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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 15 habitable rooms
  • 382 square meters of living space
  • 350 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A listed property, with a square tower and a section of 12th century ramparts, in an old castle town forming a border between Burgundy and La-Franche-Comté - ref 540428
The market town is in the south of Burgundy, at the foot of the Revermont mountains, an hour from Lyon, scarcely any longer from Geneva and 20 minutes from an airport with flights to London, Bastia, Porto and Marrakech. It has been a strategic site throughout history, having been a border and, much later, a resistance stronghold.
This property, protected by its stone walls, is barely visible from the street. Only the rampart and the square tower, notably the remaining, 12 m high wall, can be seen by passers-by. Three different entrances provide car access to the property: the large wrought iron gates, flanked by stone pillars topped with pinecones, the gate on the ground floor of the tower and the wooden garden gates which are extremely practical for the upkeep of the parklands. The easiest entrance for pedestrians is the wrought iron gate set in the stone wall or the only door of the house opening on to the street. This medieval, studded, wooden door is topped with a lintel featuring two ogee arches. The coats-of-arms that were on the keystone have been erased.
This property gives the impression of being a hamlet all on its own amidst its stone walls with a large house, outbuildings, a tower, paved courtyards, narrow streets, arches and varying levels.
In the main courtyard laid with square paving stones, alongside the perimeter wall, a large atrium is used as a conservatory for citrus and laurel trees. It precedes the rampart and its square tower. A second paved courtyard, down a few steps, between a projection of the house and the rampart, forms a terrace, superbly sheltered from the sun and the wind. This property’s new owners will appreciate its discreet parklands which are out of sight of the courtyard and can only be seen once through the passageway in the rampart closing the terrace. The parklands include a swimming pool on a corner of the property, beyond a lawn and tall trees. A French formal garden, on the other side of the house is bordered by boxwood.

The house

This stone house has a gable roof. The typical Saracen style chimney stacks have square bases and comprise two levels of openings, covered with overhanging eaves. This building was most certainly originally a barn and stables. The stone facing, the arched openings protected by wrought iron railings as well as the Spanish and French style doors demonstrate the excellence of the restoration works from the outside. The house spans 3 levels; the top floor is an attic under the roofing framework and could be converted.

The main outbuilding

The second outbuilding, above the wine cellar, spanning 3 levels in the square tower, is very elegant. It offers a multitude of real possibilities, with an existing 12th century building in its original condition, exposed stone walls, loopholes, a wall-walk and unusually high ceilings.

The outbuilding with road access

This stone building closes the property’s perimeter wall on the street. A dozen metres high, it is topped with a gable roof.

The third outbuilding, converted into a garage and a study, in the courtyard

This building, with its large wooden garage door, faces the entrance gates. Spanning two levels, it is topped with a single-sloped roof.

The garden

The L-shaped garden, set out around the ramparts and the house, is protected by the perimeter walls. It is divided into three areas: a lawn with tall trees, a swimming pool and a French formal garden, with a border along the wall and two symmetrical parterres planted with boxwood. Gravel alleyways make it easy to move around between these three tranquil areas.

The gardener's shed

A shed opposite the greenhouse is used for storing the tools and products used by the gardener.

The greenhouse

Backing on to the perimeter wall, a wrought iron and glass greenhouse is laid out for the gardener, ready for taking cuttings, growing seeds and storing fragile plants during the winter. It has a water supply point.

The swimming pool

The 10x7 m swimming pool is set out in a corner of the property, out of sight of the courtyard and the outbuildings. Becoming progressively deeper up to a depth of 3 m, it is ideal for relaxation and sports purposes. A tiled terrace, laid around the swimming pool can be used for sunbathing or for eating meals.

Our opinion
Only one of this market town’s thirty-six ramparts remains and it belongs to this listed, immaculately kept property, made private by its stone walls. With its beautifully landscaped and planted parklands, it is set in a small, easy to reach, lively village with a good tourist trade. The dry stone walls, the ironwork and the cypress trees around the swimming pool give it a southern air. All these impressive buildings abound in interesting architectural and decorative features. Historic events have continually occurred in this area where supplies were organised for the French Maquis in the Jura and Savoy regions or where leading Resistance fighters were sent to London or Algiers during the Second World War.
Lyon, France
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