About the property
- Apartment538 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom; Superb Mountain Views; 1 double bed 2 singles 1 sofa bed
Ken and Manchun welcome you to their Gite nestling on the mountainside only a short distance from Lake Annecy. With southerly panoramic views and easy access to the cycle path and mountain footpaths, you will never be short of adventures.
The lake offers ample opportunities for water sports including swimming (the water temperature in July is around 25C), sailing, wake boarding, kayaking and fishing. The local mountains provide a wonderful playground for walking, canyoning, climbing, including Via Ferrata, and mountain biking. A number of walking routes start immediately above the gite. The views are, of course, quite stunning and include opportunities to see the Mount Blanc massive. Walking can take you up to over 2400 metres; cycling to around 1650 metres, higher if you travel towards the Maurienne valley. Locally, the chair lift for Mount Sambuy (2198 m), above Faverges, operates in the summer months. The walking and views from around the summit are truly spectacular. Guided tours are provided around the summit with the chance of seeing a Marmot.
Lake Annecy has many beaches around its periphery. The nearest is at Bout de Lac, 10 kms away. It has everything you need for a day beside or on the lake. St Jorioz has a the only sandy beach. There is a charge of 2,30 but the facilities make it well worth it. On the other side of the lake in Angon and Talloires, there are 2 other beaches, both of which charge for entry, but which also have great facilities for a day out. All around the lake are other municipal beaches which are free of charge. Some are small, others quite large and provide the basic facilities such as toilets. The south-east corner of the lake has a long stretch where it is possible to park immediately beside the lake and swim.
Alternatively, if you just want to chill and take in the mountain scenery, the patio right outside the gite allows you to do just that. We are situated away from any main roads so peace and quiet is a given.
Away from the lake there are many sights of interest. The chateau at Menthon is well worth a visit as is the Gorge de Fier. Slightly further afield is Beaufort, famous for its magnificent cheese and gateway to the mountains and the Cormet de Roselend lake, one of the most beautiful in the Beaufortain alps. Closer to the gite is the Bauges national park. This mountain area has some lovely scenery as well as many small villages to explore. It is ideal for walking and cycling.
To the south of the gite lies Albertville and beyond, Chambery. Between the two are many Savoie vineyards, all of which sell their wines and offer tastings to visitors. The D road which winds its way through the vineyards is very scenic and a great cycle ride.
For keen or not so keen cyclists there are a wealth of opportunities to challenge yourself with the local alpine climbs, many of which are used in the Tour de France, or to just saunter along the “piste cyclable” all the way along lake Annecy to Annecy itself and explore this charming old town. The cycle path now goes around about 65% of the lake and is on course to completely circumnavigate the lake by 2020. The cycle path is 1.6 km from us. It also extends south to Ugine and then onwards to Albertville on designated cycle paths sharing quiet back roads with traffic. The cycle path is not hilly. This is because it was a railway line between Annecy and Albertville and gradients had to be gradual so the steam trains could cope.
The Tour de France Etape du Tour starts in Annecy in 2018 on July 8th. We are perfectly located for riders who wish to be based near the route and its major climbs. Please contact us for details. Obviously, we are also well located for watching the Tour when it passes through the area the on July 17th and 18th.
Our 50m2 Gite has a bedroom with a double and single beds. The living area has a convertible sofa which is also a double as well as another single bed so the options for a family or group of friends will ensure a relaxing and rewarding break. The kitchen has all the facilities you need for eating al fresco in front of the gite or for preparing a picnic for a day out. A separate shower and WC complete the picture. Bed linen and towels are provided free of charge. A complimentary bottle of wine and local bread are provided upon arrival.
The nearest supermarkets are 2 kms away in Faverges. These are Intermarche, Carrefour and Lidl. The town has numerous banks/ATMs and all the facilities you would expect, including a tourist office. There is a market on Wednesday mornings which sells local produce, cheese and meats, amongst other items.
In the winter months, we are an ideal location for exploring the area and for access to some of the best ski resorts in the Alps. The nearest is Mt Sambuy, just above Faverges, which is only a 20 minute drive. Crest-Voland and La Clusaz/Les Saises are 35 minutes and Megeve 40 minutes. Within an hour are the remainder of the Aravis and Chamonix domains.
For a review of the ski resorts clustered around Crest-Voland see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/family-skiing-val-d-arly-best-kept-secret-france/
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- May 23, 2018
About Ken Wood
Ken and Manchun come from opposite sides of the world. Ken is British and Manchun Chinese so you will get a cosmopolitan welcome wherever you are from.
Ken Wood purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Ken Wood chose Saint-Ferréol
Set on the mountainside at 620 metres, the Gite provides truly panoramic views of the Dent de Cons, Mt Sambuy and the Bauges mountains.
What makes this Apartment unique
Lake Annecy. Good access to the Aravis Massif and the Massif de Mont Blanc. Good food and wine. Try a Tartiflette! Sample the local Savoie wines. Our position makes both the lake and the mountains highly accessible. Our rue is a "road to nowhere" so is very peaceful without being miles off the beaten track.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The apartment is perfect for a family of five. It has everything you need. The view is the best part. The sight of the alpes is breath taking. The owners are really kind, and receptives. We'd definitely stay there again.
Always good to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay. Why not come and enjoy the views of the mountains!
