An old stronghold house and its lake,
with more than 11 ha, 1½ hours from Lyon
Charlieu, LOIRE rhones-alps 42190 FR


This property is equidistant from the towns of Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Chalon-sur-Saône and Moulins, all of which can be reached in 1½ hours. The Charlieu Country where miscellaneous influences come together, marks its independence between the undulating bocage countryside of the Charolais-Brionnais region and the Loire plain in the Roannais region, via the steep passes in the rural Beaujolais area. The neighbouring town, within walking distance of the property, is renowned for its commercial dynamism and that of its traditional craftsmanship, its Benedictine abbey and its half-timbered houses. It has all everyday shops and amenities.


This property is reached via a long dirt-track, running alongside a river. The buildings form a closed courtyard, partially surrounded by moats, which is accessed via an outstanding dovecote in use as a porchway. A lake, in the foreground, stretches over more than five hectares, surrounded by meadows. The estate and its full water rights were initially referenced as of the 13th century by the monks from the neighbouring abbey, to whom the creation of the lake could be attributed. The current stronghold house most certainly dates from the late 16th century, having lost its defensive features, except for the moats and the closed courtyard, replaced by vast, bright rooms. Used as a working farm up until the 20th century, this property was protected from any subsequent architectural modifications and, therefore, still has its original form. Numerous works have been carried out over the last three decades on the structure of the buildings as well as on interior comfort.

The stronghold house

This stronghold house is composed of a 3-storey, quadrangular building, partially constructed over a vaulted cellar and topped with a steep hip roof, covered with new flat tiles. Both main facades are flanked with a round tower, one housing a spiral stone stairway going to the various levels and the other accommodating the chateau’s bathrooms. A lean-to, on its north-east side, discreetly houses the kitchen and the estate’s technical facilities. The interior layout is simple and easy: two landing doors provide access on each level to two large rooms, spanning approx. 50 m².

Ground floor
The entrance tower provides access to a vast lounge, covered with stone floor tiles and featuring a French ceiling as well as a Louis XVI style, limestone fireplace. Two French windows open directly out on to the courtyard and on to a pleasant shady terrace. A door opens into a bathroom, set in the south-west tower. This lounge precedes a dining room, with exposed beams and joists as well as floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern. It leads, in turn, to a study. Following on in the central building, a vast, bright kitchen has been ingeniously laid out. A rear kitchen on a lower level, has cupboards and a separatee toilet. It also provides access to a vaulted cellar and a boiler room, housing the recently changed oil-fired boiler.
First floor
A spiral stone stairway in one of the towers provides access to the first floor which is divided into two areas. A large, bright bedroom, illuminated via four windows facing three directions, has terracotta floor tiles and a painted French ceiling. These sober but warm hues enhance an elegant, yellow limestone fireplace. It is followed by a shower room, housed in the tower. The other area, also featuring terracotta floor tiles and French ceilings, is divided into a bedroom, with an impressive Renaissance-style fireplace, a study, a dressing room and a shower room.
Second floor
With the same layout as the floor below, a vast bedroom features white walls, terracotta floor tiles and its own bathroom. A corridor lined with cupboards provides access to another two bedrooms and a shower room.
The steps of the spiral stairway change from stone to wood and provide access to the attic space. The high roofing framework, covered with flat tiles that were recently all replaced, houses a vast area that could be converted.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, following on from the house, are aligned making it possible to close the main courtyard, itself partially surrounded by moats.

A masterpiece of vernacular architecture, this dovecote is raised on two stone walls and used as an entrance porchway. Its half-timbered walls are filled with stone and brick. Its roof, covered with flat tiles, features a lantern, topped with a weathervane.
Group of buildings
The other outbuildings, composed of stone or rammed earth, comprise a barn, a cowshed, a stable, a woodshed and miscellaneous storage areas. The rammed-earth walls are partially covered with white lime rendering and some of the roofs are new.

The lake and the meadows

This land’s full water rights have been referenced since the 13th century and the lake is shown on the Napoleon land register. Reshaped to its original configuration during the 20th century, it spans more than five hectares. The currently existing species of animals and plants provide an interesting biodiversity. A pathway makes it possible to go all around the lake, featuring a central islet. The adjoining meadows, spanning a surface area of more than five hectares, blend in with the surrounding bocage countryside.

Our opinion

Just a stone’s throw from the shops, this property will appeal to all nature lovers. The lake, with its restful serenity, is a source of infinite inspiration. The soberly elegant buildings simply feature exposed stone and earth. All of these constituents form a venerable, remarkably homogeneous, country estate. The most rational of potential buyers will be reassured by the amount of work conducted over recent decades.

980 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 923855

Land registry surface area 11 ha 19 a 8 ca
Main building surface area 420 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Southern Burgundy

Gautier Dumontet +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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