Combourg Property Insight

Combourg (Komborn in Breton) is a French town situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and in the Brittany region. This small town of about 5,000 inhabitants is located between Rennes and Saint-Malo in the north west of France. Its “birthplace of the romanticism” nickname comes from the famous French writer François-René de Chateaubriand who spent two years during his youth in the town. A nature town, Combourg is part of a wooded region. In the surroundings, you will find the national woods park of the Mesnil.


Combourg is renowned thanks to the French writer Chateaubriand, the owner of Combourg’s castle which is nowadays subject to numerous visits. Other monuments are also worth seeing. The Lantern House, a house made of granite also called hostel of the Tremaudan, is one of the most beautiful houses of the town. It was built during the 16th century and was remarkably restored. Another famous house to be admired is the Princes House with its timber frames and its 16th century style. Combourg’s church was rebuilt during the 19th century but though retains some elements of the 1617 monument. The Lac Tranquille (literally the Quiet Lake) stretches over 22ha. It was an inspiring influence for Chateaubriand and is today a pleasant place to take a walk. Finally, the Maffins pond will certainly seduce fishermen.

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Combourg Immobilier & Property Market Trends

Property prices in the Combourg area fluctuate between €2,550/ square metre and €2,650/ square metre. Considering that the average price for a property for sale in France is about €3,100/ square metre, it appears that Combourg is a cheap area where you can easily find a bargain. Indeed, if you are a good at DIY, you will have a large choice as regards houses to be renovated for less than €50,000. Then the average price for a typical house in Combourg or in its surroundings is between €150,000 and €250,000. As a result, Brittany is a region which attracts a lot of British people thanks to its beautiful landscapes, closeness with the UK and cheap property prices.

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3 Reasons to Buy a Property in Combourg

Combourg has so much to offer to its residents that it is not difficult to make a list of some of its assets. Combourg is the town by which anyone is seduced because it holds all the assets of a town albeit located in the countryside.

  • Combourg’s castle: the castle was built on a knoll near to the Lac Tranquille between the 11th and the 16th century. It is a stronghold surrounded with four massive towers. René-Auguste de Châteaubriand and his wife Apolline de Bédée, the writers’ parents, bought the Combourg earldom in 1761. The writer lived in the castle for 2 years during which he wrote the famous book Mémoires d’Outre-tombe; “I became what I am in Combourg’s woods”. Nowadays, Combourg’s castle still owe to the famous writer. The 25ha park offers the visitors a wonderful walk around the lake and inside the ramparts. This is one of the best preserved castles in Brittany - not to be missed.
  • Geographical position: Combourg is located 386km from Paris, 40km from Rennes, 36km from Saint-Malo and 83km from Saint-Brieuc. As a result, it is close to the sea, to a city and to the French capital. Furthermore, a daily railway line leads to Rennes and the airport of Dinard allow an easy access to the UK (Bristol, Birmingham, London).
  • Economy: Chateaubriand left a trail in the town of Combourg and besides still participates to its touristy attraction. Although Combourg has a rich history, it is willing to forge ahead and modernize the town as regards new inhabitants or companies. Indeed, the creation of a new park whose purpose is to give a boost to the town. Combourg provides on the one hand a relaxed way of life and conviviality but on the other hand Combourg is an important attractive centre due to its numerous services it offers – new high school, railway station, cinema, broadband, great cultural and community life, geographical position and so on!

Property Styles and Architecture in Combourg

  • Stone houses: this is the most widespread type of property in Combourg. Almost all the houses are made of stones. Detached or semi detached, with slate and sloping roofs, they often have a garden. To be renovated or not, each one can find their dream house in Combourg.
  • Longères: also made of stone, longères have a rectangular shape and the back of the house faces the dominant wind direction. Due to their shape, almost all the rooms are connected the one with the others and have and door leading outside. You can find very large longères or smaller ones according to your needs. Typical from the Brittany region, this type of house will certainly seduce all your family!

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