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A fully renovated farmhouse, typical of the 1800’s,
with its fields stretching into the distance on the Bresse plain

Mâcon, AIN rhones-alps 71000 FR


The Bresse plain is set between the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions. It is essentially farmland, characterised by its housing in the form of farms, dotted throughout the countryside or grouped in hamlets.
The department, bordered by the Saône and Rhône rivers, is in an excellent geographical location. This property is but 10 minutes away from Georges-Blanc’s famous gastronomic restaurant. Mâcon with its TGV train station is a 20-minute car drive away. Lyon and St-Exupéry airport are an hour’s drive away whilst Geneva, with its airport, is less than 2 hours away by car or 1¼ hours away by train. The A6 motorway runs through the Saône Valley whilst the A40 motorway crosses the department going towards the Alps, Italy and Switzerland.


This property is just a stone’s throw from a village, with some 550 inhabitants. Its particularity lies in the fact that most of the population is not concentrated in the market town, but traditionally spread between several hamlets such as the one comprising this farm and other houses. Standing on the outskirts of the hamlet, there where the road becomes a dirt track providing access to the surrounding fields, this farm is surrounded by a garden spanning a little less than half a hectare. A gravel driveway leads to a vast courtyard, stretching out alongside the buildings on the east side. The south-facing swimming pool, out of sight of onlookers, receives sunlight all day long.

The typical Bresse style farmhouse

The main section of this typical Bresse farmhouse, composed of several adjoining buildings, is characterised by its length and its overhanging roof, supported by a series of wooden pillars. The general layout is an L-shape which corresponds to an age-old and almost systematic organisation when farmers’ lives required three types of constructions: the “house” they lived in, the “barns and storage areas” used for harvests and the “line of farm buildings” forming cowsheds for the animals. Completely renovated, all these buildings now form a very large house, spanning approx. 450 m². They are topped with gable roofs. The attic space above the main house has been converted.

Ground floor
There are several possible entrances as this house could accommodate at least two separate homes. The southern-most entrance opens directly into a lounge set out around a stone and brick fireplace. A wide opening looks out over the swimming pool and provides access to the paved terrace. A wooden stairway in a corner goes up to the first floor. The kitchen adjoins this lounge. The eating area is on the terrace side. A superb stone sink marks the separation with the rest of the kitchen. A door in the lounge communicates with a bedroom, complete with its own dressing room, bathroom and toilet. A corridor leads from the lounge to a toilet as well as to the other rooms in the house, the central section of which has another entrance door. A small hall houses a stairway going up to the floor above. It provides access to a shower room as well as a large dressing room via a little corridor which goes to a room, opening directly on to the garden on the west side. The corridor leads from the lounge to this room which communicates with a reception area, spanning a floor surface area of almost 80 m². This was the old barn, now fully renovated. The white-painted roofing framework, left exposed, contributes to the impression of height under the eaves of the roof. Black and white floor tiles laid in an immense chessboard pattern complement the trusses of the old roofing framework. Two large windows open on to the garden, one on the west side and the other on the north side; a third looks out over the courtyard on the east side. The large lounge-dining room communicates with the “line of farm buildings” via a kitchen, in a wing which also features a small lounge with the third entrance to the house. A little corridor leads to a bedroom as well as to a separate toilet and a bathroom. A white-painted, wooden stairway goes up to a bedroom laid out under the eaves of the roof.
First floor
Two stairways provide access to the converted attic space, above the ground floor in the main building. The stairway, set in a corner of the south-facing lounge, goes up to a vast open area, on to which open two bedrooms and a family bathroom, fitted with a shower, a bath and a separate toilet. The other stairway, in the central section of the house, goes directly up into a vast bedroom, fitted with large cupboards. The bedroom communicates with the family bathroom, shared by the bedrooms on this level.

The swimming pool

The south-facing swimming pool receives copious amounts of sunlight. Out of sight of onlookers, it is surrounded by a wide paved terrace. A small stone outbuilding adjoining the house is home to the filtration system and is used for storing the garden furniture.

Our opinion

Local produce makes Bresse one of the leading gastronomic regions of France. Its flat landscapes exude a certain opulence. This was perhaps already the case when the kings of France snatched it from the family of Savoy where one of its burial sites is preserved. Bresse farms are so distinctive that they are an ethnographic curiosity. They have to have an awning created by the overhang of the roof, supported by a truss beam and solid wooden posts, as is the case here.
But such stylistic authenticity does not prevent interior comfort courtesy of full renovation works. A large family would be totally at ease here. The peace and quiet of the premises have a holiday air. But the Bresse area is in such a good geographical location, with such a good communications network, that this property could be lived in all year round.

499 000 €
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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 271236

Land registry surface area 4669 m2


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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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