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Un Lieu Unique – Urban Boutique Vacation Home in Annecy, France


Most probably you are heading to Annecy in France because you’ve heard that it is a picturesque easy going city by the peaceful Lake Annecy. What you may not be aware of is ‘Un Lieu Unique – Gites Urbains’, an urban boutique style vacation home setup by the romantic Thiou canal in the heart of the Annecy city centre.


Un Lieu Unique – Le Dolce Apartment

Un Lieu Unique – Gites Urbains consists of two apartments by the canal (Le Dolce & The Lodge) and a third one a few steps further down the street (Cocon).


The one room apartment offers generous boutique design luxury including a little balcony on the canal, Nespresso coffee and free wifi internet access.


A little kitchen with all amenities allows for home cooking if desired. But then again there are plenty of small and cosy restaurants around the corner. We tried moules at the Captain Pub Grill.

Un Lieu Unique – Cocon

The Cocon apartment is a white dream a few meters down the Jean Jacques Rousseau street.

White Cocon Vacation Home in Annecy

The room is very atmospheric and features a (white) kitchenette with the now usual Nespresso machine. Enjoyed that a lot ;-)

Same as the Dolce apartment the Cocon features a flat tv screen, an iPod and free wifi access.

For more information such as a map, prices and availability please check out my hotel page overview.

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Annecy – old city centre

The city of Annecy is nicely nested into the riviera of Lake Annecy. Plenty of cafés and restaurants offer patios by the canal and by the lake.

Bridge, tavern, Glacier Perrier by the Thiou canal in Annecy

The city hall marks the transition from the city to recreational parks by the lake and according fishermen boats.

Annecy’s relaxed atmosphere lends itself perfectly for a little street concert at Café des Arts.


Bikers, rollerbladers, hikers or golfers will find perfect conditions for practising their respective passion.

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Dinner in Annecy

You will find plenty of restaurants by the picturesque canal.


Due to windy weather conditions we opted for the cosy Captain Pub Grill and enjoyed tasty moules and pommes frites.

Oil and Salt in Sun Mee's and Renaud's KitchenAt another occasion we got lucky and locals Sun Mee and Renaud offered fois gras made at home and a roulade de la volaille à la truffe avec son gratin dauphinois. That spectacularly well made menu was rounded off with fromage crême de Saint Agur and fraises mara des bois au chantilly.

Appliances in Sun Mee's and Renaud's Kitchen, Bread from Rouge BakeryNeedless to say that the Château Carpe Diem from côtes de provence was a nice fit and the opening Gewürztraminer Vieille Vigne made its effect.



Knifes in Sun Mee's and Renaud's KitchenI know the menu this precisely because host Sun Mee was craving to make it into my travel blog and I wanted to get it all right.

Here you are, Sun Mee ;-)

Thanks for having us!


Unfortunately I learned about her wish only after we had dinner. Therefore there are no menu photos… But be assured that her cooking skills are exceptional! Rumour has it that also Renaud is a wonderful chef…

Thiou canal in Annecy city centre by night

Update June 25, 2011:
One of my takes made it to’s ‘photograph of the week’ section! website photograph-of-the-week Cocon apartment in Annecy, France

About Author

Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.


    • Du kannst am Anfang des Textes auf den orangen Link mit dem Hotelnamen klicken. Dort kannst ein Datum wählen. An Wochenenden ist es schon sehr gut gebucht. Unter der Woche kostet es ja nach Zimmer zwischen CHF 175.- und 200.- pro Nacht.

      Also noch recht vernünftig ;-)

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