just few kilometres from Louhans in Burgundy’s Bresse Country
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large, through room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
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.
These are reached via the outside.
An old dilapidated pigsty adjoins the north gable wall.
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.
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.
A room for storing tools and housing a DIY workshop.
A room to be used as an outbuilding, a future guest house or a holiday rental accommodation unit.
Although burnt, this open-air room alongside the lane is still clearly visible. It could be reconstructed.
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.
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.
|Land registry surface area||3438 m2|
|Main building surface area||370 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Outbuilding surface area||224 m2|
Fanny Proffit +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.