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In the photo: Castel Meur, the impressive French house that sits between two huge rocks

The house between a rock and a hard place: an incredible abode in France is surrounded by two huge granite rocks

  • Castel Meur – or ‘the house in the abyss’ – was built on the Plougrescant peninsula in Brittany in 1861
  • The owner placed the cabin between two granite rocks to protect it from the fierce storms off the coast.
  • Visitors should note that the house is not open to the public, but is visible from walking trails on the shoreline.

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It is the incredible house that is caught between a rock and a hard place.

This abode in the seaside town of Plougrescant in Brittany, France dates back to 1861 and was dramatically sandwiched between two massive rocks to help protect it from the area’s notorious storms.

It is called Castel Meur, but it is also known as La Maison du Gouffre, or ‘the house in the abyss’.

Castel Meur, pictured, in the coastal town of Plougrescant, Brittany, was sandwiched between two granite boulders to help protect it from the area's notorious storms.

Castel Meur, pictured, in the coastal town of Plougrescant, Brittany, was sandwiched between two granite boulders to help protect it from the area’s notorious storms.

The Brittany tourism board describes Plougrescant as the “crazy northernmost point” of the region. Castel Meur has long been one of the area’s top attractions.

To understand how the property came about, take the clock back to the 19th century when no building permit was required to build a house at this location on the Côtes-d’Armor coast.

According to The connection, one man was so in love with the Plougrescant peninsula that he decided he wanted to build a cabin on the site, between two giant granite slabs. As an additional precaution against inclement weather, the building was built with its back to the sea.

The cabin remained in the family for years, but after the turn of the 20th century, it was only inhabited periodically as a vacation home.

In 2004, the original owner’s granddaughter moved from the US to France and moved into the quaint cabin.

Meanwhile, the cabin had acquired celebrity status on Plougrescant. His image was printed on the front of a postcard, which traveled the world inviting tourists to explore the region and take a look at the unconventional farmhouse.

It all came to a head when a group of tourists climbed onto the roof of Castel Meur to capture a photograph, damaging the property in the process.

The unconventional farmhouse in Plougrescant dates back to 1861, a time when no building permits were needed.

The unconventional farmhouse in Plougrescant dates back to 1861, a time when no building permits were needed.

The unconventional farmhouse in Plougrescant dates back to 1861, a time when no building permits were needed.

The owner reportedly then obtained legal rights to the property’s image, which no longer appears on postcards or advertisements in the area. A wall was also built around the property, enhancing its privacy.

Those who wish to take a look at Castel Meur can see the house from the nearby coastal paths. However, visitors should note that it is not open to the public.

Plougrescant is known for its rugged beauty, although the Brittany Tourist Board He describes it as the “crazy northernmost point” in the region.

Those hoping to witness Castel Meur for themselves can see the house from nearby coastal paths.

Those hoping to witness Castel Meur for themselves can see the house from nearby coastal paths.

Those hoping to witness Castel Meur for themselves can see the house from nearby coastal paths.

As for Castel Meur, he says it is “one of the most picturesque houses in Brittany”.

The tourist office also recommends visiting the Plougrescant chapel, which, it reveals, “seems to have come out of the pages of a fairy tale.”

And 450 meters from La Maison du Gouffre, visitors will find ‘gouffre de la baie d’enfer’, a ravine that translates into the ‘abyss of the bay of hell’. On stormy days, the wind and waves running through this split in the cliffs create a hellish howl.

The nearest train station is in the town of Lannion, which is a 30-minute drive from Plougrescant. Brittany’s largest city, Rennes, is a two-hour drive away.

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