character houses for sale - rhône - on the edge of the rhône

A small but tall, bargeman’s home
at the foot of vine-covered hills on the edge of the Rhône

Lyon, RHONE rhones-alps 69000 FR


In a little town in the far south of the French department of Rhône, in the Pilat Regional Nature Park. The town, created more than two thousand years ago in a meander of the Rhône, now has 4,000 inhabitants. It is steeped in a history that has been closely linked to the river for generations. It was during early modern times that the town experienced unprecedented growth courtesy of its port. It became the capital of the inland river fleet and continued as such until the end of the 19th century when navigation came into competition with the railroad. Of its past linked to the river remain the practice of water jousting as well as walking and cycling; the old towpath being part of the “ViaRhôna” cycling route.
Half way between Lyon and Valence with their TGV train stations, less than an hour from St-Exupéry airport and two hours from Geneva.


This small, but tall house stands in the old bargemen’s district on the right bank of the Rhône. These once modest buildings, standing very close to one another, are now houses in an ideal setting notably because of their unobstructed view over the river. Up until the end of the 1970’s they were regularly exposed to the Rhône floodwater, as is proved by marks set up as of the 16th century. At the time and through until the 19th century, said marks were made on clearly identified buildings that the bargemen corporations helped to maintain. More than forty of these “witness-houses” still existed in the middle of the 19th century. Marks for the floods of 1955 and 1957 are still to be seen at the entrance to this house.

The house

This house spans three levels. Its roof is covered with old Roman tiles. The rendered facades feature windows that look out over the Rhône on one side and vine-covered hills on the other. A wooden door, topped with an aedicula forming an oratory, opens on to a small terrace leading to the front door. Said oratory houses a statue, representing the Virgin with Child, watching over the residents and their visitors from the entrance.

Ground floor
An old, heavy wooden door opens into an entrance hall with a shower room, a separate toilet and the stairway going upstairs. Said hall provides access to the kitchen, the only other room on this level. It is especially sober as, throughout its history, it was flooded every time the river burst its banks.
First floor
The parquet flooring on the first floor matches its old French ceilings. Two adjoining rooms take up this level. A ladies’ sitting room, illuminated via a large window, precedes a lounge. An old glazed door opens into the lounge where eyes are immediately drawn to the majestic river water. An exquisite, painted wooden panel conceals a cupboard.
Second floor
The stairway goes up to the second floor which has been converted into two large bedrooms with sloping ceilings, laid out side by side. The view from one, taking in the vines over the top of the roofs of the neighbouring houses, is very pleasant. The second bedroom looks out over the wide river Rhône with the mountainous Pilat area in the background.
A little wooden stairway goes up to a section of the attic space, illuminated via a small window. The view over the Rhône is particularly spectacular from here. This area is currently in use as an attic.

Our opinion

This little pied-à-terre is right on the water’s edge! It is a modest, unpretentious home abounding in history. But the Rhône is so beautiful that refinement is not necessary. A prestigious white wine, with AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée - PDO “protected designation of origin”) classification, is grown on the hillsides sloping steeply down towards it. To this aesthetic, gustatory wealth can be added a small, ladle-moulded goat’s cheese; what better souvenirs can be asked of a holiday? The Romans, followed by Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, George-Sand and Frédéric-Mistral, were not mistaken in their attraction to this small town.

230 000 €
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Barème d'honoraires
au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 580152

Land registry surface area 54 m2
Main building surface area 105 m2

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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