About the home
Comfort is important to the owner and this is reflected in numerous personal touches.
The chalet has 3 en-suite bedrooms on the lower floor: two twin rooms and one double. French windows in one of the twin rooms and the double open onto the hillside (downhill, west facing). There is copious cupboard space in each bedroom. A washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board are available. A sofa bed can be used to sleep up to 8 if required.
The middle floor has a large open plan sitting area, dining area and kitchen with south and west facing balconies. The south balcony is wide enough to accommodated a circular table suitable for up to 12. The sitting area has two huge comfortable sofas, a coffee table, TV (with DVD) and wood burning stove (wood available locally). The dining area has a circular table that unextended can take up to 9 people. The entrance hall exits uphill to the road and parking. There is sufficient room for equipment in the entrance hall, skis are normally left in/on the car or under cover at the front door. A WC is accessed from the entrance hall.
The upper floor will be completed by 15 Dec 13. It is planned to accommodate four: a double bedroom, a twin room and bathroom; the double is planned to have a basin. The top floor has its own partially covered balcony. Access to the top floor is at road level, therefore suitable for those who might find steps difficult.
Explore the village of Ayer; an old farming community with a tumble of raccards perched improbably on their stone pillars.
In summer hiking, cycling, paragliding, bungee jumping, canyoning, tennis, aerial adventure, mountaineering and much else.
In winter 3 ski resorts of valley only 10 minutes away, excellent uncrowded skiing for every ability range.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 500m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 9, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
The chalet itself is excellently appointed with all bedrooms en suite, fabulously comfortable sofas to sink into and a good selection of books, games and wide-screen TV with DVDs. Sofa bed enables 8 to stay.
From 15 Dec 13 the calet will be able to accommodate 10. It is planned to provide two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. At certain times of the year the chalet may be split, to accommodate 4 in the top floor independently from the rest of the chalet (please enquire for further details). Access to the top floor is at road level and will therefore be suitable for those who might find steps difficult.
Further details outdoors:
There is plenty of parking for cars and easy access from the road. A balcony provides the ideal location for an evening drink admiring the stunning views. There is a large table for lunch outside on the sheltered terrace.
The Swiss Alps / Valais/Swiss Alps region
AYER, VAL D'ANNIVIERS, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND.
Your destination is Ayer, a most charming village in the picturesque valley of the Val d’Anniviers, in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Switzerland is a contrast of mountains, lakes and cities; it is divided into a federation of cantons, each of which has considerable autonomy. The Canton of Valais is predominantly mountainous. The high ground is a refuge from the summer heat that is normal in France and Italy; in winter the Alps are a playground for the active and adventurous.
Apart from the weather, the spectacular landscape, the local culture, the flora and the fauna makes Valais and Ayer, in particular, an exceptional holiday destination.
The Ayer area
VAL D’ANNNIVIERS: HOLIDAY IN PARADISE IN SUMMER OR WINTER.
The "Val d’Anniviers" is an unspoilt valley that leads into the heart of the Alps that form the border between Switzerland and Italy. The valley has numerous farming villages, the most idyllic of which is Ayer, and is surrounded by the 'Imperial Crown' - five mountains over 4000m, including the Matterhorn; this is Heidi country, as suitable for a summer holiday as winter.
Walking, cycling/mountain biking, paragliding, mini golf, bungee jumping (www.bungy.ch), cayoning, mountaineering, tennis, visits to a copper mine, stargazing at the observatory and an aerial adventure park are some of the activities available. Anywhere in the valley you will find a wide range of refuges and restaurants, which make rewarding destinations, alternatively meander through the alpine pastures and the charming villages. Those needing a challenge can prepare for the Walkers' Haute Route or the demanding Sierre Zinal marathon.
