Swap Houses to Live in South of France?! (Lake Annecy)

My blogging friend Becky of Kid World Citizen sent me this email and gave me permission to post it here.

My husband’s cousin has an amazing house in the south of France that she is hoping to “swap” for a year to give her kid the experience of living in the US. If you know of anyone who would want to swap houses for a year, or is just renting out their house for a year, please let her know:).

This is what her husband’s cousin says:

Dear Friends,

In the summer of 2014 we plan on moving to the USA for one school year.   Our main objective is to let the kids experience education/life in the US for an entire year – to help improve their English overall, and for the cultural/life experience this would bring them.

In terms of practicality, because of Eric’s work (and his trips to and from Paris to see clients), we will need to be based on the East coast, preferably in a location that is a simple drive to an international airport with direct flights to Paris.  For example, Boston, Washington DC, NYC, Philadelphia, etc.  Also living in a location with a good school district is a must – we will be putting the kids in a public school (we will have a 6th grader, 4th grader, and Kindergarten student).

We will be putting up our home in Annecy, France, for rent after the holidays, but have also entertained the idea of ‘swapping homes’ with the appropriate family if that were to work out.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in swapping homes or renting our home in Annecy for one year beginning August 1st, 2014, please give them my email/mobile or simply forward this email.

Equally, if you happen to know of anyone who will be renting out their home next school year, please send us a quick email.

Here is a website with photos of the house and a description.  For more details, please contact us directly.

If you have any ideas of great locations to move to, feel free to let us know!  We will be sorting all of this out in the next few months.

Many thanks!  Look forward to seeing more of our USA based friends in the near future!


Here is a description of the house (and it is an amazing house!!!).

Perched on a hill in a village on Lake Annecy, our home has breathtaking views that span from the city of Annecy on one side to a castle in the village of Duingt on the other side of the lake, and the beautiful mountains right in front of us. With a pool, a petanque court, large terrace and lots of grassy areas, it is the perfect place for a family.

Annecy and the surrounding region have often been voted one of France’s favorite vacation destinations and are voted the country’s top sports destination year after year – with all of the water sports in the warm months and the winter sports in the colder months. Annecy is also well known for its many castles, the charming old town, markets, excellent restaurants, great shopping, music festivals, and Europe’s largest and most famous fireworks display every August. Please take a look at the videos on our website for scenes and images of Annecy and the region.

Our house was completely renovated in 2011 and has a modern, streamlined interior with some of the rustic charm of the house’s original structure.

The main house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and one guest toilet room, a main living area with cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, a modern kitchen with large bar that seats up to eight, and a mezzanine overlooking the living room which serves as a playroom, office and extra living space. There is also a small TV lounge and laundry room in the main house.

The ground level of the house has an independent apartment (in-law unit) with it’s own entrance, two bedrooms, a shower room and toilet, and a living area that includes a kitchen.

The exterior of the house has a 10-meter swimming pool, petanque court, terrace, grill, large table seating up to 12, and lots of outdoor seating and lounging areas.

The house is in a quiet residential area, a five-minute drive to the center of our village and ten kilometers from the city of Annecy. For those who like to walk, it is a 15-minute walk to the village where you will find a bakery, post office, supermarket, pharmacy and newspaper shop. The bicycle path is a ten-minute walk from the house – the path takes you all the way to the center of Annecy (rollerbladers, walkers and bikers allowed on the bicycle path.) The nicest beach on the lake is a five-minute drive or ten-minute bicycle ride away, and golf and tennis are close by too.

Annecy is served by the TGV train (3.5 hours from central Paris) and by Geneva airport (25 minutes to Annecy, 45 minutes to our house).


If you are interested in house swapping, please go here to contact Rebeca.

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