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Summer gardens/historic buildings to visit in and around Annecy and Tarantaise?

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I'm taking my parents (82 and 83) to our mountain home in France for the first time. As well as gentle walks up in the mountains, picnics and exploring the landscape, I was wondering of anyone had recommendations for nice historic places or gardens to visit- probably near Annecy. Talloires on Lake Annecy is a lovely village but will it be swarming with tourists? Is there a french equivalent of the National trust? Folks are mad keen gardeners and I was wondering if there is anything like a lovely garden to visit.
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@Perty, It doesn't fit your brief, but my folks sound like yours. I took mine up to the little dam above Villaret du Nial above the Lac du Chevril (Tignes/Val) You can park at the dam and it's a level walk along the reservoir side, we found most of the high alpine flowers including gentiane and eidelweiss (look out for the rings of pebbles that other folks have used to highlight the rare ones). It got me lots of Brownie points!
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I think Menthon St Bernard, just north of Talloires (other side of the great cliff) is nicer than Talloires, and quieter. There are two roads off the main road, the first (coming from the south) is "Plage" and the second "Port". Take the Port road. There are some car parks and a very nicely located restaurant. A completely flat, easy, walk from there north to the "Plage". There's also an imposing chateau just up the road, inland. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Ch%C3%A2teau+de+Menthon-Saint-Bernard/@45.8623028,6.1677883,13z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x478b903251364787:0xabd5b4f52247c86b!2sLake+Annecy!3b1!8m2!3d45.8615248!4d6.1673232!3m4!1s0x478b92272b9f70d3:0x1c5cf46edc022dd7!8m2!3d45.8639576!4d6.2035877
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Actually, I think that's wrong. The first road is to the "Port" and that's the one you want.
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@pam w, The Chateau visit is excellent, and has an amazing golden tapestry from Louis XIV. Really interesting family have lived there uninterrupted for around 1000 years. Also Chateau de Montrottier - pretty much all school kids from Haute Savoie have a trip here at some point in their lives, and find it interesting.
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Yvoire is worth a day out
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I know it's the wrong lake, but as @Jonny996, has chipped in with a Lac Leman based trip, here's another:
I always take my folks (82, & 81) for a stroll along the stunning lake front at Montreux. - but this IS NOT NEAR Annecy.


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Thanks all. Montreux is a bit too far, @WindOfChange, but it looks lovely. @pam w, I'll definitely look at your suggestion-thanks!
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