farms for sale - french department of ain - alongside the river rhone

A fully restored, 17th century building in a hamlet,
alongside the river Rhone, in the Bugey region
Chambéry, AIN rhones-alps 73000 FR


Generally considered as the natural frontier of the French departments of Jura and Ain, of which it is part, the Bugey region has constituted a province since the Gallo-Roman era. Courtesy of its strategic position between Geneva and Lyon, it was long fought over by Savoy and France, who annexed this territory in 1601. Very near to Belley, the historic capital of Bugey, this property is in the heart of the Rhone-Alpes region in the French department of Ain, 50 minutes from Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains, 90 minutes from Lyon, Geneva and Grenoble, 1 hour from Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, 45 minutes from Chambéry airport and 90 minutes from Geneva-Cointrin airport.


This long building stands amidst a small hamlet, composed of old houses, on a plot spanning more than a hectare bordered by the river Rhone. This robust, 2-storey, stone house is topped with a steeply sloping roof. The road, crossing the hamlet, runs alongside the fence enclosing the property. A wide gateway provides access to a paved courtyard. A little house, adjoining the neighbouring property, is used as a garage. On the other side of the building, near to the swimming pool, is an old outbuilding which once housed the hamlet’s bread oven. It is now converted into a comfortable summer kitchen.

The building

This building has been fully converted and restored. One section of the main house has been separated to form a small, self-contained house. The latter comprises a dining room with an open-plan kitchen, a shower room and a toilet on the ground floor as well as two bedrooms upstairs. It would make a superb caretaker’s cottage or a small accommodation rental unit ideal for housing friends.

Ground floor
The external traditional appearance of the building gives way as of the entrance hall to a more modern, contemporary ambiance that sets the tone for the inside. The ground floor comprises the living rooms with the kitchen, the dining room and the lounge forming a warm, bright area. Some old decorative features such as the stone sink in the kitchen, the small alcoves in the walls, the dressed stone left exposed and the old wooden stairway bear witness to the authenticity of the premises. A wide archway marks the separation between the dining room and the lounge whilst keeping the area open-plan. A discreet little corridor leads to a large linen-laundry room and a bedroom, at a distance from the living areas, reached via a few steps.
A wine cellar, easily accessed from the outside, can also be used for storing tools.

First floor
The old wooden stairway goes up to a wide landing, with parquet flooring, which provides access to three bedrooms and a small lounge. The family bathroom is also on this level. The bedrooms still have a few old decorative features, providing a touch of authenticity. Old cupboard doors and stone fireplaces are discreetly associated with more contemporary fixtures and fittings. The small lounge or study adjoins the bedroom reached via the ground floor; these rooms could be turned into a master suite.
An old wooden door with moustache-shaped latches opens on to old wooden steps that go up to the attic space. This level is taken up by a vast room, with a sloping ceiling, illuminated via skylights. The old, highly wrought roofing framework has been left exposed. This area, full of charm, is in use as a study-library which could be extended by converting the rest of the space under the rafters, currently in use as an attic.

The outbuilding and the swimming pool

This small stone house, once home to the hamlet’s bread oven, stands facing the main house. It is topped with a steeply-sloping roof covered with fish-scale tiles. Fully renovated and converted into a comfortable summer kitchen, it opens via wide picture windows on to the heated swimming pool which is flanked by a superb terrace that extends in front of the building.

Our opinion

Rustic but not shabby, this house comprises a delightful microcosm where lavender bushes and palm trees grow just a stone’s throw from the Jura mountains. Its reassuring robustness has enabled it to come down through more than three centuries of existence before ambitious restoration works brought it in line with the 21st century by incorporating first-class home comforts. Although set in the middle of a hamlet, this residence is a permanent invitation to relax and the atmosphere exuded along the banks of the Rhone enables residents to recharge their batteries at all times. It will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of fishing and other river sports. Ideal as a holiday home, this home is so spacious that it could also accommodate a family seeking to settle in this area. Its self-contained section could possibly be rented as a furnished dwelling.

650 000 €
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Reference 110299

Land registry surface area 12089 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 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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