Three ski areas suitable for beginners, intermediate and experts alike. Lifts to 2900 meters; over 225 kms (140 miles) of uncrowded piste, monitored snowfields, fun parks and limitless off piste. Caters for skiers (downhill, ski-touring, kite skiing or cross-country), snowboarders, snowshoe walkers or tobogganers. Services in the resorts include mountain guides, ski schools, kindergartens, ski hire, shops, bars, swimming pool, saunas, massages, skating rink, nightclub and restaurants.
The principal town in the valley is Vissoie and the three resorts are: Zinal, Grimentz, and St Luc/Chandolin. Ayer is central to these resorts, which can be reached by car in 10 minutes. All resorts in the Val d’Anniviers are covered by the same lift pass and accessible by bus. The lift pass is good value, for example, CHF 235 for six days for an adult; full details of reductions for children and those over 65 can be requested from their website.
Should you want to explore further afield from Ayer, the attractive towns of Sierre and Sion lie at the base of Val d’Anniviers in Rhone River valley. The area is well known for its wine, spa towns and castles. Golf is available at Crans sur Sierre the home of the Omega European Masters. Crans Montana, the Verbier ski area and Zermatt are close enough to day-ski or to visit. Tourist info 0041 27 475 1370.
How to get there
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To get to Ayer in Valais:
• Either fly to Geneva, Milan Malpensa or Basel with Easyjet. Then hire a car (snow tyres or chains essential in winter, consider roof box) or take a train (http://www.sbb.ch/en/) to Sierre from Geneva Airport, Gallarate (near Milan Malpensa) or Basel Airport. From Sierre take a bus (CarPostal) or taxi (Taxi Anniviers – 0041796286111) to Ayer.
• Or drive from the UK (8-10 hours from the channel ports).
• Or take the train (London St Pancras – Paris-Sierre, 10 hours, Eurostar and TGV) to Sierre and bus (C. arPostal) or taxi (Taxi Anniviers – 0041796286111) to Ayer.
Directions to Chalet Grouse, Cuckoo and Karma Zoura from Ayer will be sent to you when full payment has been received.
Remember: European Health Insurance Card (available from the Post Office), travel insurance, ski insurance and check passports are in date – yes, it has happened!
Activities near Ayer
Ski resort location
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
06 Jan 2013
Chalet Grouse was everything we needed and more. We had a fantastic week skiing in nearby Grimentz. The Chalet was wonderful. The kitchen and dining area was very well equipped to cater for 8 each... more
17 Aug 2012
Absolutely fabulous chalet. Accurate photographs. Excellent squashy and comfortable sofas and well equipped accommodation. Great advice and open honest information from the owner. Tourist card... more
06 Jul 2012
A very comfortable and well equipped chalet with very good views and a quiet location. Especially recommended for summer let for people interested in alpine plants and butterflies. A good choice for... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Easter 2013||17 Mar 13||7 Apr 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring and Early Summer||7 Apr 13||15 Jun 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|High Summer||15 Jun 13||22 Sep 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Fall and Early Winter||22 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||22 Dec 13||20 Apr 14||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Capacity of chalet will increase to 10 from 15 Dec13. It will be possible to rent for 4 or 6 people and should be requested on enquiring.
Changeover flexible normally on Sundays.
Prices for Dec 13-Apr 14 will be confirmed in response to an enquiry.
Payment of Ã??Ã?Â£250 secures the booking and is retained as a deposit against damage. This sum (less the cost of damages) is returned after your holiday.
The full weekly cost is payable eight weeks before the start of the holiday. Failure to make this payment jeopardises both the booking and the deposit (at the discretion of the owner).
Bookings made within 8 weeks of the start date of the holiday are to be paid in full, plus a Ã??Ã?Â£250 deposit.
The owner reserves the right to retain the deposit for holidays cancelled within 8 weeks of the 'first night'.
From 1 Apr 12 should you wish to take Chalet Grouse with either Chalets Karma Zoura or Chalet Cuckoo, please ask for the price with your enquiry.Enquire now
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