A mill, its vines and its unspoilt surroundings
in the pleasant land that has Côtes-du-Jura appellation
Château-Chalon, JURA franche-comte 39210 FR

Location

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.

Description

Although the plot of land spans but 5,700 m², it appears much bigger as the view from the mill looks down on to the village, taking in vines, meadows and forests on all sides. The hydro-powered factory, on the bank of Le-Rostaing, is set up on the lowest terrace, on the corner of land formed between the millrace and the access road. This gives way to a variety of natural areas, such as 600 m² of vines, an orchard planted with old fruit trees, a lake and a garden. A flat terrace, on the heights of the land, would be the ideal place to install an infinity swimming pool which would give residents a feeling of being in the middle of the vines. The stone mill, a plainly shaped building, spans three levels with its cellars and machine rooms on the courtyard level. The first floor is reached from the outside via a curved flight of steps, or via a two-hundred-year-old, pastoral, very worn stairway, which reveals the miller’s old strongbox and invites visitors to pick the wild strawberries growing there. Also on this level, sheltered under a superb roofing framework, is a paved terrace as well as a sheltered veranda where residents can savour wines produced on site when winter comes.

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.


Basement
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.
Ground floor
Reached via a vestibule, a living room leads to the terrace as well as the veranda.
Garden level
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.
Half-story
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.
First floor
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.
Second floor
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
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.
Appellation
AOC Côtes-du-Jura
Production annuelle
The vines produce two hectolitres of wine per year
Age moyen des vignes
All the vine stock was planted 25 years ago.
Encépagement
Poulsard, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Savagnin and Pinot.

Our opinion

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.

Exclusive sale

700 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 997070

Land registry surface area 5700 m2
Main building surface area 410 m2
Surface of the vines 600 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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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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