historic buildings for sale in france

A superb, listed property, with 17th & 18th century buildings in some 12 ha of land,
sold under emphyteutic lease on behalf of Beaujeu hospitals in the Beaujolais region
Lyon, RHONE rhones-alps 69000 FR


This property, in the Rhône-Alpes region and in the midst of the Beaujolais area, was called “le plus sensuel des vignobles” (the most sensual of vineyards) by the French wine magazine, Revue-du-Vin-de-France. It stands on the outskirts of an authentic vine-growing village, one of the 10 Beaujolais appellations. A geopark, backed by Unesco, is being created in this area, famous for its wines and with a wealth of architectural heritage, crossed by the Ways-of-St-James. On the outskirts of the Greater Lyon Area, the Beaujolais region attracts both workers and tourists alike courtesy of its economic growth and the splendour of its scenery. In the centre of the French department of Rhône, 45 minutes from Lyon via the A6 motorway and 30 minutes from Mâcon-Loché TGV train station (1½ hour links to Paris).


This estate is near to a village, featuring a majestic church with two bell-towers, one of the biggest in the Beaujolais area, constructed by Pierre-Bossan, architect of Lyon’s Fourvière Basilica. This property stands on the edge of the village in approx. 12 ha of land, surrounded by vines. Added to the French Historic Monument List in 1994, it is one of the most outstanding examples of rural architecture in the Beaujolais area. It comprises a group of stone buildings, constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries, set out around a vast square courtyard, spanning 3,000 m². A first building, on the right-hand side on entering, comprises a row of ten wine-growers’ dwellings, reflecting the style of a traditional Beaujolais house, in that the dwelling is reached via a stone stairway above the entrance to a cellar. The other three sides are farm buildings. Two of them are composed of garages, storage areas and barns and the third houses an immense vat room and wine-maturing cellar.

The vat room and wine-maturing cellar

The long facade of the vat room features two sets of wide, arched, wooden doors. This room, in good working order, was renovated in 1996. A stairway goes down to a basement. Another room also housing vats is next to the vaulted, 33 m long, wine-maturing cellar. An outdoor stairway provides a second easier access which was once used for handling barrels.

The building housing the wine-growers’ dwellings

This long building comprises ten wine-growers’ dwellings. Almost identical, they span three levels and feature typical Beaujolais architecture. The ground floor comprises a cellar and the entrance to the dwelling is on the first floor, reached via an outside stairway. A living room adjoins a kitchen and a bedroom. The second floor, under the sloping roof, comprises three bedrooms and a bathroom.

The other farm buildings

The two other wings of farm buildings span two levels. The ground floors feature arched openings. Garages and storage areas are housed inside. In each of the buildings, a stairway goes up to barns or other storage areas.

Our opinion

The quadrilateral, bringing to mind a monastery, a school, a workers’ housing estate, is above all a superb example of rural architecture. Each building features stairways, large arched doorways and regularly spaced windows. The emphyteutic lease will be the first part of a wine-tourism or hotel & catering project. A multitude of ideas could take root here.

Cession en exclusivité

50 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus

Voir le Barème d'Honoraires

Reference 640201

Land registry surface area 12 ha 5 a 10 ca

Regional representative

Florence Granier       +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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