“Swallows and Amazons with croissants”
A riverside holiday home to rent in the Jura region of France near Lac Chalain.
Geneva 1hr 20 minutes by car.
Channel Tunnel 6 ½ hrs by car.
The house in spring
The garden looking towards Lac du Val in spring
From the river towards the house
The house from Lac du Val
River swimming in front of the house
The hammock for relaxing
Comfortably accessible in a day, our house is situated on the banks of the Herisson River around 15 miles from the Franco - Swiss border
On the door-step Step out of the garden for a paddle, a swim, or perhaps catch a trout. The riverbank really is right on the doorstep. There is an enormous network of exciting mountain bike tracks (VTT), footpaths and an abundance of wildlife. For the fisherman the Herisson river and Lac du Val have excellent fly, coarse and troll fishing. A permit will allow fishing on quite a number of the local lakes and rivers including Lac du Val. Fishing permits are available in Doucier.

In the Area It's perfectly feasible to park your car for the duration of your stay and get about on bike and by foot. The local town is Doucier, which is five minutes by car or 10 minutes by bike. Doucier has a mini super market, boulangerie, patisserie, excellent delicatessen, pharmacy and a cash point. 10 minutes by car is the swimming lake of Lac Chalain with its sandy beaches and indoor/oudoor swimming pool/slide complex. Paddle boarding, kayaking and horse riding are possible on Lac Chalain. Five minutes up the valley are the superb Herisson Falls , best visited after heavy rain! Within easy walking distance is the Bison Farm which has a good family restaurant.
Restaurants and Cafes The nearest place to eat, which is within walking distance, is an open air cafe specialising in trout which you can catch for yourself. Doucier has a number of restaurants from the fairly basic to the rather up-market. Our favourite Sunday outing is to ride a bike to the base of the Herisson Falls (10 minutes) and then ascend on foot to emerge at the superb Auberge du Herisson. Take a long, lazy lunch on the terrace and then head back down. If you fancy something very up-market you could try the 2-Michelin-starred Jean Paul Jeunet Restaurant in Arbois, or perhaps one of the restaurants offering a sommelier menu. In this formula the meal includes an appropriate glass of wine with each course! Tourism in the Jura is an important industry and so there's a fantastic choice of eateries within a half hour's drive.
Further afield Besancon, the capital of Franche Comte, has an oustanding Citadel complete with zoo and up to 8 markets per week. A trip to Dijon, Lyon, Geneva or Lausanne is an excellent way to spend a day. Switzerland is about 35 minutes away and has a very different feel and a very different look. At La Cure you can buy a combined train/ferry ticket. From La Cure catch a train to the shores of Lake Geneva and then board a ferry. Many of the larger ferries serve gastronomic food. If you're interested in science and education you might visit the Large Hadron Collider at C.E.R.N. near Geneva. Don't forget your passport!
Sailing and Boating Any non motorised boat can be used on Lac Chalain but a sailing dinghy, paddle board or a kayak are ideal - pedaloes are available for hire. If you fancy boating on a grander scale the 35km Lac du Vouglans (Snake Lake as we call it- take a look at Google Earth) is about half an hour away. Here you can sail, powerboat or waterski. Electric boat hire is available on Vouglans. From about May theselakes are wonderfully warm and take on a lovely turquoise colour.
Pedaloes for hire on Doucier Beach at Lac Chalain
Chess at Lausanne
Ferry on Lake Geneva
This bridge links our house to the hamlet of Chambly
The twin bedroom
The sitting room with lake view.
Hire a motor boat on Lake Geneva.
Fishing Under 14s do not require a licence and can fish on the door step. However, the Herisson river and Lac du Val are just a tiny part of the available locally see Jura Peche. Trout, Perch and Pike are fished and eaten locally.
Horse riding
The House A modest chalet located in a superb setting of a quiet valley 200m from Lac du Val on the edge of the hamlet of Chambly. The house is set in half an acre and sleeps 5/6 people in a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a tiny bunk bedroom. There's a well equipped, open plan kitchen and sitting room with a magnficent wood burning stove and shower room with separate toilet. Equipment includes dishwasher, washing machine, WiFi, satellite TV, and DVD. Outdoor furniture, pizza oven, barbecue, boules, and a hammock.
Walking Put on your boots and step out of the house! For some there's enough on the doorstep. For the more ambitious the Haut Jura is just a short drive away with summer cable cars (La Dole & Monts Jura) and ultra rural border crossings into Switzerland. There's a huge variety of landscapes from lakes and woodlands teeming with wildlife to the rugged Jurassic mountains complete with fossilized dinosaur footprints and breath-takingly beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Visit one of the local cave networks... some "managed", some not!
Fish the river or the lake, fishing permits are available in Doucier
2nd level Herisson Falls
A shady spot in the garden
Lac du Val in high summer
Early moring mist, river to the left, garden to the right.
1st level Herisson Falls at the end of the valley
Glacier country starts at Chamonix which is a couple of hours drive. These glaciers are receding rapidly!
One of a pair living in the valley