Only 5 minutes drive from the chalet, or a really lovely 20 minute walk alongside the river, you will find the beautiful lake, where you can swim, canoe, fish, cycle, pony trek or just walk around the lake. The lake’s surface is about 33ha so a walk around the lake, including a visit to the Ardent waterfall can take you 1 ¾ hours. A great place for a picnic, but there are also 3 cafes/restaurants situated on the banks of the lake for you to stop for refreshments and enjoy the views.
During high season you should take advantage of the Multi Pass with a trip to Switzerland via the chair lifts and cable car. The views from the chair lifts are amazing but you need to remember to take something warm for your arrival at the top of the mountains (regardless of how warm the forecast is!!). Ideally you need to allow a full day, which starts with a short drive to the Linderet plateau (10 mins) where you then commence your journey with a 30 minute minute walk before taking three chair lifts and a cable car to reach the village of Champéry. It’s a beautiful, typically Swiss village surrounded by the Les Dents du Midi mountains. We suggest you either take a picnic to enjoy in the mountains or why not stop for lunch when you arrive in Champéry. We actually took a picnic and then stopped for coffee and cake, which was delicious!!
Just 15 minutes drive from the chalet is the village of Lindaret, which whilst small is quite unique and has earned the nickname of Goat Village due to the fact that the goats roam free around the village between June and October. You can buy pellet feed if you want to feed the goats or can just sit in one of the many restaurants and cafes to watch the goats. There are also a few souvenir shops where you can buy some good, reasonably priced, goat products including slippers, hides and cheese. Our suggestion would be to drive through the village to the plateau 300 metres further up and walk back to the village as it’s much easier to park and the plateau with its bars, restaurants, stream and ponies is well worth a visit in its own right and a lovely place to relax on a summer’s day. Alternatively if you’re not one for sitting still it’s a great place for walkers, where you can take a short walk for 30 minutes to the Brochaux waterfall or take the chair lifts and go on a much longer walk. For the more energetic Linderet plateau is a very popular spot for mountain bikers.
If it’s a hot day, why not take advantage of the shady walk in the forest along the River Dranse to Morzine Village. You can do a circular walk from Montriond to Morzine and back and you can totally forget you are in the mountains. It’s very peaceful and a good place to get out of the sun for while. The circular walk takes about 1 hour, but you’re bound to stop for a meander around Morzine and perhaps a coffee, a beer or two, or even an ice cream! You could also take the pleney lift to the top of the plateau and see the majestic Mont Blanc, or take the morzine bubble and walk to Avoriaz.
Samoëns is a genuine Savoyard village only about 25 minutes drive from Montriond. It’s a more sleepy village than Morzine and is a typically French village with quaint architecture, individual shops, cafés and restaurants. The botanic garden is very unexpected in the centre of town and well worth a visit. When driving back from Samoëns you must take the Col de Joux Plane, which has featured in the Tour de France, and takes you to the top of the mountains over to Morzine. The views are absolutely stunning and there is a restaurant/café at the top where you can sit and take in the views or a small lake which is popular with walkers and those who fancy a bit of fishing.
We would recommend our guests to take a trip up to Avoriaz because the architecture is unique and completely different to any other mountain resort. You can drive there via the Lindaret or take advantage of the Multipass by taking the chair lift at Lindaret or the Super Morzine cable car up from Morzine. The views are also pretty good, but remember it is more exposed up there so it can be colder in the wind! Avoriaz started life in the 60's and was more famous back then for holding film festivals. Winter sports have now taken centre stage, but a thriving summer trade has developed in later years. Take advantage of it being a pedestrian area only and drink in the freshest of mountain air.
Easily accessed via the chair lifts and then a 30mins mountain walk or by bus from Morzine. Its only 10 minutes drive by car, Les Gets is a lovely Savoyard Mountain Village which is well worth a visit either during the day or in the evening. Lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and there is a Historic mechanical Music museum if your a culture vulture , not to mention it’s also got the golf course which is a definite bonus!
Yvoire is a beautiful, and unexpected, little medieval village set on the banks of Lac Leman. It’s a lovely place to wander through the cobbled streets within the ramparts taking in the architecture and enjoying the many cafes and restaurants. There are a number of little boutique shops and the flowers and planting during the summer months are beautiful. We reccomend a mid morning arrival and lunch as it gets very busy in the afternoons. It's a definate gem and must see place around the beuatiful shores of LAC Leman.
Within 45 minutes you can have a change of scenery by visiting the spa town of Evian which is set on the banks of Lac Léman with the backdrop of the mountains and famous for its spring water. It has some beautiful architecture and is a lovely place to stroll along the banks of the lake, wander around the old town and stop for a bite to eat or for a drink in one of its many restaurants and cafes or the Casino if you fancy a punt. You can also take a 35 minute boat ride across to Lausanne in Switzerland. It's also the home of Evain Golf Club the host of the ladies pga major every year and a great place for a lunch stop.
About an hours drive away is Annecy, which is sometimes called the Alpine Venetia due to the canals that wind their way through the old town. It’s another great place to meander amongst the cobbled streets, eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the canal, visit the modern end of town for some great clothes shops, take a cruise on the lake or just sit and take in the views and the ambiance. I guess you’re beginning to see there is a theme to the things we like: cafe culture, good food, architecture and lovely views!! Because of it’s beauty and diversity it can get very busy in the height of the Summer so you need to get their early to avoid the traffic jams!!
Another one of our favourites, if you fancy a trip across the border into Switzerland which is famous for the Montreux Jazz Festival (and highly rcommended). Along the shores of Lake Geneva for almost seven kilometres, the flower-adorned banks of Montreux, between exotic flowers and palm trees, offer a sumptuous view of the mountain panorama and to us it felels like we were in the Mediterranean and we love it. Lots of nice restaurants to choose from with some grand old architecture. You can also stop and have a look around Chillon Castle as you approach Montreux or pop into the casino for a bit of gambling if that’s your thing!
Annecy is another is another beautiful town, with a medieval center set on the banks of Lac Annecy. It’s a lovely place to wander through the cobbled streets or take a boat trip around the lake with some lovely villages to visit. There is a castle to visit for those culture vultures or just relax and enjoy the many cafes and restaurants. There are a number of little boutique shops and the flowers and planting during the summer months are beautiful. We reccomend a mid morning arrival and lunch as it gets very busy in the afternoons. It's a definately another gem and must see place around.
All are lovely towns with ports and you can take a baot trip on Lac Leman. Don't forget your passport for Montreux