The house

We’re Alain & Sylvie, your hosts for the duration of your stay. We live in the main house next to the B&B, which was renovated in 2013 and has been home to our family for five generations. We feel truly privileged to live in such a remarkable location with our daughters, and our heart is set on sharing this family heritage with visitors from around the world.

The history of the property dates back to 1923, when Sylvie’s great-grandparents, Otto and Rose Aeschbach, bought the land in the commune of Le Petit Saconnex, which was then an independent town in the Canton of Geneva. They built an impressive residence designed by the architect Maurice Braillard, as well as an adjacent garage, and made it into a home for them and their sons. At that time, the Mervelet street was nothing more than a dirt track rarely used by cars, and was surrounded by farms and pastures. Over the years, the house has been enlarged, renovated and adapted according to the occupants’ needs.

Threatened by the growth of urban development in the 1990s, part of the Mervelet neighbourhood has fortunately now been officially recognised for its cultural heritage, and has been classified as a protected site.

In 2012, we decided to undertake some renovations to modernise the house, where Sylvie’s grandparents had been living. We moved here in 2013 with the ambition of converting the outbuilding into a guest house.

Over the years, the garage has also been enlarged, with a workshop added, as well as a loft conversion. By the end of 2014, with the completion of the remodelling and renovations, we were ready to open Le Jour & La Nuit Bed and Breakfast.