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Chalet | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Nestling in the Vosges Mountains and at 850m high Le Cerf is a bright, comfortable and well-equipped chalet and ideal for family activity holidays or for friends looking for a relaxing and peaceful environment.
The region offers countless possibilities:
Within minutes of the house are downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, mountain biking, hiking, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, parascending and horse-riding or simply enjoying a stroll in the relaxing countryside. Equally there are kilometres of mountain, forest and lake walks. Walking maps and laminated sheets (English and French) are available for our guests' use. They are graded according to length and difficulty.
Within only half an hour's drive, you can be wine-tasting or exploring the gorgeous villages of Alsace – a true delight all year round, but especially in Autumn or when browsing the fairytale Christmas markets.
Day visits to Strasbourg, historic Colmar, Mulhouse with its Bugatti museum amongst many others, German health spas, WW1 and WW2 historic sites, trenches and museums.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Longemer Lake 6.4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6.4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg 102 km, Nearest railway: St. Die 28 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, 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||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Bright and airy
Cosy and warm
Fondue set, raclette set
|Further details outdoors|
Secluded and peaceful
Sun loungers provided
See the deer on the hill opposite and in the forest
Many species of wild birds and birds of prey visible from the house and garden
Off road parking
Owners live in chalet next door and will welcome guests to Le Cerf. Paul and Dawn will happily help you to plan any day trips and pass on local knowledge, shop prior to your arrival, book restaurants and help you any way they can.
The Lorraine region
The Vosges Mountains enjoys 4 seasons: daffodils in Springtime, regular temperatures of 35deg C in summer but it is very green so we do get rain as well, beautiful autumn colours and skiing in winter. Close to Alsace and the German border the area is steeped in history of Franco-German conflicts with wonderful architecture reflecting the process. The terrain varies from gently sloping to rugged without being harsh - wonderful walks, scenery and an unspoilt natural beauty.
The area has unspoilt views, great lakes and beaches with cafes, sailing and various types of boating. Local attractions include go -karting , adventure climbing , rafting, summer luges and Alpine and Cross country skiing. A sweet factory at Fraize, fascinating local museum at Xonrupt containing examples of native fauna. Gerardmer has many shops and boasts a lovely lake surrounded by many amenities including an ice rink, ten pin bowling alley, tennis courts and casino. There are numerous concerts and musical events during the year. Major events are the famous bi-annual daffodil festival (Fetes de Jonquilles) in April, the annual film festival in January and the international triathlon in September. The Tour de France passes through the area on a regular basis and many cyclists use the area as a training base.The area encourages tourists and is proud of its welcome and the diversity of what it offers to different age groups and different interests. Motorcyslists are well catered for and some brilliant touring routes are to be found in the area and indeed across the border into Germany and Switzerland.
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18 Nov 2013
"Lovely location, warm welcome."
Our first visit to Alsace. For us a lovely mountain location with walks up into the mountains and forest right out the door.The owners live next door and we enjoyed our warming casserole on arrival. B… More
18 Nov 2012
"Great week Great Scenery and Great Hospiltality"
We Arrived with 6" of snow to greet us but Paul and Dawn welcomed us with the log burner in full flow and the chalet warm and cosy , the cakes went down a treat as we settled down for our first night . When we woke we had crystal blue sky and with the snow glistening in the sunlight it was a sight to behold
The Chalet more than meet our expectations nestling in a valley with great views across and down the valley, Gerardmer is about 5 miles away with plenty of shops and the lake. We will be back as a week was not enough to explore the Vosges a beautiful area which seems to be off the tourist radar which makes for a peaceful and relaxed stay
28 Aug 2012
"Cosy and welcoming gite in a stunning unspoilt region of France."
Superbly located gite allowing easy travel to mountains, lakes and beautiful and interesting towns and villages. Gerardmer very handy for shopping. Trip to Colmar worth it to see architecture, old streets and canals and on the way stop at Munster to see the storks in their nests on the tops of buildings. Buy some Munster cheese which although smelly, is delicious. Boating on Lac du Longemer and excellent hill/forest walks around Lac des Corbieres. For a rainy day the railway museum at Mulhouse is excellent.
25 May 2012
Really nice property with great views, great comfort and facilities and really helpful owners. We would certainly use again although you do need a vehicle to the nearest shops.
31 Dec 2011
"Beautiful location, quiet, tranquil, well appointed chalet, very helpful owners."
Dawn and Paul were very helpful without being obtrusive. They really did go out of their way to help us with anything we needed eg. ski hire, where to go skiing etc. or any questions about the chalet. They got out of bed at 2.00a.m. to help us up the road when we arrived!
