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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 13 habitable rooms
  • 260 square meters of living space
  • 100 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
In the Vitré region to the east of Rennes, a 19th century residence and its wooded parklands - ref 712457
Some 40 minutes east of Rennes; 10 minutes from the motorway to Paris and from the centre of Vitré, with its station providing 2-hour TGV train links to the French capital. A dynamic, commercial town, Vitré abounds in tourist and cultural attractions, with its castle and its half-timbered houses. Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel Bay are less than 1½ hours away by car. This property, 5 minutes from a town with 900 inhabitants, is bordered by a river.
The entrance gates, flanked by rusticated masonry, granite pillars, adorned with capitals topped with balls, open on to a drive leading to the residence. The latter, constructed in the early 19th century, stands in the midst of parklands. Bordered by a river, this wooded property extends over some 9,000 m². An outbuilding houses a self-contained flat; to the rear are a tennis court and an orchard overlooking the surrounding countryside.

The manor house

Built in 1823, this manor house was originally the hunting lodge of a large chateau in the Vitré region. The late 19th, early 20th century saw this holiday home become a permanent residence. The layout, probably a Latin cross originally, gradually took the shape of a rectangle with a projecting tower. Spanning approx. 260 m² of living space, the building is constructed from sandstone. The masonry is laid horizontally with staggered pointing. All the windows are topped with arched, brick lintels. The floor level of the second floor is delimited on the facade by a brick string course. This storey features carpentry work to create overhanging roofs on painted angle tie braces. Two brick chimney stacks, adorned with finials, rise up from the slate covered roofs.

The outbuilding

Constructed in the 1960’s, the outbuilding reflects the manor house’s architecture. Spanning a surface area of approx. 100 m², it features three carriage doors and a window on the facade. The ground floor of the building is used as a boiler room (wood-pellet boiler) and a storage area. An interior wooden stairway leads to an attic. Outside, a masonry stairway goes up to a self-contained flat, spanning approx. 25 m². It comprises a kitchen, a bedroom and a shower room. A lean-to adjoins the rear of the building.

The parklands

This property, spanning a surface area of approx. 9,000 m², is bordered by a river. Copses, lawns, an orchard and tall trees come into view along a drive which winds its way through the parklands. Amongst its numerous mature trees are two outstanding examples of a sequoia and a yellow poplar, both dating from the same era as the manor house’s construction. A tennis court is laid out behind the outbuilding.

Our opinion
This residence symbolises simplicity through its proportions and its materials. A holiday home, it was occupied for weekends or longer periods of time; not for show but to take advantage of the area and its natural surroundings, hence, all the ground floor rooms have direct access to the garden. Upstairs, the parklands and its tall trees also formed a harmonious backdrop for the bedrooms. The projections, reminiscent of Anglo-Norman villas, reflect a desire to be elsewhere. The landing stage on the river also expresses this same desire. When all is said and done, this desire to get back to nature is satisfied by this “country house”, with its parklands forming its essential setting.
Vitré, France
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