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A 2-storey, Renaissance period residence in a 17th century chateau,
its garden with a waterfall and its old greenhouse to the south of Lyon

Location

The commune is an old farming village which grew as of the 12th century with the construction of a castle by the archbishop of Lyon, to the south-west of the city. Still today, it is bordered by hundreds of hectares of orchards. It is especially sought-after by the inhabitants of the city as it has some beautiful views of the hills around Lyon and of Mount Pilat.
The TGV train station (2 hours from Paris) is but 20 minutes away, the A7 motorway (4½ hours for the French capital) is 5 minutes away and Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport is 30 minutes away.

Description

This property comprises a 2-storey residence within a 17th century chateau. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 200 m², it has been fully restored. A private terrace in the midst of a patio, with a Provencal air, marks the main entrance to this residence. Also private, its garden spanning approx. 1,000 m² is enhanced with a waterfall that dominates an old greenhouse. This property also comes with a cellar and car parking spaces.
The 17th century chateau was constructed by Hervard, Mazarin’s banker, in 1646. He invited La-Fontaine there who said: “this construction with sober lines does not reveal any search for luxury. It is a question of appreciating all the advantages of the country”. This chateau stands in an estate that extends over approx. 7,500 m² of jointly owned land, surrounded by meadows. It is reached via a long alleyway, lined with plane trees. It comprises other residences. Heavy wooden doors, topped with stained glass, open into a communal, vaulted hallway. The floor is covered with flagstones. A stone stairway goes up to the various residences. The communal verdant areas are well laid out and immaculately kept. A French formal garden, arranged around an old ornamental pool, is great for relaxing and also provides a panoramic view over Lyon and notably of Fourvière Basilica. The surroundings remain countrified and the meadows in front of the chateau are filled with sheep during clement weather.

The 2-storey, Renaissance period residence

This residence, spanning two levels in a corner of the chateau, predominantly faces south. It opens on to a private garden. Mullioned and arched windows contribute to the elegance of the facades. It is accessed via a patio where a Provencal atmosphere reigns. A private, west-facing terrace, paved with flagstones, extends in front of the entrance. This residence comes with a cellar. Spaces reserved for the parking of cars are laid out at the entrance to the patio.


Ground floor
Parquet flooring marks the entrance vestibule which provides access, in a corner, to a separate toilet. Installed under a stone stairway, it is illuminated via a mullioned window. An old stone sink has been preserved in front of it. Two steps in the vestibule lead to a bright, spacious room which is both a lounge and a dining room under a superb French ceiling. It also features a stone fireplace, adorned with a shell, and terracotta floor tiles. A metal spiral stairway goes up from a corner to the floor above. A large arched window and mullioned windows open on to the garden and let copious amounts of light into the room. The adjoining kitchen also has a door leading out to the garden. It has parquet flooring and the ceiling beams are painted white. At the end in a corner, a wooden stairway leads to a bedroom on the floor above. A door provides direct access to the kitchen from the chateau’s main, communal entrance hall.
First floor
The wooden stairway, going up from the kitchen, leads to a landing which provides access to a first floor bedroom. Its parquet flooring enhances its French ceiling. A shower room could easily be installed on the landing.
The metal spiral stairway in the living room goes up to a vast reading room. Tall windows let in copious amounts of light and look down on the garden. The parquet flooring and the French ceiling create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This room communicates with a bedroom, with a fireplace adorned with a shell. This bedroom has like a half-floor, over its entire surface area, laid out as a library, open into the reading room and partially isolated by an open partition.
Another bedroom on the same level has a view of the garden. It is decorated with a marble fireplace and has a study area laid out on a mezzanine. The terracotta floor tiles contrast with the French ceiling. Also on this level are a bathroom and a toilet. A door in the reading room provides direct access, if required, to the chateau’s communal entrance hall.

The garden, the waterfall and the old greenhouse

This private, south-facing garden is laid out in front of the kitchen and the living room. Spanning approx. 1,000 m², it is on the edge of a cherry orchard. A terracotta-paved terrace extends in front of a waterfall, topped with an old greenhouse. This structure had not been restored but still has its curved metal framework. It is reached on either side of the waterfall by a small, stone, horseshoe-shaped stairway. The waterfall is fed from an old water storage tank concealed under the greenhouse. In the midst of the vegetation and going around a one hundred year old tree, a pathway winds through the garden and goes up to a raised section that forms yet another area for relaxing.

The cellar and the car parking spaces

The chateau’s large vaulted cellar has been divided and each residence has a closed cellar. They are reached from the patio via an outside stone stairway and the temperature is ideal for laying down wine. The patio is connected via an opening to the chateau’s communal entrance hall. It also features wooden carriage doors, not far from the old stone wash-house, which opens on to the chateau’s external outbuildings. This property comes with two car parking spaces. Another parking area at the entrance to the chateau is reserved for visitors.

Our opinion

The purchase of this property would mean returning of an evening from the busy city of Lyon, relaxing in a historic residence without having to pay all the running costs and contemplating the Alps in the distance whilst already being somewhat in the country. The division of the chateau has shared its character, the authenticity of its still intact decor as well as the burden of its upkeep. Such a formula enhances autonomy and privacy especially as this 2-storey residence has its own garden. Living in this chateau has no downsides.

Exclusive sale

680 000 €
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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*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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

Expertise

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 904062

Main building surface area 198.13 m2
Outbuilding surface area 5.23 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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