mills for sale jura - bresse in france

An early 18th century mill, with full water rights, its fishery,
its 17 ha protected lake and its woods on the Bresse plain
Lons-le-Saunier, JURA franche-comte 39000 FR


A few kilometres from the prefecture of the French department of Jura and the Revermont region, on the Bressanne plain, in a forest on the outskirts of a village. A slip road for the motorway to Lyon, Paris and Geneva is nearby and, therefore, makes it possible to go from absolute peace and quiet to modern-day life in barely 5 minutes.


A country lane leads from the village, alongside the fields and the forest, to this property.
The land, spanning almost half a hectare around the mill, bordered by country lanes, could easily be enclosed.
The view from the mill, looking out over the lake, longer than it is wide, is really captivating.

The mill

The mill, spanning 3 levels, features architecture typical of the local area, with the use of stone, brick framing around the openings and for the chimney stacks as well as wood. The half-hip roof is covered with small flat tiles.
The mill is shown on the so-called Cassini map; it must have been built in the 1700’s. This flour mill was original fitted with 2 overshot wheels, spanning a diameter of 2.80 m, under a 3 m long waterfall. The latter drove 4 pairs of grindstones for grinding wheat, maize and other cereals as well as another softer pair of grindstones for producing finely ground maize used for making a local speciality, similar to porridge.

Ground floor
There are no bearing walls to hinder the renovation possibilities on this level. A fireplace could be preserved.
Several traces of the presence of French resistance fighters act as a reminder that they sheltered in the mill during the Second World War.

A stairway goes down to the basement. It partially houses a cellar and partially the mill wheel which could be restored or moved so as to transform this room.
First floor
This level has to be envisaged as an empty space awaiting restoration.
The parklands
This triangular-shaped plot of land is composed of a vast lawn, bordered with coppice stand, and the fishery fed by sluice gates, still in operation up until a few dozen years ago.
Ground floor

The lake

The lake is fed by the Conry millrace and appears to date from the 13th century. It is listed on the French Inventory of Natural Areas of Ecological Interest for Flora and Fauna (known as ZNIEFF for Zones Naturelles d’Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique).
Sinuously long, it is partially included in a wood and in contact with grasslands and farmland on the north side. Its water is meso-eutrophic that is to say non-acid and fairly rich in nutritive elements. It is characterised by the presence of capillary pondweed. The lake is renowned as being one of the richest as regards flora. Typical miscellaneous species, now rare, have been identified there, three of which are protected in the region. These are the sharp-leaved pondweed, the brittle-leaved naiad and the spiny naiad.

Our opinion

Given that they have not been renovated and that their price is reasonable, the mill and its fishery leave the field open for restoration works, heading in the very direction wanted by the new owners. The lake is a reflection of the vegetation surrounding it. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful in the Jura and is ideal for contemplation and navigation as well as fishing and hunting. Its major ecological interest makes it worthy of an official inventory. The country lane that separates it, with the woods, from the mill and the fishery is above all used by cyclists and horse-riders.

Exclusive sale

460 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 887020

Land registry surface area 20 ha 69 a
Main building surface area 200 m2

Regional representative

Fanny Proffit       +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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