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Spacious Farmhouse of great character + Lovely Apartment In The Chamonix Valley - Apartment Joy (1 Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4)

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights



Apartment Joy (1 Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4)

Located to rear of the farmhouse with its own private entrance. Large open-plan salon with a new, fully-fitted kitchen containing: microwave oven, large steamer, 2 electric hobs, fridge/freezer, sink/draining board, wine rack.

This room also has a dining area with a dining table plus seating for 4 + a sofa, TV with free to view satellite channels and a DVD player plus free unlimited wifi internet access. To one side of the room are adult-sized bunk beds (sleeps 2).

Separate bedroom with a double bed, set of large drawers, plenty of hanging space and bed side tables.

Separate bathroom with shower, sink and WC.

Hallway lobby with room for skis, walking boots etc.

This apartment is light, airy and spacious and is ideal for 2, 3 or 4 people.

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About the property


Perfect for skiing in winter (right next to the pistes - so close that you can ski back for lunch!) and Alpine adventures in summer, the Alpine Retreat has just been renovated to provide a lovely, spacious, well-equipped chalet with a large private garden and the most unbeatable views. The farmhouse and separate apartment (to the rear) have been completely refurbished to a very high standard yet both retain a wealth of original features to make The Alpine Retreat a very special place for a holiday. It is ideally located in a peaceful and quiet spot, and yet just a 3 minute walk from the shops, restaurants, bars and 2 cable cars of Les Houches village. Both units have FREE UNLIMITED WIFI AND FREE TO VIEW SATELLITE TV. Being located in the Chamonix valley, there is a vast array of local amenities all year-round. The warm welcome and attractive rental rates make this a rare gem in the holiday market!

Property Manager
Suzanne and Rob Lea
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2018

About Suzanne and Rob Lea

We moved out to the Chamonix Valley in 2001 because we love the beautiful mountainous setting and the wonderful outdoor adventure playground which it provides. We also love living and working here - meeting our guests personally at the Alpine Retreat and ensuring that they have a memorable holiday. Rob also runs a photographic business and I offer personal fitness training and sports massage therapy. In-between these activities, we enjoy all the Winter sports in season, paragliding in Summer, and running throughout the year. We know we are very lucky to be able to live here and are always keen to share it with you!

Suzanne and Rob Lea purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Suzanne and Rob Lea chose Les Houches

This area is justifiably world-renowned as a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts as well as a haven for those wanting to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. We have proved to ourselves that this really is true! The easy access by motorway, (almost empty by UK standards!) and the availability of cable cars in Spring, Summer and Winter enable even the youngest and our more mature visitors to appreciate the high mountains at their very best. The skiing is right on the doorstep and the Summer activities range from canyoning/white water rafting through to biking, hiking, climbing and even flying! So there is truly something for everyone...

What makes this apartment unique

The Alpine Retreat is ideally located between the 2 ski lifts of Les Houches Ski resort, Chamonix. We are just 5 mins walk from both stations and you can ski right back to the garden. The snow canons enable skiing from mid-Dec to Mid-Apr; the North facing slopes are perfect for good quality snow throughout the season. The excellent mix of runs favour mixed ability groups, with the famous World Cup run passing by the Retreat for the more adventurous! There are bars and restaurants about 5 mins walk down the road and the village centre is about 10 mins walk or a free bus ride away. The huge garden is ideal for sledging and snowmen in Winter, and after the snows, the uninterrupted views of the majestic Mont Blanc range are unsurpassed in the valley. Sitting and relaxing has never been so good!

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
To book, please just e-mail or phone us to check on availability, then to confirm your reservation, please send your 25% non-refundable deposit together with an on-line booking form on our website. The balance of the payment should be sent 8 weeks prior to your visit.

Changeover Day:
Bookings run from 4pm on Saturday until 10am on the following Saturday. However, midweek changeovers are considered in certain seasons - please just ask.

Notes on prices:
We accept payment in either UK pounds or euros whichever is more convenient for you.  If you would like to pay in euros, please ask for the price conversion.For smaller groups who enjoy space and comfort, why not book the farmhouse? You don't have to be a large group to enjoy the space of the 2 salons, the 3 new bathrooms and the large garden!


