Samoens Apartment French Alps
About the home
A lovely first floor 2 bedroom French Alps apartment, located just 100m from the historic town centre. The apartment is situated in the Jardin Des Neiges building which is a stones throw away from the town centre yet secluded enough to benefit from peace and tranquility. The recently updated apartment sleeps 4-6 people. One is a double bedroom with french doors and great views and the second is an adult sized bunk bedroom. The apartment has 1 bathroom and 2 wc's. The bathroom has a large corner shower cubicle with a power shower for those aching bones.
The living area is bright and open plan with double doors opening out onto a large, south facing balcony with stunning mountain views. There is a large corner sofabed and dining area. The fitted kitchen is fully equipped and offers ample workspace, dishwasher, washing machine, combination oven/microwave and ceramic hob. The apartment has a flatscreen TV, Playstation 2 with games, DVD player with DVDs and CDs. Books and games for all ages. The apartment has been designed to cater for families and offers the use of a highchair, travel cot and baby bath if required.
A guest book is provided which gives you information on the best places to visit, drink, dine, get ski hire etc.
There is a small private garage plus an additional parking space and also storage for skis. The garage provides great storage space for skis, bikes climbing gear etc.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Morillon - life guarded beach on lake, 4km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 200m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, 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:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
Highly suited for families with small children. There are 2 stools available to enable 6 people to sit at the dining table.
Further details outdoors:
South facing larger than average balcony with patio table and chairs provided. Private parking and garage included.
The Rhone / French Alps / Haute-Savoie region
The beautiful village of Samoens is located in the Giffre valley about an hours drive from Geneva. Unlike many ski resorts, the village has a life of its own outside the ski season. Restaurants, bars and shops remain open and there is plenty to see and do in Samoens and the local area. The village comprises shops of all trades, banks, a medical centre and bars.
Samoens is quite unspoilt and has been declared an Historical Monument. Its chapels and expert stonecutting traditions make it a place of great interest and also worthy of note is the Great Linden Tree which stands in the centre of the town, and which was planted in 1438.
It is a traditional Savoyard market town, consisting of a mixture of wooden and stone built houses, reflecting the history and craftsmanship of the region. There is a weekly market in the village, which offers you the chance to sample local produce and the cheese factory in the village is open to the public.
This spectacular and beautiful area is protected and hence hasn’t been spoilt by tourism. Samoens has been awarded a ‘Coq d’Or’ for being one of the prettiest villages in France and is the only ski resort classified by the Caisse des Monuments Historiques. The villages are full of character and charm with quaint streets, yet still provides the centre for almost every outdoor activity imaginable.
Based in the beautiful valley of the Giffre river, the area provides spectacular scenery including mountain lakes, national parks and botanical gardens plus amazing wildlife and just minutes up the road at Sixt Fer a Cheval are over a dozen enormous waterfalls. It has a great deal to offer for families and individuals of all ages seeking adventure or alternatively just sheer relaxation.
The Grand Massif / Samoens area
There are numerous excellent restaurants, including bistros, gourmet, traditional French Savoyard and Pizzerias. A range of cafes and bars and numerous shops cater for all your needs, many of which are located around the historic square. There are typical French markets, beautiful churches, health and beauty parlours, cash points, doctors, chemists, a cinema, an ice skating rink, creche, swimming pools in summer, bakeries, supermarkets and everything else you would expect from well equipped mountain resorts. The Tourist Office puts on various entertainments in the village square ranging from kids' events to antique fairs throughout the year.
The ski bus stop is 100m and takes 2 minutes to the Grand Massif Express telecabine which then takes you up to 1600m. New chair lifts installed for 2010 ski season. Excellent ski schools and crèche facilities are available in the resort.
The Grand Massif is the third biggest ski area in the Alps and includes the ski areas of Flaine, Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt reaching up to 2500m. Many of the major slopes are north facing and so retain their snow for longer than many resorts.
There is excellent climbing nearby, including the Haut Giffre (Les Dents Blanches and Les Avoudrues) and spectacular limestone cliffs at Sixt Fer a Cheval. The Gorges des Tines also has several excellent sports climbing sectors: the Tines sector, with routes ranging from 5a to 8a, the Fonts sector, with routes from 5c to 8b, and the Dard area.
For those who are looking to try something a little different, there is also the Mont Via Ferrata perched high on the dramatic Mont crags, and - last but not least - the classic alpine routes in the nearby Mont Blanc Massif.
Also there is ice climbing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, caving, snowshoeing, sledging, paragliding etc. In high season a children’s train runs around the resort.
In the summer, the resort has lots to offer; mountain biking, walking, white water rafting, paracending, lakes and adventure parks for the children including outdoor swimming pool complex.
It is an ideal base to watch the Tour de France.
How to get there
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We are only 1 hour from Geneva Airport, flights can be booked all year round and cheap fares can be found particularly if booked well in advance.
Travelling from the Airport
We can provide details of local taxis/private hire companies who are English speaking. The fares should be around 30 euros each way per person, based on a minimum of 4 passengers. Alternatively you can hire a car through the following example companies.
With all hire companies, we recommend you collect the car from the Swiss side of Geneva Airport. This is the easiest way to get in and out of the airport. Alternatively it may be cheaper to hire the vevicle on the French side, however, please note that the car may not include a vignette (motorway tax disc) which may cost you an extra £20 if stopped by customs officials. Once you have hired your car, follow for France and you will then go through the border and once through, follow the A40 for Chamonix. You will come to your motorway exit about 40 minutes from leaving the airport.
Full and concise directions will be provided to you before departure.
Dover to Calais (crossing about 75 mins) with P&O Ferries http://www.poferries.com/ or 08705 20 20 20 for bookings and 0870 600 0611 for information. We are approximately 8 hours drive from Calais.
Sea France may provide a cheaper option http://www.seafrance.com
Activities near Grand Massif
Ski resort location
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
07 Apr 2013
We stayed for week in early March. Samoens is the perfect base for skiing the Grand Massif- a really excellent ski area, good for beginners and intermediate skiers. The Grand Massif Express... more
16 Jan 2013
The location of the apartment is so convenient. Just 2 minutes walk to both ski bus and the centre of the village. Skiing is amazing. The locals are so friendly and you can get all you need within... more
23 Feb 2012
We had a brilliant time, the snow was superb and the apartment was very comfortable. We would have no hesitation in returning or recommending this property.
The skiing in the Grand Massif is... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Easter||23 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring||13 Apr 13||8 Jun 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|low summer||8 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 425||-||-||1 Week|
|peak summer||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 480||-||-||1 Week|
|autumn||31 Aug 13||14 Dec 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|winter||14 Dec 13||21 Dec 13||£ 485||-||-||1 Week|
|christmas||21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||£ 675||-||-||1 Week|
|new year 2014||28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|low season||4 Jan 14||25 Jan 14||£ 485||-||-||1 Week|
|mid season||25 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||£ 560||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||1 Feb 14||15 Feb 14||£ 660||-||-||1 Week|
|High Peak Season||15 Feb 14||1 Mar 14||£ 885||-||-||1 Week|
|mid season||1 Mar 14||12 Apr 14||£ 560||-||-||1 Week|
|Easter||12 Apr 14||19 Apr 14||£ 520||-||-||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.
Payment can be made in either £GBP or €Euro
Ski hire discounts are available for booking via ourselves. The provision of quality linen and towels with beds made up prior to arrival. Although a final clean is included in the price, the apartment must be left clean and tidy.Enquire now
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