Thursday, March 13, 2014

A beautiful Breton Farmhouse for sale - brimming with character, original beams, fireplaces and much more!

A professionally renovated four bedroomed property for sale with very private & secluded cottage gardens, established vegetable garden and mature woodland bordering a stream - a total area of approximately 1.5 acres.

Situated on a very quiet no through lane, approximately 1km from the village of  Yvignac La Tour with its own bakery and post office and yet only 10 minutes by car to Broons offering a wide range of amenities and 20 minutes to Dinan - a beautiful medieval town with a wide range of restaurants and further shopping facilities.  We are also 30 minutes from Dinard and from the nearest beaches and about 40 minutes from Saint Malo.

The house comprises of:
  • 4 double bedrooms
  • An open plan kitchen/dining room,
  • Large sitting room, with  impressive granite fireplace with wood-burning stove and doors opening out into the garden,
  • Generous sized utility room with enough space for an extra fridge and chest freezer and more, Downstairs toilet and ceramic sink area with door to garden,
  • Large family bath room with white bathroom suite and separate shower cubicle,
  • Spacious landing area with large airing cupboard. 
  • The master bedroom is a large room with a double height space - with wonderful exposed beams and lots of light and currently used as an office. 
  • There is full gas central heating and an up to date Fosse system /septic tank.
  • Large gravelled driveway offering ample parking for several vehicles.
  • We have 2 wells on our land - one of which provides all the water we need for the garden via 2 outside taps.
  • Brand new roofing & renewed guttering to half of the property in 2012. 
Either side of the renovated area of our house is additional barn space which offers the possibility to extend the house or to create gite, guest accommodation or even separate accommodation for a live-in relative.  The beams and stone work of these buildings is in excellent condition and is currently used as dry storage space.  In addition to this is a large open barn as well as a stable with loft storage above.

For those keen to keep poultry there is a good sized hen house to the side of the main garden.

The following are plans of the house: (click on the images to enlarge)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A wonderful cottage garden in Brittany....

Our farmhouse is set in approximately 1.5 acres of land - consisting of a cottage-style garden with a mix of smaller trees, native hedging, shrubs, roses, spring bulbs and an abundance of perennial plants.  To the side of the house is a nicely sheltered vegetable garden (surrounded by native hedging) with mature fruit bushes & rhubarb, raspberries & strawberries and established compost areas and in addition, some well dug beds for growing.  Beyond the main garden is an area of mixed woodland - mainly oak and hazel - this area has been developed a great deal since we arrived and provides all the wood needed for the wood-burning stoves in the house.  At the bottom of the woodland area we have a stream which runs the full length of the boundary.

The garden is an absolute haven for wildlife and birds; it is surrounded by open farmland and woodland and is an amazingly peaceful spot!  Ten years ago when we originally bought the property, the garden had been left to do it's own thing for quite a number of years and many plants were hidden beneath brambles and undergrowth and gradually we've discovered many of these,which are now thriving. In early spring there are loads of Lily of the Valley which appear in hidden corners followed by an amazing collection of Aqualegia which have self seeded over the years giving many interesting varieties. Very very little has been used on the garden in the form of weedkillers or chemical pest control as the garden, having been left for the years before we arrived has developed it's own eco system and tends to look after itself.  The birds, hedgehogs, toads and sloe worms seem to do a good job in keeping many of the garden pests at bay.  One animal that I've never seen here once is a rabbit which may well be good news for anyone who's a keen gardener!

There are some good mature fruit trees here - a wonderful walnut tree which always gives a good crop, a Victoria Plum, Greengage, various Apples, a number of Cherries and a couple of small Pear Trees.

There are a number of lovely walks around here that you can do straight from the house without having to get into the car and for those who enjoy cycling there is an amazing collection of tracks around here which are ideal for exploring the area on a bike.