|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
We are proud to invite you into our studio apartment, which provides everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay amongst breathtaking scenery at a very affordable price. We can offer you both an indoor, heated swimming pool open all year round and an outdoor pool with sun loungers, which is open during the summer months. There is also a playground, games room, table tennis, boules, tennis courts and a free car park on site. The studio is set in a quiet hamlet next to a beautiful golf course and surrounded by mountains and with Lake Annecy round the corner! It is perfect for couples, friends or a family looking for a quiet retreat or for those wishing to explore the French Alps by car, bike or on foot. There is a 30km purpose built cycle path at the bottom of our lane which takes you all the way into Annecy. The Lake itself provides endless enjoyment in the form of water sports, swimming or relaxing and in the winter there is easy access to many ski resorts. Annecy also hosts the famous fireworks and music spectacular called the Fete Du Lac each summer which should not be missed! Annecy is often used for a Tour de France cycling stage.
We are very helpful owners so will be happy to provide you with the local information you need to make your holiday very special. You will need a car, however, as we are not served by public transport. Check-in day is usually a Saturday, please email me if you have a different day in mind and I will do my best to accomodate you.
As this is a studio apartment, it means the living and sleeping area is combined. There is a new, standard sized double bed with memory foam mattress topper (purchased July 2016). The studio is like a large double bedded hotel room with also a kitchen and dining area. If you would like more clarification on this, please just ask. In addition, there is an individual foldup chair bed for one younger child and additional single airbeds which are perfect for adults or older children.
This photo shows myself, husband and son enjoying a stroll around Annecy Lake in August 2016.
My husband and I met when we both worked for EuroDisney in Paris in 1992. He then moved to the French Alps and yworked as a ski rep and then Area Manager for many of the French ski resorts. Years later when we decided to buy a holiday home, Annecy was our first choice. As well as being breathtakingly beautiful it offered us both a summer holiday - swimming, lake, walking, relaxing, exploring and also winter skiing. Our son was only 2 years old when we bought the studio and have been delighted to find that it has been a fantastic location for him as a toddler, and now as he is growing into a teenager, the skiing, water sports, cycling, exploring mountains, Lake swimming, caves, gorges and waterfalls provide us all with the perfect holiday destination too. We hope you will fall in love with Haute Savoie as much as we have!
Jane Pearce purchased this apartment in 2006
We purchased our studio when the site was just a field! We were shown around the plots by the Mayor of the village who is also the owner of the golf course. We chose a ground floor apartment due to having a small child, so he would have plenty of room to run and play and we loved the idea of relaxing and eating all our meals on the outdoor terrace. We wanted a property in a great location with both an indoor and outdoor pool, so we could chose to spend a relaxing holiday at the studio and also have the option to explore exciting places nearby.
As it has such peaceful surroundings you can spend your time just relaxing here with swimming and walking being the most strenuous of activities, or you can go off mountain biking, water sports, explore mountains, summer toboggans, paragliding, boating, hiking, rambling, explore historic buildings, go down caves, along gorges and through waterfalls, the choice is endless and even after holidaying here for 9 years, we are still discovering new places! Everything you could want from a holiday is just a walk, cycle or short drive away, this is a perfect base to explore the beautiful Haute Savoie region.
In the winter it provides a perfect base to explore different ski resorts which is ideal if you don't want to be tied down to one ski resort. The closest, La Sambuy, is less than 30 minutes drive away and the larger resorts of Megeve and La Clusaz are around 45 minute drive from the studio.
"Our holiday was absolutely wonderful. The studio was perfect (the DVD player was a great help too!). The complex itself was great with 2 pools to choose from, the setting is beautiful, peaceful and quiet. We had plenty to do and found flying there gave us much more time to spend holidaying.
I am sure we will be in touch again as we would be more than happy to stay there again. All the cleaning stuff provided made it so easy for us to keep the place ship shape- so many thanks" Sonia, Leicestershire. July 2014
"What a fabulous time we had at Orchard view with our boys who all loved the pool, tennis court & games room, all a real bonus in such a tranquil & breathtaking setting. The apartment was super & conveniently situated between the alps & the lake so plenty to do in the surrounding area! We would recommend staying here as an unforgettable family holiday!!!"
The Morgan family, UK. August 2014
"We had a great time ...had some fantastic paragliding and the family really enjoyed the area. Thanks again, Stuart and family" July 2014
We had a fantastic stay here! Everything was perfect; the cleanliness, the facilities and the location! The Children loved the Pool too. We would stay again without hesitation. Exploring Annecy nearby, is a must and you will find a wonderul Brocante at Albertville if you like that sort of thing (thanks Vicky!)
Thank you Jane and family for our lovely stay at your place!
A comfortable, clean and well-equipped studio apartment in a small holiday complex, with shared access to ample parking, an indoor pool (outside too in summer), and optional breakfast. From our ground floor French doors we could see the mountains on the opposite side of the valley. If you like peace and quiet away from the madding crowds, this could be the place for you! In clear weather the night skies are wonderful as there is no light pollution.
