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Charming stone cottage with sauna, pool, near the Grand Colombier and lakes

Bedrooms 2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5

At the foot of the grand Colombier (Tour de France 2016), 12 miles from the lac du Bourget, an hour from Geneva and Lyon, our gîte is ideally situated for fans of sport ( road cycling, VTT, water-sports, walking, Fly fishing, horse riding...),nature and Wine tasting.

In a beautiful undiscovered part of France the gîte has 2 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, sauna and shared pool with a view.

Le Gîte de la forge
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2017

About Le Gîte de la forge

I am English and Claude French. We have four children, a dog, cats and two ponies. We arrived in Saint Martin de Bavel in 2004 and have been renovating the forge du Perou ever since! The gite was let all year round and when the tenant left in january 2016, we decided to have a go at holiday letting.

We absolutely love this area, we have travelled widely and we are always pleased to get home. We want to share this undiscovered beautiful part of France that the French and Swiss neighbours have been keeping for themselves.

Le Gîte de la forge purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Le Gîte de la forge chose Ceyzérieu

The forge is an old stone house dating back from 1802 in the heart of the village. Saint Martin de Bavel is a typical old fashioned agricultural village perfectly located to discover the area.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ceyzérieu in Ain

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming stone cottage with sauna, pool, near the Grand Colombier and lakes
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews

Absolutely superb

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time driving in France. Despite the distance every inch was worth the journey. The accommodation was excellent, the views were stunning and our hosts, Sarah & Claude, were so welcoming. Sarah in particular not only has a vast knowledge of the area she is also a very good cook. Nothing was too much trouble, even accompanying us to the vet to make sure we were understood. Thank you to all the family.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Aileen.
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Wonderful stay in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't recommend this place more highly! The gite is beautifully restored, clean, comfortable and well equipped. The pool and the view from the pool is spectacular. The showers are also amazing.

Saint Martin is small and quaint and brilliantly located to explore the surrounding lakes, vineyards, waterfalls and mountains. There are some lovely walks right from the doorstep as well as lots of places to visit only a short drive away.

Sarah and Claude were wonderful hosts. Warm and friendly. They took time to give us lots of useful local information and suggestions of places to go and things to see which was much appreciated and really helpful. They also brought over some home grown tomatoes and figs for us - delicious.

We had a wonderful week at the gite and would love to return at some point in the future. Thank you x

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a peaceful, relaxing stay in this beautiful cottage with a stunning pool and even more amazing view.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for almost two weeks in this wonderful cottage i July 2017 and had a fantastic family holiday. The cottage is a beautifully restored stone house with two double bedrooms with their own bathroom. The cottage is well equipped and provides the possibility to cook your own meals. The swimming pool is a fantastic spot with its most wonderful view of the mountains right from edge of the pool.

However, what made our visit to this cottage stand out from our visits to other holiday homes was the owners Sarah and Claude. Their warm hospitality and friendliness gave a much appreciated extra dimension to our stay that we had not anticipated. Apart from giving us lots of advice about what to see and where to go they organized a common trip to the top of the Grand Colombier to watch a stage of the Tour de France.

We spent some wonderful lazy days by the pool side and we explored some of the many sights and activities in the region. Of the many lakes in the region the Lac de Bourget (biggest lake in France) is really wonderful for swimming and renting of boats in the little picturesquely Chanaz. Both Annecy and Lyon are wonderful towns that can be reached within an hour by car. Sunrise and sunset is wonderful from the top of the Grand Colombier. The region with its green mountains, lakes, rivers and invites to rides by bike or car or by foot.

We certainly would recommend this property to anyone because of the region, the cottage itself and the hosts Sarah and Claude and we would certainly love to come back some day.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou Peter for your kind review, we would certainly love to have you and you lovely family back to stay!
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Peaceful and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The Gite de la Forge was well equipped, spacious, clean and attractive. The pool was fantastic in the hot June weather. Sarah and Claude were extremely helpful with ideas of nearby attractions. Sarah's chicken & mushrooms with salad (only 10 euros each) was a treat the night we arrived. Not only was it delicious, it fed us for two nights!

The area is filled with lakes and waterfalls, small villages, and opportunities for wine tasting. The surrounding towns and countryside are very quiet and laid back. If you are looking for a relaxing place, this is the gite for you.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely property, carefully restored and decorated

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful situation, the owners were extremely kind and helpful, we all enjoyed a peaceful stay, just what was required!

In an area of great beauty, this gite offered everything we might need.

We shall return!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Geneva or Lyon
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Virieu le Grand
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Many restaurants in the area
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Plan d'hottones
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Virieu le Grand
Car: recommended

Road cycling in the mountains or with the family on the ViaRhôna along the Rhône (longest cycling road from Geneva to the south of France).

Walk in the countryside to discover the waterfalls or mountains nearby (Grand Colombier) or watch birds in the marais de Lavours (one of the biggest marshlands in France).

Taste the Bugey Wines and the famous Manicle in the many local vineyards.

Swim and fish in the local lakes or enjoy watersports at the lac du Bourget (biggest lake in France)

Enjoy local restaurants ranging from traditional French cuisine to michelin star rated restaurants.

An hour from Lyon, Geneva and Annecy, 35 minutes from Aix les Bains (where you can enjoy the famous spa) the gîte de la forge is an excellent base for your holiday.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ceyzérieu, Rhone-Alpes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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