Residence les Gentianes
About the home
Ideal for Summer holidays or in Winter as a base for a Ski holiday, Apartment 1 is one of three individually designed apartments at Résidence les Gentianes, conveniently located in Doussard at the southern end of beautiful Lac d'Annecy. Only a few minutes from the shores of the Lake and its spectacular scenery, swimming, water sports, cycling and walking; also good for golf; pony riding. It is convenient by car for Annecy itself, as well as Albertville and ski resorts including a nursery slope at Montmin a few minutes away, Le Semnoz nearby, La Clusaz, Les Saisies and Megève. Chamonix and Mont Blanc are also reachable, by motorway.
Finished during 2003, Apartment 1 was awarded 4 stars based on sleeping 6, downstairs in the main bedroom (UK king size bed) and upstairs in the mezzanine double bedroom and bunks in bedroom 3. Including the sofa-bed in the living area, it can sleep up to 8. Apartment 1 is equipped to a very high standard. It has a large balcony with a view to Mt du Charbon; and a basement garage (with a heated ramp to prevent icing in winter). An excellent supermarket, bank, local shops, bar and brasserie all are only a 2 minute walk.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
Résidence les Gentianes is designed in the traditional alpine style with sloping ceilings and exposed beams. The kitchen includes an oven/grill and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave oven and a Bosch dishwasher. There is also an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, and an airer, iron and ironing board. The bathroom has a bath with shower, and in the French style there is a separate toilet. There is a dining table with 6 chairs, and a patio table with 6 more chairs that can also be used as armchairs indoors. Satellite TV receives around 30 English-language channels including BBC and ITV, news, music and cartoons. Each bedroom has at least one armchair, and these can be moved into the living area to provide sofa or lounge seating for seven. Wireless internet access is included in the rental, and electricity is included for summer rentals. Bed-linen and bathroom towels are provided for a fee to cover the cost of laundry and a 'standard' after-stay clean. (We trust clients to leave the apartment tidy, but don't expect you to mop and dust before leaving!) Résidence les Gentianes has always booked quickly for the most popular times. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment
Further details outdoors:
The large balcony (almost 12m2) is big enough for eating outdoors in the warm weather, and there are two deck-chairs for sun bathing. With the view to the south to Mt de Charbon, the sun shines onto the balcony from around lunchtime until sunset. Access to our front door is via a secure private entrance and a flight of stairs. There are three bicycles that you are welcome to use (at your own risk!) - the piste cyclable that runs the entire length of Lac d'Annecy is only 5 minutes ride from Residence les Gentianes. There's more information about things to do on our own website that you can see via the link in the Contact Section. Also more photos, and helpful stuff about how to reach us, whether by road from the Channel Ports or by Air via Geneva or other airports.
Rentals are weekly, usually from Saturday-Saturday and they vary even from week to week. Part-weeks, and mid-week arrivals are possible, depending on the season and availability. The rates shown in this advertisement are meant to be indicative, eg in Winter 'from £300' etc.
See the notes below for more details about what's included etc, and how to contact the owner. Also there's a link to our own website for detailed information about booking, more photos, more things to do and helpful stuff about how to reach us, whether by road from the Channel Ports or by Air via Geneva or other airports.
Search for Lake Annecy at www.twitter.com for interesting snippets that we post from time to time ...
Rates from January 2012 are subject to revision, but you can enquire beforehand if you wish to book early, and book at the 2011 rate.
The Rhone / French Alps / Haute-Savoie region
Doussard and Annecy are in the region of Haute Savoie. The nearest airports are Geneva to the north (that also has most flights in summer and in winter) and Chambery to the south (winter only). Having said that, Grenoble, Lyons and St Etienne airports to the south also are practical options.
Thônes is a charming market town 30 minutes to the east with excellent value restaurants and bars around its town square, and with speciality shops. The winter resort of La Clusaz is only 10-15 minutes further, with spectacular views and one of its cable cars leading to a summer luge.
Other ski resorts including Les Saisies and Megève are reachable. The Winter Olympic centre at Albertville is 25 minutes to the south. Courchevel is not much more than an hour, via the dual carriageway at Albertville. Chamonix is around an hour from Annecy by motorway, leading to the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy, so you can have lunch in Italy and be home for dinner.
L’Aigue du Midi is a spectacular platform including a shop and restaurant near the summit of Mont Blanc, accessible from Chamonix by cable car. The highest point in Europe that's accessible without having to climb!
Geneva, with its fashionable shopping and jet de l’eau on Lac Leman, is about an hour from Annecy. On another day, you can have lunch in Geneva or in one of the resorts along Lac Leman, and (again) be home in time for dinner. France, Italy and Switzerland in 2 days!
