This is one of our 2 favourite places to stay when we come to Geneva…and we usually keep jumping the lake, as the other setting is called DOMAINE THE CHATEAUXVIEUX near Satigny (we wrote a tip for it too).
L’AUBERGE D’HERMANCE is situated at the heart of a tiny pretty village called HERMANCE which is the last village of Switzerland before entering the french border towards YVOIRE (recognized amongst the most beautiful french villages) by the Tres Beaux Village De France – www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org
Having been to both sites, we no doubt, prefer HERMANCE, as there is almost zero tourism here.
Located in an idyllic setting at the feet of Lake Geneva, it makes it quite a unique experience to combine a business trip with a relaxed stay in this serene atmosphere, specially if you take a walk along the lake during dawn or during sunset…
Behind the road there is a small fortess and a lovely path around the meadows of a very well preserved forrest, ideal for a short hike.
The rooms of the Auberge are very cosy and warm and make you feel trapped to keep returning…just for the comfort of feeling almost like at home.
The restaurant is truly delicious, both for the well presented food and for the peaceful atmosphere. There is even a fire place…but they don’t open the restaurant every day…it is required to check in advance.
The maitre-d’hotel is a sympathetic portuguese gentleman, who always cares for the best comfort of their guests.
One of the only draw-backs of HERMANCE is that the location is on the opposite side of the lake if you need to rush for the airport, and hence you need to cross Geneva center. But still worth it if you are the type of person who doesn’t mind to take a bus, or take a 20 minute taxi ride…and especially if you are the type of person who enjoys walking under the pebble sand, breathing fresh air after a long day…or previous to it.
In any case, there is always a nice excuse to come here, even for a lovely weekend.
The property is listed by the ROMANTIK COLLECTION of Hotels & Restaurants.