La Grange de Julie
'La Grange de Julie' was originally a barn, when the Annecy lakeside was essentially rural. The house is in it's own garden, away from the road, and so is very quiet even though it is in the middle of the village of Lathuile, and only 1 km away from the lake.
The surrounding views are of the mountains with their ever changing colors : La Tournette, le Col de la Forclaz, le Charbon… Owner-architect Jean-François transformed the almost empty volume into our family home, keeping the 18th century beams - and adding a few more, as well a big open fireplace in the ground floor dining room. French windows have replaced the original barn doors so that sunlight flows in all day.
Needless to say that the heating, hot water and bathrooms are completely up to modern standards!
The house is furnished with a mixture of family heirlooms, books, toys old and new, colourful bedspreads and hand-embroidered cushions, a piano… almost everything has a funny story to it, and is meant to be used and enjoyed.
La Grange de Julie's rooms are each different - but each one has an ensuite bathroom; all the rooms are painted white, only the bathrooms are gaily coloured.
The ground floor room has a French window that opens to the garden to the West. The walls are painted white and hung with pastel water-colours (painted in the 1940s by an American Great-Grandmother), the ground is tiled in soft grey, there is a double bed and a mahogany desk. It is a very separate, private room, and also the only one we sometimes accept pets in.
There are three rooms upstairs, two with windows to the East with a lovely view of the mountains (and, of course, the trees, the birds and the paragliders); these rooms have high sloping ceilings with exposed beams. One room has a double bed and a single bed, and can receive a baby cot. In this room, there is a classical mountain wardrobe, quite a few cartoon books that have been read by several generations, and a collection of old and new metallic toys.
The other room has a second window looking South. Here there are two single beds and a cot (for a child up to three years old) - and an antique school desk.
The third room is very quiet, looks west on the mountains and onto the old village roofs, and has a double bed and a bit of antique furniture.
We also have a family room: two communicating rooms, one with a double bed and the second with two single beds - and one bathroom.
We furnish all linens and towels, can loan you necessities such as a bottle-warmer, an iron, a hair dryer, … However, we do not do room-service.
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This page was last updated: 18 January 2011