Enjoy your own lakeside frontage at this peaceful private home near Annecy
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Full Property Details
- Rate: €1,190 to €2,590 per week
- Location: Sévrier - Lake Annecy
- Type: House
- Altitude in metres: 450 m
- Outlook: South-East
- Sleeps: 4
- Official classification: 5
- Animals not welcome
- Main rooms: 3
- Number of bedrooms: 2
- Number of double beds: 1
- Number of single beds: 2
- Bath/shower rooms: 2
- Bath(s): 1
- Shower(s): 2
- Toilet(s) in bathroom(s): 2
- Floor area: 100 m2
- Open-plan kitchen
- Number of floors: 1
- Dining seating for: 6
- Garage spaces available: 1
- Parking spaces available: 4
- Distance to the town centre: 500 m
- Distance to the ski slopes: 11 km
- Distance to the ski school: 11 km
- Oven: Electric
- Hob: Induction
- Dining seating for: 6
- Place settings for: 6
- Baby's high chair
- Bottle warmer
- Coffee machine: Pods - Dolce Gusto
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Baby's cot
- Flat garden
- Enclosed children's play area
- Outdoor dining table for: 6
- BBQ: Charcoal
- Outdoor dining seating for: 6
- Garden chairs/sun loungers: 2
- Garden surface area: 50 m2
- Terrace: 20 m2
- Board games
- French TV
- Total TV screens: 1
- French satellite
- English satellite
- DVD player + films
- iPod docking station
- Air conditioning
- Vacuum cleaner
- Internet access
- Free WiFi internet
Local places of interest / Within easy reach
- Open view
- Lakeside: 20 m
- Cycle path: 50 m
- Train station: 7 km
- Supermarket: 2 km
- Night club
- Heritage sites
- Horse riding
- Road biking
- Adventure park
- Mountain biking
- Water sports
Inclusions & Restrictions
- Linen provided
- Bath mats provided
- Bath towels provided
- Hand towels provided
- Tea towels provided
- Elec, heat, water provided
- Firewood provided
- Available catered (by prior arrangement)
- Car recommended
- Non-smoking rental
Bikes, kayak and store
Two bicycles and one kayak are provided for your use. There is an awning on the terrace. And two tennis rackets and a hammock
(FatBoy brand) are available at the property.
The property is accessed via electronic gates, so it is imperative that you are in contact with the property manager to organise access prior to arrival.
Please note : the garden is regularly cared for by our gardener and the grass could be mowed during your stay. However this is a very quick procedure and we will ALWAYS contact you in advance to make sure we don't disturb your holiday. Thank you for your understanding.
Please note that pets are not welcomed at the property.
Important : the fireplace is currently not available. Please don't use it, we'll repair it as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
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About Maison Espiro ...
Imagine waking up, taking your coffee out on to the deck of 5-star Maison Espiro and watching the early sun reflected on Lake Annecy. Could there be a more relaxing setting?
Maison Espiro is the perfect setting for a romantic break, or maybe a family holiday with children. The house comes with a canoe so that you can get out on the water, and there's a tennis club right next door and wakeboarding sites nearby, so there's plenty to keep you busy. Two bikes are also available for your use, and the cycle path runs past the house, so you can cycle into Annecy or to other lakeside villages. The village also has a water taxi stop, making it easy to explore the neighbouring villages by water!
The village of Sevrier is just 4.5km from the medieval town of Annecy - close enough for you to be able to make the most of the shops, restaurants and markets of the medieval town, but far enough away to escape the summer crowds. Sevrier itself has several restaurants, from a pizzeria to waterside fine dining, so you won't need to go too far if you don't fancy cooking.
The property ...
Maison Espiro is a two-bedroomed, semi-detached 5-star lakeside property which is not overlooked by neighbours or walkers.
Enter through electric gates, which lead to your private parking area. As you pass through the front door you'll see the well-equipped kitchen on your left, and a stylish double bedroom on your right, which has a dressing area with wardrobes and a bathroom with a separate shower and a double sink.
