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Barn / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 12
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Barn / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 12
La Grange is a converted barn (built in 1830) situated in a small and authentic Alpine hamlet just south of Chambery and right at the heart of the Chartreuse National Nature Park, France. The surrounding pre-alps top out at 6500 ft and provide stunning views, skiing and other mountain sports in Winter plus some of the best hill-walking in France during the Summer. The Chartreuse region was designated as a National Nature Park some years ago in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty plus the fact that it is home to some of the rarest Alpine flora in Europe and sports an extensive range of wildlife (with some breeds being unique to the Park). In addition, the area is steeped in history and is famously known for the original Chartusian monastery after which it is named. La Chartreuse is in close proximity to Grenoble (the capital of the Alps), Annecy and Chambery.
The barn conversion has been completed with a great deal of love and attention and provides comfortable 3-star accommodation for 6 to 12 people (depending on group make-up). Environmental issues where also taken into account impact in this sensitive landscape. We have installed a photovoltaic roof, which provides for all our electricity needs and heat our water with a solar system specially adapted to altitude. There is a large communal kitchen/dining room for up to 12 people. Each bedroom features an en-suite shower room and toilet. A large wooden terrace is available outdoors for Summer dining plus a comfortable lounge with Sat. TV, free wifi and a wood burning stove.
La Grange is an ideal venue for the more intrepid traveller interested in outdoor activity sport and nature. Hiking is a popular Summer activity, as is cycling, climbing, caving, horse riding, trail running and via-ferrata. Winter guests can enjoy the full range of winter sports including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snow-shoe tours. There are over 2000 kilometres of pistes and trails available in the Park itself. Our charming little hamlet is approx' 4 kilometres from the local town, St. Pierre d'Entremont where the usual range of shops, banks and services are available. St. Pierre also boasts one of the best organic butchers in France and, of course, the Savoie region is well known for the high quality of its cheeses and extensive range of locally produced wines.
La Grange represents an excellent venue for all types of small group activities. In recognition of the excellent walking available quite literally from our door, we now organise all inclusive walking holidays for groups of 4 or more. We are also happy to organise and contribute towards group stays for self-development work, photography, painting, food and wine, cookery and more. Contact the owners to discuss in detail. Though not included in our regular self-catering rental rates, we are happy to quote and provide food if required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aiguebelette-le-Lac 28 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 116 km, Nearest railway: Chambery 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
The Rhône-Alpes region
Sometimes called the 'Emerald Mountains', the Chartreuse region borrowed it's name from the world famous Carthusian Order founded in 1084 and has long been a source of inspiration for artists and writers. Stendhal referred to the area as 'The Jewel of the
Alps'. The monastery was also immortalised by the poet Wordsworth in his poem 'The Grande Chartreuse'. More recently, the iconic 20th century musician Jacques Brel lived in St. Pierre de Chartreuse. Today, St. Pierre de Chartreuse hosts an annual festival to celebrate his life and work.
At the crossroads of the Alps and the Jura Mountains, the Chartreuse Massif looks out over Grenoble to the south and Chambery to the north. A varied landscape and an abundant water supply have created a multitude of microclimates in the area, and make for lush vegetation. The Chartreuse Regional Nature Park's originality stems from this constantly changing and fascinating natural environment. The diverse nature of its three regions makes the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park unique.
Today, The Chartreuse Nature Park is one of the best areas for summer hill walking in France and is an excellent and undiscovered venue for winter skiing, snow-show tours and winter sports - in short, all sorts of outdoor activities, all year round. Little known to English tourists, La Chartreuse offers the authentic alpine experience. This calm mountain retreat is situated just a short distance from the spectacular Cirque de St. Même with it's 300 metre high cliffs and tumbling waterfalls. St. Pierre d'Entremont, the local town, is 5 kms distance and has a wide range of shops including an organic butcher, a superb cheese shop, a well-stocked mini supermarket, newsagents, pharmacy, two cash machines, a post office and a petrol station. There is also a local tourist office offering a good range of local handicrafts and gifts.
A few years ago, the Chartreuse National Park in general and 'Les Vallée des Entremonts' in particular were almost unknown to English travellers. St. Pierre d'Entremont is the largest town in this area and, nowadays, is a busy and authentic alpine market town with an increasingly international clientele.
During Summer, the streets drum with the feet of hill walkers preparing for one of the many wonderful mountain trails - or perhaps getting up the nerve to try the well known (and challenging!) via verata just outside town. Local walks of interest include the 'Cirque de St. Meme', Mont Granier, Grand Som and countless less aerobic trails. The main Summer activity is hill walking though all manner of outdoor activities are available, either guided (by one of several local companies) or independently.
Winter usually brings its fair share of snow and activities generally switch to one of the seven ski resorts situated in the Chartreuse National Park. The resort at St. de Chartreuse offers a wide range of pistes for all levels of skiing with smaller resorts catering for cross-country skiers, snow-shoe walkers and sledging. Many of the summer hiking trails double up as excellent snow-shoe trails for the winter. Ski passes can be surprisingly cheap compared to the better known resorts - as can accommodation and eating out! The town itself sports a full range of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers (perhaps not!).
The butchers shop is known all over the Chartreuse for the excellence of its organic produce and the cheese shop is something to behold! The local tourist office is doing its best to keep up with an increasingly international cliental but, it has to be said, there is very little spoken English as yet. However, the office now represents an organisation of local craftsmen and displays a marvelous selection of art/craft gifts and mementos. Best brush up your French and save your visit to the last day!
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