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  • 12 bedrooms
  • 18 habitable rooms
  • 530 square meters of living space
  • 143 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
The Villa-des-Sources-Carola and its garden along the Alsace wine route - ref 952952
In the historic region of Alsace, 20 minutes from Colmar, capital of the wines in this area, and 40 minutes from the European capital of Strasbourg and its airport.
In the midst of Alsace’s vineyards and its undulating landscapes, in a historic market town, former capital of the Counts of Ribeaupierre and currently a step, not to be missed, along the Alsace “Route des Vins” (Wine Route)
This property stands on the edge of the town of Ribeauvillé, on the historic site of Sources-Carola (Carola mineral water). This Villa, bearing the same name, looks out directly on to the Alsace Wine Route as the vine-encompassing views demonstrate.
The spring that has made the town famous was already known to the Celts and the Romans. Rediscovered in the 16th century, it led to the creation of a spa centre, known as “Les Bains Carola”, in 1888. It was named after Caroline, the wife of Dr-Staub who started the activity.
The site still includes a public swimming pool, the Spa Pavilion, the mineral water bottling plant, the restaurant and the old Villa, where people taking the spa waters stayed, in the midst of wooded parklands.
The Villa, together with its garden, spanning approx. 0.30 hectares, is now available for purchase.
This property is accessed on the north side, the south facade looking out over the garden.

The Villa

This building, built in 1891, was a hotel for people taking the spa waters. Featuring classical architecture, this impressive, 2-storey building, constructed over a basement, is topped with a Mansard style attic roof.
The south facade, overlooking the garden, features two large terraces; a covered one on the ground floor and another, upstairs, supported by elegant cast iron columns. Protruding sections at each end are marked by profile and contours characteristic of the very end of the 19th century. The framing around the openings is made of sandstone from the nearby Vosges mountains. The break, covered with fish-scale slate tiles, features arched roof dormers.
The main entrance is on the east side, whilst the north facade is marked with a projection, housing a back entrance and stairway.

The garden

The garden, spanning approx. 0.30 hectares, is visually extended by the rest of the historic Sources-Carola parklands. It predominantly stretches to the south and a little to the north-east, with its majestic, one hundred year old trees. On the south side, it comprises two level sections, terraced courtesy of a support wall which adjoins an old greenhouse and other sheds. A tennis court on a lower level is surrounded by the foliage of the trees.

Our opinion
The excellence of the wine and the purity of the water have probably contributed to the pleasant way of life for which this corner of Alsace has long been renowned. Standing along the Wine Route and on a famous historic site, the Villa-Carola is ready to relive the poetic charm of its spa past. The dawning of metal architecture at the time of the Belle-Époque can movingly be seen in the truss beam and the thin terrace columns, in the railings and the guardrails. The well organised, interior surface areas also inspire ideas for projects and the desire to immediately undertake the full renovation works that the residence unquestionably deserves.
Colmar, France
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