Max Ashton - Massif des Bauges - Aillons-Margeriaz, Semnoz, La Sambuy
Lake Annecy is one of the most sought after and beautiful areas of France. What is little known is that much of the lake falls within the Massif des Bauges, a well kept French secret, protected national park and an International Geopark. The Bauges is a hidden treasure stretching from Annecy to Aix-les-Bains and over to Chambery. From the centre of the Bauges you are within 25kms of any of these major tourist centres, just 55 minutes from Geneva airport and 30 kms from Chambery airport. The Bauges offers a wealth of sporting and cultural activities in a location that's hard to beat. With 3 family friendly ski areas including Aillons-Margeriaz; Le Semnoz and Savoie Grand Revard (the largest cross-country ski resort in France) there are some outstanding winter sports opportunities. In 2013 the Bauges hit the world stage as the venue for the final deciding stage of the Tour de France. Starting in Annecy, touring through the Bauges to an exciting first tour victory for Chris Froome on Mount Semnoz. Multiple cols and quiet roads make it truly heaven for cyclists. Whether you like swimming in the lakes, walking in the mountains, or any other outdoor activity, you'll find it here in the Massif des Bauges. Of course, there's always the option to just enjoy the tranquility of the area, marvel at the views and relax. To find an area of outstanding natural beauty in close proximity to major towns and airports is rare. And yet, incredibly, it is still possible to find characterful property to renovate and barns to convert at a more than reasonable price. At the other end of the spectrum you can find prestige properties with views over mountains and lakes. The Massif des Bauges region has something for everyone and something for every budget. But whatever home you choose, you'll be guaranteed an unrivalled environment and a lifestyle to lift your spirit.
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