below, the walls are coated with lime-hemp plaster that brings out the exposed stonework and contrasts with the exposed beams that run across the ceiling. This lounge features a monumental granite fireplace. Its stone mantel is a work of art, created by the sculptor Pierre Szekely in two stages 45 years apart. The scene sculpted in a frieze along the top of the mantel represents the story of salvation from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. An arched door leads to the first floor of the tall pavilion. On the other side of the landing, the wing includes an apartment with a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room with a lavatory, and a separate lavatory. All the liveable rooms have wood strip flooring and fireplaces. You reach the second floor from a hallway where a timber staircase, which is more modern, leads upwards.

The second floor
The second floor has three bedrooms, a walk-in wardrobe and a shower room with a separate lavatory. The ceiling height of the rooms is limited as this floor is a converted loft. From here, you can look down at the main courtyard and the chateau’s royal entrance. From one of the bedrooms, a door leads to a large loft space that was once used as a dormitory for children’s summer camps.

The tall pavilion

The tall pavilion is a central section with three floors and a loft. It is crowned with a steep hipped roof with gentler lower slopes, underlined with a cornice of modillions. It has a stone dormer with fluted pilasters and Ionic capitals. An arched pediment caps this dormer and features a coat of arms. This heraldry is the coat of arms of the Artur de La Motte family: azure with a golden crescent and two golden stars above. From the corner of the main courtyard, a door leads inside. This door is wooden and white. It is a double door with an oval fanlight.


The ground floor
From the courtyard, the pavilion entrance door leads into a broad corridor that connects to a kitchen with a granite floor, a bedroom and a shower room with a separate lavatory. Two doors lead to the main dwelling and small dwelling respectively. A scullery adjoins the kitchen.

The first floor
You reach the first floor via a timber staircase with a wrought-iron balustrade. This floor includes two bedrooms, one with a bathroom and the other with a shower room, as well as a separate lavatory. There is a reading lounge with Versailles parquet. This room has a fireplace. Large windows with original indoor shutters fill the interior with natural light.

The second floor
The staircase carries on up to reach a landing that is slightly different to the one below it. It connects to three spacious bedrooms and a bathroom with a lavatory. A door leads through to the second floor of the main dwelling.

The third floor
A landing connects to two bedrooms, a lounge and a shower room with a lavatory. Up here, you can admire sweeping views of the grounds. All the rooms have fireplaces. Beyond a door, there is a staircase that leads up to the loft.

The attic
An angle staircase takes you up to a vast loft space with a mezzanine. Here you can see the timber roof frame above.

The small dwelling

The small dwelling is rectangular. It is crowned with a gable slate roof. A cornice of modillions runs along it. Its top floor is in the roof space, which has two monumental dormers with stone pediments on its west side. Its elevations are made of granite rubble. Dressed stone forms its door and window surrounds. Along the ground floor, the facade is punctuated with three broad arched double doors. Windows aligned with the dormers give the building symmetry.


The ground floor
The ground floor includes utility spaces. There are the installations for the central geothermal heating, a utility room, and a garage in which several vehicles can be parked. The three broad arched doors are designed for vehicles to enter the garage. A door leads to a workshop.

The upstairs
On the first floor, there is a private apartment on one side. For over thirty years, this was the home of the property’s caretaker. You reach it either from the workshop or via the staircase in the medieval tower. On the other side of the first floor, there is a bedroom with a shower room and a lavatory. You reach them from the tall pavilion’s staircase.

The medieval tower

This tower dates back to the 15th century. It is the only one of the four original towers that remains today. It was designed as a defensive fortification and it bears witness to the ambitions of the seigneur and builder Roland Scliczon. A conical roof crowns it. The tower is built of large granite blocks. A sentry rampart walk with machicolations upon corbels runs around the top of the tower. Arrow slits dot the tower’s lower section. You enter the tower from the main courtyard via a door of solid timber. Inside, there are three rooms of equal size: one on each floor. A wooden spiral staircase connects to them. Each room has a granite fireplace. The whole tower was fully restored meticulously by a passionate renovator.


The ground floor
The room on this level has a high ceiling. Terracotta tiles adorn its floor. Exposed beams run across its ceiling and lime-hemp plaster coats its walls. There is still a granite fireplace here, as well as an old bread oven. Some wall sections reveal pale granite. A large window fills the room with natural light. Several museum artefacts are currently displayed here.

The first floor
From the landing, a door leads to the adjoining rectangular section where the caretaker’s apartment lies. The room on this level is similar to the ground-floor room below it, except for its floor, which is made of wooden boards. The room is bathed in natural light and it features a beautiful fireplace.

The second floor
This top room, the third one, is designed in the same way as the two below it. It has a granite fireplace and it leads to the sentry rampart walk, which is in excellent condition. From this sentry rampart walk, you can admire the wooden roof frame above. On the floor, grates cover openings through which plunging shots could be fired to protect the chateau.

The grounds

Age-old trees, including sequoias, dot grassy expanses. A deep stone moat demarcates a half-hectare plot. This moat used to protect the stronghold. Water from fountains and ponds keep this moat full. From the chateau, wooded areas that do not adjoin the main plot can be reached via forest tracks.

Our opinion

This delightful Breton chateau has authentic charm, historical architecture and a unique story. The remarkable edifice was masterfully restored in the 1990s. It has been listed as a historical monument since 1930. The chateau’s different sections bring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance together harmoniously. Surrounded by a moat, the majestic edifice looks like a stone vessel. Its lines are elegant, its spacious interior full of promise. Here, in the bucolic backdrop of the province of Trégor, near the beaches of fine sand by the village of Port-Blanc, you are immersed in an enchanting Brittany of legends and mystery.

Exclusive sale

2 527 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 241812

Land registry surface area 8 ha 64 a 34 ca
Main building surface area 963 m2
Number of bedrooms 14
Outbuilding surface area 152 m2

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Jérôme Masson +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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