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

Overview

Property

Updated: 22-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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About the Owner

Le Gîte de la forge
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 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 Ain

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.

25 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

5

Superb motorcycling holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at The Gite de la Forge was fantastic in every way - a charming property, beautifully presented, with everything you need for a relaxing holiday, stunning surroundings and Sarah & Claude are the perfect hosts. The warm sunshine for all of the holiday meant that we could really appreciate the local scenery at it's best and even managed a dip in the pool! As motorcyclists we appreciated the excellent mountain roads in this area and the garage for the bike was an added bonus. We will be recommending this gite to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely gîte in a beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable gîte, which is well equipped and attractively decorated. The gîte owners, Sarah and Claude, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. We especially enjoyed the local wine tasting and the village Fête des Fours. The area is lovely, with lakes and waterfalls and lots of pleasant villages. We also visited Annecy and Geneva which are beautiful and worth the extra drive.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cosy, well equipped cottage in a delightful area of France

  • 5 of 5

A very enjoyable two weeks in a previously unknown part of France.

The gite was well equipped, very comfortable and warm despite the inclement weather.

Sarah, Claude and family were great hosts and always on hand with helpful suggestions of places to go and things to do, which included taking us to a wine tasting in Massignieu and to the cascade afterwards.

We can recommend Sarah's evening meals which were delicious and really good value.

A beautiful area to holiday with Annecy, Geneva and Lyon within easy reach and Chamonix Mont-Blanc still reachable for a day's outing.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A cosy and comfortable gite in a pretty village.

  • 4 of 5

Sarah and Claude and family were very warm and welcoming, they are very discreet but there if you need them. The gite was very comfortable and the amazing showers deserve a special mention! This is a beautiful area of France. We visited Lyon, Annecy and Aix-les-bains. Also, by chance the memorial at Izieu, which was very moving. We highly recommend the restaurant Le Belvedere a la Chambotte. The food was amazing with views to match, it was definitely a highlight of our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A beautiful mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautifully restored two-story "gite." Sarah and Claude, who live just across a small garden, were gracious hosts with many suggestions for activities in the surrounding area. One day we took the nearby train to Lyon (1 hour away), a lovely city with lots to see; on another day we explored some small towns and dined at a spectacular restaurant in the mountains. It was also pleasant to spend time in the gite by the wood stove - a very comfortable and unique setting. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Was a pleasure to meet the owners, very friendly. Nice please to relax and enjoy the beauty of the village, im considering to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Geneva or Lyon at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cezeyrieu at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Virieu le Grand at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Amberieu at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Many restaurants in the area at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Plan d'hottones at 25 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Virieu le Grand at 4 Kilometres 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
SUMMER 2017
15 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£185
for 2 nights
From
£93
£505
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
£488
 

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.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Sauna ...

Suitability

  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Floor Area

  • 75 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2

Outside

  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only