There are lovely signposted walks almost from the front door, around the expansive adjoining golf course, along the valley floor, or up into the wooded hills, through the old village of Giez. We used a hire car (warning - it's very complicated from Geneva where you have to use the French sector of the airport; if we come again we'd fly to Lyon). The driving is easy around Giez, with the small town of Faverges less than 10 minutes away. You can see Mont Blanc from the Lidl supermarket! There are good local tradtional shops and a market, and a not terribly helpful Tourist Office. We had an excellent take-away pizza on Sunday night, and later on an indifferent meal at L'oreille d'ours - not recommended! This memory was eradicated by an excellent meal at nearby Doussard - the Bistrot du Coin, opposite the supermarket car park.
The driving is trickier up the alps, but well worth it for access to the summits and views. There is also an excellent bus service (stop 15 minutes from the apartment) north into Annecy (and Faverges to the south). the fare to Annecy is E3.50 single, and we enjoyed not having to drive or park - just taking in the scenery and being taken right into the middle of town where everything is an easy stroll, with some good lakeside walks.
All in all, a most enjoyable holiday. The locals were very friendly, but few spoke English, so take a phrase book! A Michelin road map of Haute Savoie was also a worthwhile investment. Communications with Jane the owner and her agent on site were friendly and efficient, and if a studio flat is what you want, this one comes highly recommended.
The apartment had everything we needed - but added to that it was in the most perfect setting. I didn't realise we would be in such a beautiful spot - very near to Lake Annecy and all the amenities.
The apartment was very well equipped with everything we needed to leave it as clean and tidy as we had found it on arrival.
All in all a great place for our first visit to this area.
The apartment was very well equipped with the added bonus of pools on site . Great value for money.
It is conveniently situated to explore mountains or relax on the lovely lakeside beaches , helped by the very comprehensive collection of local information. Jane was really helpful in our preparations for the trip and Vicky the local manager was also really informative. As a base this made for an ideal opportunity to experience a memorable holiday.
We had a great time in the studio, it was like home from home and was in a lovely quiet village but close to annecy. We loved seeing tour de France at end of road and there are great cycle paths. The girls loved the indoor and outdoor pools. The studio had everything we needed and Jane was great with recommendations of where to eat, beaches etc.
We would def return as we had a really brilliant time.
We wanted a holiday where we had an opportunity to cycle around the area, we felt that the property, for a couple, allowed us to do this. We appreciated that it was in a small village with a rural feel away from the hustle of the town, but an easy drive to local amenities. The apartment was clean and well resourced with a pleasant view of La Tournette from the window. We would recommend this property to other couples planning on a similar holiday.
Special interest holidays:
The famous Tour de France cycling race is often held around Annecy lake and the surrounding mountains and our studio will be a perfect base for this exciting event.
This area is renowned for walkers, cyclists, golfers and skiers. It's close proximity to Lake Annecy gives access to beaches, ski sports, pedalos, boat trips, speed boats and fabulous lake swimming! Also ideal for visitors to the famous and spectacular, summer Fete du Lac.
The stunning scenery is popular with artists, painters, photographers and those looking to explore the beautiful Alps.
The Lake is surrounded by lovely grass areas so there is plenty of space for sunbathing, picnics, swimming, etc. There are also enclosed areas where, for a small daily fee you have access to toilets, showers, cafes, sun loungers, play areas, etc. We can happily give you more information on these when you book.
The beautiful, historic town of Annecy is a leisurely 20 minute drive along the picturesque lake. It is full of restaurants, bars, boutiques and wonderful markets.
Our nearest airports are Geneva and Chambrey. We can provide you with driving directions.
The nearest main town is Faverges, which is a 5 minute drive. It has 2 large supermarkets (Intermarche and Carrefour), launderette, restaurants, take away pizzas, bakeries, shops, good sized children's playground and a fantastic weekly market.
The French authorities now insist all cars travelling in France carry a NF-approved breathalyzer. They can easily be purchased on the internet and for the sake of a £3 purchase, I would suggest taking one with you.
When you arrive and welcomed by our Agent you will find the studio will be in spotless condition and ready for you to relax in. When you depart we please ask you leave it in the same condition. If it is not fully cleaned (including clean floors, bins not emptied, food in fridge, etc) we will have to charge you £35 for a mini clean or £65 for a major clean so it is ready for the next clients arriving. You will have all the cleaning equipment and materials you need in the studio for your use.
There is also a local Taxe de Sejour which is levied on holiday makers which is currently 1 Euro per adult (over 13 years) per night. This has to be paid in cash (Euros) to our Agent on arrival.
For reasons of hygiene and food allergies, we do ask that no food stuffs are to be left in the studio (salt, pepper, sauces, etc), please take everything home with you at the end of your stay. Therefore you will need to bring or buy locally (at the many supermarkets), your own food and condiments for your stay.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$123|
|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.|
Minimum rental stay is 7 nights and usually Saturday to Saturday (flexible if booking off peak). Arrival time is between 16.00 and 18.00. Departure time is between 08.00 and 11.00. Our Agent will meet you on arrival and collect the keys on your departure.