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Villy-le-Bouveret (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton La Roche-sur-Foron
Community association Pays de Cruseilles
Coordinates 46 ° 3 '  N , 6 ° 10'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 3 '  N , 6 ° 10'  E
height 626-802 m
surface 3.49 km 2
Residents 597 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 171 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74350
INSEE code

Villy-le-Bouveret is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Villy-le-Bouveret is located at 774  m , about 16 kilometers north of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends from a panoramic location on the western roof of the Bornes plateau, above the Usses valley , south of the Salève , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 3.49 km² municipal area includes a section in the area of ​​the Bornes plateau. The western border runs along the Usses , a left tributary of the Rhone . This body of water flows south in a relatively wide but densely wooded valley and separates the ridge of the Salève from the Bornes plateau to the east. From the valley low, the municipality extends east to the high plateau, on which the highest point of Villy-le-Bouveret is reached at 802  m . Several side streams of the Usses drain the plateau in slightly incised erosion channels , including the Ruisseau du Grand Verray , which forms the southern municipal boundary.

In addition to the actual village, Villy-le-Bouveret also includes several hamlet settlements and farms, including (from north to south):

  • Falconnet ( 710  m ) in the Usses valley
  • Viollet ( 730  m ) on the ascent to the Villy plateau
  • Le Bouchet ( 745  m ) on the edge of the Villy plateau

Neighboring communities of Villy-le-Bouveret are Menthonnex-en-Bornes in the east, Groisy in the south and Cruseilles and Vovray-en-Bornes in the west.


Villy-le-Bouveret is first mentioned in writing in the 15th century. The place name is derived from the Latin (fundus) Villiacus , which means something like ground, bottom of the villius .


The village church of Villy-le-Bouveret was built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style. Ruins of the former Château du Turchet have been preserved.


Population development
year Residents
1962 225
1968 204
1975 180
1982 202
1990 261
1999 396
2006 507

With 597 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Villy-le-Bouveret is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the first half of the 20th century the population decreased continuously (1901 Villy-le-Bouveret still had 308 inhabitants). Since the mid-1970s, however, a significant increase in population has been recorded.

Economy and Infrastructure

Villy-le-Bouveret is still today a predominantly agricultural village. There are also some local small businesses. Some of the workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area and in the Geneva-Annemasse and Annecy area .

The village is off the main thoroughfares, near a department road that leads from Cruseilles over the Bornes plateau to La Roche-sur-Foron . The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 11 km away.

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