castles / chateaux for sale in france between geneva and divonne-les-bains

An impressive, 15th century stronghold house
near to Geneva and to Divonne-les-Bains
Divonne-les-Bains, AIN rhones-alps 01220 FR


The Pays-de-Gex, between Lake Geneva and the Jura Mountains, is a former free zone that changed hands between the Duchy of Savoy and Switzerland several times over the centuries before finally becoming affiliated to France in 1601 and is, consequently, marked by both French and Swiss cultures. This stronghold house, standing in a village near to the border between Geneva and Divonne-les-Bains, is within easy reach of the main roads leading to Lausanne, Geneva, Lyon and Paris as well as Geneva’s TGV train station and international airport (15-20 minutes away). International organisations such as the UNO and the CERN are just a stone’s throw away. Despite its countrified surroundings this property is but 5 minutes away from Divonne-les-Bains.


Although this former stronghold house stands on the plain, without any natural defences, it historically controlled all the main routes in the region. Its facades, roof and fireplaces now have French Historic Monument listing. Preserved vestiges of the Roman and Merovingian eras as well as the Middle-Ages bear witness to the continued use of this site since ancient times. Fiefdom of noble descendants, this estate has over the centuries undergone numerous architectural transformations, initially aiming to reinforce its defensive role and then to enhance its residential character.
Constructed on a plot spanning approx. 2,000 m² in the middle of a village with less than 1,000 inhabitants, this property is entered from the street via an 18th century gateway. Approx. 1,000 m² of usable living space are laid out around a square courtyard formed, on one side, by the chateau and, on the other, by the old farm buildings and the gatehouse. Two springs supply two large underground water storage tanks as well as a stone ornamental pool and its fountain all year round.

The chateau

This robustly constructed stronghold residence, with its many-sloped pyramid roof, comprises a rectangular building flanked by three wings. The central square tower, an original section of the construction, houses a 15th century, dressed stone stairway providing access to the entire building and has numerous interesting architectural features such as sculpted lintels, mullioned windows and loopholes.
This chateau spans three levels. The ground floor, including five vast rooms, comprises two lounges, an arms room, a dining room, two kitchens, a cellar and the little 15th century square tower on the north-west facade.
Seven bedrooms take up the first floor. Some are richly enhanced with coffered ceilings, panelling, moulded fireplaces, one of which dates from 1740, a doorway with a triangular arch, carved wooden columns and sandstone tracery framing.
The second floor and the towers are fully renovated and are but waiting for completion works to increase the living space. These areas could form two comfortable flats.

The annex building

The annex building, spanning a ground surface area of approx. 70 m², stands facing the chateau. It currently comprises a ground floor with an upstairs and is used as garages and storage space. Plans have already been drawn up for the conversion works that would transform this building into a guest house.

The gatehouse

With its direct and totally separate entrance, this 2-storey gatehouse has been fully renovated. It is now extremely comfortable courtesy of its three bedrooms and could easily be used as a caretaker’s cottage or even be rented out.

Our opinion

This region, bitterly fought over throughout history, remains strategically located in the vicinity of Geneva’s international organisations. The little spa town of Divonne-les-Bains is nearby. This stronghold house sparks immediately interest. It looks like something out of an engraving of Savoy in the Renaissance period. The rustic appearance of the external wooden walkways and terraces in no way detracts from the property’s obvious stateliness. Its pyramid roofs also bring images of pagodas to mind. The undeniable aesthetic qualities of this chateau can but be enhanced by the range of uses that its composition, its layout and its rooms make possible.

5 500 000 €
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Reference 233196

Land registry surface area 1962 m2
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

Regional representative
Upper-savoy, Savoy, Ain, Geneva

Thierry Besse       +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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