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Luxurious and spacious 1 bedroom apartment sleeping up to four, situated on the lakeside of Lake Annecy, very close to the centre of the old town of Annecy. Totally renovated it has a warm, light bedroom with king sized bed, large and well equipped lounge diner with full sized double sofa-bed and sliding doors opening onto a balcony, overlooking the ancient plane trees along ave d'Albigny, Lake Annecy and the green beside the lake - Le Pâquier. It has a separate well equipped and stylish kitchen and a new luxury bathroom with double basins. Bedlinen and towels and fast wifi are all provided.
It is located on the avenue d'Albigny, known as the Champs Elysées of Annecy - a beautiful tree-lined boulevard bordering Lake Annecy, one of the cleanest lakes in Europe. We are placed in the area closest to the old town, overlooking the lake and Le Pâquier, with boats to hire and the lakeside cycle paths and walks directly opposite.
The apartment is on the top floor of a block, accessed by lift or stairs, just a few minutes walk from the old town, with many shops, art and antique galleries and traditional restaurants only 5 minutes walk, or 10 minute stroll along the lake shores. There are boats and pedaloes to hire immediately in front of us and the lake beaches with pools and kayaks and all sorts of watersports just a few mminutes stroll away. Alternativley access to the mountains for every adrenaline packed activity imaginable, walking or simply enjoying a coffee with stunning views, is easy, with buses just two minutes away or an easy drive.
The lounge is a light and warm room with parquet floors and a lovely view. It has a good quality full sized double sofa-bed which can comfortably sleep two plus storage for those staying in this room. There is an extending dining table to seat four, TV, DVD player as well as books, DVDs, CDs and games provided for your pleasure. We also have an extensive collection of local maps, information and books of local walks to enjoy, with suggestions of some of our favourites. There is one light and spacious bedroom with a king sized bed with comfortable mattress, warm parquet floors, ample built in storage, chest of drawers and dressing table/work station. You will find the bed made up on arrival with high quality crisp bedding.
The kitchen has also been completely refitted to a high standard with new units and applicances. It is a full working kitchen, not a tiny kitchenette with barely room to slice your baguette! There are more cupboards than are usually found in vacation rentals and a good deal more worksurface. There is a fullsized oven and separate built in four plate halogen hob, sink and draining area, decent sized fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and coffee maker. It is fully equipped with all the crockery and cutlery you will need, plus pots and pans and sufficient cooking equipment to prepare anything from a full meal to baguettes and local cheese to enjoy on the front balcony for lunch. There is a second enclosed balcony off the kitchen with washing machine.
The bathroom is a particularly nice feature, being a good size with luxury double sink and storage underneath and lighted mirror over, full sized bath with shower overhead and glass shower screen and toilet. It has been completely refitted to a high standard for a "hotel" feel to the room.
The balcony at the front of the apartment is a lovely sunny spot at virtually any time of day with its southerly aspect. It is a favourite place for breakfast or for a glass of wine in early evening whilst discussing the day and deciding which of the many restaurants in Annecy to head towards for dinner. There is always something interesting to see on Le Paquier or the lake through the trees, be it the rowing club eights or dragon boats, segweys and cyclists on the cycle path just the other side of the trees, or special events such as the summer fetes and sporting events. In August the famous Fete du Lac fireworks are set off on barges moored on the lake just in front of us. This and the Bastille Day fireworks, which are also from Le Paquier, are reputedly some of the best displays in France.