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Karen Roalson

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, french, some Spanish and Italian

Annecy 2BR/1BA New Kitchen!! Charming! Great Location! Spacious!

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Annecy Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2+BR 1BA Sleeps up to 6

Spacious apartment and totally new kitchen!

This flat works out well on a number of fronts: location, size, parking, and cost.

'Location' best describes the situation of this charming, center of town apartment located just minutes from canceled and historic old town Annecy, France. The apartment is located IN Annecy, not nearby. It's within a desirable area of Annecy nicknamed the Golden Triangle. The apt. is on the convenient elevated ground floor of a 1930s building and right across the street from the weekly market. It is spacious, comfortable and correct, but not pretentious; high ceilings, charm and a private terrace. The kitchen is all new and well supplied. Convenient free wireless internet and long distance calls to over 70 countries land line phones. Private parking lot is right outside. Our rates are priced to book the flat.

Nearest airport: Geneva. Train station: 10 min. walk. Discounts and laundry available for longer stays. Email or call now and you'll receive a prompt, helpful reply. We want to help make your trip a good one!

Annecy: The Old Towne is loaded with charm! Boutiques, designer shops, galleries and cafés line the canals and the walking area near the lake. The pedestrian mall walk culminates at a modern shopping center 'Courier' and theatre complex. The train station is also next door. Grocery stores are in both the Old Towne as well as the Courier mall. All within walking range. Restaurants serve the traditional 'savoyard' dishes as well as classic french — some until the wee hours of the morning. Just minutes from the apartment is beautiful Lac Annecy and Le Paquier, the large park area with train and carousel rides. The Pacquier is host to picnics, soccer matches, events, walks, and benches to just relax and look out at the lake and surrounding mountains. A Galeries Lafayette shopping experience, along with cafeteria, post office and other shops, is a two minute walk the other direction. Close to the Old Towne, but just far enough away to feel like you are in a residential 'non-tourist' area. Voila!

Around Annecy: If you plan to stay long enough to do some day trips or have a eurrail pass, the train station is a ten minute walk. There is a TGV 'fast train' to Paris from Annecy. If you arrive by car, a space is provided for parking. If you choose to rent bicycles a locked shed is available for storage or, if you prefer, you may store them carefully in the apt. It's on an elevated ground floor, meaning about 6-7 steps above ground level. If you want to take the bus, the stop is across the street. If you want to do more sightseeing by car, however, you are about an hour from Mt. Blanc, Europe's highest peak, and the Mt. Blanc tunnel which takes you into Italy. Switzerland is 30 minutes north, the French Riviera is about a four hour drive south and the Burgundy wine area is about three hours. Albertville, Chamonix, and Grenoble, all winter Olympic hosts, are all nearby. Geneva, an incredible, historic city, is less than an hour away. Your options are limitless from this excellent location.

14 Blvd du Lycée: This apartment is a find and we bought it because we love the location, the high ceilings, the 'extra' room, and the private terrace. The apartment is comfortable and correct, but not overly pretentious or luxurious. There is a queen size bed in one bedroom, two single beds in a second and a sofa bed in the 'extra' room, which doubles as a TV/office room. There is also a portable crib. The kitchenette, while compact, is completely supplied with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and appliances. The toilet is separate from the bathroom, which has a cabin shower, sink and shelves. Towels are provided, as well as bedding. The living area is a combined living/dining room. Tall french doors open to steps to the fenced in private terrace with table, parasol and BBQ. We'll leave several brochures in different languages to help you get acclimated to Annecy and all the area offers. We're happy to talk to you in English or French. Free wireless internet. Cable TV. Free parking. Free calls.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Karen Roalson (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, some Spanish and Italian

About Karen Roalson

Hi! We're Craig and Karen Roalson. We both grew up in Iowa, (USA) and aside from living for three wonderful years in Annecy, France, we still live here. We moved to Annecy in 2002, with our two sons, 10 and 12 at the time. Our plan was to stay one year to help a non-profit group. We extended our stay to two years, then for a third! When it was time to move back to Iowa, we decided to try and buy an apartment so we could come back to visit the city we had so enjoyed. We thought we might be able to rent it to students as a rental agency assured us it would be easy to do so. However, for the first year it sat empty. We decided to rent it ourselves instead and, not to students, but to vacationers. It's been a lot of fun getting to meet people from all over and help them to have a nice stay in Annecy.

