A village chateau near to Lake Bourget
an hour from Geneva between Aix-les-Bains and Geneva
, SAVOIE rhones-alps FR

Location

In the Proper Savoy region, the historical province of the Duchy of Savoy which became part of the French Republic in 1792 and currently forms the French department of Savoy.
On the hillsides of Chautagne, a small region with a mild climate where it is pleasant to live, bordered in the distance by the end of the ridge of the Jura Mountains which comes to a stop at the foot of the Alpine Arc, dominating the bed of the Vieux-Rhône and grazing the beaches of Lake Bourget.
Less than an hour by road from the outskirts of Geneva (1 hour from the airport), near to the lively towns of Aix-les-Bains (30 minutes), Chambery (40 minutes) and Annecy (45 minutes).
The A40 and A41 motorways can be reached in 35 minutes.
SNCF and TGV train stations in Aix (30 minutes) and Bellegarde (40 minutes).

Description

A country lane winds its way from the nearby village through the hills until it reaches the entrance to the property. A narrow forest path leads to the chateau dominating the valley. Originally a large, traditional Mas house most probably used for vine-growing purposes, this estate, the lower sections of which date back to the 14th century, belonged over the years to leading citizens and aristocratic families in the local area. The current building, an impressive dwelling spanning several levels and adjoining a round tower, essentially dates from the 19th century. It housed a renowned, starred hotel-restaurant up until just a few years ago.
Set in parklands spanning more than 8,500 m² comprising lawns and wooded areas, this property stands in a dominant location looking down on villages backing on to a poplar grove that borders the Rhône Valley. The local surroundings are quite peaceful with few neighbours to cause problems.
The facade of this west-facing chateau, set out in a U shape around a gravel courtyard featuring an attractive source-fed ornamental pool, ends with an impressive round tower with a candle-snuffer roof. On the north side, the wing opening on to the property’s entrance driveway, is independent and could easily be used as accommodation for a caretaker, since it already comprises a self-contained flat. Most of the dwelling opens on to the east-facing gardens, thus guaranteeing copious amounts of sunlight. Further away, on the south-west corner of the parklands, a watchtower looks down on the swimming pool and bears witness to a former fortification. A vast outbuilding could potentially increase the sleeping capacity of the property if needed.

The chateau

This multi-coloured construction, spanning approx. 1,000 m² of living space and dating from successive eras, predominantly reflects the 19th century style. It is built over superb vaulted cellars and has spacious, luminous and well laid out rooms. A vast kitchen, once used for professional purposes, adjoins a large dining room, extended by an unusual round, chapel-like area, on the ground floor of the tower. A spiral stairway goes up from here to all the floors. The first level, with the building’s main entrance on the east-facing upper garden level comprises an entrance hall, once a reception area for the hotel-restaurant, providing access to the various reception rooms (lounge, offices, library and smoking room) and the utility rooms (toilets, storage and hall areas as well as a small staff flat, a laundry room, a boiler room, etc.). Nine superb bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, are to be found on the two upper floors opening on to the parklands and the terraces. Other large rooms complete the building (additional bedrooms, a billiards room, etc.)


Ground floor
A professional kitchen for the restaurant.
A cold room.
A spiral stone stairway.
The 1st restaurant room with a fireplace.
A rotunda in the tower on the west side.
The 2nd restaurant room with its low ceiling.
A storeroom on the east side.
A lobby between the 1st and 2nd restaurant rooms.
2 toilets and 2 wash-hand basins in a double vanity unit.
A west-facing wooded patio and ornamental pool.

Garden level
An east-facing entrance hall-reception area with cupboards.
An east and south-facing library with a coffered ceiling and wooden parquet flooring.
A south-facing lounge with a marble fireplace and wooden parquet flooring.
A south-facing smoking room with wooden parquet flooring.
A through, south and north-facing billiards room with wooden parquet flooring.
A chapel in the tower’s rotunda with stained glass windows and wooden parquet flooring.
A west-facing office with a marble fireplace and wooden parquet flooring.
A west-facing bedroom with a toilet and a wash-hand basin in a double vanity unit.
A toilet.
2 utility areas for telephone and computer purposes.
A kitchen.
2 vaulted cellars.
A small annex room.

First floor
A south-facing master bedroom with a bathroom and toilet.
A 2-roomed flat with a bathroom and toilet.
An east and south-facing bedroom with a bathroom and toilet.
An east-facing bedroom with a bathroom and toilet.
A west and north-facing, 2-roomed flat with a bathroom and toilet.

First level
The north wing:
a 2-roomed flat with a bathroom and toilet.

Cellar
Cellar no. 1 (under the tower).
Cellar no. 2 (under the patio, entrance under the patio).
Cellar no. 3 (wine cellar, entrance under the porch way, entrance under the patio).
Cellar no. 4 (under the north annex, entrance on the north side).

The annex farm

In the parklands on the east side, at a short distance from the chateau, is a vast semi-detached farmhouse spanning approx. 400 m² of living space over four levels with an independent access possible from the country lane. Major works involving the carcass intending to make it habitable having been undertaken several years ago, this large building is but in need of the completion of its interior conversion works.

The parklands

The parklands, pleasantly surrounding the property, comprise wooded areas, gravel courtyards and lawns. An 8x4 m swimming pool on a lower level makes it possible to take advantage of the panoramic view over the valley and the distant mountains.

Our opinion

This chateau stands in a village in Savoy’s Chautagne region, featuring vines as well as lakes, which is becoming more and more sought after. Once a well-known hotel-restaurant, it has now become a private property, made pleasant to live in by its dominant location set in rural, quiet and unspoilt surroundings, even though its parklands are not extensive. Its proximity to large urban centres, its vast living areas and the propitious layout of the rooms are all good reasons for renovating it as a hotel. And with minor, carefully conducted restoration works, it could, for little cost, also once again become the private noble residence that it long was.

1 100 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 371101

Land registry surface area 8534 m2
Main building surface area 1000 m2
Outbuilding surface area 400 m2

Regional representative
Upper-savoy, Savoy, Ain, Geneva


Thierry Besse       +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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