Lovely place to spend a week
My partner and I had the wonderful week staying here. The apartment was spacious, well equipped and had beautiful views, with a sunny terrace. The host, Ken and Manchun, were welcoming and friendly, with plenty of helpful information about the local area. St Ferreol is a quiet village but is perfectly located for exploring the Annecy area: the lake and the old town of Annecy are not far. If you like walking or cycling, or just want to relax in the midst of stunning scenery, then this is ideal.
We are happy to receive another 5* review. It makes all the preparation worth the effort.
Had a really lovely week in St Ferreol
Beautifully positioned for a peaceful holiday..wonderful views.Ken and Manchun helped us to make the most of our stay.They even managed to organise really good weather!!And those freshly picked cherries were delicious.Thankyou.
Pleased to see that we are maintaining our high standards ensuring our guests get the most out of their holiday time.
Beautiful location and welcoming host
The property is perfect distance away from Lake Annecy so that it is convenient to get to the lake and shops/cafes etc when you want but that it provides peace and quiet too. It is located half was up a hill and this provides you with stunning views of the surrounding area. The gite is equipped with everything you need and is comfortable and clean. There is a large main room with a sofa that can be used as a bed, comfortable chairs and a coffee table. Located the other side of this room is the kitchen area and a large kitchen table and chairs that would comfortably seat six people. There is a full sized oven and grill which you can use either as gas or electric or both and a microwave if you prefer. Also supplied is a kettle, coffee maker, toaster, iron, full sized fridge freezer and a washing machine which is extremely helpful if you cycle. The bedroom has plenty of cupboard space and there is lots of additional bedding provided to cover all temperatures. The bathroom has a shower toilet and sink. The gite is heated with adjustable radiators and the host left the heating on and left it to us to control the individual radiators. We found this provided the perfect temperature for us.
The host Ken was happy to share his knowledge of both walking and cycling with us and was kind enough to take us on a bike ride around the lake pointing out places of interest as we went. We took up a number of his suggestions including walking up nearby Col de la Forclaz, cycling up Col de l'Arpettaz with it's numerous hairpins, and catching the train to the top of Montenvers-Mer de Glace to see the glacier located in Chamonix. There are plenty of other things to do and the local area is fascinating and beautiful. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a peaceful holiday, in beautiful countryside and particularly walkers and cyclists. Reading others reviews complaining about the lack of curtains and the church bells ringing - we would suggest using the traditional wooden shutters on the gite which block out all the light and we found the church bells to be unobtrusive and pleasing on the ear. If we return to this area of France would certainly use again.
What can I say in response to such a detailed review! A perfect summary of the area and its attractions as well as what we try to provide in terms of accommodation.
Gateway to the French Alps
This ground-level apartment has it's own parking space, fantastic views, and everything you need for an extended stay. The owner has a superb list of things to do in the area; thanks to his recommendations we had an outstanding vacation.
Happy to make your time with us enjoyable.
Beautiful place, lovely people
The gite is picturesque with beautiful views, sitting outside of an evening eating tea looking at the mountains was fantastic. The gite was comfortable and had everything you needed. Ken and his wife were more than accommodating and always happy to help with anything that we needed. Ken has a great knowledge of the local area which was very helpful for us and even joined us on a few cycles.
Would definitely recommend and stay again. It was a pleasure.
Always happy to join guests on a bike ride even if it is up one of our local cols!
Go to Annecy old town.
Take a trip on the lake ferry. The one that stops at the main villages. http://www.annecy-croisieres.com/en/general-public/discovery-cruises.html
Go to the Col du Forclaz. Walk up to the parapente take-off area. Jump!
Go up the Col de Tamie. Visit the Tamie Monastery (Great cheese).
There are some nice walks in the surrounding area.
Go to the Fort de Tamie - lots of activities for kids and adults. http://www.fort-de-tamie.com
Go down the valley towards Ugine. At the first roundabout in Ugine turn left and follow the signs to go up the Col D’Arpettaz. 37 hairpins bends, 14.4 Km to the top. There is a restaurant and one of the best views of Mt Blanc.
Go to Talloires. Park in the village and walk around. Very picturesque.
Between Menthon and Annecy there is a back road which runs close to the lake. There are a number of public beaches and grass areas which are very pleasant to spend a day with a picnic. Some do not get very crowded.
Go to the Gorge du Fier which is to the west of Annecy. Go just after it has rained.
Go to the Aiguille du Midi which is a cable car which gets you as close as you can be to Mt Blanc without climbing it! The cable car for two costs around 130 Euro. It is worth it. Get there as early as you can as it is very busy in summer. Best to book in advance.
Also in Chamonix is the train to the Mer de Glace. There is a tunnel into the glacier open in summer. You can combine 9 and 10 with a balcony path walk between the middle station of the Aiguille and the train station above the Mer de Glace. No. 1 on this list http://www.chamonix.net/english/summer-activities/hiking
Go over the Aravis range. Spectacular views. North west of St Ferreol via Manigod.
Take the chair lift up Mt Sambuy (July/Aug). Take the guided tour in the afternoon and see a marmot.
Drive to Mt Semnoz, above Annecy. Restaurants and walking on the plateau. Great views of the Alps and both lakes. (Bourget and Annecy)
Go down the valley and on to Albertville. Take the road to Beaufort and visit its cheese factory. Nice little viallge. Continue through the village and go up to the Cormet de Roseland. Beautiful mountain lake. Continue over the pass and down to Bourg St Maurice.
Go to the other lake - Lac du Bourget. Visit Aix-les-bains. Go round the lake, particularly the west side. Very beautiful and wonderful views.
Additional pricing information
Rates subject to change until reservation is received. June, July and August are only bookable Saturday to Saturday.