Chamonix Centre - Fireplace - 2BR Wifi
from £49 /night help
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The flat is tucked back from the main street, facing the beautiful glacially fed Arve river. The private balcony has views of Mont Blanc and catches the morning and early afternoon sun. It sleeps 6 people.
In winter we rent weekly through the weeks of Christmas and New Year. After that the flat is ONLY available as a full season rental from January 5 until May 15. Please contact us for a quote on that seasonal rate. Signing a French rental contract is required.
There is a master bedroom with a double bed, a family bunk room with 2 bunk beds (4 single beds) as well as a double pull out sofa in the living room. Each bedroom has plenty of room to walk around and ample storage in closets and wardrobes.
There is one toilet (separate to the bath facilities), one shower room (off of the master bedroom), and one full length bath tub/shower (off of the family bedroom).
The open plan living/dining room has a beautiful closed fireplace which helps to heat the apartment on cold winter nights. The galley style kitchen features a tall fridge/freezer, oven and 4 burner vitro-ceramic stove top. There is no dishwasher and no microwave, as we prefer to give over space for storing food and dishes in our kitchen.
You will be only a 5 minute walk to the popular Aiguille du Midi lift (and the famous Vallée Blanche ski run) or to the Brèvent lift station. You are also a 250m walk to the Cham Bus stop which brings you quickly to all the hamlets up and down the Chamonix valley ski areas, and a short 5 minute walk to the nearest train station.
The Aiguille du Midi SNCF train stop is the closest, or the Chamonix main train station is an easy few minutes from the town center location of this apartment.
Unlike other apartments in Chamonix town center, the Residence Anna Bouclier is very quiet (double glazed windows and 3 ft thick stone walls help). It is in a small building with only 2 other apartments, set back from the street level, and right on the riverside - you will not need to worry about getting good night's sleep before your ski, hike or climb.
The glacial river keeps the apartment cool in the summer, and the enclosed cast iron and glass fireplace helps keeps it toasty warm and inviting during colder weather. There are additional electric wall radiators in the apartment.
Skiing. Chamonix offers runs to challenge every level of skier from the beginner to the expert. It is best for skiers of a moderate ability and higher, though certainly there are several ski hills for beginners.
The closest ski lifts to the flat are the Brèvent, the Aiguille du Midi and the beginner lifts at the Planards and the Savoy. All are walking distance. The off piste high mountain runs off of the Aiguille du Midi do require hiring a mountain guide before attempting these routes. We are also close to several ski rental outlets.
The free Chamonix ski bus or the SNCF trains will take you quickly to the other ski areas of Chamonix, and the main bus stop is only a hundred metres from the flat, near the Office of Tourism. Most of the ski areas are unconnected, except the Brévent-Flégère. Free buses run between all the areas, and each area is big enough that normally it is best to pick one and ski there for the day, rather than switching between them. These ski areas are:
Le Tour, at the end of the valley - with plenty of great wide blue and red pistes and lovely rolling off piste terrain. The groomed runs are great for carving and if you are trained in avalanche awareness, the off piste is heaven. The off piste is not avalanche controlled (anywhere in France) therefore a mountain guide or ski instructor are recommended to bring you off piste safely if you are not trained up on this. If you want to travel off piste on a glacier, a mountain guide is required, otherwise you can book a ski instructor to go off piste safely.
La Flégère, on the sunny side of the valley - lots of rolling and steep off piste and easy couloirs to test your mettle along side a gentle green beginners area and many wide intermediate pistes. The Flégère can be accessed via the Brèvent ski area lifts as well, and so is also technically walking distance from the apartment if you use the liaison lifts . If you choose to descend the Flégère ski out run rather than return to the Brévent, a bus will zip you back to town centre in a few minutes.
Les Grands Montets - the crown jewel of Chamonix off piste challenges rests in this ski area. This ski station boasts challenging intermediate runs and expert runs (this area has no green runs so is not recommended for beginners or timid intermediates) and is generally steep. The blue runs at this area may be labelled red runs in other places ! The off piste at the Grands Montets is what it is all about though, and many runs are left un-groomed but avalanche controlled so that you can build your off piste abilities without worry. Bumps abound in times without frequent snowfall, and when there is fresh, the powder runs are outstanding.
You also can access many off piste glaciated ski tours and the famous off-piste 'Pas de Chevre' itinerary from this ski hill. These are not avalanche controlled and therefore a mountain guide is highly recommended for anyone not fully trained and qualified in glacier travel and avalanche awareness and search and rescue techniques. In fact, you will be out of fashion on this ski hill if you do not carry (and know how to use) your avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Fat skis are will feel at home here.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Passy 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva Airport - http://www.gva.ch/? 90 km, Nearest railway: Chamonix SNCF station 200 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Rhône-Alpes region
The French department 74, the Haute Savoie includes Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc and beautiful Lake Annecy. To the North, Haute-Savoie borders on Switzerland, with Geneva as the closest major town. The town of Évian-les-Bains is on the French shore of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman in French), and is famous for its mineral water Evian. To the East, the Haute-Savoie has a common border with Italy and a 23km tunnel under Mont Blanc connects the French alpine sports town of Chamonix to the Italian resort town of Courmayeur.
