Superb 3 Bedroom House Near Annecy in a Gorgeous Village In the Bauges National Park
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I first came to the French Alps as part of my year abroad for my French degree and immediately fell in love with the place. So much so that I decided there and then that I would like buy a place and eventually live there. However, before I did that I thought it would be best to travel all around the world, just in case there is anywhere else I liked better. After visiting a great many countries all across the globe, I came to the conclusion that the French Alps is indeed the best place I have ever been to. I work as a writer, and also play music. I also like sport and socialising. The French Alps is great for this, because there's always activities going on, the people are great, and there are countless walks and bike rides to do, beside which the weather here is usually brilliant.
Owner purchased this House in 2004
Why Owner chose Lescheraines
The first thing which took me about the region was its towns, spectacular scenery, great weather and incredibly warm and friendly people. Before buying I did actually travel all over France, to check out other areas. After driving the length and breadth of France I realised I would never find an area I like as much as the Alps, and so regardless of the extra cost I knew that was where I wanted to be. It's also great all year round. I love skiing locally ski in Winter, and relax when it's warmer - which is pretty much the rest of the year! The village is small enough to have a real sense of community, yet for such a small place it also has pretty much everything you need. I think someday I will come and retire here, but in the meantime is just great to come as often as possible.
What makes this House unique
I certainly make the most of the house. In Winter it is very convenient for local ski resorts, which in my opinion are better than the bigger ones - the slopes are great, it is cheaper and there are less queues. The house is also centrally located, & it's great it has pretty much everything. The village has everything you need, it is in the middle of a beautiful National Park, its bang next to a lovely leisure base which has lots of great activities, it is also convenient for Annecy & Aix les Bains which have got to be two of the best towns in Europe. On top of that there always seems to be activities going on around the region; anything from concerts to circuses. If you want to just relax and have peace & quiet it's great, but if you want to get out & have fun then it's equally as good.
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Lovely quiet location, house nicely appointed and well maintained. It was very handy to have all local shops within a couple of minutes walk. We found many great places to visit within a 30 minutes drive. Annecy is beautiful, but you are correct Paul, Lescheraines is better than Annecy. Thanks for a comfortable stay.
Lovely quiet place
We had a lovely time staying in Lescheraines. The property is as described and everything is kept in good condition. Shower was hot and powerful.
We spent a week cycling and there are loads of nice quiet routes with numerous smaller (900m - 1100m) climbs nearby which were almost deserted. There are also a few larger more well known climbs like Mont Revard and Semnoz. The views from the top of both are amazing.
Easy access to Annecy, Aix les baix and Chambery which are worth a trip.
There's a lovely lake in Lescheraines with watersports and it's also nice for swimming.
The only negative is that we would have liked a couple of restaurants within walking distance. There is one pizza restaurant but it's only open Wed - Sat evenings and although it said open for food 12-2pm they had stopped serving when we arrived at 1.45pm.
Overall we had a lovely stay.
Lovely modern, spacious property in idyllic location
The property is clean, modern and well equipped, very pleasant and everything we needed for a family of 5. Great to have good WiFi and access to British TV! The village is full of character and in beautiful surroundings. We would thoroughly recommend staying here.
The house was situated in a superb location, living in the village was great as we were able to walk to the bakery and convenience store within a few minutes. We were slightly disappointed with the swimming lake nearby as although it was as beautiful as it looked in the photos it wasn't particularly dog friendly. The house itself was very comfortable but we had an issue with the parking as because we were 2 couples we had 2 cars which meant one of them had to be parked on the road. We were also unaware that we had to pay a local tourist tax which although wasn't very much we thought this should have been included in the price of the holiday. We looked through the details of the house again when we were on holiday but couldn't find any mention of the extra tax. One of us was a keen cyclist and this was a fantastic place to cycle. Overall we had a very pleasant stay and the area is absolutely stunning!!!
Thank you for your very positive review of the house and stunning location.
I'm happy to address your other points that are not related to the house:
The small local tax is indeed mentioned, it's well known and it's a very small daily rate. Dogs are regularly walked around local lakes and on lots of tracks, woods and walkways in the area. It's a fantastic area for dog walking and walking in general.
As for the car parking, it's a very unusual comment!
Most guests are very pleased there is a place to park right next to the house!
Many holiday lets don't have any designated parking space at all, let alone one right on the doorstep with additional free parking 30 seconds away!
Amazing holiday..coming back next year
We are a family of 5 and we had the best holiday is this house and were blown away with Lescheraines...it was simply beautiful. The house was really lovely and had everything we needed. The wifi had a good signal which was great for our teenager. I had the best sleep as our bed was soooo comfy. We really enjoyed sitting and eating in the garden at night as it was so peaceful after active days. We loved walking to the villafe each morning to buy fresh bread which was only a few minutes walk. We loved that our younger children could cycle as there were no roads so it was really safe. The locals were just so very nice and welcoming. The lakes were just a 10 min walk and swimming in the lakes surrounded by the mountains was the highlight of the holiday. The whole area was just breathtaking and we cannot wait to return. A very beautiful part of the world and the perfect location to stay.
Many thanks for your of positive review of my property and the French Alps.
It's a lovely house in a location all the locals know and enjoy, but it's a bit of a secret outside of France, which is one reason why, unlike some other locations, it isn't overrun with tourists. Sometimes in summer you can be the only one swimming in the lake, and in winter now and again I've been the only person on the local ski slopes. It's hard to find place like that, and I much prefer it to skiing anywhere else!
Like you, I fell in love with the house, the area and the people. I like going back as often as I can, and you are welcome to come back any time you like.
Great location and lovely place to stay
We had a lovely week's holiday here last year and found our stay really comfortable and relaxing. As it was October and out of season the village was quiet, but very friendly when open and we found some great local places to eat and drink, and even enjoyed breakfast in the sunshine in the lovely garden.
Great location for exploring gorgeous places like Annecy and the mountains - we were mountain biking and hillwalking and enjoyed having all of this within a short drive. Loved our stay and would recommend it to anyone who likes france or / and the outdoors!
The nearest lake with swimming available is within easy walking distance.
Geneva is a little over an hour away by motorway. Chambery airport is closer but is usually only available in winter. Annecy airport is close but is very small. Other airports include Grenoble and Lyon. These are around 90 minutes away, or more depending upon traffic. Car hire is pretty much essential.
Annecy about 18 miles. Aix-les-bains about 18 miles. Chambery about 25 miles. Geneva, just over an hour away. Mont Blanc - 90 mins away. Yvoire - just over an hour away. Cluses - just over an hour away.
Local shops, restaurants and leisure facilities are within easy walking distance. There is a cashpoint in the village and the nearest bank is around 5 miles away. There villages in a tourist area and there is a tourist office in the village with plenty of information on lots of things to do and see locally.