A 10th-century maison forte…
..nestled in the Jura mountains
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The Château de Sothonod, a family home, is located in a small hamlet of that name in the Ain department: an unspoiled corner of France. It is a maison forte — or fortified house — dating back to the 11th century, with one tower left out of the original four. The building was set on fire during the French revolution and one can still see blackened beams in the attics. The Catholic Saint Arthaud was born in a top bedroom in 1101 and lived until the remarkable age of 105…which is maybe why he was canonized!
The views from the château are stunning, and the surrounding countryside is mountainous, beautiful and almost completely unspoiled… great for hiking and cycling. Indeed, the Tour de France passes through the village every couple of years, after tackling the Grand Colombier mountain.
…so can get quite snowy in winter. Two wood-burning stoves complement the central heating and, with its 2-metre thick walls, the place gets very cosy in cold weather.
There are 12 acres of field, woods and garden, with a trampoline and swings to keep young visitors entertained, as well as a 20-metre heated swimming pool, in use from May to October.
The nearest shops are 10 minutes away (Champagne-en-Valromey), with a supermarket within 20 minutes (Artemare).
Two train stations (Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and Culoz) are 30 minutes away. The TGV stops at Bellegarde, putting Paris within 2h40. Geneva and Annecy (left) are a 50-minute drive away, and Lyon just over an hour. Geneva and Lyon airports are well served by most major airlines.
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