The area was originally known as the Duchy de Savoie, and this alpine region of 3 countries all share a similar alpine culture. In Courmayeur Italy the locals speak French and Italian both and this part of Switzerland speaks French.
Local trains and buses bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley.
We are an hour's easy motorway drive to Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre. You can take a train or drive to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland in the French speaking cantons of Vaud or Geneve for museums and art.
From Chamonix by car or bus you can make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to nearby Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner. There is wonderful hiking and ski touring and skiing in this area, and the amazing Gran Paradiso nature reserve is a wonderful place to hike or ski tour, as are the closer valleys above Courmayeur of Val Ferret and Val Veny (accessible by bus from Courmayeur and Chamonix) which are part of the Tour du Mont Blanc walking tour.
The local culture and patios is known as "Savoyarde" and the region retains an independent spirit and was one of the main centers of the French resistance fighters in WWII. This region was the birthplace of mountain guiding in Europe with the Chamonix Compagnie des Guides first forming in 1821.
Local food specialities are similar to other parts of the European Alps and include many cheese, potato and pork based dishes such as fondu, raclette and tartiflette. Farming and tourism make up much of the economy, though in the valleys specialty fine detail machining of metal parts is another strong factor. But new trends like healthier vegetarian eating are finally starting to make their way into the region.
Local artisinal cheeses include Tomme, Beaufort, Abondance and Raclette and respected local white wines include Jongieux, Chignin and Apremont. Local crafts include wood carving and bell-making as well as naïve painting on wood.
The Haute-Savoie region has more nature reserves than any other French department :
Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve in Chamonix (3,300 ha)
Les Contamines Nature Reserve at Les Contamines Montjoie (5,500 ha)
Bout du Lac Nature Reserve in Doussard (84 ha)
Carlaveyron Nature Reserve in Les Houches (598 ha)
Passy Nature Reserve (1,717 ha)
Delta de la Dranse Nature Reserve in Publier-Amphion (45 ha)
Sixt Nature Reserve (9,200 ha)
Roc de Chère Nature Reserve in Talloires (68 ha)
Bérard Valley Nature Reserve in Vallorcine
Chamonix Town Centre
Ski season starts normally in mid-December and ends in early May. Hiking season runs from mid June until mid September for hut to hut hiking in the higher mountains. Good walking weather can often still be found in October, though the mountain refuges are shut.
Between the main summer and winter seasons many, but not all, lifts in town are shut. If you don't mind walking uphill the mid-September to late October season can be stunningly beautiful in the valley, with fewer tourists and lovely colour in the trees.
Check the website of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc who manage the lifts to find out what will be open when you want to travel.
In late November, the lifts are shut for annual maintenance so check the Compagnie du Mont Blanc web page for dates before booking.
Chamonix is a year-round resort town, steeped in alpine history (the first winter Olympics were held in Chamonix in 1924) and is renowned for skiing as well as mountaineering, hiking and climbing with famous peaks such as Mont Blanc (4810m), Mont Buet, Aiguille Verte and the Drus. It is home to the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in France (after the Tour Eiffel in Paris) - which is the Aiguille du Midi - the highest vertical lift in Europe giving stunning 360 degree views of the region and of Mont Blanc and the French and Italian alps and taking you up to an altitude of 3810m.
Chamonix is accessible to hikers and mountain walkers of all levels. Lift systems in the valley bring you up into the high mountains quickly, and well marked walking paths bring you to gorgeous mountain views. The multi-day Tour du Mont Blanc walking tour starts in Chamonix.
By car you can also make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner.
Local trains and buses (free with your tourist card) bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley. Also an easy 1 hour drive to visit Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre or to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland (train service available) for museums and art.
Other Activities: ice climbing, glacier walking, ski touring, mountain biking, rock climbing, thermal baths
Ski: The local Compagnie du Mont Blanc operates the ski lifts in winter. There is normally a heavily discounted pass available if you purchase your pass before the end of November. The 'Unlimited' ski pass includes all the lifts in the Chamonix valley and Les Houches, nearby Courmayeur Italy. The season's pass includes several ski days in Verbier, as well as 3 'visitor' passes for one day in your choice of several other ski resorts in the Haute Savoie (including Morzine-Avoriaz, Megeve, St Gervais, Combloux and Les Contamines).
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20 Oct 2014
"Superb French Alpine Getaway"
This charming apartment with loads of character is located in the town center. But despite this it's a very peaceful location. It's superbly equipped with traditional chalet décor and has … More
11 Sep 2014
"A wonderful rental in Chamonix"
While the location right in the city center is fantastic for being walking distance to absolutely anything you could want, the fact that the apartment is on the backside of the building, next to the river made the street noise disappear behind the sounds of the rushing river. The apartment is spacious and well furnished. Both owners were very responsive to any questions or concerns we had both before the trip and during when we had small questions. They live nearby so Rob was also to stop by within 10 minutes when we had a question. I highly recommend this apartment!
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