Completed in 2010, Les Fermes de Jules is one of two chalet buildings housing a small number of luxury apartments. Built in a traditional style but incorporating the latest technology to provide a secure, cosy home with wonderful views in a quiet yet accessible location.
Situated next to the church in the centre of the village, less than a minute's walk to the shops. In summer you can relax on the balcony, watch the sun set on Mont du Grange and listen to the tinkling of the cows as they graze in the meadow. In winter watch the skiers on the local slope or the husky dogs pulling their sleds vying for space with the cross-country skiers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva, Nearest railway: Thonon les Bains or Aigle|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment has underfloor heating and is furnished in a relaxed but luxurious style. With firm but comfortable beds, dressed in beautiful soft bedding, and thick cosy towels to encase you after that long lingering soak, or hot steamy shower.
The living area has a very spacious and contemporary feel to it with a soft leather L shaped sofa bed, relaxing chairs and a stunning glass table and chairs. The kitchen is cleverly fitted in white gloss units with contrasting dark worktops providing all the essentials you need in a very workable design. Equipment includes a fridge/freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine/dryer. A comprehensive range of smaller equipment and tools fills the drawers to ensure you have everything necessary to feel at home. As well as a TV with both English and French channels, we have a DVD, CD, radio and I-pod dock, there is also a telephone with free calls to English landlines to complete the luxuries. We cannot list everything but as this is our second home we've tried to ensure absolutely everything you need is to hand, including walking poles and rucksack!
|Further details outdoors|
The corner balcony affords wonderful views in all directions and ensures sunshine all day long. It is well equipped with a table and four comfortable chairs and two relaxer chairs with footstools. Some candles, for that romantic lighting. (There are two outside electric lights as well) and a secure underground garage, complete with 2 sledges for the adventurous among you!
Local ski slope opposite apt (5 min walk or skiable when weather permits) or for larger area - bus stops outside church (2 min walk) Or short drive.
Strictly no smoking
Not suitable for children under 5
This area of the Rhone Alps (The Abondance Valley) is famed for it's beautiful scenery. Half an hour in the car and you can be on the beach at Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva. Here you can sail, shop in the medieval town centre or have supper by the waterfront. Ten minutes drive along the lake brings you to the pretty town of Evian, famous for its spa water. Another 20 minutes and you’re in Geneva itself where you can shop till you drop in the designer boutiques or sit back and watch the world go by on one of the paddle steamer trips.
In the other direction (through Chatel) you are just 20 minutes drive over the mountains to Switzerland. There are lots of pretty villages and interesting towns within easy reach. Montreaux is worth a visit with a pretty waterfront and beautiful situation with the mountains as a backdrop – don’t forget to visit the statue of Freddie Mercury in his beloved town.
Further afield but still within a couple of hours you can visit Chamonix and Mont Blanc and the beautiful towns of Annecy and Lausanne.
La Chapelle is an unspoilt traditional Savoyard village in the heart of the Port du Soleil ski area. With a varied selection of shops, bars, restaurants, tourist information and even a cinema you should find your needs met within a few minutes walk of the apartment. In summer there are numerous walks on the doorstep (both gentle and strenuous) and for the more energetic there is via-ferata, horse riding, mountain biking, several types of water-sport and paragliding. In winter there is cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, dog-sleds (right outside the apartment) and of course 650km of downhill skiing spanning both France and Switzerland.
The nearest town is Chatel, only 5 minutes drive up the valley. Here you will find a busy, vibrant atmosphere with a wonderful selection of shops, restaurants, large supermarket, bowling alley, ice rink in winter, and outdoor swimming pool and tennis in summer. Plus open air concerts.
The area has all the facilities of a large resort, but without the package holidays and coach parties. The skiing is fantastic, catering for all abilities with good ski schools and mountain restaurants. The Port du Soliel covers Chatel, La Chapelle, Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz. as well as several small resorts in Switzerland.