If you asked me to picture a traditional, Jersey granite farmhouse, Les Chasses Farm would be it. Tucked away on a quiet lane in the heart of St Martin, this four bedroom property is a nature lover’s dream, surrounded by extensive private land and a vast array of outbuildings, offering the perfect setting for a multigenerational home.
Approached by a long private drive, the granite property built in 1623 sits amongst 24 vergees of land and perfectly manicured south-facing gardens, complete with cider press, flagpole, water fountain and a variety of granite features. The drive leads to a generously-sized yard space at the rear of the building with ample parking and is adjacent to a fenced patio area, complete with hot tub, summer house and seating area, capturing the sun into the late evening and overlooking more of the property’s lush, green lawns.
A date stone sits above the front door of the house on the category 1 listed original Jersey arch. The entrance opens into a large, parquet-floored hallway, leading to two sizeable reception rooms on either side. The larger of the two, currently being used as the living room, features an excellently maintained traditional Jersey granite fireplace. The second adjoins the kitchen, offering the potential to create an extended dining area, and features a log burner and additional granite fireplace, making use of the building’s fully-lined original style chimneys.
A newly fitted, large eat-in kitchen with high specification appliances sits at the front of the property, providing the perfect setting for family dining and entertaining. The large window overlooking the garden offers what can only be described as a ‘natural television’ – with views of a variety of wildlife, including squirrels and woodpeckers, to be enjoyed as you sit at the breakfast table.
A house bathroom and single bedroom are found at the rear of the building, as well as an alternative entrance, with adjoining utility room and double garage. A floored loft space above the garage makes the area habitable – one of the many areas of the property with potential to develop.
As you walk upstairs, it’s nice to see the original thick walls of the property still intact. Two original arches line the hallway as you venture through to the home’s three extra-large double bedrooms and additional house bathroom, with views of the Ecrehous and the Northwest coast of France beyond. The bedroom towards the rear comes complete with an adjoining box room, which may be utilized as an en suite bathroom, study or nursery. The master bedroom, located at the front of the building, adjoins the property’s L wing, which could be knocked through to access if desired.
The L wing is one of the many areas of this estate with huge potential to develop. Spread over two floors, this enormous space offers the possibility of creating extra bedrooms and bathrooms, or even an additional 3-4 bedroom home, subject to planning permission. With the top level’s beautiful wooden floor, painted granite walls and copious amounts of natural light, I’d be jumping at the chance to turn it into art studio or developing the existing gym and games room on the bottom floor – it really does offer a huge range of possibilities to the home’s future inhabitants.
The potential to develop more of the property continues with its various outbuildings. A 4,600 sq. ft. shed, currently being used as a dry store, has been passed in principal to be developed with relevant planning permission into either 1 large or 2 small additional homes. With plenty of domestic curtilage, access via it’s own separate drive and impressive panoramic countryside and sea views, the space offers a fantastic opportunity to maximise return.
Venturing further into the grounds, there is a newly refurbished, unqualified flat with it’s own avenue and separate parking. Consisting a double bedroom, lounge, study, kitchen and bathroom, with double glazed windows, fibre optic and Sky, the space offers the perfect setting for second generation living, or to generate additional income. Another two outbuildings, originally the farm’s horse stables and tack room, have been double glazed and lined and are currently being used as lockable stores, but offer more potential to develop subject to planning.
The property is surrounded by a vast amount of its own private land – an area of natural beauty and a nature lovers paradise – offering extensive walking, riding and adventures. A private woodland and meadow with a meandering brook; fields passed for full-time equestrian use, as well as an allotment area, greenhouse and an area for tipping green waste, makes the possibilities endless for the use of this property’s grounds.
Whichever way you look at it – a blank canvas for development, a fantastic 2-3 generation home, or an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, Les Chasses Farm has endless possibilities to make this traditional Jersey property serve as the perfect home. Viewing comes highly recommended.
Les Chasses Farm
La Rue De Guilleaume,
• 4 bedrooms
• 2 reception rooms
• 2 bathrooms
• Granite farmhouse with sea views
• Range of outbuildings
• Unqualified separate flat
• Completely private and peaceful location
• Permanent transferable equestrian use
• 24 vergees of land