character houses for sale in france beajolais region

An old, 18th century vine-grower’s property
in the Beaujolais region’s undulating, wine-growing countryside
Villefranche-sur-Saône, RHONE rhones-alps 69400 FR


This property, in the Beaujolais hills, stands in the midst of a hamlet, looking down on the vine-covered slopes. On the outskirts of the Greater Lyon Area, the Beaujolais region appeals as much to the working population as to tourists courtesy of its economic dynamism and its pleasant landscapes. This hamlet is in the centre of the French department of Rhône, 45 minutes from Lyon via the A6 motorway, 30 minutes from Mâcon-Loché TGV train station, with its 90-minute links to Paris, and 30 minutes from the internationally renowned Sanctuaire-du-Curé-d’Ars (Shrine of St John Vianney).
This property is but 15 minutes from Villefranche-sur-Saône and all amenities. It is also near to surrounding villages with local shops and schools.


This former vine-grower’s property stands on a hilltop in the midst of a hamlet with a view over the surrounding vines and woods. Three buildings laid out in a U-shape flank an inner courtyard, closed by a wall. A porch way opens into the courtyard, providing access to the entrance to the main building, an outbuilding that houses an old vat room, a bread oven, a little flat currently rented as well as an old hayloft above a stable.

The main building

The main, stone building spans approx. 370 m² of living space over two levels, topped with an attic floor. The facades feature numerous openings and bull’s eye windows let copious amounts of light into the attic space. A gallery, typical of the Beaujolais area in the inner courtyard, shelters the entrance to the house and a stone stairway, leading to the first floor of the building.

Ground floor
A glazed door opens into a wide living room, including the kitchen. A storeroom adjoins the kitchen. It is laid out in a vaulted, stone room, preceding a wine cellar. A stairway, at the end of the room, goes up to the first floor. The room is vast and the ceiling, with its old-fashioned beams, blends beautifully with a Burgundy stone floor. Near to the entrance, a few steps lead to a vaulted passageway which houses a toilet and a large cloakroom. It leads to a lounge, laid out in a vaulted room. Spacious and welcoming, this lounge is illuminated via windows overlooking the narrow road and communicates with a study, complete with a separate entrance leading outside. A boiler room, also used as a laundry room, links the study to the kitchen.
First floor
The stairway goes up to the first floor and leads to a vast lounge, laid out on several levels. A mezzanine, looking down on to the area, is an ideal place for relaxing and reading. It is possible to access the attic space. The lounge extends under the slopes of the roof, with their exposed beams. A refined fireplace is set in a corner of the room. A corridor provides access to a billiards’ room which can also be reached via the outside stone stairway, under the Beaujolais-style gallery. The atmosphere in this room is enhanced by a stone fireplace and wide, exposed beams. It leads to a bedroom which features an old stone sink, blending beautifully with the terracotta floor tiles. Two more bedrooms adjoin the billiards’ room and have a bathroom nearby. The corridor also provides access to two bedrooms, with old terracotta floor tiles, as well as to a shower room. One of the bedrooms has a separate entrance via an outside stairway on the narrow road side.

The property’s outbuildings

The inner courtyard provides access to an old vat room which still houses an old wine-press and barrels, bearing witness to the property’s former wine-producing vocation. This vast room could be converted in keeping with requirements. A bread oven has been preserved in the room adjoining the vat room. A flat has been converted above these two outbuildings. It is reached via a stone stairway going up from the inner courtyard. This accommodation, spanning approx. 80 m² of living space, comprises a living room with a kitchen, two bedrooms, a study and a shower room with a toilet. It is also possible to independently access this flat, which is currently rented, via a small garden behind the inner courtyard. The second wing of the outbuildings houses an old hayloft, reached from the inner courtyard and laid out above the old stable, now a DIY workshop.

Our opinion

The relief in this area of Beaujolais is neither overly flat or too steep. Its landscapes feature vines and woods appearing to have come to an agreement with the seasons so as to provide an amazing view all year round. Although the region is steeped in character, it has something for everyone: Lyon is nearby, as are other towns, main roads, railways and airports. This renovated residence is an invitation to move in straightaway. It would make a wonderful pied-à-terre in a gastronomic, wine-growing region, with its geopark, backed by Unesco.

530 000 €
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Reference 102504

Land registry surface area 820 m2
Main building surface area 370 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2

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Florence Granier       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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