an old stronghold house set in 4 ha of land
On the outskirts of a little rural town (small local shops, infant and junior schools), 50 minutes from the centre of Lyon, on the Lower Dauphiné plateau.
This property is less than 15 minutes from the pleasant town of La-Tour-du-Pin, to the west of the former land of the “Allobroges”, the name of the Gallic tribes that once occupied old Savoy.
This estate is easy to reach courtesy of the proximity of slip roads for the A43 (Lyon-Chambéry-Turin) and A48/49 (Grenoble - South of France) motorways. It is also near to a medium-sized town (SNCF train station, all shops, secondary schools and sixth form college). Lyon international airport is 30 minutes away as is that of Grenoble which has several international links, predominantly with Great Britain.
The large rooms, the rammed clay walls and the hip roof on the barn extending the west facade bear witness to a stately or monastic architecture typical of the Dauphiné region and thus contribute to the building’s overall harmony. Further away, on the edge of the grounds, the ruins of a 12th century church bear witness to the age of the original premises; some seven other houses in the town have been identified as dating from the same era.
The setting is very peaceful as the property is not only on the edge of a hamlet composed of several houses but also protected by its four hectares of land in a slightly dominant position.
A country lane provides access to a 100-metre-long drive, redone by the current owners, which leads, in turn, to the building. The main entrance is on the south side.
All that is left of the old stronghold house are several vestiges in the central section of the edifice. Transformations over the centuries have given the building pleasant living spaces with large openings, looking out over the virtually unspoilt, natural surroundings. With a ground surface area of more than 600 m² and a T-shaped layout, formed by two barns at the end of the main section of the house, the east-west aspect ensures copious amounts of daylight all through the day.
This building was completely renovated by its current owners over a five-year period (2013-2018) under the supervision of an architect from Bâtiments-de-France. From the carcass (walls, beams, roof) to the interior rooms (stone floors, heating, doors and windows, woodwork), its appearance remains sober courtesy of the quality of the materials used and the rehabilitation of the original rooms.
Spanning three levels, this house spans almost 400 m² of living space. The 200 m² of attic space has also been fully renovated and converted. Almost 80 m² of barn, hayloft, boiler room and garages form the top bar of this T-shaped building.
The entrance door opens into a vestibule where the eye is immediately drawn to an elegant, dressed stone stairway and its wrought iron scrolls, bearing witness to the origins of the premises. The reception areas have French ceilings: kitchen, dining room, lounge and music room, with barrel or cross-ribbed vaults, some of which open on to the garden on the north-east side via a wonderful outside stone stairway or the pleasant terrace all on a level along the east facade, dominated by two dovecotes. Several fireplaces are in good working order. A cloakroom as well as two superb, independent bedrooms, with their bathroom. Further on, a laundry room with direct access outside backs on to a boiler room (new wood-pellet-fired Ökofen boiler).
Everything is perfectly renovated throughout: lime-rendered, rammed-clay as well as stone and pebble walls, solid oak and chestnut wood floors, terracotta floor tiles, oak wood indoor shutters as well as door and window frames, efficient insulation materials.
The main stairway leads up to the first floor. A large, 70 m² bedroom, with a French ceiling and a bathroom, takes up a third of this level. In the remaining space are two more large bedrooms, both with oak wood parquet flooring and its own bathroom. Opposite is a large library-lounge with Verdun floor tiles, a reading room and a small study which provides access to one of the dovecotes, the latter set under the roof.
Perfectly renovated and comfortable, this spacious floor laid out under the roof has a ridge more than 3.5 m high. Its well-structured rooms, featuring the solid roofing framework, could easily be converted into additional bedrooms. This level also provides access to the dovecote in the second tower, reinforced by its original horizontal roof framing. There is also a vast area in a good state of repair which could be converted if necessary.
Forming the top bar of the T-shaped building, therefore adjoining and standing at right angles to the residential section, the outbuildings span a ground surface area of approx. 120 m² on the north side and 135 m² on the south side, on two levels. They are currently used for barn and storage purposes.
One, overlooking the swimming pool, could be envisaged as a pool-house or even a summer kitchen.
Irreproachable rehabilitation works have been carried out on this edifice, bearing witness to a rich historic past. The premises are pleasant and have been greatly renovated in a style marked by authenticity and a liking for noble materials. The soberness of this renovation will therefore enable future residents to add their own personal decorative touches. This wonderful family and heritage estate, between Lyon and Geneva, is structurally very well designed, creating extremely interesting living spaces.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 33 a 60 ca|
|Main building surface area||650 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Florence Granier +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.