castles / chateaux for sale - rhône - in upper beaujolais

An 18th century chateau with its outbuildings overlooking its grasslands
and its lake in some 20 ha of hills on the edge of a forest in Upper Beaujolais
Ronno, RHONE rhones-alps 69550 FR


Between the Loire and Saône rivers, the Upper Beaujolais is a middle-mountain region that borders and looks down on a famous vineyard. The textile industry and farming coexisted for four centuries, durably marking the land as regards its landscapes and its way of living. Once renowned for its cotton blankets and its Toile-de-Vichy linen, Upper Beaujolais is currently developing new activities linked to green tourism.
An hour from Lyon via the A89 motorway, 1½ hours from a TGV train station with 2-hour links to Paris and 3-hour links toe Geneva.


This out-of-the-way property standing on a hill stretches over some 20 hectares of grasslands and forest. A long alleyway passes in front of a caretaker’s cottage and leads to the chateau’s porch way. Said chateau dates from the 18th century and was extended in the 19th century. The stone outbuildings are set behind the chateau, delimiting a large closed courtyard. The main classical facade stands facing the Beaujolais hills. The parklands, spanning approx. two hectares, are completely enclosed by walls. Two 16th century towers, at each end of the moats, bear witness to an older past. A grassy area slopes gently down to a lake.

The chateau

This chateau spans two levels topped with an attic floor. The classical facade is rendered and symmetrical. The roof, featuring two shed dormers and red brick chimney stacks, is covered with new grey slate tiles. A second pink granite stone and brick building was adjoined to the rear of the original chateau in the 19th century.

Ground floor
The entrance door in the centre of the facade opens into a wide vestibule. The cement floor tiles have floral and acanthus leaf motifs. At the end, a superb wooden stairway goes up to the first floor. On either side and running the length of the building, another vestibule provides access to the rooms in the 19th century section.
On one side of the entrance hall are two reception lounges and, on the other, a dining room and an adjoining, communicating kitchen.
The dining room is decorated with wall panelling which goes with the diamond-shaped terracotta floor tiles. The grey marble fireplace, topped with its trumeau, elegantly matches the colours on the floor. In the adjoining kitchen, a Falcon cooking range brings modernity into an old area. The scullery has been preserved, out of sight. Nearby are a storeroom-linen room and a bathroom with a toilet.
The two lounges span a reception floor surface area of approx. 90 m². The smallest is warm and welcoming with its parquet flooring and its old fireplace. It communicates with the large lounge, the ceiling of which partially features exposed beams. It has a stone fireplace. Copious amounts of light flood in through the wide windows. A library and a ladies’ sitting room complete this level.

First floor
This floor comprises five large bedrooms with two bathrooms and a suite. Each bedroom has an old fireplace and superb parquet flooring.
The suite consists of a vast bedroom decorated with wall panelling, a fully fitted dressing room and a large bathroom with cement floor tiles. The wash-hand basins feature authentic gooseneck tap fittings. An additional separate toilet is on the landing, together with a door to the stairway leading up to the attic.

The attic space is illuminated via shed dormers. Its exposed roofing framework is in a good state of repair. The floor is covered with old terracotta tiles. This space could easily be converted to provide additional living space if required.
A basement with cellars is to be found under the chateau. This level is reached via a stairway going down from the entrance hall. It houses the boiler room.

The caretaker’s cottage and the orangery

The exposed stone and brick caretaker’s cottage spans three levels. Constructed on the edge of the property, it has a separate entrance. The former orangery, on the garden level, looks out over the parklands. Currently in use as a garage, its frontage is glazed.
This caretaker’s cottage, spanning 120 m² of living space, is in need of renovation works. It could then accommodate an entire family.

The outhouse dwellings

The living space in the outhouses was recently renovated and converted into two dwellings. One, spanning approx. 120 m², comprises a kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms, both still with their old fireplaces, a shower room and a toilet. The other small dwelling, spans approx. 65 m². It comprises a superb kitchen-lounge, a bedroom and a bathroom. Residents are guaranteed independence courtesy of a small garden and a separate entrance via the outside of the parklands.

The outbuildings and the equestrian facilities

The large stone outbuilding spans two levels. Semi-circular arched carriage doors on the ground floor open into the old stables, four horse loose boxes as well as a treatment room and a tack room. The 260 m² hayloft upstairs communicates with the large garage, used for farm machinery, which opens on to the outside.
Several garages, workshops and a fabulous wine cellar are also part of the chateau’s outbuildings.
In the grasslands are four shelters and a 20x40 m, silica sand riding arena which complete the equestrian facilities. The lake at the bottom of the valley makes this setting even more pastoral.

Our opinion

The Upper Beaujolais mountains, beautiful without being rugged, appeal to nature lovers and hikers alike. It is possible to breathe in these forests; far from the pollution of the towns, and yet near to their activities. The region has such character that several museums are dedicated notably to its economic history. This is a property where horses rule. And residents much appreciate the spaciousness of the estate and the buildings with three centuries of architecture gazing down on them.

1 430 000 €
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Reference 441643

Land registry surface area 19 ha 51 a 63 ca
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1000 m2

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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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