This luxurious villa near Carnac is one of the rare houses of this
type of which we know the general plan. It was excavated in the 19th c. but only a few traces remain today.
The huge complex was erected in the second half of the
2d c. A.D., flourished in the first half of the 4th c., then
vanished completely around the beginning of the 5th c.
There are three distinct parts. To the E is the owner's
house, a large rectangle with walls built of mortared
rubble faced with small blocks with alternating bands of
brick. This building is divided into two sections: the
house proper, consisting of 11 rooms decorated with frescos, and a small bath building. To the NW, on the other
side of a central courtyard, is a square sanctuary with
a cella and ambulatory. To the SW and SE are two far
simpler complexes, probably the farm buildings of the
estate. The whole area was originally ringed with a protective circuit wall, now apparent as a bank of earth
with a vallum. The wall was probably built towards the
end of the 4th c. for defensive purposes.
J. Miln, Fouilles faites à Carnac
L. Pape, Documents d'Histoire de Bretagne