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This flat works out well on a number of fronts: location, size, parking, and cost. 'Location' best describes the situation of this charming, center of town apartment located just minutes from canceled and historic old town Annecy, France. The apartment is located IN Annecy, not nearby. It's within a desirable area of Annecy nicknamed the Golden Triangle. The apt. is on the convenient elevated ground floor of a 1930s building and right across the street from the weekly market. It is spacious, comfortable and correct, but not pretentious; high ceilings, charm and a private terrace. The kitchen is all new and well supplied. Convenient free wireless internet and long distance calls to over 70 countries land line phones. Private parking lot is right outside. Our rates are priced to book the flat.
Nearest airport: Geneva. Train station: 10 min. walk. Discounts and laundry available for longer stays. Email or call now and you'll receive a prompt, helpful reply. We want to help make your trip a good one!
Annecy: The Old Towne is loaded with charm! Boutiques, designer shops, galleries and cafés line the canals and the walking area near the lake. The pedestrian mall walk culminates at a modern shopping center 'Courier' and theatre complex. The train station is also next door. Grocery stores are in both the Old Towne as well as the Courier mall. All within walking range. Restaurants serve the traditional 'savoyard' dishes as well as classic french — some until the wee hours of the morning. Just minutes from the apartment is beautiful Lac Annecy and Le Paquier, the large park area with train and carousel rides. The Pacquier is host to picnics, soccer matches, events, walks, and benches to just relax and look out at the lake and surrounding mountains. A Galeries Lafayette shopping experience, along with cafeteria, post office and other shops, is a two minute walk the other direction. Close to the Old Towne, but just far enough away to feel like you are in a residential 'non-tourist' area. Voila!
Around Annecy: If you plan to stay long enough to do some day trips or have a eurrail pass, the train station is a ten minute walk. There is a TGV 'fast train' to Paris from Annecy. If you arrive by car, a space is provided for parking. If you choose to rent bicycles a locked shed is available for storage or, if you prefer, you may store them carefully in the apt. It's on an elevated ground floor, meaning about 6-7 steps above ground level. If you want to take the bus, the stop is across the street. If you want to do more sightseeing by car, however, you are about an hour from Mt. Blanc, Europe's highest peak, and the Mt. Blanc tunnel which takes you into Italy. Switzerland is 30 minutes north, the French Riviera is about a four hour drive south and the Burgundy wine area is about three hours. Albertville, Chamonix, and Grenoble, all winter Olympic hosts, are all nearby. Geneva, an incredible, historic city, is less than an hour away. Your options are limitless from this excellent location.
14 Blvd du Lycée: This apartment is a find and we bought it because we love the location, the high ceilings, the 'extra' room, and the private terrace. The apartment is comfortable and correct, but not overly pretentious or luxurious. There is a queen size bed in one bedroom, two single beds in a second and a sofa bed in the 'extra' room, which doubles as a TV/office room. There is also a portable crib. The kitchenette, while compact, is completely supplied with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and appliances. The toilet is separate from the bathroom, which has a cabin shower, sink and shelves. Towels are provided, as well as bedding. The living area is a combined living/dining room. Tall french doors open to steps to the fenced in private terrace with table, parasol and BBQ. We'll leave several brochures in different languages to help you get acclimated to Annecy and all the area offers. We're happy to talk to you in English or French. Free wireless internet. Cable TV. Free parking. Free calls.
The apartment can sleep up to six if two people are willing to share the double sofa bed, or seven, if one is an infant and will use the portable baby bed.
Each bedroom has an armoire for clothes and the TV/Office room has a closet.
There are also adequate blankets and pillows. Sheets and linens are provided....moreless
Typical French bathroom set-up. The toilet is separate. Makes it easier if there are several people sharing the apt. The apt. does not have a bathtub, just a shower. There is shelving and personal storage containers for six people. The radiator is also a towel warmer....moreless
There is a TV/Office room separate from the Living/Dining areas. The television is in this room as well as a desk which can be used for an office area. Wireless internet is provided. This is also the room with a full-size sofa bed/futon that is the optional third bedroom. It's nice that the TV/office is in a separate room from the Living/Dining areas. If part of a group wants to watch TV, or do office work, the other part of the group can still relax in the Living room area and carry on conversation without the distraction of the TV or bothering the person working. This is a spacious apartment, and with the private terrace, you don't feel crowded.
There is an iron/ironing board in the hall closet.
There is a raclette in the cupboard. The apartment is well stocked. There are also two table fans and one floor fan....moreless
You may take a paperback or leave one. Several travel guides are available....moreless
Books For Adults
Books For Kids
Directions included in Welcome Book. You are welcome to bring DVDs; the player can play different zoned DVDs....moreless
A few games such as Battleship, Mancala, cards are available....moreless
Games For Kids
There is an iPod dock on the radio/dvd player. You can play your own music collection and keep your iPod recharged....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
A listing of channels and directions for viewing is included in a Welcome Book....moreless
Just a radio w/ a dock for charing and/or playing MP3/iPods....moreless
Flat screen HD television new May 2012. In tv/office room....moreless
Beach toys for summer renters w children are provided....moreless
about a dozen or so movies are at the apartment....moreless
Weekly rates starting at 675 euros (approx. $875). Shorter stays accepted. Check Rental Rates.
€675 - €875 (approx. $875 — $1140) per week depending on dates. Dollar rates fluctuate depending on exchange rate.
We accept personal checks in U.S. dollars or Euros, Paypal, wire transfers, cashier's checks, or international money orders,
We are not set up for credit cards, however, credit cards are accepted at Paypal.
A sample Rental Agreement will be sent detailing payment terms and cancellations policy prior to contract confirmation.
Progressively discounted rates for 2+ weeks stays. Washer/dryer optional for over 2 week stays.
Rates are based on weekly rentals. Rentals less than one week have a supplemental charge.
Our rate is based on Euros. If your currency is not euros, you can check the exchange rate online. This will allow you to make a calculation of the cost in your currency. I am also happy to help anyone in this area. Paypal is not difficult to set-up either and I can also help someone with this if he/she wishes.
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35 minutes from Geneva airport/10 minute walk from Annecy train station
Other Activities: Annecy has a skateboard bowl.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Hi! We're Craig and Karen Roalson. We both grew up in Iowa, (USA) and aside from living for three wonderful years in Annecy, France, we still live here. We moved to Annecy in 2002, with our two sons, 10 and 12 at the time. Our plan was to stay one year to help a non-profit group. We extended our stay to two years, then for a third! When it was time to move back to Iowa, we decided to try and buy an apartment so we could come back to visit the city we had so enjoyed. We thought we might be able to rent it to students as a rental agency assured us it would be easy to do so. However, for the first year it sat empty. We decided to rent it ourselves instead and, not to students, but to vacationers. It's been a lot of fun getting to meet people from all over and help them to have a nice stay in Annecy.
Why the Owner Chose Annecy: Upon moving to France we didn't know where we would be living. When we arrived in Annecy, we immediately saw how fortunate we were. Then, after three years of living in Annecy, we talked about possibly finding a way to buy an apartment so we could come back. Annecy is in the Rhone-Alpes area of France which is a beautiful area, just about 30-40 minutes south of Geneva, Switzerland. The Olde Towne in Annecy is charming and there is always something going on around the lakefront. We felt like we knew the town well and knew what kind of location would be best. We fell in love with this apartment location, the little garden area, and the traditional French windows and high ceilings.