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.
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.
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.
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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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
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|Land registry surface area||1962 m2|
|Main building surface area||600 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 m2|
Upper-savoy, Savoy, Ain, Geneva
Thierry Besse       +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.