About the home
We have tried to give our apartment a feel of luxury so you can enjoy relaxing as well the the thrill of the mountains. If you fancy a bath, soft white towel and cosy bed after a day of exertion, this it the property for you. With all the mod cons of a luxury home you won't need to go out, but if you fancy it, the delights of the beautiful St Gervais are on the door step.
On the first floor the living space is open plan with a well-equipped, modern kitchen, dining area and two comfortable sofas with flat screen satellite TV and DVD player. There is unlimited free wi-fi and free calls to the UK and most european countries from the phone in the apartment. The sitting room has French windows that open out onto to a south facing, double balcony with great views of the town and the ski slopes. In addition on the first floor there is a ski locker, toilet, large cloakroom and washer dryer.
Upstairs, on the second floor are two bedrooms, a bathroom with bath/shower and a separate toilet. The bedrooms consist of a large double with a kingsize bed and a South facing balcony, and a twin room with an adult size bunk bed with a North facing balcony which looks across to the chateau. On the top floor is a twin bedroom en-suite, which can also be converted into a kingsize double on request. All the bedrooms have large built-in wardrobes.
We brought the apartment for its year round appeal. The area has a wide selection of activities throughout the year as weel as the excellent skiing in the winter. Nestled on the western flank of Mont Blanc half way between Chamonix and Megève, Saint Gervais occupies a very privileged position. From here you have access not only to the immediate slopes, but also to the entire Evasion Mont Blanc area, 420 km of pistes and the resort of Megeve, where the beautiful French ski. If that isn't enough to entice you, Saint Gervais itself has some good nursery slopes near the village, while intermediates can explore the large number of blues and reds, and the often-overlooked blacks. There is also an excellent snowpark and half pipe on hand here.
The summer offers excellent on and off road cycling with some classic cols for the brave. On the side of Mont Blanc it offers access to climbing throughout the year and routes up the mountain itself. There is also white water rafting, paragliding, guided walks and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details outdoors:
2 underground parking spaces with barrier controlled access.
English and French speaking property manager on hand to help.
Local contacts to arrange activities if required.
The Rhone / French Alps / Haute-Savoie region
Haute-Savoie is a spur of France sandwiched between Lake Geneva and Switzerland to the North and Italy to the South. The area is dominated by the Grand Massif range and the Mont Blanc Massif of the Alps. The capital of Haute-Savoie is Annecy, a fashionable town with a friendly ambience. The town’s canals give it a sense of romance and is often compared with Venice. The 15km long lake is a wonderful base for water sports as well as a great area for hiking, gliding or cycling through, taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. The climate of the area sees the extremes of summer and winter. Summer temperatures can reach the mid thirties and the winter can drop to minus fifteen, creating the perfect skiing. THe weather range makes the Haute-Savoie ideal for both summer and winter holidays.
The St Gervais Les Bains area
St Gervais is not a one trick pony. It offers a vast range of activities for all the family in both the summer and the winter. If you are looking for all the trappings of a modern ski resort whilst maintaining the fell of a traditional French town, it is the place for you. Situated at the foot of Mont Blanc the scenery is stunning and a great place to be based to explore the surrounding area. Its location makes it an ideal point from which to access the Chamonix Valley, Lake Anecey and Lake Geneva. The area is famous as a mecca for Alpine sports and the 4000 meter peaks around Mt Blanc are all within easy reach, well at least the start points are! For those less inclined to climb them, a great way to see Mont Blanc is to go on the tramway up to Nid d'Aigle taking you through the Alpine forests and meadows reaching the foot of Bionnassay Glacier. This is great for all the family and something we have done with a 2 month old baby. What's more there is a vast range of other outdoor activities including mountain biking, walking, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, swimming, golf, ice-skating rink and mini golf to list but a few. It does not all need to be about activity as the town is also famous for its thermal spa with balneotherapy, beauty and medical treatments. The Spa is rated as the 2nd best medical spa in France for both dermatological and respiratory tract complaints. The town has a great selection of bars, a casino and a nightclub, but the atmosphere is more about vibrant markets, good local food and a bustling mix of tourists and locals. Take the time to sample the local, family run resturants and you will not be disappointed. It is a side of French cuisine new to most and you will find traditional local dishes with a modern twist.
