castles / chateaux for sale - rhône - in the beaujolais region

A Napoleon III style wine-growing chateau, its outbuildings, its vine-grower’s cottage,
its tennis court and its 7 ha vineyard in the Beaujolais region

Lyon, RHONE rhones-alps 69000 FR
Rhône-Alpes

Location

This chateau, in the Beaujolais hills, stands in the midst of its estate, overlooking 7 hectares of vines with Beaujolais-Villages appellation. An AOC “Appellation d’Origine Controlee” is a subtle blend of soil, vine stock and man’s know-how. This particular soil is worthy of its reputation. On the outskirts of the Greater Lyon Area, the Beaujolais region attracts both workers and tourists alike courtesy of its economic growth and the splendour of its scenery. This estate is in the middle of the French department of Rhône, 45 minutes from Lyon via the A6 motorway, 30 minutes from Mâcon-Loché TGV train station (1½ hour links to Paris) and 20 minutes from the internationally renowned Sanctuaire-du-Curé-d’Ars (Shrine of St John Vianney).

Description

This estate extends over a little less than 9 hectares on the outskirts of a village where the tradition of vine-growers is over a thousand years old. Its well-exposed hillsides and its granite soil produce an excellent Beaujolais-Villages, a wine renowned worldwide. This estate is reached via two separate little roads which wind their way through the vines. This Napoleon III style chateau stands on a south-facing hill and looks down on its 7 hectares of vines. It is adjoined by old buildings used for wine-making purposes. It is surrounded by some 2 hectares of leisure parklands. The facade of the chateau faces a level esplanade adorned with an oval lawn, the centre which has an ornamental pond of a similar shape. Cedar trees, over a hundred years old, bear witness to the age and size of the residence. A clay tennis court and an old orchard complete the parklands. This property also includes an old, traditional vine-grower’s cottage the midst of the vines, at a distance from the chateau.

The Napoleon III style Chateau

This chateau, constructed at the beginning of the 19th century, was then revamped in a Napoleon III style. Built over cellars, it spans two levels of living space, topped with a steeply sloping slate roof. Its decorative features include shed dormers, bull’s eye windows and tall red brick chimney stacks. At the back on the north side are the buildings used for the wine-making activity. These are laid out in a closed courtyard standing at the entrance to the estate, some of them adjoin the residence.


Ground floor
Stone steps go up to the double wooden entrance doors. A monumental vestibule houses a stone stairway with a wooden handrail supported on metal bars. The walls are decorated with original, trompe-l’œil frescoes. This hall opens into a large bright lounge where the floor is covered with old black and white cement tiles, similar to those in the entrance hall. This high-ceilinged room is heated by its wall panelling and an ancient marble fireplace. It communicates with a small, cosier lounge which is richly decorated with panelling, wall fabrics, a fireplace and parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern. This room looks out over the garden, its lawn and its ornamental pond. Just like the vestibule, this small lounge communicates with a dining room, adjoining a kitchen. The floors are covered with cement tiles; the walls in the dining room are lined with old Toile-de-Jouy wallpaper. This room also looks out over the garden where two plane trees provide shade for a terrace, like a belvedere with a view of Mount Brouilly.
First floor
A toilet is installed half-way up the stone stairway leading to the first floor. This level comprises four bright, spacious bedrooms. One of which has its own private shower room as well as a dressing room, whilst two others communicate directly with a shower room. The high ceilings are enhanced with moulding. There is old parquet flooring throughout. Three bedrooms have a fireplace. A wooden stairway goes up to the fully converted attic space.
Attic
The second floor is laid out in the attic space. Once used for housing domestic staff, it has been fully renovated. The old roofing framework has been left exposed in places with slightly sloping ceilings. The hallway receives copious amounts of light through skylights. There are terracotta floor tiles throughout this level. This comfortable floor comprises three large bedrooms as well as a vast bathroom and a television room.
Cellar
This chateau is entirely constructed over cellars. They constituted the old burial chamber for the wine-growing estate, a small fermenting room and cellars for laying down wines. Direct access to the outside was provided so that the wine barrels could be handled easily. Another access makes it possible to connect the inside of the chateau and the sections used for wine-making in the outbuildings via a long corridor.

