|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Ideal Winter Snow & Summer Sun location with easy access via Geneva airport.
Wi Fi + UK Free view Channels via a digibox & French TV. New HD Flat Screen TV. Sleeps 5 people.
You can eat in the comfort of your own well equipped & spacious apartment & save EUROS.
Thollon Les Memises has its own unique ski resort. It is fabulous to ski with the view of the lake below. This is an ideal area for beginners & intermediates. For more experienced skiers Chatel & the vast Portes du Soleil is only an easy 40 mins drive.
It is also a great location for Summer activities include golf, walking, mountain biking, white water rafting, parapenting, sightseeing or just relaxing by the lake. Thollon is located 35 miles from Geneva (around 75 mins drive) and about 550 miles from Calais (approx 8.5 hours drive - motorway nearly all the way). The village is about 7.5 miles from Evian, famous for its water, where there is a ferry port from which you can travel around the lake to Geneva, Yvoire, Lausanne or Montreux (where you will find Freddie Mercury's statue & Montreux music festival )
In addition to the Spa in Evian, you can visit Lavey Les Bains with 36 degrees Centigrade. water hydro jets for all year round use. Why not visit the glacier at Gstaad to ski or experience the world's highest alpine roller coaster at 3000 metres. There is also lakeside swimming & an aqua park. There are amazing views of the lake from the village which is lively, in season, and has plenty of restaurants & some bars some of which surround the telecabine, about a kilometre away. The lift is used to take skiers and walkers (Summer) alike up to 1500m & the main ski area (top lift 2000m). There are a couple of hotel restaurants a short walk away together with a bakers, fromagerie & a supermarket.
The spacious apartment is on the top/3rd floor and sleeps 5 people. There are two large bedrooms ;
The master bedroom has a wardrobe, dressing table, full length mirror, bedside drawers, a super king size bed (6ft - 1.85m ) & an ENSUITE with large shower enclosure, WC, vanity unit & heated towel rail.
The second bedroom has one double and one single bed, drawers, wardrobe, full length mirror & dressing table.
Each bedroom has it's own balcony which is approx. 3m x 1.5m with a table and 2 chairs on it. They both benefit from the afternoon/evening sun. An ideal place to have supper and watch the sunset with a glass of wine in hand.
There is a separate WC/bathroom with a shower attachment, vanity unit & heated towel rail.
The large lounge, 6m x 3.5m, has two big sofas & another balcony with fabulous views of the mountain, which catches the morning sun (ideal for breakfast and lunch). There is also a new HD Flat screen Smart TV/Video & DVD/CD player for music & films. There is a digibox, which is able to pick up UK freeview programmes , aswell as French TV channels.
Adjacent to the lounge area there is a kitchen/diner with a table, which can open up to sit six people. The kitchen is fully fitted with a 4 ring hob/ full sized oven/ microwave/ toaster/ tassimo coffee machine & fridge, with a freezer compartment.
There is plenty of parking available next to the apartment building.
This is a lovely, comfortable apartment with stunning views in a lovely part of France. The apartment is very well equipped with 3 balconies and is well maintained. Set on the outskirts of a small village with everything you need but not far from Evian for a great deal more! Merril has been most helpful throughout the booking process and provided lots of helpful information prior to our trip. Hope to return in a different season, so that we can see all that this pretty area has to offer. Much to recommend it.
Geneva Airport to Thollon
We hired a car from Budget car (via Argus car rentals) on the Swiss side of the airport with no problems at all (contrary to recent reports in the Guardian newspaper). Although it was a busy Friday lunchtime and there was a lot of traffic in Geneva, it was a fairly straightforward drive to Thollon, taking around 1 hour 45.
Thollon & the apartment
A family of 4 with 2 teenage children, the apartment worked out perfectly. There was everything you needed and the generous supply of DVD's was useful later in the evening when we all settled down together. The kitchen was more than up to the task as we cooked some great meals with the fantastic local produce. We all commented on how comfortable the beds and bedding was, we all has some very restful nights sleep. Whilst all 3 balconies were fantastic for the different views, they are very small and so we couldn't all sit out on the balcony together (2 people max). The Casino shop and Patisserie, were just a few minutes up the road and whilst not cheap - was well stocked with all staff really freindly.
Initially, the drive from Evian up to apartment felt like it may be a chore. However, once we'd covered the route a few times the 10-15 minute drive become second nature. Evian is beautiful, great restaurants, shops and the swimming pool was a firm family favorite where we enjoyed many days cooling off from the July/August summer sun (ranging from 25-30 C).
