Portinfer Farm

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Portinfer Farm, St Ouen


This picture of the cafe courtyard clearly shows the small, irregularly spaced windows in the property's back wall, which are one of the clues to its early origins

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Property name

Portinfer Farm

Other names

  • Portinfer
  • Portinfer Farm Cafe
  • Maison de Portinfer


Rue de La Porte, St Ouen

Type of property

Farm with 15th century origins, now a cafe


  • In 2017 Maison de Portinfer, with the cottage, outbuildings, ladder rights, yards, issues and avenues and Le Petit Jardin, Le Jardin a Potage, Le Grand Jardin and Le Clos de Vibert, were sold for £1,575,000

Families associated with the property


  • ILC ♥ RDG 1765 - For Jean Le Cornu and Rachel de Caen, who married at St Ouen in 1765 [1]

Historic Environment Record entry

Listed building Historic farm group with early 18th century origins retaining historic character and features. This large farm complex has good quality outbuildings and detached laverie/boulangerie, which adds greatly to the wealth of fine vernacular farm buildings in this area.

Shown on the Richmond Map of 1795. Early 18th century with 19th century alterations, and potentially much earlier origins. It is believed that at least one fireplace with late medieval origins survives, with double-convex corbels found frequently in this area.

Main house with west extension; rear L-shaped extensions/outbuildings and laverie/boulangerie south of main house, circa 1750. Slate roof with stone chimney. Coursed rubble stone construction. Blocked-up window with rough worked ashlars.

Evolution of the house is unclear. McCormack identifies various build phases and fabric from a 15th century hall fireplace onwards to 19th century.

Old Jersey Houses

An entry in Volume One indicates that the house was examined at short notice because granite fireplaces, found during alterations, were likely to be covered up again. The two fireplaces were directly above each other, and proved to be much older than the facade of the house, which is almost certainly contemporary with the 1765 datestone.

It is identified as having been owned by the Hacquoil family later on. There was an arch in the north face, now plastered over. There are some old and very small windows in the north wall, as well as in the east gable.

This modern extension to the Grade Three listed building was highly commended in the 2022 architecture design awards

Notes and references

  1. Wrongly shown in HER as 'ILG'. We have not been able to place this couple in our Le Cornu trees. There was a Jean Le Cornu, born in St Ouen in 1734, the son of Abraham and Rachel Gabourel who could be the one shown on the stone. There are no records of children of Jean and Rachel.
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