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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

                                                              Home away from Home in an idyllic setting

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We fell in love with this place from the moment we walked in and found ourselves extending our stay for two more nights. Karen was the perfect host from giving us some groceries (we reached on a Sunday night) to guiding us about local activities-we hiked up the hill the chalet is set on for some stunning views of lake Geneva. The rooms themselves were very comfortable with lovely wood panelling. It had underfloor heating, wifi, a very modern toilet, dishwasher, washing machine, oven, cooker etc. Karen put up a small bed for our three year old. The Chalet is located in a lovely village about 40 mins drive from Geneva, 20 mins from Evian and close to a number or ski resorts like Les Gets and morzine. In fact, we preferred this small village to these more touristy resorts. We also did a day trip to Chamonix. There are a number of local shops within 5 min drive. Am looking forward to being back soon. Thanks Karen
                                                              • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Picturesque, tranquil town. A rare gem

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              Where to begin! The apartment is located in a small beautiful village with the sounds of flowing water straight from the mountains. The views surrounding were spectacular, however, I wont say much as ill ruin the surprise. All that we needed was there in the apartment and the local shop was only a 20 minute cycle away. Plus many restaurants around the area. The added bonus of a sauna was much to our delight, although we spent little time in there due to being busy exploring the area and taking in all its beauty (and of course practicing on the piano included in the apartment!). Overall we highly recommend staying here. We were fortunate enough to meet the owners as well, who are both very welcoming and lovely people. The whole holiday was an unforgettable and wonderful experience. Ian and Samantha
                                                              • Review Submitted: 11-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                              Worked very well for us as a corporate “off-site”

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              It was a very much a privilege to stay in “A Pelo Ben”. Everyone was hugely impressed by the design of the house, space and general ambiance. It worked very well for us as an "off-site" location. We had a software "hackathon" on the upper floor, whilst the lower floor was where we discussed strategy and worked on some customer specific projects. Everyone had a lot of space, and I think really appreciated the large living areas and the number of bedrooms which meant that everyone was well accommodated. We hired the Chef for a brunch on Sunday (for employees and their families), and also for a 3-course dinner on Sunday evening. The Chef let us know the pricing beforehand by email and everything was as expected. This worked well, as the portions were so large it kept us going until Tuesday and the cost was also fine, especially given the quantity and quality of food. All in all it went very well, and was certainly very much liked by my colleagues - although our next off site will probably be in San Francisco, we will probably be back for a repeat booking towards the end of next year, and I will also be pleased to post a recommendation on the web forum of EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Innovation Park, where we are based. I'm sure you could get quite a lot of interest from companies on this side of the Lake – it’s a hugely convenient and impressive location.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2015
                                                              • Date of Stay: Nov 2015