Screened by trees, with the lake in front and mountains rearing beyond, this house is in a silent green world. Unexpectedly modern – dramatic sloping roofs, large windows – inside all is light and uncluttered. A large living area is coolly furnished with leather sofas on tiled floors; glass-encased stove for chillier days. Bedrooms are stylishly simple with polished wood floors, white walls and balconies. Anglo-Russian couple, Stanley and Vera – early rat-race retirees – love sharing their peaceful spot: go cycling, swimming, or take the lakeside path to Annecy. Return to drinks on the terrace, and the sound of birdsong.