Around and about
Firstly, we didn't really scratch the surface - there is a lot to see and do in the region. We generally based ourselves in and around Evian but In our 2 weeks we visited Lausanne, Yvoire, Lake Annecy, Le Bouveret, Chamonix, Montreux and many other places. Driving is easy, speed limits are quite low and people tend to stick to them so you don't feel harassed as the 'foreigner' driver.
Merril was very helpful and shared many ideas with us before hand that helped us make the most of out trip. The apartment is great as is the whole Thollon area, we all recommend this as an ideal summer break to see the other side (non-skiing) of this beautiful region. It is probably worth mentioning that eating out isn't cheap (clearly not helped by the current Euro / Sterling exchange rate) and the ferry to Switzerland from Evian was very expensive (check you haven't purchased first class before you pay!).
Thank you Merril for helping make this a memorable holiday.
Chris, Rachel, Eleanor & Sam
The apartment was of a high standard with many facilities. The wifi was extremely useful. There was excellent communication from the owner and excellent customer service. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to friends and relatives. Ideally situated between two great ski resorts of Thollon and Bernex. Thank you
We made a very last minute booking for this beautiful apartment and the owner, Merril couldn't of been more helpful. We were met by, Rachel who had loads of local knowledge and was very helpful ,even helping us with our bags!
The apartment was lovely, with fabulous views from all three balconies and a huge comfortable bed in the master room. The apartment is well equipped and clean with a cosy homely feel. We found loads to do in the area and in fact ran out of time to do everything we wanted. Day trips to Evian, Gruyere and Yvoire were fantastic and some lovely scenic drives in Switzerland but right on the doorstep is the telecabin ride up the nearby mountain which was our favourite day out .We packed a picnic and spent the day up the mountain amongst beautiful wild flowers , unusual butterflies and just simply enjoying the breathtaking views and breathing in the fresh clean air!
Would this holiday suit you? Do you love beautiful scenery and fresh air. Do you love cosmopolitan towns with classy shops and medivial authentic villages. Do you enjoy good food. Then if you answer yes to any of these questions and want a lovely comfortable base to explore them from ,then this apartment is for you.
We really loved our visit in this appartment. Thollon is a beautifull little place in the mountains. Too lovely to tell everybody almost :-). No mass public, very nice. The views are beautifull from the balcony. In the neighbourhood is a lot to do and see as well. And also close to Suisse. 20 minutes by car.
One word for this vacation: quality!
We experienced a restfull vacation in which we enjoyed the beautifull nature and rest. But if you want an active vacation, it is possible as well. We arrived in the summer, but in winter Thollon is a beautifull skiresort.
The appartment is well equiped. It felt like a second home! Everything we needed was there. Also enough documentation about what to do in Thollon and the surroundings. Meril makes us feel very welkom. The appartment gave us a lot of comfort.
Meril thank you again, we definitly keep you in mind for the future.I recommend it everybody!
Lisa from the Netherlands
The property is vey well appointed with quality furnishing and fixtures with everything you need to self cater and have a great base from which to explore. The stairs to the penthouse apartment were fine for us and the views from the balconies were lovely. Although you would be very comfortable should you decide to stay in the apartment you would want to get out and explore this beautiful corner of France with the Swiss border a few miles away. We have enjoyed a fabulous summer holiday with something for everyone from swimming in the lake, which was surprisingly warm,to mountain top views that you will never forget and charming alpine walks form the door. The owners make the experience easy with a great attitude and in no way interfering or demanding as some can be. We thoroughly recommend the property and would love to return someday -there is a lot we would have liked to do but ran out of time. We have rented several properties over the years direct with owners and there is always that fear of the unknown but you can book this with confidence it is probably the best we have booked.
This is a great location, not only for enjoying the lake, but as stepping stone for Switzerland & Italy. Annecy, Chamonix & Geneva are all within easy reach. Montreux, well known for the music festival aswell as the Christmas markets throughout December is nearby.
There is a hot water jacuzzi spa @ Lavey Les Bains which just has to be experienced, but for the more adventurous type, parapenting & white water rafting are also available or why not try the fantastic cable @ Chatel or the highest Alpine roller coaster in the world @ Gstaad - not for the faint hearted.
In addition to those activities already mentioned there is ten pin bowling,horse riding & tennis locally. For those not wanting to ski in Winter, you can hire snow shoes and walk in designated areas enjoying the fabulous lake and mountain views.
There is also the famous 'chocolate train' which visits the Cailler chocolate factory ( lots of samples ) and the pretty village of Gruyeres with it's castle & cheese making
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
This is very much our home from home & as such has been furnished to a high standard. We are happy for you to use our bedding & towels but if you do, we would ask that you cover the cost of the laundry:
Double: 30 euros, single: 20 euros. Payable locally
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance payable 60 days before arrival.