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South-west Facing Apartment with Balcony In Beautiful Traditional Alpine Village



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
Apartment in Les Contamines Montjoie, Mont Blanc, French Alps, France - Village Centre Location, Ideal For Winter Or Summer Holidays

Les Contamines Montjoie is good for both winter and summer holidays - some of our visitors come back year after year. The village lies at 1164m altitude, at the end of the quiet, beautiful river valley of Montjoie, an easy 15-minute drive from the Geneva motorway. Close to Mont Blanc, Megeve and Chamonix, the valley offers spectacular views, wonderful summer walking or touring, and good snow for winter holidays. Now a summer and winter holiday destination, its agricultural life still continues, with bell-clanking cattle grazing in the alpine summer meadows. Our upper ground floor apartment faces south-west and is in the village centre, with views out across the valley and up to the mountains above. Shops, cafes, restaurants and other facilities are only five minutes walk away. A 10-15 minute walk or a 5-minute ride on the village shuttle bus takes you to mountain lifts and ski slopes. The village is surrounded by marked walking trails, gentle or energetic.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Thank you very much for your interest in our apartment in Les Contamines Montjoie village, which is in Haute Savoie in the beautiful northern French Alps, not far from Mont Blanc, Megeve and Chamonix.

Our names are Moura MacDonagh and Martin Plimsoll. Moura is a freelance translator from French to English, as well as speaking some Italian and Spanish and a little German. Martin is a retired teacher of geography but keeps busy with charity and arts administration work - and golf. He speaks some French but more Italian.

We are both walkers and skiers and have had great summer and winter holidays in the Alps and elsewhere over many years. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have several couples/families who have made repeat bookings from year to year. In addition, here are some thank-you messages from first-time visitors:

'We had a fantastic week in Les Contamines. Your apartment was great - very convenient to all the amenities and just the right size. I shall keep you in mind when we revisit the area.'

Winter: 'Thanks for providing a base for a wonderful skiing holiday. We have had a great time! I would like to book the two week Easter period for next year.'

Summer: 'A great holiday. Yesterday we were walking in the mountains eating wild strawberries and raspberries! Now back in the apartment, eating, drinking and listening to French radio - Edith Piaf and the Beatles!'
May 2006
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect location in a perfect village

  • 4 of 5

This little appt sits in the heart of the beautiful village of Les Contamines - right next to great shops, ice rink and restaurants - and with a ski bus (every 10-15 mins) right outside; the perfect location as long as you don't mind a 5 min bus ride to the lifts.

The appt is very small but somehow manages to create 2 private bedroom spaces for the adults and kids. Bunk beds were excellent, and the sofa bed was adequate for my ski weary body.

The kitchen's well equipped but would benefit from a microwave. Additional shelving would also be handy. Alas there is no room for a dishwasher.

There's a separate private locker room for your ski gear, sledges etc

All in all, highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for reviewing our apartment - we're so pleased you had a good holiday there! Moura & Martin.
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  • 5 of 5

Martin and Moura's apartment is lovely and Les Contamines-Montjoie is a beautiful village. The apartment is well situated for access to the ski lifts and the centre of the village (bars, restaurants etc) The private parking is also a plus in the busy winter period. I would highly recommend their apartment and Les Contamines as a holiday destination.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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a lovely village

  • 5 of 5

Les Contamines is a lovely village with excellent skiing. Martin and Moura's apartment is a great place for a couple to stay - comfortable and clean, always warm and with all the things you need. Ok with family too. So highly recommended ! We've also stayed there in the summer - amazing walking all around you - and if you have a car, lots of places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal Apartment for Winter and Summer

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in this apartment for a number of years, principally for 2 weeks skiing in the winter, but also in the summer. From the apartment you can enjoy extensive views across the valley to the mountains with the bonus of a balcony on which to sit on warm, sunny days. The apartment is always warm, clean and well maintained. There is plenty of kitchen equipment should you wish to self-cater or if you prefer the highly recommended Lop Traken restaurant is adjacent, providing an extensive menu including regional dishes. Secure underground parking is available and access to a 'cave' provides additional storage for ski equipment etc. Situated in an unspoilt valley it is an ideal location with all local amenities, bakers, butcher and supermarkets, within easy walking distance. Possibly the only "naturally frozen" outdoor ice rink in France is situated in the valley bottom directly below the apartment and we have been fortunate to watch both curling competitions and ice hockey matches there. It is sometimes possible to have a go at curling yourself with guidance from members of the local curling club. The Tourist Office provides local and regional information and the staff are helpful and happy to converse in English. We use the local InterSport shop for hiring and maintenance of winter sports equipment and have always found the staff exceptional in the advice and service they provide.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb holiday

  • 5 of 5

The apartment in Les Contamines has everything that you will need in order to enjoy a wonderful holiday. There was more than enough room for my wife and I and the apartment was well-maintained and very clean. It is perfectly situated in the middle of this lovely alpine village and there are many beautiful walks nearby through superb scenery and most include welcome bars/restaurants where you can get anything from a cooling drink to a full-blown lunch. Les Contamines is very picturesque and has several restaurants and bars as well as all the food and clothes shops that you will need.

