An illustrious, waterside estate, looking out over the water
on the banks of Lake Geneva, just a stone’s throw from the city of Geneva
, HAUTE-SAVOIE rhones-alps FR

Location

In the French department of Haute-Savoie, facing the Swiss coastline, in the immediate proximity of Switzerland and its international Geneva, this estate extends alongside the banks of Lake Geneva. Its environmental unity bestows it with a highly privileged site in this special, sought-after land. This property is near to the urban hustle and bustle of the large, local towns and yet, courtesy of its surface area as well as its interesting historic past, it paradoxically retains all of its tranquillity, the peace and quiet of premises that stand apart from the world. Facing the Swiss banks, it backs on to the centre of a little, unspoilt village and has one of the longest shores, stretching some 650 metres alongside the lake. The Swiss border is less than 15 minutes away; Geneva and its international airport are just a few kilometres away; the town of Evian and the many neighbouring ski resorts are hardly any further away.

Description

This property was probably originally constructed and fortified for controlling lake traffic just like Yvoire castle and that of Chillon in Switzerland. Although it has been a family estate for many generations now, it was first referenced in 1227 when purchased by the Count of Savoy. The rectangular-shaped grounds extend alongside the lake that borders the entire estate from east to west. All the buildings are concentrated on the west side of the land, composed of more than 2 hectares of lawns and plains, the rest of the surface area predominantly consisting of maintained woods, crossed by several forest paths.
In addition to the chateau, perfectly protected from all nuisances, the numerous outbuildings mostly back on to the old section of the village and are reached via a separate entrance. A gravel drive winds its way from the communal road to the chateau. Access is controlled at the entrance by a small house.

The parklands

A genuine verdant haven nestling on the very edge of Lake Geneva, these parklands are, without doubt, this property’s most outstanding feature. Wooded areas including rare species, wild grasslands, immaculately-kept lawns, a large vegetable garden as well as romantic nooks and crannies are all laid out alongside the blue water of this French-Swiss lake. Their tranquillity is surprising, their privacy reassuring and their beauty exhilarating.

The chateau

Constructed in the 19th century, this robust house, flanked by four corner towers, bears the mark of its era. An impressive quadrilateral, it is topped with a hip roof, featuring heavy chimney stacks. Its overall architecture remains pleasant and airy courtesy of its large facade openings and the perfect symmetry of its structure. All four sides of the building are harmonious and the sunshine is therefore almost continuous. The reception rooms look out over the lake, with the Swiss coastline in the distance. The building carcass is in an excellent state of repair, its walls and roofs having been renovated fairly recently. The interiors are equally well looked after with the floors featuring outstanding parquet flooring, some laid in a Versailles pattern and others in a Hausmannian style.
Constructed over large basement areas, this building spans approx. 900 m² of living space over three levels.


Basement
The semi-underground basement level of the chateau is reached via the kitchen or, directly, from the outside. Several large cellars, a laundry room, a wine cellar, a woodstore, a shower area as well as a boiler room take up most of the space. This level is extremely sound.
Garden level
This first level of living space houses the main reception rooms. A vast vestibule on the south facade opens, on one side, into a kitchen and, on the other, into a study. Further on, a large lounge, a dining room and a library look out over the lake through vast openings. A half-turning, dressed stone stairway, with sculpted stone railings, goes up to the floor above. Another, more modest stairway, makes it easy to move around the house and gives further independence to the reception rooms. The refined decoration of the interior is in keeping with the soberness of the premises.
First floor
This floor comprises five vast bedrooms and three bathrooms, including one laid out in one of the octagonal towers. Large openings and surface areas, meticulous decoration, everything bestows these premises with an intimate atmosphere as well as a certain charm.
Second floor
The stairway continues up to the second floor under the rafters. A large area, spanning approx. 130 m², takes up almost all of the space, with the exception of four small rooms used as staff bedrooms and a study.

The outbuildings

The size and layout of the estate’s outbuildings on the east side of the chateau constitute one of the property’s very special and outstanding assets. Numerous and with their carcasses predominantly in a good state of repair, they are independent courtesy of a second entrance from the village.
Spanning a total ground surface area of approx. 1,300 m² and a useful floor surface area of approx. 2,500 m², they are composed of a barn-type building, spanning approx. 630 m² and comprising stables, a hayloft, a press-house and a pigsty; a farm, with a dwelling, spanning approx. 500 m² and including stables, workshops, garages and the dwelling, with four bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room; a fruitstore spanning approx. 40 m² (four separate rooms); a double greenhouse, spanning approx. 35 m²; a double forge, spanning approx. 30 m²; and garages, spanning approx. 30 m². Further away, at the entrance to the property on the edge of the communal road, is a caretaker’s cottage, spanning approx. 50 m², with a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom.

Our opinion

Those who have experienced the tranquil charm of the banks of Lake Geneva will quickly understand just how sought-after such premises are as they know just how rare it is for this type of family heritage estate to come on to the market.
This property, with a protected natural perimeter, is away from all nuisances. In addition to its impressive surface area and the intrinsic quality of its buildings, it owns one of the longest private shores stretching along Lake Geneva.
Its many outbuildings are obviously useful for developing annexe activities, especially as the proximity of Switzerland clearly bestows this property with a special attraction.

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Reference 868105

Land registry surface area 9 ha 9 a 99 ca
Main building surface area 900 m2
Outbuilding surface area 2500 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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Haute-Savoie, Bresse, Haut-Bugey et Genève


Thierry Besse +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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