L'Ancienne Ecole du Molliet
Chalet | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
L'Ancienne Ecole du Molliet is a pretty former, stone built, village primary school built in 1859, situated near the head of the Giffre valley in the peaceful hamlet of Le Molliet, 2 kms from the village of Sixt Fer a Cheval and a 10 minute drive from the village of Samoens. Recently renovated, this house has four bedrooms accommodating a maximum of eight people.
The house is 5 minutes away from the chair lift at Sixt from where you can access the surrounding runs at Sixt and the easier slopes for those learning to ski. A free ski bus from Sixt takes you to Samoens and the Grand Massif ski area; one of the largest European ski areas. Guests will need their own transport to access the skiing and surrounding areas.
The bedrooms, on the first floor, consist of one double room with king size bed, and two further twin bedrooms. Both twin bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms. The family bathroom with small bath and overhead shower completes the first floor.
The open plan ground floor has a large, well equipped kitchen, including iron and ironing board, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob and microwave. Radio with iPod dock.
The dining room table seats eight to ten and the sitting room has three comfortable sofas, and a wood burning stove (caution with small children). There is a selection of games and books. The house is centrally heated and double glazed. The TV/DVD, in the sitting room, has Freeview, so English channels can be viewed. WIFI available.
A door leads from the sitting room out onto the balcony at the front of the house. This is a lovely place to sit out during the summer months and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, with the constant soothing sound of running water along the valley. The balcony overlooks the small garden and the river, with garden furniture for use during the summer months.
Stairs from the ground floor lead down to the basement of the house, and the fourth bedroom, with en-suite bathroom. These stairs are steep and may not be suitable for guests with mobility problems or very young children without supervision. The bedroom has a double bed and looks out over the garden; the bathroom has a bath with shower attachment. Leading off from the bedroom is a utility room with washing machine and dryer. There is also a drying room for all outdoor equipment that can be reached from an outside door in the garden, so that all ski equipment and outdoor clothing can be placed here before entering the house.
An open, undercover garage for two cars is next to the house.
Logs, heating and electricity are all included. Bed linen, towels and tea towels are not routinely provided. However, linen packs are available at an extra charge of 15 euros per person per week, payable on arrival. These would include of tea towels, hand and bath towels, sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases.
A welcome pack is provided on your arrival.
Optional extras, offered by our management team, Will, Graham and Gill include,
A delivered French Breakfast for every day of your stay is available. The service is 35€ per person per week and is payable on arrival.
We are also able to provide your party with a 3 course evening meal, including wine, beer and soft drinks. The cost of this service is 28€ per person, payable on the night. We do require 48 hours notice and notice of any dietry requirements.
Delivered Shopping Baskets! We would like to make your holiday more relaxed. To save you initial shopping and for your convenience we offer you the opportunity to order one of our pre-selected Shopping Baskets which will be delivered prior to your arrival.
Accompanied days out on the mountain can also be arranged.
The Griffre Valley lies in the heart of the Grand Massif about an hour's drive from Geneva. Sixt Fer a Cheval is a 2 minute drive from the house, in a rural, agricultural setting, and has been classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The village offers wonderful architecture and is surrounded by stunning scenery. Everyday needs, such the patisserie and a small supermarket can be found here, along with some good places to eat out.
The beautiful medieval village of Samoens is just a 10 minute drive from the house. Here you can wander through the town with it's medieval squares, gardens and many buildings of interest. Samoens is the only summer and winter sports resort to hold the title of 'town of artistic, architectural and historic interest' by the Guides in the heritage Department. One of the largest markets in the Haute-Savioe is held here every Wednesday (7am to 1pm), where you will be able to buy local fresh produce and gifts to bring home! Samoens offers many shops, restaurants and a supermarket.
The list of activities in the area, both for summer and winter, is huge. In winter activities include cross country skiing, off piste skiing, downhill slopes, paragliding, helicopter flights, skidoos and ice climbing to mention but a few.
During the summer months cycle touring and mountain biking, fishing, paragliding, mountaineering, white water rafting, potholing, swimming and walking are just a few activities that can be enjoyed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 80 km, Nearest railway: Cluses TVG 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Rhone/French Alps region
Not many destinations are as dramatic or as inspiring as the Rhône Alpes, a large mainly mountainous region consisting of eight departments to the south east of France with the River Rhone flowing through Lyon, the capital, and bordering both Switzerland and Italy, and Provence to the south. The area is dominated by Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, but also incorporates four scenic National Parks (Ecrins, Pilat, Vanoise and Vercors) and the Massif Central. It's not all about sporting activities, as the Rhône Alpes is also home to exquisite Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône vineyards and acres of lavender fields and olive groves in the foothills.
Winter sports; skiing, snowboarding and winter mountaineering in particular, are well catered for in the Alps. Summer skiing is available on the highest glaciers, and the ski lifts stay open for walkers, climbers, mountaineers and mountain bikers to access the high routes. Canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting are also very popular pastimes in the summer
Excellent road, rail and air links make short breaks and last minute holidays very appealing. Low cost airlines fly frequently to Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne and just over the Swiss border to Geneva. The efficient overnight TGV train service from London to Chambéry makes a car free holiday an appealing alternative. One of the few genuinely year round destinations, self catering accommodation is particularly good value in summer.
Winter sports; skiing, snowboarding and winter mountaineering in particular, are well catered for in the Alps. Summer skiing is available on the highest glaciers, and the ski lifts stay open for walkers, climbers, mountaineers and mountain bikers to access the high routes.
The Grand Massif area began officially in 1980 when the resorts of Les Caroz, Morillon, and Samoens and Sixt Fer a Cheval were combined with the resort of Flaine. The area now provides greatly varied skiing with piste and off piste runs, 144 in total, and because of the variety of height and scenery provides good skiing in all types of weather and is good for beginners and experienced skiers alike.
The area offers 265 km of pistes and is the 4th largest linked ski area in France and 2500m at its highest point and provides fabulous breath-taking views of the Mont Blanc Range. Here you can also find the 14km ski run, The Cascade Run, where you can ski down from Flaine to sixt Fer a Cheval without a ski lift in sight.
Summer offers so much to the visitor as well. The ski lifts open during the summer school holidays allowing quick access for outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering and paragliding. Whilst lower down in the valleys rafting, kayaking, rafting, diving are also very popular. Lakes, swimming pools, valley walks, golf and pretty mountain villages complete the scene.
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