Not many hotels are blessed with such an eye-capturing lakeside position; gazing from the terrace at the sun setting over the Roc de Chère, you could be in a Wagner opera. The three buildings that make up this supremely well-run hotel resemble – quelle surprise! – Alpine chalets; what’s more, they are set in well-planted gardens with a classy pool and perfectly gravelled pathways. Jean-Claude and Christine run their relaxed and not-so-small hotel with quiet Savoyard efficiency and a proper concern for your comfort. Rooms, each one different, come in two styles: traditional, with floral papers and antique paintings, and contemporary, with paler walls and modern art; all are big with swish bathrooms and the balconied suites have splendid views to the lake and mountains. The food – served in the restaurant or on the lake-view terrace – is first class (note, half-boarders have less choice). You are away from the bustle of Annecy but close enough to dabble if you wish… the old quarter is a delight. Sail, windsurf, waterski, pedalo – the lake laps at your feet.