Accommodation and facilities for Apartment Joy (1 Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4)in Les Houches in Haute-Savoie

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse and apartments of the Alpine Retreat are decorated to a very high standard throughout. Despite having bed spaces for up to 10, the main farmhouse/chalet is often chosen by smaller groups who would like to enjoy the comfort and space provided by this unit. Also, it is possible to book both the farmhouse chalet and the apartment, and use the smaller apartment as a private 'en-suite' bedroom with the group all eating together in the larger farmhouse chalet. All the accommodation is suitable for families and the competitive price offers good value for money for smaller groups as well. Heating and all linen is provided. Outside: The Alpine Retreat has a large, enclosed, private garden that is safe for all to enjoy. Winter guests can have fun sledging down the gentle slope of the upper lawn, whilst summer guests will love the bottom lawns and discreet patio areas to relax and read a book in peace and quiet. Tables and chairs allow all our visitors to enjoy the most spectacular views of the Mont Blanc mountain range without having to leave the comfort of their garden chairs. You can take breakfast in the garden or enjoy a BBQ in the evening. A gazebo makes it possible to enjoy the shade when it is too hot.


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Apartment Joy (1 Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4)
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Charming chalet, close to all amenities including ski lift, friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect chalet for us - 2 children (ages 9 and 11) and 2 adults. Charming interior with everything provided for a perfect self catering holiday.

The chalet is very close to the main Prarion ski lift in Les Houches. Less than 5 mins walk to the ski lift. Recommend you hiring the ski lockers at the bottom of the Prarion ski lift for a really hassle free experience.

Wonderful owners, highly recommended, would love to go back and explore more of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Zabair, and thank you so much for this excellent review - we were delighted that you and your lovely family had enjoyed themselves so much here at The Alpine Retreat in Apt Joy. You certainly explored the whole resort and the mountain railways! It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back to the Retreat summer or winter - thank you again, Suzanne and Rob
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Fantastic stay in apartment Joy

  • 4 of 5

A real gem.....great location, cosy and comfortable apartment, the owners are so welcoming and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Super time in Apt Lorelei

  • 4 of 5

Apt Lorelei was Ideal for my husband and I and our teenage son. Rob and Suzanne were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble. The complementary bottle of wine was much appreciated. The location is very convenient for the slopes in Les Houches. Luckily lots of snow had just fallen and so skiing was excellent...but temps were very low, despite the sunshine! Having English TV in the apartment and Wifi was a bonus. Will definately be back.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review - it's really helpful for future guests! Delighted that you enjoyed your stay here again, you certainly embraced the whole Alpine experience!! You'd be very welcome to come back - let us know your dates in good time as we are booking up fast now the snow has come :-) Thank you again, Suzanne and Rob
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Lovely Apartment in a great ski area

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of four (Kids 10 & 12) and have enjoyed a lovely week at Apartment Joy over New Year.

Summarised below is our review.

Owners: Great communication prior to arrival. Welcomed us on arrival and throughout our stay offered plenty of useful advice and local knowledge on shops, lifts, buses, events etc.

Location: Great spot is Les Houches. Bus stop virtually outside the apartment for access to Chamonix. And only a 5min walk to both Gondolas that serve the Les Houches ski range.

Suitability: The apartment and it’s location is ideal suited to a young family or a couple who are looking for a relaxing week where skiing is the priority over nightlife. With the added option of multiple rentals at the property it would be suitable for large extended family or friends gatherings

Facilities: The apartment is comfortable, functional and rustic rather than luxurious and the great value price reflects this. As a family of four we found it large enough for us to relax, cook and eat in most nights. The apartment has a lot of potential and I would be happy to pay more for the stay if it had a few more creature comforts like a wood burner, a bath and full oven/grill.

Return visit. We would definitely consider a return visit to apartment joy, and perhaps bring friends or family and also book the larger apartment aswell.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - thank you for such a detailed and accurate review! We were delighted that you enjoyed your holiday here at The Alpine Retreat, Apt Joy, and that you might like to return - you'd be very welcome! This review will certainly help potential guests to choose to stay here too ... hope to see you back again before long, Suzanne and Rob.
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Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Great Apartment, 8th great holiday here!!

