Reception Rooms: 6
Land: 2.5 ha
This superb Manor house is in a remarkably secluded spot, close to a historic market town yet hidden within surrounding woodland down a single long country lane, 2 kilometres to the village, 15 minutes to town. It is about 45 and 35 minutes from Rennes and Saint Malo, with TGV 85 minutes to Paris. With a history dating back 1000 years when there was a defensive fort on the site, the manoir is constructed entirely of granite with fine detailing, and re-roofed in new slate. The present buildings were built during medieval times, untouched until a complete renovation was carried out over the last 20 years. No expensehas been spared to restore this property in the style and materials of a Breton manor. Inhabited by a former fashion editor and style author, modern comforts have been ingeniously integrated, whilst maintaining its authenticity..
The property is in a special conservation area of deep wooded valleys with winding streams bordering and protecting the property on three sides. The 300 metre entrance drive crosses agricultural land with an equestrian paddock to one side, within the 2.5 hectares. The valley streams lead to a huge lake with unrestricted fishing just beyond.The village 2 kms away has the best traditional amenities. Nearby an equestrian centre is equipped for training to national competition standards. The popular, unspoilt town offers many cultural activities and excellent hospitals. The River Rance with sailing, rowing, fishing and other water sports, flows out at StMalo/Dinard. The vendor keeps a classic yacht (which could also be bought with its mooring) at Saint Samson sur Rance, 20 minutes from the property.
The Manor has two wings at right angles. It has an entrance hall, 2 sitting rooms in very different styles, a library, 2 kitchen/dining rooms and a formal dining room open to a cooking and serving area with a kitchen/scullery behind. There are 7 double bed rooms, 5 bathrooms and a landing with a double bedroom.The office is accessible from both wings. Each floor has a separate WC. With a living surface area of about 560m2 with a further 220m2 of outbuilding conversion, the fine rooms include some grand and some cosy, all with good views. The decoration is ageless & incorporates a variety of period Breton styles;
Ground Floor: the main hall is pure Gothic leading to; a grand dining room with a monumental granite fireplace. A corridor connects the old manor rooms; a comfortable sitting room and a handsome library both with their medieval open fireplaces. Between these is a beamed kitchen/breakfast room.. The hall also leads to a further family kitchen/dining room adjacent to a charming 18th style drawing room with a wood burning stove. The main dining room has a vaulted kitchen and a well-equipped scullery.
First floor A large conference/office room with lovely views, three workstations and space for a long central table, WC adjacent. A French window opens to a balcony over the main entrance. Cabled internet and telephone throughout. There are two fine suites- master bedroom & childrens' bedroom & bathrooms. Upper floor:double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. On the first floor two smaller double bedrooms share a bathroom, with a further double bedroom.Bedrooms have built-in linen cupboards & wardrobes. Walk-in wardrobe & large archive room.
On the ground floor is a well equipped laundry/ironing room. There are three staircases around the house. Behind the building and running its full length is an outstanding insulated space of over 220 m2 available for activities such as music, dancing, home cinema, or group dining, with views of the orchard along its outer wall, with the garden shed in one corner. Attached are former agricultural buildings 300 m2: a workshop/hobby room, well insulated and with superb views. One building is fully enclosed while the other is an open barn of oak structure. Three or more cars could be garaged with equipment such as tractors, trailers and a log saw and wood storage area. There is a henhouse for free range hens. A reservoir of 5000 litres fed from a spring to which the property has an ancient right. A pump delivers to watering points throughout the gardens. For horse-lovers there is ample space to create loose-boxes.The buildings enclose a large courtyard with a very pretty unmodernised chapel on one side. Attached to it are two old priests’ cells, serving as a cellar, a cider press and a brew house.
The generous windows of the house take in views of the garden and surrounding woods and fields. The layout of the house is designed to be used flexibly according to the seasons. The several kitchens and three staircases permit both discrete family living and large house parties. It enables guests to be apart as either family friends or as paying visitors, or could even be shared by two or more families. The facilities would indicate a 4 star award in tourist rental (gite/chambres d'hôte) standards.The property is in turnkey condition.
Grounds Near the house are flower and vegetable gardens, a field of about 0.26 hectares with fine oaks, hidden terraces overlooking the privately owned valley and stream, a promontory on which the old fort stood, the orchard of 0.44 hectares with a variety of fruits and cider apples. Beyond the gates is mature wood and a paddock of 1.06 hectares.
Technical elements :-3 staircases -Energy: Class C Double glazing throughout except a few windows with shutters. -Modern insulation of roofs and external walls -Water heated by 2 electric element tanks with night and day tariffs-C.H.by radiators throughout but divided into two systems so the property can be divided or partly closed down -Valves enabling the two heating systems to be served by one or other of 2 gas-fired boilers- Underground reservoir for delivered gas serving boilers and cooking -Mains water -Spring water and reservoir with pump and distribution piping -Three phase mains electricity with power failure light -Drainage to certificated septic tank and filter bed---Telephone and wifi throughout the property -Underground wiring for electric fencing for horses and wildlife protection- France terrestrial and 2 Sky TV aerials, connected to many rooms -Cider production capability -Security cameras connected to video and recorder -Internal alarm system and movement controlled surround lighting -Secure from vehicle intrusion -IIlumination of the surrounding wooded valley.
Land: 2,45 hectares (a neighbour being a former owner has a personal right of access along two tracks across the property for the collection of timber from his woodland).
NB/The option exists to buy a very comfortable Norman Dallimore unique classic 12 m.1947 wooden sailing ketch with a low-cost mooring at Saint Samson sur Rance at the price of 50,000€