some 20 minutes from the centre of Lyon
This property is near to Lyon, formerly Lugdunum, capital of the Gauls. It stands on the west side of the area around Lyon, in the Mont d'Or hills. Amidst unspoilt surroundings, composed of green belt and forest, these premises, courtesy of their proximity to the city, are near to road networks, a TGV train station and Lyon international airport. Smalls shops are but a 10-minute walk away in Saint-Didier town centre.
The main house
The main, square house, dating from the late 19th century, is like one of those wide refined gowns of the July Monarchy: impressive and plain despite its meticulous details, such as its hip roof and its equal numbers of windows on three sides. Spanning three levels, the walls are rendered above their ochre-coloured stone lower sections. Numerous windows or French windows let copious amounts of light into every room. Each opening is fitted with white-painted, wooden shutters. A short flight of steps goes up to the main entrance.
The house spans a total surface area of approx. 710 m².
This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 229 m². Two lounges, laid out on either side of a stairway, are enhanced with fireplaces, one of which is particularly worthy of note. This engaged fireplace has a hearth composed of brick laid in a herringbone pattern, a decorated fireback, marble jambs and mantel as well as a mirror trumeau and brings back the atmosphere that must have reigned in this room two centuries ago.
Further on are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, with toilets, a kitchen and its storeroom, a laundry room and a shower room. Each of these areas features one or more windows as well as floor tiles, parquet flooring or carpet.
Able to house a flat all on its own, this level spans a floor surface area of 237 m². It comprises a living room, enhanced with an engaged fireplace, featuring a sober mantel and a conical chimney breast, a dining room, a study, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two toilets, a kitchen and its storeroom. This level can be reached via two stairways, one inside and one outside.
A footbridge, reminiscent of the Venetian bridges spanning the narrow Italian streets, provides access to the top floor, currently divided into two separate flats, spanning a total floor surface area of 242 m². The bigger of the two comprises a large living-dining room, four bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room, a toilet, a kitchen and its little storeroom. The second, smaller flat is composed of a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. Separated by an interior corridor, communal to the two flats, is a large independent room not currently in use.
This orangery, spanning a total floor surface area of approx. 348 m² over two levels, stands in the midst of the group of buildings. It includes areas used for utility purposes, a section given over to the caretaker’s accommodation, direct access to the cellars, a woodstore, etc.
Above the miscellaneous outbuildings that stand behind the orangery is an old 4-room flat, awaiting full renovation works throughout.
Luminosity characterises the ground floor of the orangery, just as it is meant to! In its vast lounge, a fireplace leaning against a wall, with a wooden beam for a mantel and a raised, wide, open, brick hearth, dominates the room with all of its heat. There is no doubt that fire will warm the inhabitants, summer and winter alike. This level further includes a kitchen, a laundry room and a toilet. A wooden stairway goes up from the living room to three bedrooms and a shower room, as well as a large living room.
Previously reached via the orangery, this dwelling is now separated by a wall. Depending on the wishes of the new owners, said partition could easily be removed. The caretaker’s accommodation is reached directly from the courtyard. The ground floor comprises a lounge, a kitchen and a toilet. A little stairway goes up to the first floor with its two bedrooms and its shower room.
In addition to the two houses, the orangery also includes a group of outbuildings such as a woodstore, a large storage area, a utility area, an area housing the wastebins and a swimming pool machine room.
The old stables
Nowadays, the old stables are used for garage purposes. They are divided into two sections, one of which still has its hayloft, reached via a window on the courtyard side. However, given the size and height of this building, it could be transformed into additional living space should the new owners ever feel the need.
The swimming pool
This swimming pool, protected by a barrier around the entire perimeter and concealed by the main house, is on one side.
The tennis court
This tennis court is far enough away so as not to block the view of the parklands and their meadow. Surrounded by fencing, it precedes all of the buildings.
This construction, standing very near to the gate at the entrance to the courtyard, still houses several rabbits.
Below the parklands, sheltered by tall trees and out of sight of onlookers, poultry and fowl can be housed without disturbing the residents.
Once through the gate and across the courtyard, this car parking area able to take some 12 cars is laid out on the left, alongside the property wall. Its invisibility from the house is much appreciated.
Cellars and attic spaces
Cellars are laid out in the basements of all the buildings. Spanning a total ground surface area of 150 m², they are sound and ventilated; one even has a historic stone arch. One vocation could be a wine tasting room.
And lastly, the attic space spans a total surface area of 273 m², or 104 m² when measured in keeping with the French Carrez law.
It is not Lugdunum, nor the private history of the premises that give this property its true character, it is its space and its variety. The charm of this property, with its group of buildings comprising an orangery, a main house, accommodation for a caretaker, a woodstore, a henhouse, a copse, a swimming pool as well as a tennis court and including fireplaces with mirror trumeaux as well as parquet flooring laid in Versailles and herringbone patterns, comes from its diversity. With all of these components, anything is possible here.
And if the pragmatic are still not convinced, and if residents start to miss the town, maybe even the world, nothing is far away: Lyon, France’s second biggest city, has had the possibility for its citizens to travel since 1 June 1859, when the Gare-de-Lyon-Brotteaux ran its first train to Geneva!
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 24 a 77 ca|
|Main building surface area||1111 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||19|
|Outbuilding surface area||723 m2|
Sophie Batsch +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.