How to get there
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Fly - Geneva is the closest airport, just 90 km from St Gervais. It is a well served international airport and can be reached direct form most UK airports. EasyJet fly from Stansted and if you book your flights in advance you can get exceptional deals. Transfers by car hire are fast and easy way to get to St Gervais otherwise there are a number of transfer options listed below.
Airport Transfer - The SAT bus service runs regular links between Geneva and St Gervais. It costs approximately €30 per person per single trip and takes 2 hrs. There are also many private transfer firms offering taxis and shared minibuses.
Train - Think fast, reliable and comfortable. Trains in Europe are a great way to travel and if booked in advance are competitive in price. The high speed TGV train links in the direct from Paris.
Drive - We personally like to drive out and if you go for it in a single run the journey is not too bad. We like to get a late ferry and drive through the night, arriving in St Gervais in time for fresh croissants.
Activities near St Gervais Les Bains
Ski resort location
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
28 Jan 2013
This is a lovely apartment in a good location within St Gervais. We stayed as a group of four for a weeks skiing. The apartment is spacious enough that you are not on top of one another whilst the open plan layout makes a good area for socialising and chatting about the day's events. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms a good size.
With the boulangerie just a minute's walk away and a useful supermarket just up the street it is very easy to get everything you require. Access to skiing was very easy with a regular bus service taking approx 10mins. We didn't get into the town very much as the snow was good but this apartment is ideally placed to explore.
Overall this was a great place to stay. Spacious but still with that 'cozy' feel that is so important after a day's skiing. The facilities are simple but clean and adequate. I would definitely go again and recommend this to friends.
27 Jan 2013
We travelled out with one of the owners so we didn't have to go through the booking process, although from what we had seen on the internet it seemed simple. After a very easy drive from Geneva airport, we arrived behind the apartment and carried our bags the short distance to the door. This did involve going down and up some steps, but nothing too difficult to handle. The key was in a little code box by the door (a great place to leave it whilst out skiing).
We found the apartment to be clean throughout with things thoughtfully laid out in each bedroom. It had a good layout with a well equipped kitchen, and we especially enjoyed sitting out on the balcony at the front toasting the sunset with a local cider.
It is in a great location with shops nearby (the boulangerie on the corner was fantastic) and ski hire less than 2 minutes' walk away. The village has a real community feel with excellent restaurants and a fun local market on Thursday mornings. We also took advantage of the thermal spa 10 minutes down the mountain, a great relief for aching muscles.
The car parking space was around 5 minutes' walk from the apartment, but with the excellent ski shuttle leaving from just a short distance away, the car spent the majority of the time in the garage.
27 Jan 2013
I went along as the devoted granny, happy to spend mornings in the apartment with my grandson, then join the skiers on the slopes for lunch and the afternoons. The apartment is a delight, good layout with balconies, comfortable and tastefully furnished. Its location in pretty, traditional St. Gervais is perfect for everything - two minutes (literally) from the boulangerie, other shops and restaurants, excellent walks on or off tarmac, a wonderful street market and easy access to the slopes via regular bus (free) and gondola. Amazing slopes, no queues and a wonderful warm, friendly atmosphere. Just wish I could find the time to go back - last year the parents went back but sent the grandson to stay with me!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Ski Season||23 Mar 13||6 Apr 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Night|
|Ski Season||6 Apr 13||13 Apr 13||£ 790||-||-||1 Night|
|Ski Season||13 Apr 13||20 Apr 13||£ 560||-||-||1 Night|
|Spring||20 Apr 13||15 Jun 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Night|
|Summer||15 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|Summer||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Night|
|Autumn||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|Autumn||28 Sep 13||14 Dec 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Night|
|Ski Season||14 Dec 13||21 Dec 13||£ 850||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 1350||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||4 Jan 14||8 Feb 14||£ 850||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||8 Feb 14||15 Feb 14||£ 1200||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||15 Feb 14||22 Feb 14||£ 1500||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||22 Feb 14||1 Mar 14||£ 1100||-||-||3 Nights|
|Ski Season||1 Mar 14||12 Apr 14||£ 850||-||-||3 Nights|
|Easter||12 Apr 14||26 Apr 14||£ 1000||-||-||3 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Please enquire for shorter break prices. Minimum charge for use is £300.
Linen, parking and in resort management included in cost.
Shorter breaks available, enquire for price.Book
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