You will be staying on the ground floor of a traditional Savoyard farmhouse. The gite consists of front door entrance to kitchen, shower room with WC, 1 bedroom with door, 2 bedrooms with curtains, living space separate from kitchen with TV. We live above the gite in an apartment.
You will be staying on the ground floor which is the traditional living space of a large savoyard farmhouse. It is cool in summer and warm in winter courtesy of its thick stone walls. A picnic bench and BBQ are at your disposal for BBQ's or evening wine, which can be enjoyed immediately outside the gite or under our cherry tree out of the heat in summer. There is a field in front of the house for young explorers though, as it's not flat, it's not perfect for football.
You will have access to the whole of the gite and its facilities and also access to a bike/ski storage area if needed. Wet kit can be dried in the same room in winter (and summer if needed). As keen skiers and bike riders ourselves you have access to various repair tools etc should you need them. A washing machine is provided for your use, plus access to a drying line and a tumble dryer is available if needed.
We have a number of pets; a dog, horses and hens. The dog is fond of visitors and can come and say hello to younger visitors. However, if you don't appreciate our furry friends they can be easily contained! The horses like the occasional carrot but unfortunately are not available for horse rides - carrot feeding lessons can be given to uninitiated! If willing, kids can be shown how to feed the hens and can taste the lovely fresh eggs.
The bathroom is long and narrow and currently it is necessary to walk through the wet room shower to reach the toilet. It isn't difficult to dry the area with the squeegee provided and it doesn't stay wet for long. Although we do have plans to change the set up for the time being it hasn't caused anyone any problems.
The farmhouse was built in the 1870's shortly after the area become part of France (and not Switzerland or Italy). The farmhouse door opens out to the very quiet road running through the hamlet. The hamlet of Termine is very friendly and you will have neighbours wishing you 'bonjour'. There is a mixture of housing in the area, some very old and some not-so.
You can access walking routes immediately from the house, including routes with overnight stops in the areas auberges. If you wish to a walk other than a round trip either to or from the gite we can help with transport.
Out of the immediate neighbourhood of the farmhouse the resorts of Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz offer a wide variety of activities for young and old, including skiing in winter, trampolining, tennis, crazy golf, golf driving range and golf course (La Clusaz - Les Confins), quad bike rides and Segway to name only a few. Medieval Annecy is a spectacular place to visit and swimming in the lake is a must-do in summer. There is a lot to choose from!
You are able to access the area very easily if travelling by car as we are only 15mins from the ski resorts of Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz and 30-40mins from Geneva, Annecy and Chamonix. Bus routes will take you to the major attractions although the times of service do vary depending on the time of year you visit. There is a local train station 10mins drive away in St Pierre En Faucigny, with direct access to Bonneville, Annecy, St Gervais and wider afield to Chamonix, Lyon and the rest of France.
Geneva airport is only 30 mins drive away and access to Lake Leman is very straightforward by car.