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  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 habitable rooms
  • 300 square meters of living space
Property description
In the Rhône-Alpes region, on the border of the Beaujolais, in a village close to the Loire, a Renaissance Provost’s house with French MH classification and its garden - ref 734822
This former Provost’s house, opposite a church, testament to a bygone era still stands proudly in the village. A village that stretches over a plateau overlooking an old Royal Road from Paris to Lyon. This region fascinates with its lush green plains crossed by the mysterious and enchanting Loire River, rolling hills and picturesque villages.
Just ten minutes from the centre of Roanne, that has preserved its old historic town centre, 12th century castle, market place and Italian-style theatre.
The towns of Saint-Etienne, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand are approx. an hour’s drive away, where there are TGV stations and airports, one of which is Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport.
The Provost’s house was part of the Royal Justice in the Renaissance period. It has a stone-walled garden of approx. 600 m2 with vernacular stone well in the middle. This three-storey building plus an attic with a small-tile hip roof is flanked by a turret incorporating a spiral staircase. It was given French MH classification on 20th December 1990 and in 2007 it was entirely restored using traditional craftsmanship under the supervision of an architect from the “Bâtiments de France”. (During 20th century it was lived in by the Cizeron, a couple of painters).

The Provost’s house

It spans three floors and 300 m2 of living space, is flanked by a round tower and is topped by a steep-slope roof housing the attic area. The facades are built of local stone and contain mullioned windows and loopholes bearing witness to its defensive past. The garden does not surround the house completely but it is entirely walled thus providing discretion and privacy.

Our opinion
This building is unique thanks to its rich authentic Renaissance architecture and its unique history. Robust and reassuring, it appears to surround and protect not only its own inhabitants but also those in the village, thus forming the core of a small community deeply rooted in history. It is a human scale property, easy to live in with its six luminous and spacious rooms. The restoration works both inside and out are impeccable.
Roanne, France
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