character houses for sale - rhône - in the beaujolais region

An estate that belonged to the Archbishop of Auch in the 18th century
in the vine-growing, undulating landscapes of the Beaujolais region

Lyon, RHONE rhones-alps 69000 FR


This estate stands in the midst of the Beaujolais region surrounded by undulating countryside. It is on the outskirts of a village, the wine-growing activity of which is enhanced by its strong tourist potential. The region abounds with little villages, each with their markets selling local wines and produce. There are several interesting historic towns to explore within a 40 km radius.
This property is but 45 minutes by car from Lyon via the A6 motorway, 30 minutes from Mâcon-Loché TGV train station with its 90-minute links to Paris and 2 hours from Geneva by car.


This estate, once belonging to the Archbishop of Auch, stands on a south-facing hill, reached via a lane going up through the vines. It used to include a vast vineyard that is no longer part of the property but still extends beyond its perimeter walls. The residence is built in an L-shape, facing an immaculately laid out garden, spanning approx. 1,500 m². A gravel driveway leads to a double garage.

The renovated section of the Archbishop’s residence

One section of the residence, spanning approx. 210 m², has been renovated. Constructed over cellars on the garden level, this stone residence spans two levels of living space. The facade, with dressed stone quoins, has been rendered. A terrace, reached via steps, provides access to the residence.

Ground floor
A wooden door opens into a long vestibule which still has its French ceiling. It provides access to a reception room, spanning approx. 58 m², divided into two by a wall against which stand two old fireplaces. The dining room section opens on to the terrace via an opening. It has herringbone pattern parquet flooring. The kitchen, opposite, has been set out on the site of the old chapel. The grey stone steps that went up to the choir are still there. The kitchen has a storeroom. It opens on to the outside, east-facing terrace.
A wooden stairway at the end of the vestibule goes upstairs. It precedes a shower room and a toilet as well as a large laundry room. Another door conceals steps going down to the cellars.

First floor
The first floor comprises four large bedrooms. One of them is laid out under a section of the roof and illuminated via a skylight. The three others have south-facing windows providing a view of the garden and the Beaujolais hills. A shower room with a toilet is shared by three bedrooms. The fourth bedroom has its own bathroom.
An indoor stairway goes down to the cellars, laid out on the garden level. Vaulted and constructed from stone, they open via two wooden doors adorned with old metal fittings. A wrought stone well used to provide the residence’s water supply. A boiler room has been isolated from the rest of this level. Similarly a wall has been built to separate the cellars from the section awaiting renovation, with which they previously communicated.

The section of the Archbishop’s residence awaiting renovation

The section of the residence awaiting renovation spans a floor surface area of approx. 400 m². It is all in its original condition. Standing over cellars, it is built of stone and spans two levels of living space. A third level forming a square tower houses the attic space. Two stone stairways lead up to a central porch, providing access to the front door. A wooden door under said porch leads to the cellars.

Ground floor
An outstanding, old wooden door, set in the centre of the facade, is flanked by two bull’s eye windows. It opens into a long vestibule, running the full length of the residence and providing access to the rooms. The floors on this level are covered with old terracotta tiles, looked down on by French ceilings. The south-facing lounge has a most attractive view over the garden and the Beaujolais hills. It is heated by a stone fireplace, topped with a trumeau, sculpted with a scene featuring four main characters. The lounge communicates with a small lounge which can also be reached via the long vestibule, just like a dining room and a kitchen which follow on. Both rooms have a fireplace. A scullery adjoins the kitchen. It still has its superb stone sink set under the window.
The vestibule leads, on the north side, to a majestic stone stairway going upstairs. It has a hazelnut wood handrail and wrought iron railings.

First floor
This level comprises four bedrooms that open into a large vestibule. All the floors on this level are covered with old terracotta tiles. Showers and toilets have been installed. A wooden stairway goes up to the attic space.
The attic space, spanning approx. 40 m², is on the third level under the old, exposed roofing framework. Several windows provide superb views over the surrounding Beaujolais hills.
Stone vaulted cellars extend over approx. 120 m². Both sound and airy, they are illuminated via numerous basement windows. They bear witness to the residence’s wine-growing past. An indoor stone stairway leads up to the living space.

The garage

The garage is constructed on the edge of the property against the stone perimeter wall. It is topped with a gable roof which extends southwards and covers an outside terrace. Spanning approx. 50 m², it can house two cars and a workshop.

Our opinion

Said Archbishop of Auch was most certainly born in this region as a pied-à-terre for the sole purpose of selecting the mass wine is not credible, the Beaujolais region predominantly producing red wine. This residence still has its impressive cellars worthy of all good homes in this region, blessed by the gods. The relief is neither too flat nor too steep, landscapes composed of vines and woods, reflecting the changing seasons, stretch for as far as the eye can see. Despite its strong character, this region is extremely welcoming. Lyon and other towns are nearby as are motorways, railways and airports. The renovated section of the residence can be lived in straightaway whilst that awaiting restoration leaves new owners free rein to suit their own personal ideas, tastes and fantasies. They will be able to choose between two houses or a single very large home.

542 500 €
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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)
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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 579169

Land registry surface area 2367 m2
Main building surface area 610 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2


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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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