The rural commune of Choisy is located 15 km northwest of Annecy and 30 km from Geneva. Its altitude is 611 m and its population is 1,632.
Geography and History
This small commune of Haute-Savoie borders on La Balme-de-Sillingy. The surface area of the commune is 70% agricultural land and 20% forest. Its territory is located between the Petites Usses stream and the Mandallaz mountain. The climate is mountainous, but Choisy benefits from a good amount of sunshine.
Historically, its name comes from a derivative of the Gallo-Roman domain Cauciacum. Later, Choisy became part of the historic province of the States of Savoy. A fortified house was mentioned in 1479. The Choisy castle was built in 1559. The lordship of Choisy then passed to the Conzié family until the Revolution. The population then declined over time. The proximity of Annecy attracts a part of the population. Since 1975, the number of inhabitants has increased regularly.
The commune has a nursery school and a primary school. Waste collection is managed by the community of communes of Fier et Usses. The CCFU has delegated its competence in tourism to the inter-communal tourist office Alter’Alpa Tourisme.
The waste collection centre is located in the commercial zone, Chemin de Chantepoulet, Lieu-dit “Les Marais Noirs”, 74330 Épagny Metz-Tessy. Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. during the summer. From 9 am to 12 am and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm during winter hours.
Due to the absence of a cinema, a “Ciné-Bus” is present in the chief town during the months of November and December.
Top rated hotels
Depending on your budget, we have selected five hotels near Choisy that offer excellent value for money and have very good customer reviews:
Les Haies Vives
This accommodation with swimming pool is located in the commune of Choisy. The rooms include a bathroom and a private toilet. The economical price allows you to visit Annecy at a lower cost. Walking routes can be recommended.
From 61€ per night.
Domaine de la Caille
This beautiful estate offers room service, a restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Children can enjoy the large playground. The city of Annecy, 15 km away, can easily be visited. Private parking is free of charge.
Prices start at € 74 per night.
Les Rochers Blancs
This beautiful hotel, located in La Balme-de-Silingy, offers room service and a large swimming pool. The rooms are large and well equipped. The cuisine is refined. Nearby you can visit the Jardins Secrets de Vaux and the Gorges du Fier.
From 74 € per night.
The Originals City, Hotel Annecy Aéroport
This beautiful hotel is located 10 km from Choisy and close to Annecy. The spacious rooms are equipped with a desk, hospitality tray and hot drinks. The shores of Lake Annecy are a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Rates start at € 66 per night.
Première Classe Annecy Nord – Épagny
This budget hotel offers a cost-effective way to visit Annecy. It is close to the A41 motorway and the large shopping centre of Grand Épagny. The rooms are well designed and have a private bathroom.
Rates start at € 52 per night.
About thirty craftsmen and shopkeepers are located in Choisy. They are mainly active in the construction sector. The agricultural activity remains dominant with nearly 30 farms that produce 3.5 million litres of milk, which are then transformed into Abondance and Emmental de Savoie cheeses. The community life is well developed with more than 20 associations that organise numerous activities.
Monuments and historical sites
You can visit several secular and religious monuments of interest:
This building is a former fortified house from the 16th century. The castle is also known as Château de la Balme.
The fortified house of Rossy
It was the residence of the lords of Reydet de Vulpillières. It is now restored and inhabited.
The church of Choisy
This beautiful religious building is dedicated to Saint-Benoît. It contains objects made by the artist Jean Constant Demaison.
Other remarkable historical elements
- The bread ovens of Rosières and Rossy.
- The old chapel of Véry.
- The beautiful oratory near the church.
- The school of Choisy was built between 1862 and 1965. At that time, classes were paid for and taught by the regent, who was often the parish priest. The price depended on the wealth of the families.
Choisy Town Hall
The town hall is located at 71 Route de l’Église, 74330 Choisy.Opening hours: Mondays from 8.30 am to 12 noon, Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm, Thursdays from 8.30 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 7 pm and Fridays from 2 pm to 5 pm.