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.
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10 Mar 2014
"Great place, well kitted out for multi-person ocupancy."
I stayed as part of a mixed group of 8 adults in late Jan 2014. The village although lower than others and not so well connected is actually totally great with a couple of great restaurants and shops and v picturesque! Not as touristy as the other better know places nearby. The flat is very well kitted out and the accommodation is super flexible. The owner - an extremely chirpy chap called Tim - provided an extremely comprehensive set of instructions and was very responsive when we had initial problems connecting to the Wi-Fi. I ould also consider going back with wife + kids as the local slopes were v child-friendly and less busy then else where in the region. All round, we a fab stay. I would recommend the place.
26 Feb 2014
"Convenient comfortable flat, good location for skiing"
We thoroughly enjoyed the St Jean experience and had a wonderful time with the children, in ski school, who all learned very quickly. The flat was great and we all fitted in remarkably well - 2 grandp… More
21 Jan 2014
"Fantastic Location with Plenty of Skiing Options!"
This apartment was exactly what we needed for a week's skiing holiday. There were 6 of us and with 3 bedrooms (1 double bed, 1 twin room and 1 bunk bed room) there was enough space for us. There's even an extra bunk bed in the hallway to accommodate 2 extra people if needed. It has all the creature comforts for an evening in such as a Blue Ray player, satellite TV (including all UK Freeview channels) and speedy Wifi for your internet needs. It even has a garage to store your ski equipment after a day's run.
The apartment is literally a couple of minutes walk from the Roc d'Enfer ski area and is great for beginners and kids or even intermediate skiers who want to perfect their turns. We hired a car for the week and we would simply drive for 15 mins to one of the main gondolas and then ski around Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets and Chatel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even make it all the way to the Swiss side.
Grande Terche itself is a small town but has everything you need for a week's holiday. There are a couple of good value ski shops, and restaurants and also a huge Carrefour supermarket about 5 mins drive away for all your shopping needs.
All in all I would highly recommend this apartment, it is comfortable, clean and close to the major ski resorts of Morzine by car. Fantastic.
20 Jan 2014
"Well located modern ski apartment for families and groups"
I have stayed at Residence L'Ourson once with a group of friends and once with my family with young children. Both times I have had great holidays, and the flat has been clean and met all my requirements and expectations for a holiday rental.
The flat itself has new, modern, comfortable furnishings with a few nice touches that make it feel homely such as some art on the walls and a selection of DVDs and books. Everything works as it should and the supply of hot water was particularly appreciated after days on the pistes. (Although it is very hot - take care!)
The location of the apartment is excellent as it provides the option to ski the Roc d'Enfer pistes behind the apartment, which is ideal for children or beginners or to drive 10 minutes to the larger Avoriaz and Morzine ski areas which suit all abilities. You can even ski to Switzerland! Within 5 minutes walk are key amenities such as a small grocer, restaurants, bars, ski equipment hire and of course the ski lift and ski school.
Don't expect a huge kitchen, but there is a hob, small oven/ microwave and a fridge which are ample for self catering, and in practice we ended up eating out frequently in Pere Bills and the Avalanche restaurant which are 5 minutes walk away.
I would definitely go back to this apartment and am considering making a summer booking for some mountain biking.
20 Jan 2014
Lovely flat- very clean, village is relatively quiet but easy to access all of Porte du Soleil areas.
16 Sep 2013
"Great apartment in the winter or summer"
We stayed here for 2weeks skiing in April 2013 and for a 2 week holiday last summer - the apartment works well for a large family (we are 5), and is able to sleep 8 so probably good for 2 smaller families too. It's right on the ski slope in St Jean D'Aulps, which is a great village for family skiing and close to the rest of the portes de soleil.
We'd stay here again happily!
17 Jan 2012
"Nice large new apartment near Portes du Soliel skiing area"
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!
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