A riverside holiday home to rent in the Jura region of France near Lac Chalain.
Geneva Airport 1hr 20 minutes by car.
Calais 6 ½ hrs by car.
Comfortably accessible in a day from Calais, our house is situated on the banks of the Herisson River around 15 miles from the Franco - Swiss border
The House A modest chalet built in the 1960s in a spectacular location. Situated in a quiet valley 200m from the natural lake Lac du Val on the edge of the hamlet of Chambly. The gite 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, UK satellite TV, and DVD. Outdoor furniture, pizza oven, barbecue, boules, and a hammock.
Bridge to the house from the garden
The bridge from the river
Looking back towards the house
Messing about on the river
Autumn - end of the garden towards the lake (telephoto lens)
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. bring your bikes and 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!
Paddleboarding on Lac Vouglan
Boating, sailing and paddleboarding - lots of opportunity for messing about in and on the water. Pedalos, paddleboards and kayaks can be hired at numerous locations or take your own vessel. Lac Chalain is 5 minutes by car and 15 miutes by bike. Speedboats are generally confined to the high speed area on 19km long Lac Vouglans. Please note Lac du Val at the end of the garden is stricktly reserved for fishing from electric powered boats.
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!
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.
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.
There are some really fantastic "midi cuisine" restaurants locally offering wonderful, multi course, plat du jour lunches at around 20€! One of our favourites http://lebouchonduchateau.com/restaurant
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!