An old coaching inn, now an ecological home,
overlooking the Garon Valley on the outskirts of the Gaules’ capital
Brignais, RHONE rhones-alps 69530 FR


This house stands in a little hamlet in the Rhone Valley region, near to an old fortress, once one of Lyon’s baronies. The market town is steeped in history. The old, 12th century Romanesque chapel still bears coats-of-arms belonging to the lords on its stained-glass windows, but there are only a few vestiges of the castle which was attacked and ruined in 1561. These premises still feature numerous traces of their medieval past. The view is superb in this corner of the countryside far from the hustle and bustle of Lyon town centre.
And yet, the centre of Lyon and Part-Dieu TGV train station are only 30 minutes away, with Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport 40 minutes away.


This property, the market town’s old coaching inn, is part of a small hamlet. Standing below the village, the house is on a plot of land, spanning approx. 3,000 m². One of the two water wells is wrought. A dirt track runs alongside the property and goes up towards the village. A watering hole, once used by the horses, still bears witness to the history of these premises. This property has a panoramic view over the Garon Valley.

The old coaching inn

This building spans approx. 160 m² of living space over three levels, topped with a gable roof. The corners of the house feature grey dressed stone quoins, enhancing the local stone building. The year 1868 is still to be seen on a dressed stone on one side of a wide window. The house has been fully restored using first-class, noble materials now an ecological home, this house is both comfortable and economical.

Ground floor
A heavy, studded, wooden door opens into a vestibule, housing a toilet. Three wide windows illuminate a reception room and look out over panoramic views. This room is heated via a wood-burning stove as well as underfloor heating, concealed under the stone tiles covering the floor. A fully fitted kitchen takes up a corner of the room. A door provides access to a summer kitchen housed in an extension of the house. Also fully fitted, it opens on to the wide terrace in front of the house. A stairway, made by skilled craftsmen from the “Compagnons de France”, goes to the upper floors.
First floor
All three spacious bedrooms have parquet flooring. Their windows look out over the neighbouring fields. A bathroom, with a cast iron bath, completes this level. Its walls are lined with travertine stone and its floor is paved with stone.
Second floor
Three bedrooms and a shower room share this floor surface area under sloping ceilings. Hinged skylights illuminated the bedrooms. The beams, left exposed, blend beautifully with the parquet flooring. The walls of a shower room, with a walk-in shower and toilet, are lined with travertine stone and the floor is paved with stone.

Our opinion

In bygone days, this coaching inn, standing on the outskirts of the village, on a hill, was frequented by horses, their grooms and their riders. Nowadays, it forms a vast family home, exuding a preserved charm of yesteryear, despite having undergone long, demanding renovation works to install modern-day home comforts.
The history and the serenity of these premises, now an ecological home ideal for life in the country, are like a paean to the pleasant way of life in one of France’s oldest baronies.

725 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 510720

Land registry surface area 2925 m2
Main building surface area 160 m2
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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