The beautiful open-plan living area overlooks the deck and the enclosed garden which goes down to the lake - the perfect place to enjoy a meal as the sun sets. Back inside, there's a dining area with a hatch through to the kitchen which has a full oven as well as a gas and induction hob. There is also a cosy living room with a large sofa, television and an open fire. There's another sofa in the conservatory, which has two glass sides, both of which open on to the deck and garden, with wonderful views of the lake and the mountains.
The second bedroom is off the living area, and has its own shower room and views across the lake.
Although the accommodation is all on one floor, there is also a basement, which is useful storage for the bikes and canoe, as well as other outdoor gear.
About the area ...
Less than 5km from Annecy and right on the edge of the cleanest lake in Europe, Maison Espiro's location in Sevrier is perfect for a romantic break for two or an active family holiday.
The Voie Verte cycle path goes right past the house, making it easy to get into Annecy without the car. If you feel up to it, you can cycle (or run!) all the way around the lake (44km), but be warned - at points the path joins the main road which can get busy, especially during the summer. There are also plenty of steeper cycle routes that take you into the mountains, such as the Col de Leschaux or Le Semnoz, which has featured in the Tour de France. The climb may be steep but the stunning views are a great reward!
If you'd prefer to explore the lake from the water, you can join a two-hour hop-on, hop-off cruise which visits the villages around the lake - Sevrier has its own stop - or hire your own boat and take your time, perhaps stopping at a lakeside restaurant for a meal. It really is the most relaxing way to spend a day.
There's a tennis club right next door to Maison Espiro which welcomes guests. You can hire a court for an hour or buy a 'carnet' of five sessions at a reduced rate; you can hire racquets and balls too. Other activities available nearby include golf, paragliding, via ferrata, wakeboarding, swimming and fishing - there's no time to get bored!
If you are staying at Maison Espiro in the winter, you can ski at the small resort of Semnoz (20km), where you can buy a lift pass by the hour. The resort of La Sambuy, near Seythenex, south of Lake Annecy, is less than an hour away (30km) and has 10 pistes ranging from green to black. The Aravis stations of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Manigod are all less than 40km away, and offer 220km of superb skiing.
The medieval town of Annecy has a wide selection of restaurants, from family spots to fine dining. On a sunny day, choose one of the canalside restaurants and watch the world go by. There are also some delightful independent shops, three weekly produce markets, and a monthly antiques market.
There's always something going on in Annecy: check out our OVO Network destination guide for details.
If you like the idea of a lakeside holiday at Maison Espiro, why not check your dates on our availability calendar? If you need a little time to finalise your plans, we can hold your booking for 24 hours. But don't leave it too long - Maison Espiro's fantastic location is popular with guests of OVO Network.
Sévrier - Lake Annecy
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From the Owner
"A fairytale place, humbled and cradled by nature..."
"I’d like to start this little intro with ‘once upon a time’ because it feels a bit like a fairytale place, being humbled and cradled by nature, but I think I’ll leave the superlatives for now.
I married a mad cyclist, and as one does, I took up cycling. We cycled Mont Ventoux on our honeymoon along with a handful of other lumps. We both enjoy the sport. Each at our own level - Mark is all ‘Strava’, heartbeat, carbon fibre, protein shake’ and I’m more ‘how long is this podcast?’.
Work took us to the Middle East and we needed a place to call our own — a home in Europe to maintain some semblance of sanity. I’m Swedish and Mark is British (but I don’t hold that against him) but neither of us felt we wanted a base in either place. We wanted a place where we could enjoy the outdoors, a place where we could lure friends and family to stay with us and cut down on our own travel — a most cunning plan. We wanted a place where you are only idle by your own prerogative.
A few years ago, we rented a friend's chalet in La Tania and discovered Annecy on a day encumbered by a knee injury and a weariness that every direction was either a descent or an ascent. So we drove to the cycle path that started in Ugine (many kilometers down the valley from Annecy) and when we saw the lake, with the inspiring mountain backdrop, we fell in love with the place.
That’s the long and short of it.
