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An old industrial lime plant, dating from 1830, awaiting
rehabilitation, on the banks of the Rhone in Ardèche

Location

In the French department of Ardèche, near to a lively village on the banks of the Rhone. The market town, with its old, white pebble and black basalt houses, has the particularity of having two churches. One, built in the Romanesque style in the Middle-ages on the site of old Gallo-Roman thermal baths, has a paleochristian baptistery dating from the 5th and 6th centuries where baptism was carried out by immersion. Deconsecrated in the 19th century following the construction of the other church further away from the village, this edifice is one of the most beautiful examples of this period in the whole of the Vivarais-rhodanien region.
The lively village has numerous small shops and the region is much appreciated by tourists.
This property is 20 minutes from an A7 motorway slip road and 15 minutes from Montélimar, the TGV train station of which provides links to Paris taking less than 3 hours.

Description

Nowadays, the land in Ardèche has a climate and landscapes such that the region is essentially dedicated to tourism. And yet, Ardèche was very much an industrial department from the late 19th century until the early 20th century and this plant, most probably constructed in 1830, still bears witness to such activity. Before it closed down, it was used for transforming limestone into lime for many decades.
This property stands on the outskirts of the village, along a secondary road. The main building and its outbuildings are set out over parklands spanning 2 hectares. The property also includes two ornamental pools fed by a spring which belongs to the property but which is on the other side of the road, along a river in the heart of 6 wooded hectares.

The industrial lime plant

The impressive main building spans two stories. All along the stone, south-facing facade, spanning some 50 m, buttresses alternate with brick-framed, semi-circular arched openings. Some wide openings that can still be seen on the facade have been walled up.


Ground floor
This level, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 900 continuous square metres, is dotted with numerous stone pillars supporting the floor of the upper level. Along the north-facing wall are several stone vaulted rooms where lime kilns were once housed.
A wooden stairway leads upstairs.

First floor
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 700 m², also continuous. It is filled with through light courtesy of the semi-circular arched windows on the south facade and the wide rounded openings on the north side that provide access to a terrace spanning approx. 850 m². Via a walkway, the stairway makes it possible to go into another building of the plant, positioned on the same level and spanning a floor surface area of approx. 750 m². This floor also has similar small vaulted rooms along the north wall that once housed other lime kilns.
Outbuilding
This old stone house was enlarged and transformed into a large, one-storey building. Spanning a ground surface area of approx. 570 m², it is extended by a covered terrace, spanning approx. 120 m². Several interior walls feature exposed stone.
Awning
Some covered areas adjoining the buildings form superb spaces with great potential.

Our opinion

This building, constructed during the first years of the Industrial Revolution, is obviously part of French national heritage. The site is still impressive and although it no longer transforms lime, the energy that filled these vast continuous floors could be put to other uses. According to the local PLU (Plan Local d’Urbanisme / Local Planning Programme) currently in force, this property is classified as being in a “zone d'activité” or industrial area which means that its future owners could turn it into a professional dwelling whilst making another section of the building their main residence; there is more than enough space to create a superb open-plan flat. If necessary, the property could even be expanded to encompass a little more than 40 additional hectares of woods and coppice stand.

530 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Voir le Barème d'Honoraires

Barème d'honoraires
au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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 415669

Land registry surface area 8 ha 43 a 92 ca
Main building surface area 1750 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1050 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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