Stunning 14th Century Charmer, Renovated with a Few Projects if you want to take them on – Cotes D’armor, Le Gouray – €337,600
If you are a lover of old character houses, this outstanding example should be a must-see. Parts of it date from the 14th century, and like many houses seen & heard over time, there is a real “feeling” of history inside. I read something once that said “ancient walls that sing the distant hours,” that could have been written for this house!
This home may be old, but inside it is warm, light, comfortable, and very spacious, with modern touches, its no museum, just an old house, suited to modern living. The current owners have restored it correctly, with love, taste & style.
As soon as you enter into the kitchen, 36m2, you know you are somewhere exceptional. No fitted units here, but room for everything. A gas-fired range for cooking & heating & a fireplace for extra warmth. Features include stone walls, solid wood floors, & beams laid upon the character. Plenty of space for cooking & dining. Through the arch into the stunning lounge, 40m2with its fireplaces, and double-height ceiling with gallery all around, & of course the feature stone walls, & wood floors. A glazed door leads out to the rear garden.
Up the stairs now onto the gallery, from here you can go right or left. Right first, into one of the most romantic bedrooms you are ever likely to see! 36m2. Past that is a large shower room, with a dressing area. Then through the little door, into a hidden room, currently the office, but could make another bedroom, if you wanted.
Turn left on the gallery, & you are led into 4 bedrooms, all of them doubles, the top one, nestling under the eaves, a bathroom, & toilet, spread over 3 floors. This area of the house has a cozy, intimate feel. On the ground floor of this “wing” is a large utility room. If that was converted into a kitchen, both wings of the house would be entirely independent for those of you looking for a gite business. As it stands, the house would make an amazing B&B.
Outside, to the front, is a cottage-style garden, very fitting for the house. At the back, its mainly lawn, with a surprise, it leads down to a small, winding stream. Idyllic in the summer. All of it is easily maintained, encloses the house, & is very private.
To the right of the house is a large workshop. If you are looking for a project this will convert to living space, you could knock through into the kitchen. A more significant project would be converting the ruin next to the house, but it could also make a garage fairly easily. There is also a wood store & a large shed.
All around it’s quiet & calm, the house is on a no through road, at the end of a small hamlet. 5 minutes to the village of Le Gouray, basic amenities there. 15 to the market town of Lamballe, for everything you need, including a cracking weekly market. If you can bear to leave this paradise for longer, there are many lovely places & attractions close by, beaches, lakes, rivers, & market towns, & more.
So, if you love ancient walls, & like to feel your history, come a see this house. It’s a rare thing, & special, very, very special.
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