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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in the Lake Geneva area, France your home away from home

Lake Geneva lies on the border between France and Switzerland. On the French side the lake is known as Lac Léman. The main towns of this area Thonon-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains which lie on the southern shores of the lake. This area is the starting point for the Routes des Grandes Alpes which run for 700 km (440 miles) down to the Mediterranean. This area of Lake Geneva in France is an excellent base for exploring the lake and the neighbouring countryside.

Things to Do in the Lake Geneva Area, France Lake Activities

Boat trips, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and other sports can all be enjoyed on the lake. Ferries depart from Evian across the lake to Geneva and Lausanne for a day out in Switzerland.

Outdoor Activities

The area around Lake Geneva is ideal for exploring on foot. Hiking along the hillside trails will reward with great views of the lake and the Swiss towns on the opposite shore. Ferries are the best way to hop from place to place around the lake to see some of the charming historic towns. Wine tasting tours are also popular and most wineries offer tours and tasting for a small charge. In the winter, the nearby Alpes provide superb skiing and snow sports at the higher altitudes.

Places to Visit Near the Lake Geneva Area, France

Evian

The town of Evian-les-Bains has plenty of spas offering hydrotherapy treatments or tourists can stroll along the waterfront. Visitors are allowed to sample the well-known Evian water from the Source Cachat which is behind the Art Nouveau offices of the Evian HQ.

Yvoire

Yvoire is a romantic medieval town on the French side of Lake Geneva and has many day trippers who arrive by boat from the Swiss side of the lake. The old town has narrow alleyways and old houses with flower-decked window boxes and balconies. There are a host of small boutiques and restaurants along the streets. The Savoy Chateau is the most prominent landmark and the Garden of the Five Senses is in the former kitchen garden of the castle. The town gates and the small museum should also not be missed.

Thonon-les-Bains

This small town is right on the shores of Lake Geneva and can easily be reached by ferry. It has some fishermen's cottages and plenty of cafés and is surrounded by pretty countryside. Its biggest attraction is the fairytale Chateau de Ripaille which offers guided tours and samples of the excellent wines it produces.

Weather in the Lake Geneva Area, France

The weather around Lake Geneva is governed by the varying altitudes. While the higher peaks of the Alps may be snow-covered for much of the year, the lower levels can be quite warm. The summer months are warm and sunny with temperatures reaching 24°C (76°F) while winters can be cloudy and cold. Summer rainfall is heavy at times with thunderstorms and the lake is known for its sudden storms.

Travel to the Lake Geneva Area, France

The easiest way to reach the Haute Savoie on Lake Geneva is by air into Geneva (GVA) International Airport. It is at the western end of the lake, just 35 km (22 miles) from Thonon-les-Bains and your holiday home in the Lake Geneva area of France.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Warm, Cosy, Well Equipped, Tranquil and Stunning

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      From the moment you arrive you feel welcome in this perfect Studio, nothing is too much trouble for the hosts though they let you enjoy your break without intruding. There is everything you need in the studio and the little extra touches made it far more than we expected, super fast wifi, full english TV, DVDs and games etc. The view from the bed of the lake is stunning, I could happily spend the day in bed looking at the view. There is plenty to do outside of the studio, shops and restaurants are all within a few minutes walk. There are some fantastic walks around the village for all abilities and a trip up in the telecabine to the Pic is a must, you really feel like you're on top of the world. This truly is a hidden gem in terms of the village, the studio and the hosts combined with views that can't be beaten anywhere in the world means I would recommend this to any couple looking for a relaxing break. Thank you Ron and Eileen for a Christmas and New Year we will never forget.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Absolutely Stunning!!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      What can I say, the most beautiful house I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Set at the foot of the ski slopes, surrounded by stunning scenery and properties. Immaculate throughout & every household item provided. Wifi was perfect, TV also perfect, we have 2 young boys aged 6&7 whom spent most of the holiday playing in the wonderful gardens. Numerous bathrooms, all with towels and spotless. I could go forever about this place, the owners Geoff & Teresa were there from start to finish to assist with any requirements, and were easily contactable. Can't recommend highly enough - just book it. Thank you we will be back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      A lovely,comfortable apartment with stunning views

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a lovely, comfortable apartment with stunning views in a lovely part of France. The apartment is very well equipped with 3 balconies and is well maintained. Set on the outskirts of a small village with everything you need but not far from Evian for a great deal more! Merril has been most helpful throughout the booking process and provided lots of helpful information prior to our trip. Hope to return in a different season, so that we can see all that this pretty area has to offer. Much to recommend it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016