The Great Escape
About the home
The Great Escape is the perfect chalet for a sociable winter or summer sports holiday with a large group of friends or family. There are two parts - the duplex chalet on the upper floors has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8/9, whilst the ground floor apartment has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4-6. Each part has it's own living area and kitchen, so there is plenty of space to relax. The duplex has a log fire and large comfy leather sofas to sink into after a hard day on the slopes. As it is a privately owned holiday home, the Great Escape benefits from those little extra touches that set it apart from a commercial rental property. It boasts a very high quality of furnishings and equipment with plenty of storage space, efficient heating and plenty of hot water. It has a good selection of books, dvd’s/videos, and games.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Bellentre, 20km|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 300m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||6 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 2 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 14, Lounge seating for 14|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The 165m2 accommodation for up to 14/15 people is divided into two independent parts with separate entrances that can be rented together or separately.
The 110m2 chalet on the top two floors has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8/9. The accommodation is as follows:
Entrance hall with coat & boot storage (ski locker outside)
1 twin bunk-bedded room with ensuite shower & washbasin (space for extra mattress)
Well-equipped kitchen area with hob, oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, clothes washer-dryer
Large, open, sunny sitting/dining room with floor to ceiling windows opening onto the balcony and offering stunning views of the valley and surrounding peaks. Fireplace. Flat screen TV, DVD/CD player.
French doors leading to south facing balcony with garden furniture and barbecue
Double bedroom with double bed, ensuite shower, wash basin and WC
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
Large family bathroom with bath/shower, wash basin and separate WC
The ground floor apartment has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4/6. The accommodation is as follows:
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
Shower room and separate WC
Spacious living room with double sofa bed, comfortable seating, dining table for 6, flat-screen TV & DVD player
Spacious, well-equipped kitchen area with oven, hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, clothes washer-dryer.
Further details outdoors:
There is ample free parking close to the chalet. It is accessed down a footpath with steps so is not suitable for those with mobility problems. It is in a quiet residential area access on foot so there is no traffic noise.
The property is available on a year-round basis. An initial supply of basic cooking ingredients is provided:- salt & pepper, herbs & spices, olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar, milk; as well ascleaning products:- toilet rolls, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, all-purpose cleaner and cloths. You will be met by an English-speaking representative who will show you round the property and who is on-hand to answer any questions you may have during your stay.
We ask for a 25% deposit at the time of booking, and the balance 8 weeks before your arrival. We accept payment by credit card (not Amex or Diners), French cheque, bank transfer or cash. A security deposit of €1000 is payable on arrival and is refunded within 2 weeks of your departure less the cost of any breakages, damage or need for additional cleaning.
The Rhone / French Alps / Savoie region
We are in one of the most easterly and spectacularly beautiful parts of France, in the Alps right up against the Italian border. As well as resorts the Petit St Bernard and Col de l’Iseran mountain passes are open in the summer.
The Tarentaise valley is famous for its snow sure winter resorts. The Great Escape is within easy reach of the big names – Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne and La Rosière with its link to the Italian La Thuile – as well as Sainte Foy Tarentaise itself.
We first left Britain for the Alpine winters because we loved to ski.
More than fifteen years later we still love to ski, but we love the summer months here even more than the winter ones.
The weather is usually glorious – warm days of 20-30C and cooler nights of 15-20C, and it’s a dry heat so there’s none of the uncomfortable stickiness that you often get in warm climates. There’s so much to do that there really is something for everyone. You can choose to mountain bike, road cycle, hike, climb, play golf or tennis, swim, watch the Tour de France, indulge at the local wine fairs, or simply relax and soak up the sun.
So, why not have a change from the beach, come and enjoy the Alps in the summer time. There’s no where else we’d rather be.
The Sainte Foy Tarentaise / Sainte Foy Station area
Often referred to as the “best kept secret in the French Alps” and “the jewel in the crown” of the Tarentaise, Sainte Foy is where the local ski instructors choose to ski on their day off. Although it is smaller than its better known neighbours, it offers plenty of terrain for all ability levels and disciplines.
It has built up a cult following amongst off-piste skiers, boarders and telemarkers who revel in the extensive powder fields where it’s still possible to make fresh tracks days after a snowfall. It is equally popular with families and beginners as the wide, sunny, quiet pistes are ideal for those just getting acquainted with the joys of skiing or boarding.
Non-skiers will find plenty to enjoy too. There are well-marked trails for snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing or simply hiking which offer breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. One of the best trails takes you to the picturesque, tranquil summer farming hamlet of Le Monal where you can picnic gazing at the glaciers of Mont Pourri across the valley. You could also choose to try your hand at dog-sledding with your own sled pulled by a team of huskies.
The less active can wile away the day soaking up the sun with a glass of wine or a beer on one of the mountain restaurant terraces, or be pampered at one of the two spas at Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy certainly lives up to the old adage that the best things come in small packages.
Much of the cycling here is, because of the nature of the terrain, physically demanding. At the valley floor, however, there are some lovely, undemanding rides suitable for all. As with the more serious rides, we have these mapped out and written up on hand-outs for our guests.
One of our favourites is the circuit from Bourg St Maurice to Aime. The outward leg descends the valley on quiet roads, surrounded by green meadows, with mountains all around. We stop at one of the riverside cafes for a coffee or lunch before returning on the car-free cycle-track beside the Isère river. You can stop to watching the white water rafting, or spend the afternoon by the swimming lake at Bellentre before returning to Bourg. It's a route that's suitable for all the family and takes an hour and a half or so, or less if you only go as far as the lake. Bikes can be rented in Bourg St Maurice.
