A charming residence to make every day extraordinary.
On the gentler slopes between Vevey and Montreux in the desirable commune of Blonay, this 12 room Swiss "maison de maitre" or country house, built around 1760, overlooks Lake Geneva with a scenic backdrop of the Swiss and French mountains.
Standing in magnificent landscaped grounds of over three-quarters of an acre, with mature trees, shrubs, flowering borders and a cobblestone courtyard. A traditional granite fountain fed with constant cool spring water is shaded by hundred-year old plane trees.
The property also includes horse stables, a professional greenhouse, a large wine large cellar, and other outbuildings.
Discretely located, without overlooking neighbours, and within protected rural zone, the property has exceptional building permission for extensions to more than triple the living space. Ideal therefore for further enlargement with private, commercial, institutional or mixed use.
Excellent road and public transport communications including close proximity to public and private schools.
In short a dream come true.
This home is more than just a house.
Completely and tastefully renovated from cellar to roof by the current owners, this 18th century home has never the less retained all its original country charm, comforts and structural features.
From every floor of the house there are ever changing views of the gardens, fields and vineyards, as well vistas of Swiss and French lakeside towns and villages, not to mention unhindered views from east to west of the dominating Alpine and distant Jura mountains.
The house has three floors, high ceilings and twelve luminous rooms. As a self-contained family abode each floor layout has been designed to accommodate the differing and changing needs of children, adolescents and parents.
Parkland: More than just a garden.
Passing through the old wooden double gates, the century-old plane trees welcome visitors to the property. The stone courtyard bordering the house, lawn and flower beds is the gateway to the garden and vistas of the mountains.
A theme of the garden is the heterogeneous mixture of indigenous tree and bush species.
The landscaped garden was designed and planted by the present owners and has many varied features:
• a stone courtyard fronting the house
• a natural spring fountain and trough
• 100 year-old plain trees
• a mix of mature flowering trees and shrubs
• a walled flower bed
• a sculptured box garden terrace
• cold frames plant nursery
• kitchen garden
• terraced rockery garden
• entirely enclosed
• greenhouse (see The Outhouses)
• cold frames plant nursery
The trees and shrubs
Enclosing the property to the south west is a remarkable 80m hedge where all flowering and evergreen species are intermixed.
To the west another long 2m high wall encloses the property, providing a south facing sun trap for the adjacent flowering border. Along the wall, next to an old fountain (dated 1887), one finds grapevines, kiwi, honeysuckle, pompoms, climbing and standard roses, winter jasmine.
Other species interspersed around the garden include ewe, mayflower, holly, Japanese maple, cypress, dogwood, box, tree peony, willow, Judas tree, pines, grenadier, forsythia, wisteria, hypericum, laurel, white pompom, silver tree, sculpted box bushes.
In the shade of the plain trees, fresh cool natural spring drinking water continuously fills an ancient granite water trough. Approximately 1,000 litres an hour year-round (10 million litres a year!). The tinkling fountain water accompanies summer barbecues and al fresco dining on the terrace.
Adjacent to the south facade of the house, on it's own raised terrace is a romantic manicured box tree knot garden. A homogeneous contrast to the garden's mixed plants and shrubs.
The large lawn bordered by the boundary hedge, wall and stone courtyard, is the discrete centrepiece of the garden.
Whether playing games, lounging on sun beds, sketching nature, or just admiring the flowers, there is space for everyone's leisure activities
A swimming pool could be an option too.
Outbuildings, Greenhouse, Wine Cellar & Stable
The house, the garden and the location of this property are exceptional, with the amenities of the outbuildings it becomes a unique proposition.
Unique for a private house the property boasts a truly professional recently renovated large greenhouse.
With raised plant beds around the inside walls, and worktops for comfortable seeding and potting, the greenhouse is every gardeners dream.
The house is endowed with a large (50m2) underground cellar, a third of which is designed specifically for storing wine and drinks.
Divided into many bins, the cellar's capacity is estimated at 2,500 bottles, and several large barrels. Old wooden barrels set the tone and ambiance.
The contents of the cellar are not for sale !
An annex to the south of the greenhouse is the horse stables. Although currently used just as a store for gardening tools and planting accessories, it can easily revert to its former use as stables and tackle & saddle room.
For the equestrian orientated family members there are also within walking distance (200m west) extensive riding stables, paddocks and a riding club.
Another annex this time to the north of the greenhouse, is large woodshed (barn) ideal for equine materials & consumables, and of course firewood!
IMPORTANT: PLANNING PERMISSION (Plan de Quartier)
Planning permission already granted for significant extensions and new buildings
Existing Cantonal & Communal zoning and building permits specific to this property enable significant extensions and new constructions for residential and commercial purposes.
The three-storey country house makes for a charming family home, however where more space is required, a property specific Neighbourhood Plan (Plan de Quartier in French) was defined with, and approved by, the Blonay and Vaud authorities in 2007.
This plan defines the significant extension, reconstruction and new construction possibilities for the property and outhouses.
A simulation plan of permitted reconstruction potential is available on demand.
The potential for extensions & constructions. In brief:
• significant enlargement of the present house and outhouses
• reconstruction and new constructions with up to four floors (plus underground cellars and garages)
• increase of construction footprint to 476m2 (15% of the land surface).
• multiple increase in gross living space to 1900m2 from 375m2
• division of the property into two distinct saleable plots
• creation of up to 4 housing units
• open air constructions (pool, car ports, etc)
Given the potential size and volume of the property after enlargement, multiple alternative commercial assignments to the present residential classification are also possible.
YOUR VISIT IS A MUST !
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