- Superb Country Estate, close to the coast in the beautiful Blavet Valley (AONB)
- Substantial and immaculate 5 bed roomed house
- 1 acre lake fed via stream through pools and cascades from a spring rising within the grounds
- 3.5 acre 4 hole golf course
- Covered, heated swimming pool 9m x 4.5m
- 18 acres of mixed woodland networked by well maintained tracks - a nature lovers' dream
- Productive, well stocked orchard and gardens
- Less than 1/2 an hour from Southern Brittany's fabulous beaches through quiet country lanes
- Entirely secluded, yet within 5 minutes of Languidic and the expressway network
This house is a substantial, immaculately maintained, 5 bed roomed Neo-Breton house set in its own park of about 25 acres. The land itself includes spring fed lake, ponds and stream together with paths and woodland as well as gardens, a productive orchard, covered heated swimming pool and a 4 hole golf course. The house, which is south facing, is set in an elevated position in the picturesque Blavet valley, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The property is entirely secluded - a naturalists dream - and yet less than 5 minutes are the expressway network and the small town of Languidic which supplies all everyday needs. Some of the best beaches of Brittany are reached within 25 minutes via quiet country roads. The picturesque ancient market towns of Hennebont and Auray are also close by.
From the house, there is 5 minutes stroll down to the banks of the River Blavet – an area of outstanding and unspoilt beauty. The Blavet has been canalised since Napoleonic times from Pontivy down to the sea at Lorient. Today however the once busy commercial waterway is peaceful - you occasionally see small leisure boats negotiating the well kept locks in summer but most of the time it is a quiet haven for wildlife, fishermen and kayakers. The towpath is well maintained and used extensively by walkers and cyclists. The small towns of Languidic and Lochrist can be reached in 5 minutes (different directions) and supply all everyday needs: bakers, supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, banks and restaurants. The Fleur de Sel restaurant in Languidic is exceptional in quality and different in style. Close by are the quaint old market towns of Hennebont and Auray (with its attached ancient port of St Gustan). Half an hour away, larger commercial concerns (hyper markets/DIY superstores/specialist stores) are found in Pontivy or Lorient/Lanester which are also home to the excellent, modern hospitals. The renowned sandy beaches of Southern Brittany are less than a ½ hour drive away on small lanes through rolling farmland, woods and small villages. The coastal scenery is varied and the coast largely undeveloped whilst many offshore islands provide fabulous views and places to visit. A tourist guide will tell you about the many interesting sites found in Brittany but the important thing to know if you are buying a property is that all modern facilities are easily available, whilst not intruding on the basically beautiful rural nature of the area.
A spacious hallway leads to an impressive 50m2 brightly lit salon with a large corner fireplace incorporating a recently installed Scandinavian built wood burning fire. This 13KW fire efficiently heats the whole of the ground floor during the winter, using free timber from the woods. However all of the rooms in the house, have radiators for the oil fired central heating system. The modern kitchen was totally refurbished in 2012. It has stunning granite work surfaces, a double oven, induction hob, dishwasher and extensive storage. The adjacent utility room houses the full height fridge and freezer and washing machine and offers considerable further storage facilities. Double doors from the kitchen open onto the large conservatory which overlooks the pool and gardens – a delightful place to entertain dinner guests or just enjoy an evening drink whilst watching the sunset. The large master bedroom, also south facing, has an ensuite facilities including a bath and walk-in cupboards. 2 further double bedrooms each have modern shower cubicles. The back hallway incorporates large hanging and linen cupboards and a modern cloakroom.
Fully carpeted curved stairs ascend to the upper hallway. 2 large double bedrooms face south towards the lake. Large, modern family bathroom and separate WC. The huge 60 sq.m. games room has windows on three sides and would be suitable for conversion to further accommodation or a self contained annexe if required.
Occupying 200 sq.m. beneath the whole house, the sous sol features a massive garage which currently houses 2 cars, a tractor, ride on mower, golf buggy etc. There is also a garden room, wood store, tool room and custom cave (wine store). A fully carpeted office has window and central heating.
The gardens and grounds
The house and terrace look down extensive lawns to the lake which also supplies the water for the automatic programmable watering system. The lake covers approximately 1 acre, has a small treed island, and is home to Jo and Gretel the swans! It is well stocked with fish and also has resident ducks and moorhens. It is a great attraction to all sorts of wildlife including heron and cormorants from the nearby Blavet River. A small stream, which rises from a spring within the woods, runs through a pool and series of small falls to feed the lake. From the dam at the other end, a cascade falls to a newly constructed lily pond from which the small natural stream passes on via the neighbours’ paddock to the Blavet. To the left of the drive leading to the electric gates of the property is the 3.5 acre golf course which is fully fenced so could also easily be adapted to a paddock if required. Adjacent to the house is the 9x4.5m heated swimming pool which has lifting and removable covers. The heating system is connected via a heat exchanger to the central heating system for winter usage. The poolroom stands behind the pool, screened by ornamental shrubbery. Nearly 20 acres of mixed woodland are networked by well maintained tracks. Besides offering tranquil walks and an opportunity to view deer and other wild life they also provide an endless supply of fuel for the woodburning stove. The orchard of about 1.5 acres has an extensive range of both mature as well as more recently planted fruit trees and soft fruitincluding apples, plums, damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants, tayberries, blueberries and rhubarb. Special mention must be made of the cherries however – the orchard has a large number of heavily cropping varieties of different colour and flavour. There is absolutely nothing to beat eating large handfuls of sun warmed cherries straight from the tree! These are the sort of grounds any lover of nature and wildlife would aspire to own, but would have great difficulty in finding -particularly in such an ideal location.
Property Ref: F734e