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Chalet de l'Ours

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Excellent 5/5

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Main living area with log fire and smart TV

Ski Chalet / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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Ski Chalet / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Chalet de l'Ours is a traditional farmhouse in the charming ski resort of Sainte Foy-Tarentaise. Fully renovated in 2013 in a traditional style it is luxuriously furnished with beautiful stone floors throughout. Spread over 2 floors it offers a large, comfortable living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, 3 beautiful bedrooms each with hand-crafted, built-in storage, 2 bathrooms, a separate 3rd wc and offers wi-fi throughout.

The living area has 2 large, extremely comfortable Chesterfield sofas, a matching club chair, west-facing balcony, a log fire and a large smart TV. There is also a mezzanine area with a Chesterfield sofa-bed and expansive views to the north. Large windows facing north offer fantastic, uninterrupted mountain views. These windows and the balcony offer a huge amount of natural light.

The main bedroom offers en-suite facilities and also benefits from a west-facing balcony. There is ample room for a cot should that be necessary. The second and third bedrooms have uninterrupted mountain views to the north whilst all 3 bedrooms have extremely comfortable double beds and hand-crafted, made-to-measure storage built in. The 3rd bedroom can be offered as a twin rather than a double.

Both bathrooms offer bath, shower and wc facilities and have large, well lit mirrors over the sink and the boiler will support two people running a bath simultaneously.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a butler sink, 110cm range-style cooker featuring a double oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and a Nespresso coffee maker.

Sainte Foy is a great resort for children. The village is small and very safe and there is a lot of outdoor space for them to run around. In the winter the local ESF cater for children of all ages and SnoCool also operate excellent children's group lessons in English. The apartment has plenty of space for baby items such as push chairs and cots.

However, if you have toddlers please be aware that we have 2 open staircases and none of the drawers or cupboards are currently child-proofed.

Summer info:

From Sunday 5th July to Friday 28 August the resort's Grand Plan lift will open for foot passengers and mountain bikers. Opening times are Sunday to Friday 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:00. This is new for 2015 and should help make some of the longer walks and cross country bike rides accessible to a wider range of resort guests.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Geneva or Lyon Saint-Exupery 200 km, Nearest railway: Bourg Saint Maurice 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Rhône-Alpes region

Sainte Foy Tarentaise borders Italy and at various points both Italy and France have laid claim to the Haute Tarentaise and the wider Savoie region. As a result the area has a rich history and there are numerous historic fortifications within easy reach including the Fort de la Platte, Fort du Truc and Fort de la Redoute Ruinee.

Nature lovers are also well catered for. Within a 15 minute drive lies the nature reserve of Réserve Naturelle des Hauts de Villaroger, This reserve can only be accessed with an approved guide and is one of several in the area. There are a wealth of walks in the region to suit all levels of fitness with June being a particularly colourful period as the meadow flowers burst into bloom.

The apartment has maps and books covering local walks for those looking to explore.

The cycling community is also well catered for. There are some seriously challenging road climbs in the area, The Cormet de Roseland, Col de Petit Saint Bernard and Col de l'Iseran all present a significant challenge. For those looking to spend their time exploring the region by mountain bike we can recommend local guides.

For those looking for something a little bit more laid back the picturesque village of Beaufort is a short drive over the Cormet de Roseland and the equally enticing Italian village of La Thuile can be accessed via the Col de Petit Saint Bernard which also encompasses the resort of La Rosiere.

Sainte Foy Station

During the winter the charming ski resort of Sainte Foy offers some of the best off-piste skiing and snowboarding available anywhere, but without the crowds and lift queues of its more famous neighbours. The quiet slopes are also ideal for families, beginners or those looking to brush up on their skills.

For those ready to explore beyond the resort boundaries we strongly recommend hiring a local guide and experiencing some of the readily accessible back-country routes through the national park areas that border Sainte Foy. These areas are very much a part of the off-piste attraction the resort is famed for.

If you are new to the Haute Savoie you may want to explore other resorts in the area. Tignes and Val d'Isere are just a 15 minute drive away and the huge Paradiski area is accessible from the small hamlet of Villaroger just a 10 minute drive away and visible across the valley from the apartment. Whilst these resorts lack the village charm of Sainte Foy they do offer better shopping opportunities.

The late spring and summer offer some fantastic walking, hiking and mountain biking opportunities directly from the front door. The walk from the resort to the hamlet of Le Monal is easily accomplished whilst the return hike to Lac Noir will take most of the day but is well worth effort.

However, the chalet can also serve as a delightfully tranquil base from which to explore the whole Savoie region.

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Review 1-8 of 8

20 Apr 2015


"Excellent stay"

We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there is a shuttle that goes up the hill and that drops people off right by the Esf, the ride is only a couple of minutes and we never has to wait for it more than 3 mn. Lee has given us very helpful advice regarding the childrens ´ ski lessons and Lesley has been very helpful and nice during our stay. We hope to be back at the chalet for Christmas!

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