A Family Holiday Chalet in the French Alps

Only 50 minutes away the city of Geneva with its famous lake, leading into Switzerland, with all its famous chocolates and watches. Chamonix famously provides access to Mont Blanc, and its glaciers. Italy and the Roman town of Aosta are a short drive through the famous  tunnel that passes under the mountain. Our own favourite destination is the medieval town of Annecy that sits astride a set of Venetian like canals that lead out to a beautiful lake with a spectacular mountain backdrop. You can pick through the open air markets, and the boutique shops, or hire a motorboat and or swim in the lake. You will see why the French voted it the place they would most like to relocate to in all of France. All these are within about an hours drive or so, and you can also try a grand tour in a day, passing from France into Italy and then back via Switzerland having  breakfast, lunch and dinner in each country.

Europe’s tallest mountain and its biggest lake are on your doorstep as well as the cultures of France, Italy and Switzerland. There really are so many possibilities in this paradise!

geneva lake to holiday chalet in 45 minutes

Around the Chalet there is a bewildering choice of places to visit, activities to try, and culture to experience. Thats why we chose this valley! Here’s a flavour of our favourites.

But first stop is our local village cheese shop (fromagerie) makes the famous Reblochon cheese, and you can watch this process, have a guided visit, and buy a selection of local cheeses, wine and all the other locally made food.  

Mieussy's biggest claim to fame is that it is the worlds birth place of the sport of paragliding. Daring locals experimented with gliding parachutes  on the mountain slopes and now 30 years on Mieussy is home to two paragliding schools and a specialist flying shop. Meanwhile the sport has spread to the rest of the world. Hiring a pilot and having a tandem flight is not as scary as you might think. You can easily experience this amazing thrill, which will make your holiday a very special one to remember. Young kids and grannies in their dottage are all having a go.

The hiking trails from the door of the chalet will take you to unspoiled Alpine hamlets and mountain tops. Take your camera and follow our homemade hiking book for recommendations. In winter, when the snows are deep, hire some snow shoes in the village and enjoy the white beauty of the trails. It’s straight from the pages of Narnia.

Further up the valley, the villages each have their own character, but the largest village of Samoens is especially charming and has a lovely open air weekly market. In the winter there is an ice skating rink, and a fast telecabine service to the resort above and on into the Grand Massif ski region. In warmer months there are many family friendly activities in the surrounding villages including open air swimming pools, mountain biking and river rafting.

lake annecy - frances most sought after place to live samoens nearby alpine village with central drinking fountain