Lamballe Property Guide & Information

Situated in Brittany, Lamballe is a town of the Cotes d’Armor department which accounts for 14,000 inhabitants. The population is clearly increasing, which is originating from the will of the city to expand. The town lies 15 km from the sea and 20km from Saint-Brieuc. It has been inhabited since a long time ago, as the presence of the menhir of Tregomar attests.

In the 10th century, Lamballe was an important stronghold of Brittany. Unfortunately, the War of Breton Succession and measures of retaliation by Cardinal de Richelieu gradually destroyed the castle. The consecutive destructions of the towers and of the city walls have blurred the border between the fortified city and surrounding quarters.


In 2005, Lamballe was selected to join the network of “Historic Cities of Brittany”, because of its interesting historic heritage. With the Haras of Lamballe, it is also a city of horses. It is associated with them and they have a common history. Therefore, you can find a huge stud farm there in which 12 stalls sheltered around 400 national stallions until the middle of the 20th century. This stud farm is today reinforced by an equestrian park of 14 hectares. Now you can discover the beautiful horses through shows, exhibitions, activities or guided tours.

Lamballe wants to extend and be a living town. That is why it proposes lots of activities like a museum dedicated to automated objects, educational farms, tree acrobatics, aquatics and sports, golf, hiking, karting and many others like, of course, horse riding!

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Lamballe Property Market Trends

Lamballe is a great place to live, if you want to escape the stress of big cities. It is true that Lamballe is expanding, but it remains a human-scale town. For the moment, the area of Saint-Brieuc where Lamballe is located is the least expensive of the entire department. It is also cheaper than the national average.

Some people chose Lamballe to have their second homes, which represents 4.5% of the properties. If you are looking for a large house to buy, you should find what you are looking for in Lamballe. 72% of the properties are houses, and a great majority of them have more than 3 rooms.

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3 Reasons to Buy a Property in Lamballe

Lamballe is a peaceful town of the Brittany region, renowned amongst tourists because of its proximity with the sea and offers many cultural attractions. It is also a really nice place to live, because it abounds with local traditions and marvels.

  • Market: Lamballe is renowned for its exceptional and large market which takes place every Thursday mornings. It is known as one of France’s finest markets, and people are coming from far to visit it and taste its gastronomic specialities. Try the traditional galette saucisse, which is a Breton sausage wrapped in a buckwheat pancake. You will also find many craftsmanship products to buy on the market.
  • Nature: the inhabitants have the chance to live very close to the sea (only 15 km far from it). But they are also surrounded with a beautiful nature, thanks to the pottery activity that was done in the region. Potters extracted clay, thus creating many holes in the land. That’s the reason why a specific flora and also fauna developed in the area! This led to the incorporation of the site in the Natura 2000 Network.
  • Le Château de la Moglais: even if the former stronghold was destroyed, a more recent castle can be visited. Built in the 18th century, the wonderful Chateau de la Moglais decorated with moldings and sculpted ceilings is now designated as an historic site. Go and visit this beautiful castle and don’t forget to visit its beautiful garden… it is a marvel!

Property Styles and Architecture in Lamballe

  • Half-timbered houses: this kind of houses was very popular during the Middle Ages, but this technique was abandoned almost everywhere after the 16th century, due to the fire hazard it represented. In Lamballe, you can still see 32 half-timbered houses.
  • Longères: made of granite, which is a material you easily find in this region, these houses offer real charm and authenticity. Being built in length, theses houses are often large and composed of several rooms.

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