Grouse is a luxury chalet in the unspoilt Swiss farming village of Ayer in the Val d'Anniviers. Think Heidie and Narnia. Ten minutes drive from the ski resorts of St Luc, Grimentz or Zinal. Ideal for a summer or winter holiday.
Comfort is important to the owner and this is reflected in numerous personal touches.
The lower floor has 3 en-suite bedrooms : two twin rooms and one double. French windows in one of the twin rooms and the double open onto the hillside (downhill, west facing). There is copious cupboard space in each bedroom. A washing machine, drying machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board are available. A sofa bed can be used to sleep up to 12 if required. A baby's cot can be provided on request.
The middle floor has a large open plan sitting area, dining area and kitchen with south and west facing balconies. The south balcony is wide enough to accommodate a circular table suitable for up to 12. The sitting area has two huge comfortable sofas, a window seat, a coffee table, TV (with DVD) and wood burning stove (wood available locally). The dining area has a circular table that can take up to 10 people. The entrance hall exits uphill to the road and parking. There are boot dryers that can take up to 6 pairs of boots and sufficient shelving for goggles, gloves ect . A WC is accessed from the middle floor entrance hall.
The upper accommodate four: a double bedroom with basin, a twin room and bathroom. The top floor has its own covered balcony accessible from both bedrooms. External access to the top floor entrance hall is at road level, therefore suitable for those who might find steps difficult. There are boot dryers that can take up to 4 pairs of boots and sufficient shelving for goggles, gloves ect and a ski rack outside by the entrance
Explore the village of Ayer; an old farming community with a tumble of raccards perched improbably on their stone pillars.
In summer hiking, cycling, paragliding, bungee jumping, canyoning, tennis, aerial adventure, mountaineering and much else.
In winter 3 ski resorts of valley only 10 minutes away, excellent uncrowded skiing for every ability range.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 3 en suites and 1 toilet only|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 175 km, Nearest railway: Sierre 21 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Double Beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The chalet itself is excellently appointed with three bedrooms en suite, fabulously comfortable sofas to sink into and a good selection of books, games and wide-screen TV with DVDs. Sofa bed enables 12 to stay.
|Further details outdoors|
There is parking for cars and easy access from the road. The balconies provide ideal places for evening drinks, admiring the stunning views. There is a large table to eat outside outside on the sheltered terrace.
AYER, VAL D'ANNIVIERS, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND.
Your destination is Ayer, a most charming village in the picturesque valley of the Val d’Anniviers, in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Switzerland is a contrast of mountains, lakes and cities; it is divided into a federation of cantons, each of which has considerable autonomy. The Canton of Valais is predominantly mountainous. The high ground is a refuge from the summer heat that is normal in France and Italy; in winter the Alps are a playground for the active and adventurous.
Apart from the weather, the spectacular landscape, the local culture, the flora and the fauna makes Valais and Ayer, in particular, an exceptional holiday destination.
VAL D’ANNNIVIERS: HOLIDAY IN PARADISE IN SUMMER OR WINTER.
The "Val d’Anniviers" is an unspoilt valley that leads into the heart of the Alps that form the border between Switzerland and Italy. The valley has numerous farming villages, the most idyllic of which is Ayer, and is surrounded by the 'Imperial Crown' - five mountains over 4000m, including the Matterhorn; this is Heidi country, as suitable for a summer holiday as winter.
Walking, cycling/mountain biking, paragliding, mini golf, bungee jumping (www.bungy.ch), cayoning, mountaineering, tennis, visits to a copper mine, stargazing at the observatory and an aerial adventure park are some of the activities available. A free pass (Anniviers Libertee) is available in summer to enable you to use public transport and have free access to numerous activities.
Anywhere in the valley you will find a wide range of refuges and restaurants, which make rewarding destinations, alternatively meander through the alpine pastures and the charming villages. Those needing a challenge can prepare for the Walkers' Haute Route or the demanding Sierre Zinal marathon.
Three ski areas St Luc, Grimentz and Zinal are suitable for beginners, intermediate and experts alike. Lifts to 2900 meters; over 225 kms (140 miles) of uncrowded piste, monitored snowfields, fun parks and limitless off piste. Caters for skiers (downhill, ski-touring, kite skiing or cross-country), snowboarders, snowshoe walkers or tobogganers. Services in the resorts include mountain guides, ski schools, kindergartens, ski hire, shops, bars, swimming pool, saunas, massages, skating rink, nightclub and restaurants.
The principal town in the valley is Vissoie and the three resorts are: Zinal, Grimentz, and St Luc/Chandolin. Ayer is central to these resorts, which can be reached by car in 10 minutes. All resorts in the Val d’Anniviers are covered by the same lift pass and accessible by bus. The lift pass is good value, for example, CHF 235 for six days for an adult; full details of reductions for children and those over 65 can be requested from their website.
Should you want to explore further afield from Ayer, the attractive towns of Sierre and Sion lie at the base of Val d’Anniviers in Rhone River valley. The area is well known for its wine, spa towns and castles. Golf is available at Crans sur Sierre the home of the Omega European Masters. Crans Montana, the Verbier ski area and Zermatt are close enough to day-ski or to visit.