What I find fascinating with Annecy is that, regardless of what time of year it is, there’s always activity. Be it sailing, cycling, swimming, skiing, walking or simply sunbathing. Mark's favourite part is the view, ever-changing and seemingly creating the mood of the day. If you ask my father-in-law, Michael, he’d probably say his favourite activity is watching the wildlife on the lake. The thing is everyone has something that is their favourite. My brother-in-law, David, however, prefers a mountain setting with endless hiking trails in every direction. He and his partner, Peter, have a house above Thones — Chalet Les Roses des Alpes. You’ll see them and their faithful hound, Sofia AKA 'Love Sponge', on long walkabouts in almost any weather. Almost.
Our house is halfway down the lake in Sevrier. The city center is a 10-15-minute bike ride, a 20-minute drive or a 50-minute walk. Tennis, sailing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding are all within 15 minute walks. Our nearest boulangerie is award winning, and you’ll quickly find yourselves picking up on the subtleties of different bakers and missing it back home on any given morning.
Annecy has plenty of shopping, lovely Christmas markets and a cool light show on the façade of the town hall (it's a must see), plus fireworks and the annual animation festival. It’s a buzzing, beautiful little town, untouched over centuries.
Maria and Mark
“What a fantastic place !”
Great house. Excellent host. Highly recommended !
Rami C. - 28/03/2019
“Nothing to say, it was perfect !”
A warm welcome, a fantastic view, and a very comfortable house.
Fabien G. - 03/02/2019
“Great house by the lake”
We loved the big terrace with great view. It was great to be able to use he kayak, although water was very low due to the recent heat wave. It's also a very nice hiking / cycling destination.
Jana F. - 18/08/2018
“What a pleasure”
A superb environment, quiet and restful. Despite temperatures of 30 to 34°, there was always a cool place. It's a practical and well designed place, ideally situated for lots of different activities. What a pleasure.
Dennis N. - 07/07/2018
“It was a marvellous stay”
The house is beautiful with great location. The manager was also very kind with us, thank you Marilyn ! We are thinking of coming back next winter.
Dalmir G. - 28/05/2018
“Great place to stay !”
What an exceptional location: right on the lake, very quiet neighbourhood, very comfortable and exactly as expected. The cycle path is nearby. Everything is of top quality.
Alain G. - 18/05/2018
“Thank you for sharing your home with us ...”
Everything was perfect, and had been well thought out for holiday guests. Every detail helped to make our holiday extraordinary. We discovered an amazing area, which we had never been to and this dream house only added to the magic of this holiday. The view is stunning, the beds comfortable, the Rituals bath products and the welcome basket were delightful. Then there were the bikes and kayaks for us to use, and direct access to the lake via the pontoon. My husband, my children and I thank you so much, and hope to come back often to relax and recharge our batteries in this unique spot. Don't change a thing!
Jeremy C. - 05/05/2018
“A fantastic stay !”
We had a great stay on the shore of Lake Annecy. The house is very welcoming and nothing was missing. We'll happily come back.
Claude M. - 19/04/2018
“Nothing was missing — quite the opposite!”
The house is magnificent, and the view, well that was breathtaking, a real picture, which it was difficult to tear ourselves away from. We had an unforgettable week. We will be back!
Monique L. - 14/04/2018
“A magnificent week in Annecy”
We loved the constantly changing view. Maison Espiro is very practical and perfectly equipped. Everything was provided for a wonderful week.
Fabien G. - 07/04/2018
Dear Mark and Maria, we enjoyed staying at your great place. The view is amazing! We will come back soon.
Experts T. - 01/04/2018
As soon as we arrived we felt welcome in your home. Your house is welcoming and full of special little details. We discovered your town and had a delightful holiday, which really recharged our batteries.
Lise V. - 17/03/2018
“Just like on the website!”
A lovely family holiday. We loved everything about this place, especially the beautiful view on the lake. It's really as it's shown on the website.
Aurélie R. - 11/03/2018
Why Annecy / Lake Annecy?
Undoubtedly one of France’s most beautiful cities, Annecy sits on the shores of Lake Annecy with its stunning mountain backdrop. Known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’, ancient buildings line the canals and house boutique shops, wonderful restaurants and a multitude of ice cream parlours. Add to this a wealth of history and culture, plus beaches, watersports and world-class ski resorts, and you’ll want to return to Annecy year after year.