We only skied in Gérardmer (about 20mins away) which was more than adequate for us as first time skiers. Lessons are available. We had a family lesson (2 adults 3 children) for 70 euros 1hr. Ski hire for all of us was 270 euros for 4 days. This included boots, skis, poles and 1 helmet. This was at Lou ski Pierre Du Monde.
La Bresse is a much bigger resort and about 1/2 hr away which would offer more advanced skiers better skiing.
You will need either ski chains or a 4x4 to get up the very last bit of road to the chalet if there is snow on the ground.
We ended up leaving our car at the bottom in a safe place and walking up, but this wasn't a problem. We left all the skiing equipment in the roofbox.
The chalet has a very efficient log burner (the logs were free) which soon warmed the place up and a fantastic ceiling mounted clothes dryer (I call it a Sheila) which got all the ski stuff dry each day.
The downstairs bedrooms were a little cold especially the first night, and we were a little reluctant to leave the electric heaters on much, as electricity was not included in the price and know how expensive this can be. But once we had been there a couple of days the warmth was not a problem. I think the property had been empty for a while before us so needed a warm through. We only ended up paying £40 for the electricity.
All the bedrooms having an en suite made getting out in the morning much easier but be careful about using too much hot water and the last person having a cold shower. It happened once to us but once we realized we just spaced the showering out to give the water a chance to warm up again or were quick. (Teenage daughter washing hair was a bit of a problem).
The views from the living room and main bedroom were stunning.
The kitchen has all you need. I cooked in it several evenings without any problems. The wine bottle opener could do with replacing as the bit you need to pull on is now sharp. Minor complaint though.
We visited a lovely Christmas market in Munster. The local one in Geradmer was very good also. The Vin chaud is a must especially after skiing. There is a lovely creperie on the right hand side just as you get into Geradmer. Definitely worth a visit.
All in all a very pleasant holiday. Very relaxing even though we are a family and it was the week before Christmas. We would definitely go this time of year again as the slopes are so much quieter than February half term. Not always guaranteed the snow though. And much less busy than the Alps.
Many thanks for your review and delighted you enjoyed your stay in Le Cerf. Cork screw has been replaced! Electric costs were €31 rather than €40. Best wishes.
31 Dec 2011
"Le Cerf, delightfull and a perfect stay to de-stress"
We stayed at le Cerf with the whole family (5 adults).
Very nice chalet with lovely views and enough space for all of us.
The surroundings were splendid.
Nice opportunities for skiing at Gerardmer and la Bresse.
A 3 hours guided walk with raquets on through the snowy woods at le Schlucht was wonderful and memorable.
As for our friendly hosts, Paul and Dawn Keddie, all our credits to them both.
We really had a magnificient stay in the Vosges!
22 Dec 2011
"Excellent Accommodation in a Great Location"
This is one of the best appointed Gites that we have come across, the English owners who live next door are very knowledgeable on the area as well as willing to offer help on your stay in France. They do not however impose themselves on your stay. Location of the Gite is in a quiet village, with Auberges in close proximity, they were however closed during our stay so cannot comment on their services. Instructions to find the Gite are clear with only the final few kilometres being tricky (just make sure you read the Km numbers on the D73? Signposts.
Inside the Gite has 3 large bedrooms, one on the upper floor with access from the main living area, it is en-suite with a large double bed. Downstairs are the other 2 bedrooms one being en-suite with a very good shower, this room was during our visit fitted with 2 single beds. The 3rd bedroom has a double bed with French doors to the garden. Downstairs is also a bathroom with bath and overhead shower. With door configurations this becomes en-suite. All bathrooms have electric heaters in various forms.
The main living area has comfortable seating for 6, plus a dining area and a very well appointed kitchen containing dishwasher, cooker, microwave, large fridge and freezer unit. The main living area also has a very efficient wood burning stove and during our visit, mid October (including snow) was very efficient at heating the upper area. Hot water is provided by solar panels and is plentiful and very hot. Off of the main living area is a small balcony with lovely views over the valley. Accomodation also has free WiFi
The area which is the gateway to the Alsace, offers excellent sightseeing opportunities, Strasburg a city of contrasts is about 1.5-2 hours drive, Park and Ride is cheap about 3.5 euro per car ( in our case for 4!) and includes bus/tram ride into town and back. Colmar ( even better than Strasburg in our opinion) about 40 minutes and the German border about 1 hour away. The area also has a great abundance of walks/hikes /cross-country skiing to suit all abilities. Nearest ski slope is 500 metres away. The autumn colours during our stay were spectacular and the reflection in many of the beautiful lakes were stunning. The same lakes provide canoeing and bathing in the summer months. Overall this is one of the nicest regions we have visited in France.
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