Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The twin A-frame chalet of Les Iris is situated at the end of a half-kilometre private drive on a small plateau at 1400m in the Vaudoise Alps, mid-way between Barboleuse and Alp des Chaux. The resort of Villars-sur-Ollon is 15minutes drive and one and one half hours from Geneva International Airport. It is situated in a protected forest area of outstanding natural beauty and having a southerly aspect with uninterrupted views across the Avançon and Rhone valleys to the Dents du Midi. It will suit those who seek a quiet and relaxing holiday, providing peace and tranquillity in a natural setting.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Plage de Rive-Bleue, Bouveret 35 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 125 km, Nearest railway: Bex 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The property (approx 100m²) is a secondary residence that has been in the Family for 30-years. It is clad on the interior with honey-coloured pine panelling surrounding the beam structure. It's Southern aspect makes it light and airy but with communal central heating and a log-fire, cozy during the winter months.
The main bedroom can be arranged with either a double or two twin beds. The second bedroom can be equiped as twin or bunk beds.
In summer, the South-facing balcony provides extra living space (sunbathing, reading, buffet meals) while the rear balcony provides significant storage for hiking gear or ski equipment.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in a large clearing within the forest, with a half-kilometre private access road, it is apart from the hussle and bustle of a typical mountain 'station'. Les Vernays, the name given to the specific location, is a protected natural reserve and enjoys a micro-climate. Swiss flora and fauna are in abundance. The uninterupted view over the Rhone valley to the Dents du Midi is a continually changing vista with the sun.
The appartment is still used by the owners and thus cupboards are stocked with durables on a 'use and replace' basis. A wood store is available on the same basis. A small library of books, cassettes, CDs and DVDs is provided.
Bed linen and towels are available at an extra charge of CHF25/person.
The Swiss Alps region
In the opinion of the writer, the Canton of Vaud mixes the best of Switzerland - a melange of the structured Germanic approach of the German-speaking region and the informal Latin approach of Ticino (South of the Alps).
In winter, the ski-pass gives access to a full range of pursuits covering a 100km of runs from Villars-sur-Ollon to Les Diablerets. In summer, as well as many Alpine walks and mountain-bike trails, the chalet's location provides access to Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) for sailing, fishing, swimming or just a gentle cruise on the paddle-steamer fleet. It also opens the door to many local vineyards, the salt mines of Bex and the Chateau of Aigle and Chateau Chillon.
Being centrally placed, excursions to France, Italy and Germany are at a resident's disposal
Villars-sur-Ollon (5km) is a well-known mountain station, but further afield the conurbations or Montreux (45km), Lausanne (65 km), Martingy (35km) provide cultural and commercial havens where museums, art galeries, sporting fixtures and shopping may be found in abundance.