La châtaigne de Rovorée
Rovorée-La Châtaignière - un espace magique au bord du Léman (a magical space on the shores of Léman) really is a hidden gem of the Haute Savoie and often missed by people who flock to visit the neighbouring medieval village of Yvoire. However, you really should include it in your itinerary as this unspoilt natural country park has so much to offer! It is a place to walk and discover ancient feudal buildings but also is a place to stop and relax on the edge of Leman in peace and quiet.
Rovorée-La Châtaignière is a 24 hectare site made up of two large adjacent properties owned by the Department of the Haute Savoie and the Conservatoire du Littoral, which protects the coastal strip of Lake leman. It is one of the largest natural sites accessible to the public on the French side of Lake Geneva and is not a developed urban park but a sensitive natural area sheltering an ancient forest with its spectacular chestnut trees, lakeshores with tufa caves and medieval vestiges, forest and shore birds and a splendid panorama on Lake Geneva.
A nature lovers’ paradise Rovorée-La Châtaignière has a rich biodiversity and no less than 350 species of plant, 87 species of birds, 29 species of butterflies and 13 species of bats!
Indeed, as you enter the park you view the ancient Manoir de Rovorée with its swathes of wild grasses and the magnificent ancient trees, but really it is the glimpse of the Lake Geneva that draws you past the ancient building to the shoreline. Rovorée-La Châtaignière has a 1.2 km lake front and the path leads you past little cottages and the second manor house on the neighbouring property to the lake path. here you come across a little jetty and the choice of continuing towards Yvoire or taking the path to the medieval wall. This path to the wall is a typical woodland path with roots and rocks in the shade of the giant chestnut trees but you are also rewarded with constant views of Leman.
The path is well signposted and informative panels explain the history of this medieval property with its little tuf caves (artificial caves carpeted with chalky deposits of Tuf. It is explained how the Turretini managed the numerous reappearances of moraine or glacial debris of the caves that are carpeted with ground ivy and moss and often laced with ice in the winter. The walk brings you past little inlets and continues in a circular route past the giant boulders deposited from the glacial age (remember that this is part of the Geo parc of the Chablais) to the remains of the ancient moat that formed part of the ancient defences.
More than just a walk – an experience and view into the past of the history of Lake Leman.
Linda loves being a tourist in her own town. It has become a passion to discover new places to share with their friends and guests