in the pleasant land that has Côtes-du-Jura appellation
Barely an hour from the border with neighbouring Switzerland as well as from Dijon and Beaune; 30 minutes from Dole, with its TGV train station providing 2-hour links to Paris and its airport with flights to Porto, London, Bastia and Rome. On the outskirts of and looking down on to a little village, perched on the Revermont hills, with its fountains and its bell-tower, typical of the French department of Jura.
The hydro-powered factory
The history of this property has been deduced based on one of the regulations of the water power section of the French Department of Civil Engineering and a geographical archive dating from 1929. It is more than likely that this small factory would have been used for an activity working with precious stones (in the lapidary or diamond industry). More recently, we commemorate here the work of the Ain’s resistance movement, said Charles, who took refuge in the cellar.
The tall aspect of the rectangular building is reinforced on the street side by the forest trees in the background. Composed of three buildings, the actual mill, the barn and the oven as well as the miller’s home. The inside is made to appear more spacious and interesting to move around by its many split levels. On the garden side, the old, reddish tile roof blends well with the local yellow stone.
On this level, and starting at the stream end, are three rooms, a vast garage on the site of the former mill’s mechanisms, a technical cellar housing the boiler on the site of the former oven, a workshop in a vaulted cellar and a second, slightly underground, vaulted cellar used for wine-making and laying down the bottles of wine.
Reached via a vestibule, a living room leads to the terrace as well as the veranda.
Formerly the mill section of the building, these rooms, on the millstream side, could be made independent from the rest of the house, either for rental purposes or for accommodating family and friends. A bedroom and a vast bathroom.
A few steps lead to the kitchen or to the dining room, where only one of the walls has been preserved in its original condition: made of stone, the others have been rendered but could easily be given back their original appearance. In the dining room, the previous owners of the premises have lowered the ceiling and created a wooden walkway between the buildings. A serving hatch has been installed between this room and the kitchen. The floors are laid with hexagonal terracotta tiles.
Going up from the entrance vestibule, a wooden stairway leads to the first floor with its four bedrooms. All have parquet flooring and views of the natural surroundings.
A bedroom, illuminated via two skylights, has been created in one section of the attic space. The remainder of this area is insulated but has not yet been used as living space.
The garden is composed of numerous terraced areas. In its upper section is a 30x5 m lake, a water reserve for the millrace, last drained in 2012. A well-exposed, flat area would make the ideal spot for installing a swimming pool. A little further on is an orchard. A wood cabin stands in the middle of the garden. A number of features are dotted here and there: a little flight of steps, a fountain, a sink. In the lower section, a large, more cultivated, rectangular garden, with its rose bushes and its wrought iron gazebo, between the slope, its vines and the street. The latter is building land and could become accommodation for rental purposes, independent of the main house.
The vines produce two hectolitres of wine per year
Age moyen des vignes
All the vine stock was planted 25 years ago.
Poulsard, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Savagnin and Pinot.
This plain but timeless watermill exudes great character. Unpretentious but real, it features stone in a natural setting, with good bottles of wine to be produced and then shared with family and friends. Those wishing to give these premises back their original aspect will find the task easy. All it would take is the removal or modification of the veranda as well as the carport. The layout is particularly well-suited to those seeking to create a bed & breakfast or holiday rental accommodation activity, especially as the plot running alongside the street is building land. The surroundings are amazingly beautiful; the views stretching to infinity and the vines are undeniable assets. And lastly, this is an ideal spot for those who enjoy contemplating nature whilst living in a highly sought-after Jura village, near to Switzerland, Paris and other large European towns.
|Land registry surface area||5700 m2|
|Main building surface area||410 m2|
|Surface of the vines||600 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
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.