residences for sale in france montélimar

An elegant, refined, 19th century mansion house in parklands, with a swimming pool
and a caretaker’s cottage, in the nougat capital of Montélimar, on the edge of Provence
Montélimar, DROME rhones-alps 26200 FR


This mansion house is in the middle of Montélimar, the second largest town in the French department of Drôme with a little less than 40,000 inhabitants. Often referred to as the gateway to Provence, it is famous, amongst other things, for the making of nougat. The completely pedestrian historic district is bordered by Provencal alleyways. The markets enhancing the town are also typical of Provence. Some of its outstanding buildings include Adhémar castle and the House of Diane-de-Poitiers as well as the mansion houses in the town centre. They all bear witness to a rich, sometimes surprising past. The tourist sites of Montélimar also include those of its surroundings with the Vercors mountains, at the foot of which are the nearby Ardèche gorges. This town, in the Rhône Valley, is in the midst of Europe, where the borders of several departments and regions meet.
1½ hours from Lyon and the Alps, 1½ hours from Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea and 1½ hours from Montpellier. Its TGV train station provides several daily return links to Paris.


This mansion house was built in 1880 by a rich local millowner, specialised in the production of fine wheat flour for making luxury bread and cakes. Standing in the town centre, in a district where mansion houses compete in elegance, this vast, luxurious residence is set in the midst of parklands, spanning approx. 3,000 m². These are richly planted with trees over a hundred years old and feature a swimming pool out of sight of onlookers. An old caretaker’s cottage forms a corner of the property.

The mansion house

This Napoleon III style mansion house spans four levels, communicating on the inside via a lift. The facades are rendered and enhanced with raised ornamentation. The slate roofs are covered with fish-scale tiles and decorated with finials and spires. A garden level houses utility rooms, including a laundry room, a machine room and storage areas. The other levels, comprising living space, include a lounge, a dining room with a contemporary kitchen, a study and a second dining room as well as six superb, air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own shower room and toilet. Metal gates behind the building open on to the property and provide access to a parking area able to accommodate six cars, a rare luxury in the centre of town. The front door is on a porch. A wide terrace on the parklands side stretches out in front of the residence, with two flights of stone steps going down to the garden at each end of the mansion house.

Garden level
A door under the entrance porch opens into the garden level of the building. This floor houses utility rooms. A long vestibule crosses the building and opens on to the parklands via an orangery laid out under the terrace. Said corridor provides access on either side to a boiler room, with a workshop, a laundry room, a wine cellar and a storage area. The former orangery laid out under the terrace contains the filtration system for the swimming pool. An internal stairway goes up to the floor above.
Ground floor
The porch, with its two flights of steps, provides access to the ground floor of the mansion house. A heavy wooden door opens into a wide vestibule, with mosaic floor tiles. It crosses the building to the terrace, facing the parklands. An outstanding stairway, with stone steps protected by wrought iron railings, goes up to the first floor, as does a lift. The ground floor comprises a study-library, with parquet flooring laid in a randomly-matched pattern and a marble fireplace, topped with a highly decorative trumeau. Opposite, a dining room communicates with a terrace. Its features include cement floor tiles and a white marble fireplace, also topped with a trumeau. A pantry adjoins the dining room. Two vast, bright suites precede the terrace on the parklands side. Herringbone pattern parquet flooring blends with the moulding and ceiling roses as well as the elegant marble fireplaces. The shower rooms, with a toilet, are vast. Both suites look out over the parklands through wide windows.
First floor
The outstanding stone stairway is steeped in light from a window on a landing between its two flights, which contributes even more to the enhancement of its wonderful painted and richly decorated ceiling. The lift comes up to the landing that provides access to the rooms. Another stone stairway goes up to the second floor. The first floor comprises a large kitchen-dining room which communicates with a lounge on the parklands side. The reception room is welcoming and refined. Its parquet flooring, laid in a randomly-matched pattern, blends beautifully with its richly decorated ceiling. Medallions, painted in all four corners, are similar to those above the doors. The black marble fireplace features white veining. A small ladies’ sitting room, with a moulded and painted ceiling, precedes a bright suite, enhanced with a white marble Louis XVI style fireplace and parquet flooring laid in a randomly-matched pattern. It has a large shower room, a separate toilet and a large dressing room.
Second floor
The second floor is topped by an attic floor. It can be reached via the lift and via the second, discreet stone stairway, once the back stairs reserved for the domestic staff, going up from the first floor. This level includes three bright, spacious suites and a linen room. Each suite is elegantly laid out and decorated with parquet flooring, a marble fireplace, air-conditioning and a large private shower room with a toilet.

The parklands, the swimming pool and the caretaker’s cottage

The parklands surrounding the mansion house are planted with trees over a hundred years old. They include a swimming pool which receives a great deal of sunshine and is out of sight of onlookers. A thick row of trees screens the property from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, creating a haven of well-being. A second set of iron gates at the end of the parklands opens out on to the street. It is adjoined by the old caretaker’s cottage which awaits renovation works and could be converted into two dwellings. It has its own independent entrance off the street and a small enclosed courtyard.

Our opinion

Courtesy of major renovation works, this mansion house has regained an original elegance, on which its commissioner and architect had spared no expense, with its double facade, its monumental stairway, its refined panelling and its precious floors. The neo-gothic wall tiles in one of the shower rooms are particularly successful. The number and autonomy of the bedrooms make it ideal as a comfortable home for a large family as well as the creation of a bed & breakfast activity, both enhanced by the presence of a lift. The parklands resemble a haven and the proximity of the train station could be an advantage.

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1 500 000 €
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Reference 696513

Land registry surface area 2620 m2
Main building surface area 900 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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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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