An old, 18th century, tile production plant in a countrified setting
in Burgundy, 1½ hours from the outskirts of Geneva and Lyon
Louhans, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71500 FR

Location

In the authentic Bresse region, in the French department of Saône-et-Loire, a few kilometres from the town of Lons-le-Saunier. Slip roads for the A39 motorway are but 5 minutes away, putting the centre of Geneva and its airport just 1¾ hours away and Paris less than 4 hours away. Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport is 1¼ hours away. Paris can be reached in 3 hours by train.
This property stands in a quiet, little village, with close to 1,000 inhabitants, a few local shops and a primary school. School buses can be taken to secondary schools and sixth form colleges less than 15 km away.

Description

This old tile production plant, typical of the region, stands on the edge of a little-used secondary road. It is composed of two impressive buildings, featuring traditional, regional architecture, which are set on a plot of more than 4.5 ha. Old brick, wood, wattle and cob bear witness to the authenticity of the premises and support the two long buildings facing one another. This property is accessed via remote-controlled gates that open on to a vast courtyard, spanning more than 600 m² and separating the two buildings. Dating from 1750 and 1899, the more noble of the two was obviously a house, whilst the other, reflecting a more robust appearance courtesy of the impressive square tower at each of its ends, was most probably originally used for business purposes.
This estate is immaculately kept throughout. It comprises lawns, wooded areas and meadows. The premises are heavily marked by water, from the 12-metre deep well to the romantic, little pond, ingeniously laid out with its own wooden walkway. Further away, a little chalet, used for storage, a small farmhouse, with an air of a dolls house, a greenhouse and a henhouse balance out the buildings. A plot at the end of the land, on the side of the road, could be separated and built on, the neighbours being sufficiently far away for it not to cause a nuisance. Furthermore, an interesting right-of-way for horse-riders and pedestrians provides direct access from the stables to a little country lane.

The main house

This long, rectangular building, spanning a ground surface area of approx. 230 m², stands in a north-east-south-west direction. Laid out over two levels, its rooms logically span a total of approx. 400 m² of living space. The bedrooms, all taking up the first floor, can be reached from the reception rooms on the garden level.


Garden level
Although the reception room can obviously be directly accessed, the main entrance opens into the large kitchen. All these areas are through rooms as they also look out on the road side. Said large, fully fitted kitchen, with a middle-class, yet rustic appearance, is followed by a double lounge which also houses a stairway going upstairs. At the other end, a room opens into a large bright bedroom, looking out over the gardens. It is enhanced with a dressing room and a bathroom.
First level
A corridor gives access to five bedrooms, one of which is a double room. They each span a floor surface area of approx. 20 m² and overlook the main courtyard. A bathroom.

The annexe building

This annexe building stands facing the main house. It is therefore aligned in the same geographic direction and borders the large, paved courtyard. Spanning a ground surface area of approx. 335 m², it comprises a large number of separate areas, with a total useful floor surface area of almost 800 m². It is flanked by two robust square towers, giving it a more industrial appearance. An extension at one end is used as a garage. Its west facade houses a long woodshed.


Garden level
The two robust, 2-storey towers delimiting the building, very probably old dovecotes, are used for storage and are but waiting to be converted. The south-east end of the building, having direct access to the swimming pool, houses a comfortable, 2-storey holiday accommodation rental unit. Independent and away from the main house, its vocation as a guesthouse is obvious due to its ingenious geographic layout. It precedes a stable housing four horse loose boxes, followed by some very large areas used for workshop and storage purposes which could also be converted. These two sections, on the west facade, overlook the property’s vast pastures. The building ends in a large, fully renovated room, spanning approx. 50 m², used as an office and a lounge.
First level
A large section still awaits conversion. The very high ridges, sometimes enhanced by unusable attic space, encourage thoughts of an overall transformation of the building into reception areas, especially as the section laid out above the office on the garden level is already perfectly renovated. The entire building, including the already converted and functional holiday accommodation rental unit, could then logically be transformed into areas for receiving tourists.

The courtyard, the gardens and the parklands

The large, square courtyard, delimited by the two buildings, is completely paved and its size makes it possible for cars to use its little central lawn as a roundabout. Almost one hectare of the estate is given over to lawns and well-kept areas, a more private area being marked by a pond sheltered by trees and foliage and featuring a central islet, accessed via a walkway. A masonry pool, with a natural water supply, features several waterlilies and flows peacefully through the property via its little retention channel. The remaining land, spanning close to four hectares is composed of meadows and woods, guaranteeing the property a peaceful setting. One section of the estate bordering the road is classed as building land and could possibly be separated and sold.

The outbuildings

Several small outbuildings are spread harmoniously throughout the estate. In addition to a garage bordering the left-hand side of the entrance, there is a small farmhouse, spanning approx. 20 m², as well as a small chalet of a similar size, used for storage and a greenhouse, spanning approx. 30 m².

Our opinion

Equidistant between Lyon and Geneva, this 18th century property, typical of the region and already exuding a romantic air, is in pristine condition and extremely comfortable. Enhanced through skilled, traditional craftsmanship, its vernacular architecture, directly linked to the local area and its original materials, gives it a generally elegant appearance. The main building, with its large, independent rooms, as well as the large annexe building, partially converted for use as an independent bed & breakfast activity, as well as the old stables naturally bestow it with interesting commercial potential for those seeking a pleasant change of career in these uncertain times.

Exclusive sale

870 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 888311

Land registry surface area 4 ha 55 a 68 ca
Main building surface area 600 m2
Number of bedrooms 8
Outbuilding surface area 800 m2
including refurbished area250 m2

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Haute-Savoie, Bresse, Haut-Bugey et Genève


Thierry Besse +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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