The leisure parklands

Some two hectares of parklands surround the chateau and its outbuildings used for the wine-making activity. The wide esplanade in front of the chateau has a totally unobstructed view of the Beaujolais hills and notably Mount Brouilly. Said view is enhanced by an old ornamental pond containing various species of goldfish. An old clay tennis court, in need of restoration works, is separated from the garden by some majestic cedar trees over one hundred years old. At the end of the esplanade, in a little romantic garden, stone steps go down to another round ornamental pond.
A lane on the other side of the chateau leads to an old walled, south-facing orchard. This could easily take a swimming pool or a vegetable garden; several wells and boreholes are but waiting to be used once again.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings are composed of three buildings which, with a stone wall on the fourth side, form a square courtyard that opens on either side via large carriage gates. They adjoin the chateau on its north side and stand at the entrance to the estate. They comprise the old buildings used for wine-making purposes. Constructed from stone, they span two levels and are topped with a gable roof covered with flat red tiles. The wing, on the north side, comprises an old bread oven, a shed as well as a covered gallery in use as garages on the ground floor. The first floor was once a tobacco-drying shed. It is protected by carved wooden balustrades and the floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. Following on and forming the corner of the courtyard, is a house used as accommodation for the grape-pickers. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 200 m² and could easily be transformed into offices or flats. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall with a superb stone stairway, a large refectory, a kitchen, a bathroom with two showers, two wash-hand basins and a separate toilet. The stairway leads to a mezzanine with a vast room under a cathedral ceiling. It awaits renovation. Upstairs, two large bedrooms have terracotta floor tiles and fireplaces.
The old fermenting room adjoins the chateau. It is of an impressive size and still houses its old concrete vats. It could easily be used once again or be transformed into a function room for organising events.
The south-facing wing is laid out in an L-shape with the chateau as seen from the leisure garden. On the courtyard side, it houses two dwellings as well as an artist’s studio. The bigger of the two dwellings, spanning approx. 115 m², comprises a lounge, with a monumental fireplace and old terracotta floor tiles, three bedrooms with three bathrooms and a large kitchen. It has an entrance on the courtyard side via a stone stairway. The second dwelling, spanning approx. 80 m², comprises a large entrance hall, a lounge, a bedroom with a fireplace, a shower room and a kitchen. Above these dwellings is an artist’s studio awaiting renovation as well as huge attics awaiting conversion. On the garden side of this wing are two old stables.

The vines with their AOC classification

The continuous vineyard, spanning approx. 7 hectares, surrounds the chateau parklands. It is classified as AOC Beaujolais-Villages. The south-facing vines are planted partly on the hillside and partly on level ground. Several tracks and low stone walls separate and connect the plots, thus creating a landscape typical of the Beaujolais region. This meticulously kept vineyard yields a large, good quality harvest. The wine-making is carried out off-site but the wine is marketed under a label belonging to the estate.

The vine-grower’s cottage

This old vine-grower’s cottage, with architecture typical of the Beaujolais region, spans approx. 160 m² of living space. This 2-storey house is constructed from stone. The facade is decorated with a wide arched porch way and stone steps leading up to the front door. The old bread oven is housed in a little outbuilding, adjoining the cottage. Fully renovated and converted, this house comprises two dwellings, one of which is currently rented and generates monthly income. The leisure garden faces south and each dwelling has its own entrance.

Our opinion

This chateau is a reflection of the entire Beaujolais region with its colourful relief that changes with the seasons, featuring rows of vine stock. The view from the esplanade on the facade side stretches for as far as they eye can see. Mount Brouilly evokes pleasures that can be appreciated without going so far as they are to be found on site in the form of an excellent Beaujolais-Villages wine. The vines that produce it are planted around the parklands of the residence, itself, still in its original condition. The outbuildings exude character. Some of them have already been renovated and currently generate income in addition to that produced by the meticulously run vineyard.

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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 993572

Land registry surface area 8 ha 88 a 30 ca
Main building surface area 350 m2
Outbuilding surface area 700 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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