A traditional, local farmhouse, with its outbuildings,
just few kilometres from Louhans in Burgundy’s Bresse Country
Louhans, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71500 FR

Location

This house, with origins dating back to the 17th century, is less than 1½ hours from the regional capitals of Lyon and Dijon. Bourg-en-Bresse is also just 45 minutes away. Slip roads for the A39 motorway are 15 minutes away and Mâcon-Loché TGV train station can be reached in 45 minutes, making it possible to reach Paris or Genève in two hours. The town of Louhans, with its street featuring 157 arcades, has all amenities. Set back off a secondary road, this house can be easily reached and yet is in a tranquil setting. The neighbouring village, within easy cycling distance, has more than a thousand inhabitants as well as bakeries, a chemist and a restaurant.

Description

Burgundy’s Bresse Country, set between the foothills of the Jura mountains to the east and the banks of the river Saône to the west, is composed of a plain, crossed by streams as well as ponds and dotted with a scattering of rural homes, constructed from brick and wood, sometimes white stone, topped with a steep roofing framework that used to be thatched. The house currently available for purchase features all the local codes of vernacular rural architecture.
It comprises a long, quadrangular building, spanning a ground surface area of 200 m². Constructed from half-timbering and brick, it has a south-facing facade built from stone. The roofing frameworks of the adjoining houses have three slopes. The east facade, with its protruding, double, upper and lower gallery, has three bays for the main house and a single bay for the second house.

The renovated house

The southern section of the building, with a terrace under the eaves on the west facade and a south-facing wall, composed of local brick and wood, in which openings have been aesthetically made here and there, notably to illuminate the attic. In the double level gallery, a stairway goes up to the floor under the rafters. Flat tiles cover the roofing framework.


Ground floor
A kitchen, a dining room, a lounge, two bedrooms and a new shower room, created under the protruding roof on the west side. Burgundy stone floor tiles, oak wood parquet flooring and brick.
Attic
The first floor, reached via the outside gallery, comprises a vast area laid out under the roofing framework, with the electric wiring and plumbing laid on ready for more bedrooms or, even, a self-contained flat. Windows set between the half-timbering in the south gable wall look out over the countryside and a nearby pond.
Base level
A semi-underground cellar is laid out under the kitchen.

The house awaiting renovation

This house, with its own independent entrances, does not communicate with the adjoining renovated house. Its eaves, protruding even further than those of the first house and known locally as “sevron”, protect the walls and shelter the ears of maize.
Although lived in up until ten or so years ago, this house needs full renovation works before its rooms can be used. New owners will have to decide whether to extend the neighbouring section that is already habitable or whether to leave it separate and transform it into a guest house or a holiday rental accommodation unit.


Ground floor
A large, through room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
First floor
The stairway in the double gallery on the rear facade goes up to a vast attic under the roofing framework for additional bedrooms or a self-contained flat. It is currently occupied by a pair of barn owls.
Cellar
These are reached via the outside.
Pigtail
An old dilapidated pigsty adjoins the north gable wall.

The outbuildings

Built on the southern section of the grounds, alongside the lane, this was originally a second inhabited farmhouse. It is composed of three sections, a farm shed and two barns, with a 6-metre-high ridge.


Open barn
This was originally a house which was partially burnt, resulting in the opening of the north gable wall to the light. A vast room could ideally be transformed into an art studio or a games room.
Workhouse
A room for storing tools and housing a DIY workshop.
The stables
A room to be used as an outbuilding, a future guest house or a holiday rental accommodation unit.
Workhouse
Although burnt, this open-air room alongside the lane is still clearly visible. It could be reconstructed.

The grounds

On the west side, a lawn with a large apple tree, and beyond the lane, farmland. To the south, a meadow between the house and the barn, with a stone well midway. On the east side, tall trees, an old oak and walnut trees. Beyond the property limits, farmland with a pond a little further away. To the north, an empty farm barn belonging to neighbouring property.

Our opinion

A perfect Bresse Country farmhouse which, although in a very good state of traditional authenticity, still awaits completion of its renovation works and full enhancement of its character. Obviously, the range of possibilities is vast. A multi-family or pluri-generation home for those in search of a natural setting in first-rate surroundings, a main residence or a holiday home, holiday rental accommodation units, a vast property if all the surface areas are united, the outbuildings transformed into an art studio, a covered swimming pool or a games room. On the kitchen side, regional gastronomic specialities will come into their own: Bresse chicken (with its AOC label) or other traditional local cakes and biscuits.

Exclusive sale

310 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 391969

Land registry surface area 3438 m2
Main building surface area 370 m2
Number of bedrooms 2
Outbuilding surface area 224 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Fanny Proffit +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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