Chalet de l'Ours
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Ski Chalet | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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.
|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, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Rhone/French Alps 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 Tarentaise
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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28 Apr 2014
"An idyllic holiday..."
Stayed here for a week in March with the family. St Foy Tarentaise offers some amazing skiing (especially off-piste) but it's so well located that you can get to many other domains with just a s… More
28 Apr 2014
"Chaleureux et bien situé"
Le châlet est très chaleureux, aménagé avec goût et avec des matériaux de qualité.Nous étions avec un groupe d'amis et nous n'avons jamais eu l'impression d'être à l'… More
27 Apr 2014
"Perfect Christmas getaway"
We were some of the first guests in this new renovated chalet and it didn't disappoint. Equipped and furnished to an incredibly high standard, in a perfect location for easy access to the slopes,… More
27 Apr 2014
"Perfect for an exquisite trip with friends or even a winter honeymoon"
As a 35 year old Austrian who has been skiing since the age of 4 years old I can still say that our stay at Chalet de l'Ours last January was the most lovely ski holiday ever!During our week my w… More
20 Apr 2014
We stayed at Chalet L'Ours earlier this year with a group of friends, just after its renovations. It is absolutely stunning, both in terms of decoration and also the views across the mountains fr… More
14 Apr 2014
"Top quality accommodation, beautiful surroundings"
I would highly recommend this house to anyone thinking of going to the Alps. The renovations , recently completed, have been handled with care, thought and with the best materials. The views from each… More
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