Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2
This quality studio apartment is situated in the centre of Les Contamines; a traditional, unspoilt winter and summer resort nestled below the Mont Blanc Massif, described as a 'hidden gem' by Daily Mail Ski. The Daily Telegraph recommends Les Contamines as an ' unspoilt, lesser-known destination with exceptional skiing'.
It is finished to a very high standard, thoughtfully furnished to create a 'home from home' feeling. In fact all you need for a great holiday in the Alps. It is warm and cosy with underfloor heating, comfortable sofa, UK satellite TV and well equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Internet access is available across the street. Perfectly located in the village centre, this apartment is the ideal choice for those who want to be near the slopes but who don't want to walk far to any of the shops, supermarkets or restaurants. For those who do not wish to drive to the cable car, a shuttle bus stops right outside the apartment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Nearest beach||LAKE 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: GENEVA 85 km, Nearest railway: LE FAYET 20 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is situated on the first floor of the Residence Berangere and is serviced by a lift. The interior of this high quality apartment which was completed in 2006, is well-equipped, attractive and cosy.
The well-planned lounge has comfortable seating and dining areas and a fitted kitchenette area. It is decorated and furnished to a high standard and is equipped with a TV, with UK satellite TV, DVD player and a CD player. Patio doors lead to the terrace, which is ideal for summer (or winter!) BBQs. From there you will enjoy the wonderful views across the Domes de Miage.
The sofa bed is very comfortable, easily converts to a standard double bed. There are quality pillows and duvet, which store underneath during the day.
The well-equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, small oven, a two ring halogen hob, kettle, toaster, and a full range of kitchenware, to create a quick snack or gourmet meal.
The shower room has a shower, wc and washbasin and a storage cupboard.
A secure ski locker is located in the basement.
Access to washer and dryer downstairs, please request key at time of booking if this is required
Underfloor, with additional heat from radiators. A large hot water tank provides plenty of hot water.
|Further details outdoors|
It is a great location right in the centre of the village, with boulangerie and supermarket just next door,
Free parking is available opposite the building.
The local ski bus stops right outside the apartment.
Shops, bars and restaurants are all within a few steps.
Swimming lake close to Village.
Internet and WiFi available across the street at the Tourist Office.
No smoking inside the apartment.
Sorry pets are not accepted.
The Rhone/French Alps region
This area of France boast Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc. Les Contamines Montjoie snuggles in the foothills of this majestic mountain with a truly Alpine feel - glaciers, mountain pastures, rivers, and waterfalls.
For the people of the Haute Savoie their rural way of life has changed beyond all recognition since the major development of the ski industry in the 1960s. But while tourism these days may take precedence over agriculture, the steady pace of life in the mountains is still governed by the slow passage of the seasons and therefore remains delightfully unchanged.
The area is a nature lovers paradise, far removed from the purpose built resorts. It is a real french village, where old chalets mix with sympathetic newer buildings. The mountains are literally on your doorstep, providing an area for you to explore and enjoy. It is a place where, for a week or a fortnight, you can switch off from the pressures of modern urban living and truly unwind against the magical backdrop of a snow-covered landscape. The stress of work is left behind and your primary worries soon centre on where to make the next turn - and which restaurant to book for lunch.
Les Contamines Montjoie is a traditional and very pretty Savoyard village which is a popular ski resort full of charm and friendliness. Located in a forest in the heart of the Mont Blanc mountain range and surrounded by some of the most sumptuous landscapes in the area.
It is a lively, bustling little village in the winter with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and a very relaxed apres ski atmosphere. There are 2 supermarkets, butchers, 2 bakeries, ATM machine, post office and bank, all within a few steps of the apartment. For those preferring a more relaxed grocery shop; there is a weekly market on a tuesday in the village square, selling all the usual local specialities - including delicious local reblechon cheese.
The Ski-ing: The telecabines are easily accessible either on foot (within 15 minutes), via the local bus which stops just outside the apartment door, or via your car. As well as the downhill skiing and snowboarding there is a good cross-country ski area. During the winter months there is an ice rink in the centre of the village, as well as opportunities for sledging on the nursery slopes.
Les Contamines is a beautiful village with quiet slopes on the shoulder of Mont Blanc. Sandwiched between the famous resorts of Megeve and Chamonix, it is a pretty quintessentially French resort often overlooked - hence no overcrowded skiing. Its snowfall record is the envy of many big name resorts, and virtually all of the skiing is above 1900m. There is 125 km of snow-sure pistes as well as some excellent off piste skiing; time it right and you'll be getting fresh tracks all day.
There is skiing for all levels along with a snow park (championship level) and a half-pipe for snow boarders. There are also 2 nursery slopes in the village (one of which along with the half pipe are flood lit on certain nights of the week). The local ski pass is linked to the town of Hauteluce and there is also a 'Evasion Mont Blanc' pass which covers Les Contamines and another 420km of skiing in St. Gervais, Megeve and Combloux.
Further afield within a 30 minute drive are the resorts of Chamonix and Argentiere. If you hire a car - there is the opportunity for day trips to Les Gets (for the Portes du Soleil) and Samoens which links to Flaine. You can be in Courmayeur, Italy in about an hour, to see Mont Blanc from the Italian side, should you wish to ski two countries during your stay!
Summer activities: In summer the village attracts walkers, climbers, cyclists and those who enjoy the outdoor life. It comes alive throughout July and August, when the weather is at it's best. The telecabine opens for walkers and cyclists, opening up a huge area. It has hundreds of kilometers of marked paths in the valleys and foothills giving endless opportunities for exploring the high mountains For those who prefer to relax in the mountains, the views of the Mont Blanc Massif are imperious, particularly when you are enjoying them in relative solitude far from the madding crowds at one of the areas great mountain restaurants.
For mountain bikers, the resort offers an excellent range of bike facilities and trails which are suited to all level of riders. Bike hire is available in the village, with the ski lifts open to mountain bikers as well as walkers. Road Biking is one of the major French National Sports for a good reason. With the open space, the amazing scenery, the fantastic choice of mountain passes and the respect from car drivers, it makes cycling a real pleasure.
From our apartment you have a great choice of mountain pass routes varying in degree from a semi hard workout to something off the scale! There are a great choice of routes to suit all levels from complete beginners to the very advanced. You can follow scenic road routes; many used in the Tour de France, which often passes through the region.
On a more relaxing note, there is a large scenic swimming lake, and another Lac d'etape (at altitude), for a refreshing swim in alpine waters. Locally a golf driving range, 8 championship tennis courts, rock climbing school, mountaineering, parapenting, whitewater rafting and canyoning are available for those who like to keep busy.
A number of alpine towns and villages are an easy drive or bus ride away. Chamonix and Megeve offer a great day out. In addition Lake Annecy offers every sort of water based activity in one of Europe's most beautiful settings; often described the Venice of the region, it is beautiful on a sunny day and the local market is well worth a visit. Even Courmayeur in Italy is an easy day trip, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Les Contamines is proud of its baroque churches and traditional architecture. A 30 minute stroll from the village will take you to Notre Dame de la Gorge, a baroque church rebuilt in 1699. Which sits at the end of the Montjoie Gorge. There is also an 18th Century Baroque church in the centre of the village, a few steps away from our apartment.
Eating Out: There is a good range of restaurants in Les Contamines, offering fine modern French cuisine, traditional Savoyard cooking and good pizza. However further choice is available in nearby St Gervais.
Nightlife: As this is a small friendly resort, beyond the immediate apres ski, nightlife is low key and centres around a number of atmospheric bars. There is a small cinema which shows English language films as well as French during high season.