Picturesque Setting In the Rhone-Alpes, With Direct Access To Pistes/ Mountain Walks
Located In A Quieter Part Of This Lively Resort, Yet A Short Walk/Free Bus Ride Gets You There
Sleeps 2/5 (1 Bedroom)
Providing cosy, flexible accommodation, this 28 sq.m. apartment was fully refurbished in August 2012 and remains pristine for the 2014/15 season. As a family we know that it sleeps 5 in reasonable comfort (if you know each other well - otherwise 3 to 4 may be preferable!) and is super-convenient for skiing - located on the same floor as the ski lockers and access to the pistes (when snow conditions permit - alternatively the free shuttle bus stops some 25 metres from the front door). The apartment's efficient design, flexible accommodation, bright interior and cosy wood-panelled ceilings enable us to relax after a tough day on the slopes. A guaranteed undercover parking space is included. A TV is installed with a Freesat dish, giving access to a host of channels, including BBC 1, BBC2, ITV, Channels 4 & 5 etc etc. Wifi access in the apartment is available at a local charge of 20€ per stay (of up to 3 weeks duration). In summer an amazing variety of activities is on offer - please ask for details.
There are 3 sleeping areas: one bedroom with double bed; one sofa bed in the living room which converts into either a double or two singles; one bunk bed with storage cupboards under in the "coin nuit" (entrance hallway).
Bathroom with 3/4 length bath and hand held shower; full size handbasin; washing machine; unlimited hot water.
Separate toilet. (NB occupants of each of the 3 sleeping areas can access the loo/bathroom without disturbing any other sleeping area)
The new streamlined kitchen is light and stylish, allows you to make the most of the available space, contains a fridge, sink, dishwasher, 3 ring ceramic hob, small electric oven/grill, kettle, coffee maker and microwave with crockery, pans & utensils.
Hair dryer, vacuum cleaner; broom and hand brush for the balcony.
The living room/diner faces south and the large panoramic window/balcony door offers amazing views of the mountains above Venosc, often with soaring eagles or paragliders in view. The very comfy folding chairs add to the flexibility in the use of space.
The balcony extends to over 4.5 sq.m and is very private - not overlooked from any aspect. The afternoon sun can be a real tonic to bones wearied by a day's hard skiing, walking, or biking.
To maintain our high standards, a rental charge of 10€ per person will be made for linen; towels can be rented at 10€ per person if required, or you could bring your own.
Dishwasher, Fridge, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.
Central Heating, Internet Access, TV.
The apartment block is served by two lifts.
The apartment has its own dedicated undercover parking space with key access.
Important notes on accommodation
Please note that this is a non-smoking apartment (the balcony is available if you wish to smoke). It was fully refurbished in August 2012, with new soft furnishings added in 2013 and remains fresh and pristine for the 2014/2015 season. In June 2013 it was awarded the Tourist Office 3 Keys rating - the highest for an apartment - and some of our interior shots are used on their website.
The apartment is managed locally by Charlotte Swift who, as our representative, will:
Liaise with you before your departure to get your eta and, if you wish, ski hire requirements;
Meet & greet you upon arrival (normally between 15.00 & 20.00), collect a 350€ deposit and your linen hire charges;
Provide local information and be on hand for any local issues;
Inspect the apartment upon your departure (normally between 7.30 & 10.00) and refund your deposit providing the apartment is left as it was found.
As a qualified and experienced ski instructor, Charlotte also offers group or private ski tuition.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|30 August 2014 - 25 October 2014||£ 319.00||7|
|25 October 2014 - 8 November 2014||£ 379.00||7|
|8 November 2014 - 29 November 2014||£ 275.00||7|
|29 November 2014 - 13 December 2014||£ 329.00||7|
|13 December 2014 - 20 December 2014||£ 419.00||7|
|20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015||£ 679.00||7|
|3 January 2015 - 24 January 2015||£ 389.00||7|
|24 January 2015 - 7 February 2015||£ 455.00||7|
|7 February 2015 - 14 February 2015||£ 485.00||7|
|14 February 2015 - 28 February 2015||£ 689.00||7|
|28 February 2015 - 14 March 2015||£ 495.00||7|
|14 March 2015 - 28 March 2015||£ 429.00||7|
|28 March 2015 - 11 April 2015||£ 479.00||7|
|11 April 2015 - 25 April 2015||£ 389.00||7|
Notes on prices
Discounts are negotiable on second and subsequent weeks - last minute bookings may also attract a discount - please make contact.
Changeover day is Saturday. There will be flexibility about this during off-season and in the summer - please contact me to discuss.
A deposit of 20% of the total cost is required to confirm your booking, the balance is due 8 weeks prior to your departure, so bookings made within 8 weeks of departure date require full payment. A security deposit of €350 (or £350 if you prefer) is payable locally, fully refundable at the end of your stay provided the apartment is left as it is found.
Apartment in Les Deux Alpes, Isere, French Alps, sited on the Vallee Blanche piste
About the area
For summer visitors, the Les 2 Alpes 9 hole golf course is an option.
"If you are a skier or boarder who craves variety, then Les Deux Alpes delivers in shovels-full" - Simon Calder - travel writer. The lift system tops out at 3600m, offering 220km of pistes with a 2300m vertical drop and extensive off-piste skiing.