  • 5 of 5

So, this was my 8th skiing holiday at the Alpine Retreat, staying in apartment Joy. I love this place!! The Chamonix Valley is so accessible from Geneva airport and Les Houches, where the Alpine Retreat is based, is the first drop off village for the airport buses. The Alpine Retreat is a traditional farmhouse built in the 18th century, but now has all the mods cons you'd expect, with stunning views from Apartment Joy of the Mont Blanc range. The apartment is warm, cosy, clean and conveniently sits between the two ski lifts serving the village. Within a short walking distance from the apartment there's a supermarket, bank, ski hire facility and places to eat and drink. As the Chamonix Valley is a year round tourist place there's loads to do for everyone. I've also spent time at the Alpine Retreat in the summer and it's just glorious. Being a keen walker in the UK it was nice to experience higher hills/mountains and the paths in these mountains were well maintained and well signposted. Rob and Suzanne, who own the Alpine Retreat, are never far away to ask for advice on where to go and what to do in the area. It's a tribute to them and the holiday environment that they create for people, that when you receive the visitors book at the end of your holiday and have a look at the previous comments that so many people are not writing in it for the first time, or second time, or third time..........Next time for me will be my ninth time, can't wait!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to one of our most loyal guests for this outstanding review! So lovely to have you back so many times - and each holiday you seem to discover even more new places, people and adventures! You know the place as well as we do and you have summed it up perfectly. Thank you :-) You know you are always extremely welcome and here's to your ninth visit!
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Joyful Wee Place

  • 5 of 5

For the past two years, Apartment Joy has been the home of great ski holidays for our wee family. We've been in January and March and had great conditions with the apartment an ideal, homely bonus to the skiing experience.

It's brilliantly situated between the cable car and the gondola in Les Houches - a short five minute walk from each - and with the runs descending at the back of the apartment, it's possible to ski home to within a minute of the front door. When the legs get tired (usually Wednesday afternoon) it's a five minute walk to the bus stop into Chamonix. It has it's own ground for the kids to mess about on, build snowmen, sledge and goof around.

The apartment itself has everything a family requires for basic self-catering and the charming separate double bedroom gives the grown-ups privacy in the evenings. The interior is very homely with free wi-fi and TV for lazy evenings. My son enjoys the luxury of the bunk bed. Unlike many Chamonix apartments, the bunk is not crammed into the hall outside the toilet. The hallway is for storing gear and there's plenty of room.

I'd recommend Apartment Joy for any one or two kid families. The skiing at Les Houches isn't the most challenging in the world but when you've got young kids, it's about giving them an amazing experience. Having a great day on the slopes and being able to return to such a charming little place makes for perfect holidays.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rikki, for your honest review- it's always good to see guests enjoying themselves both on and off the slopes, and you and your family certainly did just that! We are glad that you have discovered the secret of January skiing and that Apt Joy served you so well as a home from home for your adventures. We look forward to meeting you all again - you are certainly most welcome! Suzanne and Rob
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Les Houches
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Kitsch Inn
Nearest Ski
0.3 Kilometres
Prarion, Les Houches
Car: not necessary


Local lakes provide ample opportunities for swimming in the summer. Several of the lakes have artificial beaches (sand covered areas) along part of their length.


Most of our guests either fly to Geneva airport (Easyjet) which is less than an hour's drive from the Alpine Retreat or drive from the UK (8 hours from the French ferry ports). Other airports include: Lyon (2 hours), and Turin (1 3/4 hours) drive. We can arrange transfers from Geneva airport if required.


We are ideally located in the village of Les Houches, Chamonix, and are only a 3-minute walk from shops, restaurants and bars.

The Alpine capital of Chamonix is just 5km away. We can arrange free tickets for the regular local buses and trains up and down the valley. For a taste of Italy, why not use the Mont Blanc tunnel; in less than half an hour you can be enjoying a pizza in the Italian town of Courmeyeur or hiking in the beautiful Val Ferret, or relaxing in the Roman Spa at Pre St Didier.

Further Details:

In the Chamonix valley, the whole concept of easy access to the mountains is born out in reality with trains, tramways and a host of superbly efficient cable cars which whisk you up to the hundreds of well-marked walking/biking trails. It is also easy to visit one of the many glaciers or to get a taste of river-rafting, canyoning or even paragliding, or perhaps to visit one of the many animal parks. Additionally, several activity centres offer everything from tennis to swimming and ice-skating to golf. Both Les Houches and Chamonix have a wide range of restaurants and bars which offer cuisine and entertainment to cater for every taste and budget.