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The Pope's Balcony Studio-flat - Old Town Charm and Authenticity

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Unique location, Old Town Charm

Flat with character on the third floor of a 16th century building.

Dominant position. Best view on the Place Sainte Claire.

Privileged location at the heart of the historic part of town, in the pedestrian area, at the foot of the castle and 5 minutes away from the lake on foot.

Ideally located to enjoy fully and from the inside the charm, beauty and animation of the 'Vielle Ville' (Old Town).

Plenty of good restaurants and bars just right down the flat.

Local open-air food market 3 times a week (tuesdays, fridays and sundays) on the Place Sainte Claire.

Food shops (baker, butcher, grocerer, city supermarket), clothes and souvenir shops in the nearby streets.

Sound-proof double windows for peaceful sleeping.

English-speaking owner. Free WIFI access. Linens provided.

More Details

Philippe Saddier
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Philippe Saddier

Born in the 'Vieille Ville' (Old Town), I am just fond of my city and the marvellous nature around it, the lake, the mountains, my neighbourhood, its peculiar atmosphere, the canals and the historical charm emanating from it all.

I am an intense mountain-skier in winter. In summer I treat myself with long trekking routes here and away and I enjoy the lake's delicious water and boat-fishing in the early hours of the day.. And at all seasons and in all weathers I enjoy the true pleasure of living in this beautiful, privileged and reffined place.

Philippe Saddier purchased this studio in 2004

Why Philippe Saddier chose Annecy - Lake Annecy area

In the building and neighbourhood of my young days I renovated with respect this unique studio-flat in this historic building for you to enjoy from the inside the atmosphere of the 'Vielle ville' (old town), of the 'Porte Sainte Claire' whose doors used to guard the entrance to the fortified city and of which we can still see the sizeable hinges under the arch at the bottom of the building...

What makes this studio unique

Ideally located flat to fully enjoy from the inside the beauty, the historical charm, the animation and pleasures of the Vieille Ville.

Strolling along the Sainte Claire street, along the canal or under the arches towards the lake, or walking up to the castle with its views over the old town, you will always be greeted by historic curiosities set against a close and natural background of lake and mountains that await the more adventurous.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

The Pope's Balcony Studio-flat - Old Town Charm and Authenticity
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 53 reviews

What a magica stay!!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay at the little studio on the square of Saint Clare. It's close to everything touristy. It was close to the life of the old town. The windows are sound proof so you could get to sleep when you wanted. It's small but cosy - A Loutrec-ish holiday! I loved it.

Philippe is warm and helpful and I will return next year!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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View from the room is ver...

  • 5 of 5

View from the room is very nice. Really appreciated the room with double vitrage. You find everything near by, good boulangerie, restos, bars or sport shop. Apartment is clean, luminous, functional, cosy, centrally located and it has everything you need. Very much enjoyed the stay there. Owner of the appart is very nice and helpful, even with my very last minute rental request. Upon arrival at late night, I got confused by the keys to the apartment as there were two doors once you're in the building (main and the apartment door, and I did not know that) but the owner helped me quickly by SMS.

I wished that there were stock of toilet amenities because it was a bit short for me. Also I found that the price of my stay (37.5/night) was a bit expensive than I imagined compared to weekly rate(27.14/night). Two small things I found to be a little negative.

Overall, excellent apartment with the great apart owner, I recommend to anyone who visit Annecy. I myself would definitely go back to his apartment for next visit in Annecy without hesitation.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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We really loved staying h...

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying here in Annecy. A small cozy place in the perfect location. Will choose to come back here if in annecy again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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"I thoroughly enjoyed my ...

  • 5 of 5

"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the studio; it is centrally located, close to the train and coach station and to the lake; the bars, restaurants cafes, bakeries are just around.There is also a supermarket within walking distance (MONOPRIX). The market with fresh fruit, veg and cheese is held twice a week on the main street. The studio is located on the third floor(no lift)and the view at the mountains and the old town is truelly beautiful. It will be convenient to have a microwave in the flat and some bigger towels. Overall, highly recommended."

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can now provide a microwave oven, on demand (please mention it ine your booking inquiry), with no extra charge. If you need big towels please feel free to ask for it in your booking-request.
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"It was fun being part of...

  • 5 of 5

"It was fun being part of the village courtyard and experiencing the market stalls three times a week and the general buzz of the community. Everything we needed was close by including the train and we enjoyed eating out in the little restaurants in the village. It was exactly as it was described in Holelidays and was very comefortable, even the sofa bed was great. If I were going back to Annecy I would love to stay here again and would recommend it to any of our friends as a good experience. Philippe was there when we arrived and departed and we had his contact details which gave us a sense of security. He spoke very good english and there was no problem with communicating.

Our visit and stay in Annecy reinforced that Annecy is a great tourist destination and we continue to encourage our friends in Australia and France to take in its beauty and charm."

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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"a nice and comfortable s...

  • 5 of 5

"a nice and comfortable studio"

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Geneva Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Café Curt, La Buvette du Marché etc...
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Talloires Golf
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Annecy train station
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Les chineurs de la Cuisine, Aromatik etc..
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, Le Semnoz
Nearest Beach
700 Metres
Plage des Marquisats
Car: not necessary

Train station is 5 minutes away on foot.

If driving, exit the A41 motorway at 'Annecy Sud', follow 'Albertville', then 'Centre Ville' and 'Parking Sainte Claire' (paying underground carpark, first half-hour free, handy for luggage).

Free parking from 7pm to 9am 100 metres from the flat (Rue de la Gare, Faubourg des Balmettes north part).

Free parking 24/7 : 300 metres from the flat (Chemin de la Prairie, Faubourg des Balmettes south part, the area around 'Intermarché' supermarket).

Skiing at La Clusaz, Grand-Bornand or Semnoz by bus or car (40 minutes). Takamaka Adventure Sport office 100 metres from the flat.


Rates & Availability

Annecy Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Hiver 2016/2017
Aug 27 2016 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Eté 2017/ Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Automne 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $425
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Location du samedi au samedi uniquement. Tarif dégressif en fonction de la durée.
Rental from saturday to saturday only. Lower rates for long-term stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Annecy Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 15 m²
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Ski Locker
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kettle
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • disco club
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Microwave oven on demand, no extra charge.

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