Karen Roalson purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Karen Roalson chose Annecy - Lake Annecy area

Upon moving to France we didn't know where we would be living. When we arrived in Annecy, we immediately saw how fortunate we were. Then, after three years of living in Annecy, we talked about possibly finding a way to buy an apartment so we could come back. Annecy is in the Rhone-Alpes area of France which is a beautiful area, just about 30-40 minutes south of Geneva, Switzerland. The Olde Towne in Annecy is charming and there is always something going on around the lakefront. We felt like we knew the town well and knew what kind of location would be best. We fell in love with this apartment location, the little garden area, and the traditional French windows and high ceilings.


based on 22 traveler reviews

Annecy 2BR/1BA New Kitchen!! Charming! Great Location! Spacious!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Great apartment! Great host! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

3 friends stayed here in September 2015. We found the apartment well suited to our needs. We used the den with convertible sofa as a 3rd bedroom and it worked fine. The apartment is clean, well (but not lavishly) appointed, and fairly spacious. The property manager was attentive, and the owner's recommendation on car service from Geneva was great. We contracted with the driver to take us to Mt. Blanc for a day, which worked well. A grocery is nearby, as are numerous bakeries and wine shops. The old district is barely a five minute walk, and it was nice to stay a bit removed from it in a less touristy area.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central Point, OR USA

Relaxing in Annecy

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Annecy and the apartment was perfect. It was easy to locate and having parking included was really nice. Coming at the end of a 3 week hiking trip, this was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the local restaurants, small nearby villages and the old town. Everything went smoothly with the owner. All transactions were easily managed and Karen was very helpful with local restaurant suggestions. The local manager, Steve was also very helpful. The kitchen and bath remodel are nice updates and the apartment is very spacious with lots of charm. The owner also accommodated us when we had friends stop by one night for a visit. It was nice to have all the basics; spices, paper products, cooking utensils, etc. The Welcome packet was very thorough. We arrived on a Saturday and went to the market conveniently located across the street to purchase local fresh food and necessities. Saturday was also a very busy day in the old town with outside venders and many people shopping. It was a bit overwhelming coming from quite mountain villages, but fun people watching. We were grateful that the crowds diminished the following days allowing for quiet walks in the old town and many photo opportunities. Thanks you!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Lovely apartment.

  • 5 of 5

check in on time. apartment clean, airy, bright, big, with many windows and a small garden, beautiful neighborhood.

near the train station, supermarket, lafayette galerie, post office.

without doubt the best apartment I've ever stayed staying.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A wonderful home base in Annecy

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a wonderful location. Walking distance to the beach, old town, and local amenities like grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies. It's also a great apartment. Clean, well-decorated, and spacious. It was a great home base for our family, including our two young children. The new bathroom is great. It had everything we needed to cook and relax around the house, and the parking was great for easy accessibility to our car for day-trips. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie, so happy your family had a great time in Annecy! The size of the apartment works out well for a family and the location makes it very walkable. If you return I hope to hear from you again!
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Scarborough, Queensland, Australia

Convenient Annecy Apartment

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I recently spent four days at this apartment in Annecy and found it very central for all the things we wanted to do. Steve, the manager who lives upstairs, welcomed us promptly and showed us around the apartment. Parking directly outside was convenient for us to get luggage etc inside. Annecy in winter is cold but the apartment has ample heating and was very cosy. We loved being within walking distance of the old town and also supermarkets, boulangeries etc. Would recommend this apartment which is a 5 minute walk from the lake, parks etc.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and great cosy place

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed for one week with 3 teenagers during last winter and we all appreciated the location of this apartment, very close to the downtown Annecy (5 mm walk). The place is quit and silent, thanks to the good windows isolation. Heating is efficient and rooms are comfortable even if it looks old style furniture. We have appreciated the long term view of the owners who plans to refresh each year one room. The kitchen is very nice and convenient. Next time it should be the bathroom to be reworked. We appreciated as well that the apartment is very well equipped with books, useful advices and recommendations. We feel like at home and French are not used to it. If you are French we will recommend you to send payment directly to the French account of the owners in Annecy. It will safe time. Last point to be noted is the very friendly people leaving in the building and who will welcome you and give you any kind of support.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Geneva, Switzerland
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Annecy station
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.66 Miles
local lac Annecy public beach
Car: not necessary

35 minutes from Geneva airport/10 minute walk from Annecy train station

Other Activities: Annecy has a skateboard bowl.


Rates & Availability

Annecy Apartment Rental Rates

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Post Season
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Winter II
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
New Years 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $56
Optional Cleaning Fee $45
Refundable damage deposit $224

Progressive discounts for two week and longer rentals. Laundry available for five night stays and longer: 15 euros. Monthly rates are based on a four week stay.

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Annecy Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Typical French bathroom set-up. The toilet is separate. Makes it easier if there are several people sharing the apt. The apt. does not have a bathtub, just a shower. There is shelving and personal storage containers for six people. The radiator is also a towel warmer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , TV/office room
  • The apartment can sleep up to six if two people are willing to share the double sofa bed, or seven, if one is an infant and will use the portable baby bed. Each bedroom has an armoire for clothes and the TV/Office room has a closet. There are also adequate blankets and pillows. Sheets and linens are provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a TV/Office room separate from the Living/Dining areas. The television is in this room as well as a desk which can be used for an office area. Wireless internet is provided. This is also the room with a full-size sofa bed/futon that is the optional third bedroom. It's nice that the TV/office is in a separate room from the Living/Dining areas. If part of a group wants to watch TV, or do office work, the other part of the group can still relax in the Living room area and carry on conversation without the distraction of the TV or bothering the person working. This is a spacious apartment, and with the private terrace, you don't feel crowded. There is an iron/ironing board in the hall closet. There is a raclette in the cupboard. The apartment is well stocked. There are also two table fans and one floor fan.

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