|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Available in July and August, part farmhouse, part converted barn this house is great for either a relaxed family holiday or more energetic walking, cycling (both road and mountain biking) and outdoor activities. The stunning half timbered entrance hall with its high ceiling is perfect for relaxing on the sofa with a book or for children to play. Off the hall is the sitting room with another couple of sofas, a games cupboard, a variety of toys, laden bookshelf and UK satellite television/ radio. A large kitchen/ diner has fantastic views over the valley towards Arith and is well equipped. I am a keen cook so I hope that you'll find all the gadgets you need as well as a good supply of food basics to help you get settled in. The large table seats 8 comfortably. A back door leads out of the kitchen to a balcony with bench for relaxing while someone else tends the barbecue. Large roof eves make it possible to use the barbecue even if the weather is not perfect. A flight of steps leads down to a large terrace with pergola and outside dining table and benches. The rooms are large and airy with a relaxed comfortable feel. Upstairs is the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with a heated mirror, heated towel rail, large shower and a bath not to mention the fabulous views. A second double bedroom has a hand crafted bed and both have plenty of hanging and cupboard space as well as hairdryers. A further single room with a high level bed and two more bedrooms, light and airy with a balcony along the front of the house.The hamlet is wonderfully quiet - other than cows passing, traffic is rare and owls are probably the noisiest thing at night! The Massif des Bauges is a well kept secret among the French - really worth discovering. For anyone coming with children we can supply a large range of toys, books, games, DVDs + swings and a trampoline! Nearby attractions and activities available include horse riding, Via Ferrata, Accrobranch, zip wires, caves, castles to visit, vineyards, local markets, award winning local cheese producers, the stunning Gorge du Fier, cycle hire, parapenting and more. There is English satellite television and wifi internet access. There are local supermarkets, vegetable shops, a very respected butcher, award winning dairy and excellent boulangerie for those all important morning croissants and variety of breads. Each village has its own boulangerie and often its own bread oven with an annual festival to celebrate the breads they produce.
I live in France with my husband and 3 young boys, we decided to move here in 2002 to satisfy our love of the mountains. We also love the sea and I need regular visits for my ocean "fix"! During the winter I work in our local ski resort, after spending several winter seasons cooking in Val d'Isere I have skiing as one of my top winter passions. Max is a keen cyclist and gets out to ride up hills and cols as much as he can and is always happy to advise on routes - the Tour de France regularly passes this way.
Melanie Ashton purchased this farmhouse in 2002
We fell in love with this landscape and the many outdoor activities we could enjoy living here. In addition this spot is perfectly peaceful and has great views. This area, the Massif des Bauges has recently been nominated as a national park in France and is outstandingly beautiful. In addition the people are friendly, welcoming and proud of their area and the produce of this region.
This house has real "wow" factor when you walk in. It's a special place as it is actually our home and we live here for the rest of the year. This means it's completely equipped for real day to day living with a family. The rural location makes it very safe for young children. We constantly redecorate and revise our ideas to keep the house up to date while remaining a great and unfussy place to be.
A wonderful home and a beautiful place to explore, our 3 little boys didn't want to leave. We hope to come back & visit again next year. Thank you very much - the Cleary family.
Stunning. A lovely spacious home. Love the area, the views, the peace. Would love to come again. The Ford family.
We chose this farmhouse for our holiday because we wanted somewhere with plenty of living space, away from he tourist centre of Annecy, yet within easy reach of the town and the lake. It was perfect for us - an excellent base from which to explore the area on our bikes. Cycling is hard, but the views are stunning, and on our return it was lovely to have the luxury and convenience of two bathrooms and plenty of hot water!
The farmhouse was clean and well-equipped. We coldn't think of anything we would need that wasn't available.
The owner provided us with a very useful file of information about the house and the local area. We visited the open air swimming pool at Aillon as well as a couple of recommended restaurants - Chez Cyrille and La Barate - both of which served excellent food at very reasonable prices. The house is a short distance from the local dairy (in fact the cows walk past the front door twice a day!) from where fresh milk, butter and local cheese can be perchased. All delicious!
The owner was extremely helpful and prompt to reply to all e-mails. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property and would be delighted to return myself.
Spectacular location; stunning views; tastefully restored farmhouse with unique original features and homely welcome giving a perfect and spacious holiday base from which to explore the Savoie Alps. So much to explore we plan to make a return visit! Highly recommend.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$125|
Bookings can be made by phone or e-mail. A 20% deposit must be made when booking, the balance is due no later than 6 weeks before the start of the holiday. I will do my best to accommodate any requests. A £100 security deposit is required with the booking and will be refunded within a week after the holiday. The house will be available from 3pm on arrival day and should be vacated by 11am on departure please. The house must be left clean and in good order. Strictly no smoking in the house. No pets. Deductions from the security deposit will only be made for breakages/ damage or if the house is left in such a condition that additional cleaning is required.
Saturday is the normal changover day but I will do my best to accommodate any special requests. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
There is a leisure lake in Lescheraines 5 mins drive where you can swim, picnic and enjoy a waterslide, a handy local spot with children. An accrobranch course of wires in the trees and trampolines are also set up. Annecy lake has a wealth of beaches and swimming areas/ diving platforms as does the Lac de Bourget at Aix les Bains. The outdoor pool at Aillons is a 15 minute drive and situated in the midst of the mountains, you can swim to the sound of cowbells! One of my favourites.
Geneva airport is just one under an hour away with a very easy drive. Lyons and Grenoble are approx 1.5 hours away and Chambery is just 40 minutes. You really need a car to explore this region. The drive from Calais is approximately 8-9 hours for anyone wishing to drive. Directions can be supplied.
By driving approx 35 minutes you can reach the towns of Annecy, Chambery or Aix les Bains. There are castles to explore, chair lifts are open in the summer giving access to views and easy walking, grass sledging, riding and wine/cheese tasting are just a few of the things you can enjoy locally. There are supermarkets both in Lescheraines (5 mins) and also in Le Chatelard (15 mins). We have a local weekly market and Annecy market is a great source of local produce.
Lescheraines has a small supermarket, excellent butchers, a weekly market of local produce and several restaurants/ bars and a great boulangerie. A newly opened slightly larger Carrefour supermarket at Chatelard is only 15 minutes away. There are also cashpoint machines, post offices and tourist information in both Lescheraines and Chatelard. Highly recommended are the Cooperative Laiterie (just down the road from the house) supplying fresh milk and award winning cheeses, the Mont Pelat restaurant at Aillons for great local foods or a trip up to admire stunning views at Le Revard - also with a good restaurant at the top.