About the home
- 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:||Hen and stag parties|
Lift access to property
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|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 seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Bicycles available|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Lift access to property, Secure parking|
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,stereo system with surround sound for movies in the evenings and selection of DVDs and books.
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.
We're happy to offer a 25% discount on all 2 week bookings outside of the winter season if you want to use the flat for a longer summer holiday.
The Rhone / French Alps / Haute-Savoie 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.
The St Jean d'Aulps area
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.
How to get there
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La Grande Terche is approximately 90 minutes drive from Geneva Airport via autoroute or the more relaxing route along the lakeside and through Thonon.
Geneva is well-served by the UK airlines from most regional airports, including Easyjet, Jet2, BMI Baby, Flybe, British Airways and KLM
Hiring a car is probably easiest - all the major car hire companies have offices at the airport - Avis, Hertz, Europcar from either the French or Swiss sides, although I would recomend getting one from the Swiss side as it is the same price, but you won't need to pay the €30 for a Vignette to use the Swiss motorways. I tend to use a company called www.hirecar3000.com who have good rates and a good selection of vehicles from the major hire companies.
Airport transfers can be arranged via Powdercab or Action Mountain, please enquire for details
The drive from Calais takes about 8 hours and is motorway all the way apart from the last 20 miles. We've done the drive through the night a few times which maximises the time you get in the mountains, but it does tend to leave you a little shell-shocked for the first day. The best plan is to cross on an early evening crossing from the UK, then stay overnight in a hotel just south of Reims, which allows you to reach the mountains early afternoon the next day and get yourself sorted out ready to ski on the following day.
Going home we often leave the resort around 3pm and drive a quick route back to the port to catch a midnight crossing back to the UK.
By car : A40 motorway from Geneva, heading towards Chamonix or Milan/Turin and then exit n°18 "Cluses /La Sardagne
Follow signs for Morzine (D902) then sign for St Jean d'Aulps (D902). In St Jean make a turn up to the left at the end of the village to La Grande Terche, which is the ski station for the village.
Activities near St Jean d'Aulps
Ski resort location
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
17 Jan 2012
The apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies and was spacious and clean. It also has bunk beds so it can sleep eight in total, but we did not need the extra beds. It is a short drive to Morzine and Avoriaz and very well located for access to those resorts and the Portes du Soleil generally. It is in a small village called St Jean D'Alps which has its own skiing area and decent shops and restaurants. Definitely go to Pere Bill's for the pizzas.
The apartment also has large living-room next to the kitchen and a TV, a DVD player and a games console for the young (and not so young!).
Be careful of the hot water because it can be very hot!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Summer 12||29 Apr 12||30 Sep 12||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Autum 12||30 Sep 12||16 Dec 12||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas 12/13||16 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|January 2013||6 Jan 13||27 Jan 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|February 2013||27 Jan 13||3 Mar 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|March / April 2013||3 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer 2013||28 Apr 13||14 Dec 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas 13/14||14 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|January 2014||4 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|February 2014||1 Feb 14||1 Mar 14||£ 850||-||-||1 Night|
|March / April 2014||1 Mar 14||26 Apr 14||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer 2014||26 Apr 14||20 Dec 14||£ 500||-||-||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.
Payment is preferred by bank transfer in Sterling to my UK bank account or via cheque, but can also be made in Euros via bank transfer or cheque to my French bank account.Enquire now
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