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An old royal hospital, its chapel and its vaulted cellars
in the lake region an hour from Geneva
Lons-le-Saunier, JURA franche-comte 39000 FR

Location

30 km as the crow flies from Geneva, 90 km from its airport by road, 120 km from Lyon, in the south of a French department with a good tourist trade, winter and summer alike, in a commune which also includes France’s third largest artificial lake.

Description

This property, on the outskirts of a large, character market town with all shops and amenities, is bordered by farmland and, on a lower level, by a secondary road. Set in 2 hectares of parklands, it comprises a U-shaped building, laid out around a paved courtyard, with a chapel in the centre, a 3-storey wing, outbuildings and a carpark able to take 157 cars. 8,000 m² of the land has no building restrictions whatsoever.

The hospital

The hospital was originally a U-shaped building, set out around a paved courtyard and spanning three levels. It comprised two communal rooms flanking the chapel, one for the women and one for the men, as well as an inn.
Nowadays, a plane tree lined driveway still leads from the entrance, where the large gates have unfortunately been removed, to the paved courtyard, closed by gates but now walled up with breezeblock and covered with an atrium.


Ground floor
After the listed, curved gates have slid back on their rail, the paved courtyard provides visitors access to the main building, on the left and south side. There, three vaulted rooms, followed by a large kitchen await full renovation works. The following chapel, under a French ceiling, is used by the current owners as a reception room. Stained glass windows featuring the Virgin Mary and Saint-Jean-Baptiste are still on the site of the old altar. The third section of the U-shaped building, opposite the main building, comprises a single, large reception room with a marble floor.
First floor
A wide stone stairway leads up to the first floor. The manager of the premises has, for the moment, set up his offices and his 4-roomed flat on this level. A suspended ceiling has been installed under the roofing framework for operational reasons, but it could easily be removed to give character back to these rooms.
Attic
A few steps of the old wooden stairway provide access to the attic space. The rope that operates the bell is still in position in the little steeple.
Cellar
The cellar is accessed via the inside by going down a stone stairway or via the outside by going down a ramp in line with current day standards. A fully renovated discotheque, able to accommodate 333 people in line with current day standards for receiving the general public, has been laid out in the extremely impressive vaulted cellars. This could become a restaurant, a wine bar or a lounge.

The wing housing dwellings

Two dwellings have been created for rental purposes in this section which is no doubt to be reorganised. It spans, in fact, a large ground surface area of 200 m² on four levels from the basement to the attic floor. The place could easily accommodate a covered swimming pool for a residential project, or small shops for a project involving a shopping centre. But this wing could also be demolished in order to make maximum use of the building land on the various plots comprising the property.

The outbuildings

The old stone stables have been transformed into a garage which can be reached from the street.
A stone building, in one of the corners of the perimeter wall, was once used as a resting place for the hospital’s dead patients.
A recent breezeblock building, adjoining the two walls of the orchard, is used as a garden shed.

The parklands

These parklands exude enormous charm courtesy of their varying levels, their curves, a partial wall, their steps and their totally clear view over the surrounding countryside.
The “Route of the Lakes” borders the parklands from the top of a very wide slope. This is not really a nuisance as the buildings face the other way. However, a good approach road is a must for a commercial project.

Our opinion

When the hospital was closed in 1983, this property should have become a character residence, with its extensive view over the Jura mountains, its chapel and its vaulted rooms steeped in sunlight. The running of a discotheque, in the unusual setting of its immense cellars, will no doubt soon be considered a vocational mistake. The rest of the property has not, therefore, been renovated as it should have been. It is currently suited to a whole range of possibilities: creation of unusual dwellings, organisation of events or conferences, a commercial or leisure centre, a restaurant in a region where gastronomy takes pride of place or tourist accommodation just a stone’s throw from Vouglans Lake. Furthermore, it has more than 8,000 m² that can freely be used for construction purposes. It is now the buildings’ turn to be looked after; not only are they worthy of it but they will repay it a hundredfold.

Exclusive sale

960 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 511252

Land registry surface area 2 ha 2 a
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 2000 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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