Snow reliability is excellent on higher slopes, even in a poor winter. Above 2200m most of the runs are north-facing and the top glacier section guarantees good snow (this is a summer ski area). There is a great variety of snow-sure slopes, including an extensive glacier area, lots of good off-piste terrain, and one of the most extensive and admired snowparks in Europe, with a halfpipe, kickers, 2 boardercross courses and many jumps. Our apartment is situated on the Pied Moutet mountain with straightforward access (steepish blues) to the glacier side.
The six-day pass also allows you to ski in Alpe-d’Huez (a shuttle-bus goes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, or alternatively you could travel by helicopter!) and in Serre Chevalier or Italy.
How to get there
We regularly drive to Les 2 Alpes, taking 9 hours from Calais (more during peak periods) at legal speeds and with a couple of comfort stops. We know where the cheap petrol stations are located - please ask!
The closest airports are Grenoble, Chambery, Lyon and Geneva with regular flights from many UK airports. Bus links are available from airports (train necessary from Chambery) and car hire is available.
Distances from Les 2 Alpes to:- Calais - 940km (585 miles); Alpe d'Huez - 32km; Serre Chevalier - 65km; Montgenevre and the Italian Alps - 74km.
The 2 villages that combine to form "Les 2 Alps" are Mont de Lans (with a market on Wednesday mornings) and Venosc at either end of and below the resort, whilst the nearest regional town is Bourg d'Oisans, distance 19km, with an excellent market on Saturdays.
There is a host of shops in resort, both food (best is Marche U; also Spar and 2 "Casino" shops and a Carrefour Montagne; try also "La Ferme" selling prepared local dishes for eating at home) as well as fashion/clothing/equipment retailers. There are numerous restaurants; Chalet Mounier for a special occasion; L'Abri and Il Caminetto for pizzas, and L'Igloo for a good cheap lunch in resort. There is also a wide variety of bars - those popular with the British are the Polar Bear Pub; Smokey Joes; The Secret; and The Red Frog; The Dutch is also rated as good fun; Le Saxo is a lively, young French bar, with Les Lutins being more traditional.
There are lots of bars/restaurants on the slopes.
Reviewed by: Helen, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 19 April 2014
Date of stay: April 2014
"Well-equipped apartment for 4/5 people"
This very reasonably-priced apartment rental suited our family ski holiday to Les Deux Alpes. We are 2 adults and 2 mid to late teens, and drove to the resort. We found the apartment attractively set-out, and neat in size. There is a cabin bunk as soon as you walk in, with plenty of storage space underneath. Also, a bedroom with double bed, and a kitchen/dining area which has very comfortable chairs, and a sofa settee in the sitting area. For 2 tall teenagers the sleeping arrangements were a bit of a squeeze. The kitchen was extremely well-equipped with all sorts of cleaning products, including dishwasher tablets. We were made to feel most welcome. The option to hire bed linen and towels was taken up, and Charlotte, a lady who looks after matters when the owners are not around, sorted this out for us. She is also a ski instructor and has lots of local knowledge. Our visit to Les Deux Alpes was right at the end of the ski season, and the snow was rapidly melting on the lower slopes. We are good skiers, and managed to ski to and from an area quite close to the residence (100 - 200 ft.), but unfortunately did not manage the ideal 'ski in, ski out'. This was fine apart from having to avoid some dog excrement and litter, but I have found this to be quite common in French ski resorts. The building block, too, was suffering problems with its lifts, but this was dealt with promptly. Parking was very convenient, the apartment having its own parking space, and the ski lockers were very close to our door. There were no problems with noise, but the apartment block as a whole was under-occupied, it being end of season. We also found the Wifi reception was obtained not at the apartment block itself, but at the next building (Odalys). I must mention that there is a very good bus service from just outside the apartment block, to the slopes on the other side of the valley. This free service picked up every 20 minutes, and arrived quite near the Diable chair lift a few minutes later. The bus service ran until evening. To sum up, this was a really enjoyable holiday. The skiing was great, the view from the apartment wonderful, and all ran smoothly, right from booking until our departure. With years of experience of renting ski apartments, those little home comforts which are usually not provided when booking through tour operators were much appreciated.
Recommended for: Adventure seekers and families with teenagers
Feedback from previous guests has been very positive - for example, 100% of respondents would recommend us to their friends.
“Perfect little apartment for a small group. Overall great place to stay and very good value. Can't recommend it enough.” January 2014.
"Your lovely apartment suited us just fine & the ski-in ski-out was spot on. A great time was had by all." February 2014.
About the Owner
Skiing has been a regular and important part of our lives for many years, and it is surprisingly satisfying to observe our daughters catch the bug and easily surpass 'the Rents' in enthusiasm and ability. The big bonus to owning in Les 2 Alpes is the amazing variety of summer activities that is available and which we also enjoy. The temperature in August often seems to be as hot as we would wish it to be, without the humidity that is often associated with beach holidays in, say, the Riviera or the Spanish costas.
Year property purchased: 2003
Why this location?
We've skiied in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France over many years, and enjoyed the mountains in summer too. It was the assured snow conditions in Les 2 Alpes, and relatively straightforward access by car, that persuaded us to buy here. Having rented in the resort twice, and scoured it for the second home apartment that would suit us most, we chose our apartment for 3 reasons:- 1 Location - on the piste with ski-in/ski-out capability, given normal snow, 20 metres from apartment door. 2 Location - elevated position within the resort, with great views to the south; covered car parking. 3 Location - quieter position than some others in this lively resort yet with easy access to the range of facilities.
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Languages spoken: English, French, German.
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