in the south of the Burgundy and Brionnais regions
Lyon can be reached in 1½ hours either by road or rail. The towns of Roanne and Paray-le-Monial, just over 30 minutes away by road, have all shops and amenities. A local village, with a hundred or so inhabitants and a few shops within walking distance, is on the borders of four large market towns.
This building, standing in a pleasant area of France, takes full advantage of the undulating hills of the Brionnais region, the Loire plain and the steep passes in the area known as “Green Beaujolais”.
All people visiting the region have to pass by this old inn, standing at one end of the market town where four roads meet. The main building, protrudes from two wings set at right angles and an outbuilding, all delimiting an enclosed courtyard. A meadow, to the rear, once a vegetable garden, extends as far as the river.
This inn was most probably constructed in the 17th century, using the Burgundy architectural features of that time: a main, stone building, spanning a ground and a first floor, all topped with a very steep roof, covered with flat tiles and enhanced with three roof dormers, the overhanging eaves forming a wide awning. The facade rendering is still painted with numerous trompe-l’œil decorations: the different sized openings are enhanced with ochre-coloured surrounds and topped with a triangular pediment on the first floor.
This level comprises four vast, adjoining reception rooms, each spanning between 30 and 50 m². Three separate entrances from the village square provide access to the building. Two rooms have ceilings featuring exposed beams and joists as well as stone floor tiles and an outstanding sink, with a recuperation stone set in the floor. There are also three stone fireplaces and two doors providing access to the interior courtyard.
This floor can be reached via an outside stairway, via a separate entrance in the south-east wing or via two interior stairways. It comprises a room, once used as a kitchen, a corridor leading to four bedrooms, one of which has a stone fireplace, and a vast room awaiting renovation. Most still feature French ceilings and terracotta floor tiles.
The attic space spans two levels. The first, with a ceiling approx. 1.60 m high, was certainly used for storing food and for drying purposes as well as housing a few utility rooms. The second features a very high, vast roofing framework.
The north-west wing houses a door acting as a porchway providing access to the interior courtyard. The south-east wing housed the old kitchens and a toilet. The upstairs of the third building, closing the courtyard, is open. This building houses an old bread oven, a stable and a storage area.
These easy-maintenance grounds are composed of an interior courtyard, an area used for parking and a meadow behind the buildings which is regularly flooded by the neighbouring river. An old vegetable garden alongside the road used to provide food for the inn.
A lively place of exchange and encounter since its construction, this now sleepy building is but waiting for a new lease on life in keeping with its character of yesteryear. This old inn, a gem of rural Burgundy architecture, constitutes a visual emblem for the entire area and could, without doubt, become one of the village’s cultural and economic driving forces. In addition to financial means, future owners will bring their creativity, their energy and their motivation to unite and activate the measures required for its restoration.
|Land registry surface area||4550 m2|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||160 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||0|
Gautier Dumontet +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.