Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
- Our large apartment has all the facilities and features you'd expect from a newly built block, with great views from either of the 2 balconies, and a beautiful backdrop of mountains and stunning scenery.
- This is not a rental apartment owned to let-out, this is our home abroad, and as such it has all the nice things that make your holiday more enjoyable and comfortable - decent coffee makers, original art works on the walls, and a quality of furnishings as you'd want in your home.
- A great apartment to use as an activity base for the walking/skiing/mountain biking in the area, or simply to enjoy a quiet and peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 80 km, Nearest railway: Cluses 20 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
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
We have a high-chair in the apartment, and we've our 3-wheel pushchair available for use - which is great for bumpy trails in the mountains.
Its a great place to take children - there is a small playground in the village with slide & swing, and the space for them to run around outside safely is a great change from living in a city.
Our apartment has a feeling of space as it was created by buying 2 adjacent (1 single bed and 1 2 bedded) apartments off plan and having them built as a single home. The living room is roughly double the size of other new apartments, and we have 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bunk bedroom and then another set of bunk beds in the coin montagne - comfortably sleeping 6 for long periods, and fine for 8 when skiing for a week (as we've proved many times...).
To make life more comfortable, we have 2 bathrooms, both with bath and shower attachment, and 2 separate WCs - easily enough to help everyone out in the mornings and the evenings when you come home.
The kitchenette area is fully equipped and includes an electric hob, oven/grill, and fridge. The apartment has 2 balconies that have great views down the mountain, and our own garage for you to use (great for storing ski equipment & mountain bikes securely whilst you are our there).
The apartment is furnished in a modern and comfortable style and includes a comfortable living area and separate dining area, TV/DVD/Blueray,stereo system with surround sound for movies in the evenings and selection of DVDs and books. We've had wifi installed for winter 2013/14, so you're able log-on without having to head down to one of the bars, and we've had satellite TV installed with all British & European channels.
|Further details outdoors|
Garage with the apartment for storing skis / mountain bikes etc - personal garage, NOT shared so secure for any equipment you bring with you.
Pets aren't allowed in the apartment and we'd really appreciate people who will take care of it as this is our home abroad, not just a flat for rental.
Rentals run from Saturday to Saturday, and keys can be picked up locally from contacts in the village.
NEW FOR 2011 SEASON ONWARDS - we now have a local management service for our apartment, which means that someone will meet you on arrival and have the beds made up to your preferences. They will also launder the linen at the end of your stay and clean the apartment, so you can enjoy the last day of your holiday.
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Portes Du Soleil are a fantastic region in the French/Swiss Alps. In contrast to some of the higher altitude areas, this region is a year-round home for a lot of people, rather than relying solely on tourism. Despite being only 1 1/2 hrs from Geneva, you feel like you are miles away from the rat-race with beautiful scenary, friendly people and everything you'd expect from a French holiday - great food, great drink and lots of things to do and see.
The Rhone Alps are one of the most diverse regions in France, with six natural parks, 28 nature reserves, some of the most prolific lakeside scenery in France and six thousand kilometres of ski runs. The Portes De Soleil area is the biggest lift pass area in the world based on the length of pistes covered by one pass - boasting 10% more piste than the Paradski and 3 Valley areas. It really is a great place to spend a holiday - winter, spring, autumn or summer, with each season offering something different to enjoy.
Its not just a regions for skiers - in the winter there are lovely walks, snow-shoe excursions, spas and great mountain restaurants to while away the days. In the summer the hills are alive with walkers, mountain bikers, hand gliders and people of all ages simply enjoying the scenary.
A diversion through Beaujolais on the way down can take in nearly all of the major Beaujolais wine producers in the Rhône - and you can also take a detour to Bresse route for food lovers or the silk road around Lyon.
The Portes du Soleil ski area incorporating the resorts of Grande Terche, Morzine/Avoriaz, Les Gets and Chatel offers some of the best skiing in Europe. Chamonix is less than an hour away and offers great high-altitude skiing in the winter, and access to the high peaks in the summer. Annecy on the lake of the same name has been popular since Victorian times and is a lovely place to explore for the day, with good restaurants and shops. Evian les Bains on Lake Léman is the source of the water, and hosts a great spa in the famous hotels. Yvoire, a little further along the shore of Lake Geneva/Leman, is a medieval walled town that is a lovely place to spend a summer or winter day.
St Jean d'Aulps
La Grande Terche is a small and increasingly popular village. At an altitude of 1000m it sits overlooking the small town of St Jean d'Aulps which itself is about 5km west of Morzine / Avoriaz and 10km from Les Gets.
Neither La Grande Terche, nor the village of St Jean d'Aulps in the valley below, has any British "packaged" accommodation, a significant attraction for some. Instead, its surprisingly international clientele is dotted around in private chalets and apartments, and the resort is run by locals who are genuinely welcoming and friendly. Most of the apartment buildings are modern, but low-rise, and of traditional style. A number of genuine old Savoyard barns survive to add to the charm.
Apres-ski is relaxed and friendly with some excellent bars and restaurants reasonably priced. The village regularly puts on events, including a weekly torchlight descent by the ski instructors and special celebrations at Christmas, New Year and Easter.
The village is a small, friendly community with 4 bars, 4 restaurants, ski hire shops, supermarket, a ski school and a launderette. Fresh bread and croissants are supplied via a depot de pain in the supermarket.
La Grande Terche is about as distant from industrialized skiing as you can get. Whether you are expert skier or intermediate, the 7km long circuit from La Grande Terche through Bellevaux takes you from forest to hamlet, and is both exhilarating and extremely beautiful.
The Village is linked by free bus to Morzine/Les Gets and via car to the Ardent Gondala (surprisingly meaning that you can be on the slopes more quickly from here than if you were staying in Morzine as there are no queues!) accessing the whole Portes du Soleil ski area, one of the best in the world!
With its fresh air, warm sun, natural beauty and a multitude of sports and activities, the French Alps are perfect for everyone to enjoy a summer break whether your on your bike, walking or driving.
The Portes du Soleil area has 20 ski lifts open in the summer, leaving from the various resorts. These take out a lot of the effort of mountain-biking, giving you the time to admire the scenery and get your breath back: 380km of paths between France and Switzerland are accessible via the ski lifts. Les Gets is the leading mountain biking centre in the alps, with some great bike-parks & challenging descents. You will need to hire full suspension bikes and body armour to enjoy the purpose built runs, but there are plenty of lower skilled runs too for more family orientated biking.
For those of you who want to enjoy some less energetic activities there are some beautiful traditional French and Swiss villages around Lac Laman (lake Geneva) with many local delights for you to sample, alternatively you could head into Geneva for some serious shopping.
The lake at Montriond is a lovely place to spend time in the summer - offering stunning mountain scenary and a separate shallow area that is watched by lifeguards for the kids to splash about in. Morzine also has an open air pool & tennis + skate parks so that you can enjoy all the mountain air.
Golf is available in Les Gets & Avoriaz, offering stunning views as you play a round.