A middle-class, wood and stone house in a character town
in a land of hills and valleys amidst the Jura mountains
Lons-le-Saunier, JURA franche-comte 39000 FR

Location

In the south of the French department of Jura, in the region known as “Petite Montagne” (small mountain), just a stone’s throw from Vouglans Lake and but an hour from Lyon, Dijon as well as Switzerland. In the midst of a little town, with a large range of amenities (primary and secondary schools, a music school, a health centre, shops and restaurants).

Description

In one of the town’s main streets, on a plot adjoining one of the medieval ramparts, this 15th or 16th century, middle-class home, flanked on the south side by a square tower with a lookout post in the conical attic space, and its wonderful, vast, terraced garden. The classical, 3-storey facade is in a good state of repair, adorned and characterised with a stone pediment above the entrance door, reached via a porch. Adjoining the east side of the building is a second house in use as an outbuilding. To the west, a gateway opening on to a narrow street gives access to the garden.

The middle-class home

An elegant building with four bays, spanning two levels over a cellar and under attic space, topped with a low gable roof and featuring openings with arched surrounds. The entrance door, on a level with a porch reached via four steps, is topped with a broken, curved pediment.
The south facade, overlooking the garden, spans three levels and is flanked by a square tower, itself spanning four levels. Double doors in a semi-circular arched doorway open into one of the basement rooms.


Base level
This level is partially underground on the road side and on a level with the ground on the garden side. It comprises eight rooms, with dressed stone, barrel vaulted ceilings. Two of said rooms open on to the garden via double doors. One, certainly once a small shop, opens on to the street. In another room is a recess, traditionally known as the dungeon by the family. A laundry room, a storeroom and a basic kitchen. Square paving stones line the floors.
First level
A corridor, its walls whitewashed in ochre hues, provides access to two rooms with water supply points. These are not currently inhabited, but used as a woodstore and storage space. A six-roomed flat, predominantly renovated, features old parquet flooring, French ceilings, a monumental stone fireplace, a fireback with a coat-of-arms with the Chrismon decorated with fleur-de-lis and the sacred-heart, bearing the year 1738. A lounge, with a fireplace, gives access to a well-sheltered terrace, ideal for taking meals outside for most of the year. Inhabited by the actual owners, this flat makes it possible for new owners to move immediately into the premises, whilst continuing the renovation of the other rooms in the house.
Second level
A vast flat awaiting renovation.
Attic
The landing of the monumental stairway leads to three attics. The first controls access to a second level of attic space which could be transformed into a 2-storey flat. Straight on from the stairway is an immense attic, with open wooden partitions, forming small attics, and a room flanked against the square tower, in which there is a ladder going up to the second level of the attic space. From there, a south-facing window gives a view stretching for as far as the eye can see over landscapes of mountains, forest and the “Petite Montagne”.

The square tower

This tower adjoins the south facade. On the ground floor, all on a level with the garden, is a vast workshop. Two bedrooms take up the next two levels. A surprising belvedere has been converted in the room under the rafters. The ceiling features a crossed-ribbed vault. The roof is hipped; a small knee-brace truss for the attic’s ashlaring wall and upward-turning eaves at the end of the slope.


Ground floor
A conservatory.
First level
A room with a cross-ribbed vault.
Second level
A room with a cross-ribbed vault.
Attic
A belvedere below the small knee-brace truss for the attic’s ashlaring wall.

The stairway

This half-pace stone stairway has the particularity of providing access to all the floors, from the basement right up to the attic space with its exposed roofing framework, whilst custom in mansion houses was to have a stairway leading but to the noble floors. By way of a hollow well, a Romanesque style column with a third of its body slightly rounded and topped with a mushroom capital. On the noble floors, a crowning of the wrought railings, a handrail smoothed by the years, only present this time between the noble floors. The very wide steps are set into the newel. On each landing, a cross-ribbed vault gives particular elegance to this stairway, the central feature in the house.

The garden

Following the adopted vista, it will be seen as small parklands or a large town garden. In fact, spanning a surface area of 1,000 m², including the courtyard lined with square paving stones, it has a character all of its own courtesy of the two terraces, the tall trees, the old rosebushes, the secret, shady copse and the garden shed.
A swimming pool could be installed in the section furthest to the south, on the edge of the lane, once the existing wall has been renovated and raised. There is a well.

The little shop

The property’s only adjoining section, it is currently in use as an outbuilding and provides access to one of the building’s cellars. A room houses a ladder going up to a level under the rafters. The ridge is more than 15 metres high. This area could be kept as it is, for storage space, or could be given another vocation such as a guest house, a holiday accommodation rental unit or could even become a shop or an arts and crafts workshop.


Ground floor
The garage with access to the house.
Attic
Attic.

Our opinion

Ideally located within the medieval perimeter walls of a much-appreciated character town, abounding in architectural features still in their original condition, this house is extremely good value for money. With a monumental stairway going up from the vaulted rooms in the basement to the topmost floors, with its views stretching for as far as the eye can see, the future owners of these premises will not only have an exceptional family home, but could also see them as a rental investment courtesy of their seven possible flats. The year of construction of this house is unknown, consequently a dendrochronological survey would make it possible to give an exact date to these premises which will most certainly be between the 15th and 16th centuries.

Exclusive sale

370 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 502637

Land registry surface area 1022 m2
Main building surface area 386.7 m2
Number of bedrooms 4
Outbuilding surface area 342 m2

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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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