castles / chateaux for sale - haut-rhin - alsace

An old Seigneurial farm on the site of a castle, no longer in existence,
in a village on the banks of the Rhine on the Alsace plains
Colmar, HAUT-RHIN alsace 68000 FR


On the plains of Alsace, in a village on the banks of the Rhine, 20 minutes from Colmar, capital of Alsace wines, and 25 minutes from Freiburg (Germany) as well as 45 minutes from Basle (Switzerland) and its international airport.
In a region modelled by the meandering Rhine that is known as the “Grand Ried”, a term derived from the German “Rieth” which means reed. Its landscapes, formed of flood plains and lush forests, feature exceptional natural resources. Ten or so kilometres to the south extends the Hardt, the second biggest forest in Alsace, a protected area with “Natura 2000” classification.


This property stands near to the church, on the outskirts of the village, on the site of a plains castle no longer in existence. Once surrounded by water-filled moats, this castle dating from 1300 was among the properties identified on the famous Habsburg land registry maps (1303-1308). Following its destruction by fire in the 17th century, its vestiges were converted into a reinforced Seigneurial farm.
Of the original castle, there remains the 16th century tower porch way, providing access to a large rectangular courtyard around which the various buildings are arranged. A long outbuilding, to the north of the tower porch way, marks the limit of the old moats. A dwelling, to the south, then opens on to a large garden.
Opposite, an impressive barn spanning more than 40 m in length, is flanked at each end by recent, large farm sheds.
A very old sweet chestnut tree takes pride of place in the middle of the courtyard.

The dwelling

The house, spanning two straight levels topped with a roof with two levels of attic space, has a ground surface area of approx. 160 m². The sober, rendered quarry block facades feature pink sandstone window framing. The internal partitions are made of half-timbering. Despite its architecture characteristic of the early 19th century, this dwelling most probably comprises vestiges dating from before its reconstruction, such as its moulded door lintel.
Unoccupied for several years, the house cannot be lived in in its current state.
The ground floor comprises an entrance hall providing access to one large room, three smaller rooms, a large, old kitchen and a storeroom as well as a small cellar in the basement.
A stairway leads up to the first floor where a landing provides access to five bedrooms. The stairway then goes up to two levels of attic space which could easily be converted.

The tower porch way

This stone building marks the entrance to the courtyard. The semi-circular, vaulted passageway features heavy stone hinges on either side. Its pavilion roof is highlighted by a Gothic style frieze and crowned with a weather vane decorated with oak leaves. The upstairs which houses a dovecote also features traces of loopholes. It is accessed via a small half-timbered building connected to the dwelling. This outbuilding comprises a cellar, where old barrels are still stored, as well as a farmhand’s bedroom.

The barn

The impressive barn, spanning more than 40 m in length, forms the long side of the courtyard. Its rendered brick and half-timbered facades feature two large carriage doors and numerous stable and cowshed doors with pink sandstone framing. This building is topped with a superb roofing framework covered with flat tiles known as “biberschwantz”. Its restoration will provide an area as vast as its potential is great.

The other outbuildings

A small long outbuilding, standing facing the barn, follows on from the tower porch way. Looking out over the courtyard, its facade features oak pillars.
The facade walls of a small building near to the dwelling, probably once a bakery, are built of pebbles taken from the Rhine.
This property also has two recent, large farm sheds which are of no particular architectural interest.

Our opinion

The venerable sweet chestnut tree that takes pride of place in the courtyard appears rooted in seven hundred years of history and the peaceful atmosphere spread by its shadow vibrates with a very old silence. It is but a stone’s throw from the “river of warriors and thinkers”, the relics of the old plains’ castle ferment like humus under the foundations of the farm. Major works are required to breathe new life into it, but just its rarity and the quality of its standing could lead an enthusiast to undertake such a project. Especially as it would be possible to purchase or rent 4 additional hectares of land, which would turn the site into a small fiefdom. Its scrupulously preserved setting will encourage its new owners to go for amazing walks and horse rides along the banks of the Rhine or the Grand Canal of Alsace.

Exclusive sale

480 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur

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Reference 897644

Land registry surface area 6500 m2
Main building surface area 240 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2

Regional representative

Jean-Christophe Brua       +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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