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Bonnevaux - a stunning setting

The small village of Bonnevaux has a stunning setting, between the ski slopes of the Portes du Soleil ski area and the lovely waters of Lake Geneva. For lovers of lakes and mountains or outdoor sports, there could hardly be a more idyllic location. Bonnevaux is tiny, not much more than a hamlet with just under 300 permanent residents, but it is part of the Val d'Abondance villages, and has access to all the facilities of Abondance and the others. It is also close to spa towns like Evian les Bains and Thonon les Bains.

A charming Savoyard village

Bonnevaux is mainly made up of a collection of traditionally styled chalet type houses, typically Savoyard and charming. The village itself is tranquil, with not much in the way of shops and bars, but all the Val d'Abondance villages are close at hand and facilities are shared, so there is no problem accessing shops, restaurants, sports equipment shops and other services. In fact, Bonnevaux provides an ideal escape for anyone who prefers to relax in a peaceful retreat after a day's activity, yet still have the choice of enjoying a livelier atmosphere within a short drive.

Winter and summer sports to try, including adventure sports

Bonnevaux has access to the ski slopes and stations of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest and best ski domains of the French Alps, so snow fans will be in their element. In addition, for those less concerned with skiing or who are planning to be in Bonnevaux in summer, a whole other world of mountain pleasures opens up. Walking, pony trekking and cycling are all popular, and the more adventurous can enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking and even parapenting.

Visit Lake Geneva

Another of the advantages offered by having a base in Bonnevaux is the proximity of Lake Geneva. The town is stylish and well developed, with excellent shopping, dining and many other leisure activities. The lake itself provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, sailing or cruising. Evian les Bains and Thonon les Bains are two very well known spa towns also within easy reach of Bonnevaux.

How to get there

You can fly or take the train to Geneva, with Lyon providing an alternative destination should the schedules suit you better. Geneva is served by British Airways, Aer Lingus, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2 and Air France, while Lyon a bit further away is served by Air France, British Airways, easyJet and Bmi. The Eurostar ski special runs all the way from England to Bourg St Maurice or Moutiers should the train be your preferred way of travel, with local services available on to Evian les Bains. Or if driving, Bonnevaux can be found from the D22, along the D32.

Property prices and availability in and around Bonnevaux

Although Alpine property is generally regarded as expensive, there are little villages such as Bonnevaux, less well known than the big resorts, which can supply property at more realistic prices. Did you know that you can realise the dream of owning property in this fabulous Alpine location for not much more than 100,000 Euros? That is the price of a lovely little apartment near Bonnevaux at the time of writing (2011). However, should you require something larger, perhaps for full-time living, it is also possible to buy a semi-detached, three bedroom farmhouse, of typical Savoyard chalet style, for only 225,000 Euros.

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Bonnevaux AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Bonnevaux?

Bonnevaux is located in the east of France. It lies in the north of the Haute-Savoie department.

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IN THE REGION OF RHÔNE-ALPES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HAUTE-SAVOIE

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Population: 279


Access: By air: Fly to Geneva or Lyon. By rail: Travel by rail to Geneva or Lyon, or take the ski special to Moutiers or Bourg St Maurice. Then travel to Evian les Bains on local services. By road: The town is found along the D22/D32.


Economy: The economy is based on agriculture and mountain tourism.


Interesting fact: Bonnevaux is part of the Val d'Abondance villages, which have access to the Portes du Soleil ski area.

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