More experienced and active riders will find further information on the local terrain on the pages on Road Cycling, Mountain Biking and Cyclosportives.
Don't miss watching the Tour de France when it passes nearby during your stay. It's a fantastic spectacle and great fun whether you're a committed cyclist or not. You'll find details on our dedicated Tour page.
For walkers and hikers, we are very close to the Vanoise National Park with its unique and varied flora and fauna.
There is a huge choice of walks and hikes in the area, from scaling high mountain summits, to gentle strolls beside the river in the valley. You'll be assured of stunning scenery wherever you choose to walk. The ski lifts operate in the resorts in July and August to whisk you up to higher altitudes to enjoy the fantastic views without having to slog uphill for hours.
We have lived in the area for over 15 years and know most of the local hikes intimately. We have a good selection of walking guide books for you to borrow and have our favourite routes written up and mapped out on hand outs for our guests.
We know many of the local mountain guides personally, and would be happy to arrange this service if required.
How to get there
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By car: We are a steady 10 hours drive from the channel ports.
By train: Our nearest railway station is Bourg St Maurice, which is served by a direct Eurostar service in winter. In winter and summer you can take the regular Eurostar service to Paris or Lille and change to a French railways train. Details from Rail Europe or SNCF.
By air: Our nearest airports are:
Chambery - about 1½ hours drive
Grenoble - about 2 hours drive
Geneva - about 2½ hours drive
Lyon - about 2½ hours drive away
St Etienne - about 3½ drive.
These are all served by the national carriers and/or one or more of the low cost airlines.
Private transfers: We have 2 minibuses and with pre booking can collect you from the airport or rail station. We can also arrange to take you to other resorts during the week subject to demand. Ask for details.
Coach transfers: There are regular direct coaches from the airports during the winter and it is possible to transfer by train in the summer.
You can rent a car from any of the major operators at most of the airports, or from Europcar at Bourg St Maurice.
Activities near Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Ski resort location
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
04 Mar 2013
We stayed in the Great Escape apartment over the New Year period. The apartment was initially under-equipped (I suspect due to items migrating upstairs to the larger Great Escape Chalet, which could... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
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|SUMMER||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 600||€ 120||€ 150||3 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||€ 1600||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||€ 1950||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||4 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||€ 800||€ 160||€ 200||3 Nights|
|Mid season||1 Feb 14||15 Feb 14||€ 900||€ 180||€ 225||3 Nights|
|Half term||15 Feb 14||22 Feb 14||€ 1950||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||22 Feb 14||15 Mar 14||€ 1600||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||15 Mar 14||29 Mar 14||€ 900||€ 180||€ 200||3 Nights|
|Easter hols||29 Mar 14||12 Apr 14||€ 1250||€ 170||€ 215||1 Week|
|Easter||12 Apr 14||26 Apr 14||€ 900||€ 190||€ 240||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 9|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|SUMMER||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 1100||€ 220||€ 275||3 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||€ 3200||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||€ 4500||-||-||1 Week|
|LOW SEASON||4 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||€ 1800||€ 360||€ 450||3 Nights|
|MID SEASON||1 Feb 14||15 Feb 14||€ 2000||€ 400||€ 500||3 Nights|
|Half term||15 Feb 14||22 Feb 14||€ 4500||-||-||1 Week|
|HIGH SEASON||22 Feb 14||15 Mar 14||€ 3200||-||-||1 Week|
|MID SEASON||15 Mar 14||29 Mar 14||€ 2000||€ 400||€ 500||3 Nights|
|EASTER HOLS||29 Mar 14||12 Apr 14||€ 2500||€ 390||€ 490||1 Week|
|Easter||12 Apr 14||26 Apr 14||€ 2000||€ 380||€ 475||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 14|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|SUMMER||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 1600||€ 320||€ 400||3 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||€ 4560||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||€ 6250||-||-||1 Week|
|LOW SEASON||4 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||€ 2480||€ 500||€ 620||3 Nights|
|MID SEASON||1 Feb 14||15 Feb 14||€ 2750||€ 550||€ 690||3 Nights|
|Half term||15 Feb 14||22 Feb 14||€ 6250||-||-||1 Week|
|HIGH SEASON||22 Feb 14||15 Mar 14||€ 4560||-||-||1 Week|
|MID SEASON||15 Mar 14||29 Mar 14||€ 2750||€ 550||€ 690||3 Nights|
|EASTER HOLS||29 Mar 14||12 Apr 14||€ 3600||€ 550||€ 690||1 Week|
|EASTER||12 Apr 14||26 Apr 14||€ 2750||€ 760||€ 950||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rates for 14 people are for the duplex & apartment together; rates for 9 people are for the duplex only; rates for 6 people are for the apartment only. All on a self-catered basis. Optional catering services are available for a supplement of €300 per adult and €150 per child aged 3-13 per week.
In addition, we have to collect the tourist tax of 30 cents per person aged 13+ per night.
We ask for a 25% deposit at the time of booking and the balance 8 weeks before your arrival.
Our self-catered prices include: bed linen, beds made for your arrival, towels, T-towels, end of stay cleaning, firewood.
We provide an initial supply of basic cooking ingredients:- salt & pepper, herbs & spices, olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar, milk; and cleaning products:- toilet rolls, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, all-purpose cleaner and cloths.Enquire now
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