Stylish alpine retreat
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Our apartment is located in La Grande Terche, St. Jean d'Aulps in the beautiful Portes du Soleil region. In a peaceful location yet just minutes walk from the gondola & local village this is a perfect base for both skiing and summer holidays.
With wood floors throughout the living area, pine-clad double height ceilings and private balcony with uninterrupted mountain views this apartment is wonderfully light and airy by day and warm and cosy at night.
The apartment sleeps four comfortably (unlike many similar size apartments which cram in six or even eight berths). The accommodation comprises living room with king size sofa bed, open plan dining room & fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom, modern bathroom with powerful shower, separate WC, ski locker and parking space.
This is a much loved holiday home not just a rental property and as such has lots of extra touches to make your stay more comfortable. In addition to all the expected equipment listed below we have CDs, DVDs, books, board games, boules, a picnic hamper and two sets of golf clubs, which we hope you will enjoy borrowing during your stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 60 km, Nearest railway: Thonon-les-Bains 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
For infants: full size travel cot & mattress, highchair and changing mat available.
Please note: although we have a TV we are currently unable to pick up French TV. It is fine for playing DVDs and there are English language DVDs (for adults and children) in the apartment for your use.
Our colleagues Trust and Dust are also able to arrange airport transfers and delivery to the apartment of skis/boards and ski passes. Discounts on some services are available for our clients when booking through the Trust and Dust website: http://www.trustanddust.com/
PLEASE NOTE: PRICES NOW INCLUDE CLEANING OF THE APARTMENT AT THE END OF YOUR STAY
We currently ask that guests bring their own bed linen, towels and tea towels. Duvets and pillows are provided. The bed in the bedroom takes standard double linen and the sofa bed takes king size. Linen hire is available as an optional extra priced at €35 Euros for up to two people and €50 Euros for up to four people.
Rates are set in Euros and sterling figures are for guidance only. Payments are taken in Euros. (UK credit and debit cards accepted.) 25% deposit payable on booking. Balance payable no later than 30 days prior to arrival. Refundable damage deposit of 153 Euros and local taxes of 65 Cents (0.65 Euros) per person (over 13 years of age) per day payable on collection of keys. There is an additional insurance charge of 3% of the rental price, which is payable unless you have your own public liability insurance (this may be included in your personal or travel insurance policy).
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Portes du Soleil is an area of outstanding beauty, with traditional alpine villages nestling between soaring mountain peaks and wooded valleys.
In the winter it is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders with 12 interlinked ski resorts providing over 650km of pistes. We have been skiing and boarding the area enthusiastically for years and are still finding new runs. Snow conditions have been excellent in recent years with skiing possible from December through to early May.
With so many pistes and relatively little commercial development this is also the least crowded ski area we have ever found. There really is something for everyone with runs from scenic blues to breathtaking blacks, multiple snowparks, guided off piste exploration, heliskiing and hundreds of mountain chalets in which to enjoy a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire or lunch on a sun-drenched terrace.
The mountains are no less active in the summer with hiking, golf, climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking, fishing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, paintballing, quad biking, gorge walking, white water rafting and canyoning being just some of the activities on offer.
One of our favourite summer locations is the gorgeous Lake Montriond, about 10 minutes drive from the apartment. It is a fantastic place for children with a shallow mini-lake for swimming, pony rides and easy walks around the main lake. You can picnic on the grassy banks or enjoy lunch at one of two lovely restaurants. In early August each year Montriond hosts a fantastic free party with a huge display of fireworks set to music. It is well worth taking a picnic and a good bottle of wine and making an afternoon/evening of it.
St. Jean d’Aulps is also a great base for easy trips to Thonon, Evian and the medieval walled village of Yvoire all on the banks of lake Geneva, and from which to visit the beautiful town and lake of Annecy or the famous resort of Chamonix.
Piste map - http://www.portesdusoleil.com/main/FCK/pdf/PortesduSoleil_Hiver.pdf
Local information - www.portesdusoleil.com/index.html
Local information - www.valleedaulps.com/tourism_vallee_d_aulps_hiver_anglais.html
The Grande Terche where our apartment is located is the ski resort for the local village of St. Jean d’Aulps. It is a small friendly village in its own right with three restaurants, one pub, a grocery shop, a ski hire shop, a laundrette and a ski school with crèche all within minutes walk of the apartment.
A short drive (or walk in the summer) down the hill St. Jean D’Aulps offers all the local shops that you would expect (butcher, baker, delicatessen, patisserie, tabac, pharmacy, post office, laundrette etc.) as well as a good sized Champion supermarket, a pub and more restaurants. The pretty village has also has several attractive churches, a town hall and the ruins of a 12th Century Abbey.
In terms of ski access the Grande Terche gondola is minutes walk from the apartment. This takes you up to the Grande Terche/Roc d’Enfer ski area which is beautifully maintained and includes a fantastic 7km run taking you through forest and hamlets back to the foot of the gondola. For easy access to the rest of the vast Portes du Soleil area you can take the free ski bus that runs along the valley, or drive for approximately 15 minutes to the Ardent gondela just above Lake Montriond, from the top of which you can directly access the resorts of Avoriaz and Chatel, or head over into Switzerland.
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17 Feb 2014
"great little apartment"
Great little apartment, perfect for a couple, all the facilities that you need. Can ski in/out of St Jean D'ulps in good snow, which we had pretty much all week. Also only a short drive to Morzin… More
15 Mar 2013
"Great location and accommodation"
For the money i couldn't fault this little appartment. Had everything we needed, was clean, warm and quiet. Great location for getting on and off the snow at St. Jean. We had a car so drove to Mo… More
3 Mar 2013
"Cozy apartment for winter holiday"
This place is the best one I've stayed in French Alps so far. For more than favorable price you get newly furbished and quite spacious apartment, located right at the slopes of St.Jean d'Alp… More
17 Feb 2013
"Best apartment we've stayed at in the French Alps!"
We enjoyed so much staying in this cosy apartment - it really feels like home! The view from the 7th floor is amazing! The Grande Terche and the village of St.Jean d'Aulps are lovely places for a… More
1 Oct 2011
"An apartment meant for a holiday apart"
Before discovering the 'summer French Alps', my wife and I had always assumed it was just a winter holiday area, but how very wrong we were! The apartment itself was lovely, clean and modern, very well decorated throughout, and with all the furniture and bits and pieces you need to enjoy a comfortable stay. Clearly, the village is mainly geared up for the ski season, but then no-one is likely to buy skiwear in the heat of August so the odd closed ski shop was incidental. Local restaurants and bars were open though, and very friendly and enjoyable they were too.
As a base for exploring the region, the apartment was perfect, with Lake Geneva only about 15 miles away, and other natural attractions also within easy reach. Lake Annecy is beautiful, and the cable car rides at Chamonix up to l'Aiguille du Midi and then across the glaciers to Helbronner are truly breathtaking and a 'once in a lifetime' experience. We also had a day out in Italy, driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur to enjoy a real cappuccino or two.
We would, without any reservation, wholeheartedly recommend the apartment as a base to experience the beauty the region has to offer. We had a fabulous holiday there - it really was one apart.
27 Jul 2011
"A lovely apartment in a beautiful location"
We had a lovely time at the apartment. We found it very comfortable and well-appointed, with a wonderful info binder.As well as getting into the mountains, we visited the resorts on Lac Leman )Lake Ge… More
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