The Annecy / Doussard area
Doussard is close to many activities for Summer holidays, and in Winter it's convenient for several ski-stations. Some Doussard addresses actually are a few minutes drive from the village itself, so we particularly like it that we can walk within a couple of minutes to good food shops including two supermarkets, the boulangerie and a charcuterie, Bar/Cafe/Brasserie Morgane; and to a summer market on Monday mornings
What's more, Appartment 1 is only a few minutes from the beach & port at Bout du Lac/Doussard. From May-Sept a water bus leaves three times daily for Annecy, for shopping, restaurants, history and theatre. By car Annecy is 25 minutes along the west side of the lake, and not much longer along the east side. (You can cycle between Doussard and Annecy on a dedicated cycle piste) As well as water sports on the lake, you can hang-glide with an instructor from Col de la Forclaz, above Talloires.
We are halfway between spectacular golf courses at Golf du lac d'Annecy (tel +33 4 50 60 12 89), and the 9 & 18-hole courses at Golf de Giez (www.golfdegiez.com) with its views of Mont Blanc and Lac d'Annecy. Each is about ten minutes away. In 2004 the Tour de France passed near to Doussard, and in 2009 a time trial circled the lake, passing Doussard.
Annecy is the regional centre, both modern and historical at the same time. It has department stores, speciality shopping and a modern shopping mall, not far from the Old Town where there is a huge choice of restaurants and bars by the canals. As well as the water omnibus that circumnavigates the lake, stopping at all six ports for hopping off and on around the lake, during the summer you can take tourist cruises and even have lunch or dinner on board the "Libellule".
The mountains above Lac d'Annecy are famous for para-gliding and there's an international competition in August. A popular landing area is at the sports pavilion on the edge of Doussard.
Visitors who have stayed during the winter have enjoyed being able to visit different ski-stations on different days, before visiting Annecy in the evenings for a wider choice of restaurants than is available in most ski resorts.
Search for Lake Annecy at www.twitter.com for interesting snippets about things happening locally that we post from time to time ...
How to get there
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By road via Autoroute from the Channel Ports until about 45 minutes from Annecy; or by Air via Geneva, about 45-50 minutes to Annecy and a further 20-25 minutes to Residence les Gentianes near the lake. During the winter schedules, flights into Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon also are practical.
Activities near Annecy
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
08 Oct 2012
Had a great time at this lovely residence. Ideal for all sorts of activities - we managed walking, cycling, swimming and enjoying the local towns and villages and scenery. The property itself was really well equipped, very clean, spacious and well situated for local shops and bar/restaurants. The owner was very helpful, efficient and well organised.
28 Jul 2012
Our family of 4- with 2 teenage children- really enjoyed our stay at this property. The owner was very helpful before and after our trip providing detailed directions to the property and advice on... more
Thank you for your review that I'm happy to say corresponds in general with virtually all the notes we receive if visitors take the time to comment when they return the keys.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Autumn/Winter 2012/13||29 Sep 12||30 Mar 13||£ 300||£ 75||£ 75||3 Nights|
|April 2013||30 Mar 13||27 Apr 13||£ 325||£ 90||£ 90||3 Nights|
|May 2013||27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 350||-||-||6 Nights|
|June 2013||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 425||-||-||6 Nights|
|July and August 2013||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 590||-||-||6 Nights|
|September 2013||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 350||-||-||6 Nights|
|Autumn/Winter 2013/14||28 Sep 13||29 Mar 14||£ 300||£ 75||£ 75||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rentals vary even from week to week and these rates are meant to be indicative, eg in Winter 'from Â£300' etc. School holiday weeks are more expensive than off-peak, eg from Â£450 at the February week, Easter, Whitsun and Christmas, and they do book up earlier. Typically most or even all of July and August is booked by the end of December/early January! <BR><BR>Wireless internet access is included, and electricity is included during the Summer (a charge is made during the Winter to help offset heating costs). Linen and towels are provided for a one-off fee per booking to cover costs, that also includes a 'standard' after-stay clean. <BR><BR>Rentals are usually Saturday-Saturday but part-weeks or mid-week arrivals are negotiable, depending on the season and bookings. Discounts are available during off-peak periods for rentals of three weeks or more, and for late bookings (subject to availability). <BR><BR>Please telephone +44 77 67 78 21 91 or submit an enquiry using the button below to confirm the rate for your specific week(s). As well as receiving your email, I'll receive an SMS message from Holiday Lettings so I'll know soon after you have sent your enquiry even if I am away from my computer. Please ensure therefore that you leave your telephone number so that I can respond as quickly as possible. <BR><BR>Bookings for 2014 currently are at 2013 rates, but we suggest booking early as our rates are subject to revision at the beginning of 2014. If you enquire now you can book early on the guidelines suggested above. <BR>Enquire now
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