There are also many interesting places within easy reach such as Lake Annecy and Chamonix, as well as a lovely train ride through wonderful scenery from nearby St. Gervais.

I would not hesitate to recommend this apartment to anyone who enjoys fantastic scenery, good food, and a relaxing and varied holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great spot in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks last year. The appartment is not huge but is comfortable and has everything you need. The views from the balcony are beautiful, the shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. It is in an ideal location for a walking holiday, we had some beautiful days locally in the valley and also higher in the mountains around. The village is very pretty and it is easy to travel around by car or on the local bus.

A short distance away there is a lovely park which has a lot of activities for families including rock climbing, outdoor swimming, tennis and a pplay park suitable for younger children.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

We initially chose Les Contamines Montjoie for its proximity to Mont Blanc (good snow record in winter), giving us great winter skiing. However it's also great for summer walking and touring. It is easy to reach, as it is in the northern French Alps and only 15 minutes drive off the A40 motorway to Geneva/Chamonix. Also, the local village people are friendly and settled - we meet the same helpful people each year in bars, restaurants and on the ski lifts! Les Contamines Montjoie is at the southern end of a mountain valley, so there is no through traffic other than people coming to walk/ski from the village. It is a good place to stay in the winter and summer, for both adults and children who like to relax, play, walk, ski or explore this beautiful area.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Geneva at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : L'Op Traken at 50 Metres Nearest Golf : Megeve at 21 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saint Gervais - Le Fayet at 13 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Le Fayet at 13 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : L'Op Traken at 50 Metres Nearest Ski : Les Loyers at 150 Metres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Les Contamines Montjoie village is a traditional 'etape' (overnight stop) on the renowned long-distance Tour du Mont Blanc walking route.

There are many beautiful walking trails to enjoy, on well-marked paths around the village and valley, to picturesque hamlets nearby or up into the surrounding mountains. Ten minutes walk from the apartment can take you out of the village centre, heading along beside the river to paths through the meadows, which from June onwards are full of alpine flowers.

The village bookshop ('Maison de la Presse') sells a good walking plan ('carte des sentiers/promenades'), walking and mountain biking maps, guide books.

At the southern end of the valley you enter the beautiful Reserve Naturelle area, where flora and fauna are protected and no tourist vehicles are allowed. The Reserve has an information and display office in the village, close to the tourist office.

You can also join guided walks (botany, photography and wildlife).


Solar-warmed swimming lake, with cafe, open in July and August at Le Pontet leisure centre, at the edge of the village.

New in 2014: indoor and outdoor swimming pool in Saint Gervais les Bains (15 minutes drive/bus ride down the hill).


Nearest airport: Geneva, about 75 minutes by car, or by regular coach/bus service.

Nearest railway station: St Gervais les Bains - Le Fayet, 15 minutes drive/ regular bus connection up to Les Contamines Montjoie.

Nearest motorway junction: Le Fayet/Passy, 20 minutes (A40 'Autoroute Blanche').

Nearest ferry port: Calais, 8-9 hours drive.


St Gervais les Bains, 15 minutes drive/bus service.

Megeve, 25 minutes drive.

Chamonix, 30-40 minutes drive/bus+train/coach excursion.

Annecy, 1 hour drive/coach excursion.

Geneva, 1 hour 15 minutes drive/bus service.

Further Details:

Good range of village shops, bars and restaurants, including 3 supermarkets, 2 bakers, good butcher with deli counter, newsagent/bookshop, bank with cashpoint, post office, Baroque church, pharmacy, doctors' surgery. Weekly village market.

Helpful village tourist office, English spoken, see their website with photo gallery at www.lescontamines.com.

Daily weather forecast in English and French on display outside the tourist office, which also offers weekly events information leaflets, bus and train tickets, travel advice.

Food and drink: big range of local bread and patisserie, local cheeses (try Beaufort, the 'king of cheeses'), hams, sausages etc. from the village delicatessens or supermarkets.

Try also the delicious 'myrtilles' (mountain bilberries) used in patisseries and liqueurs; for a local white wine aperitif, ask for a 'myr' - like a 'kir' but prepared with myrtille liqueur instead of cassis.

For a pleasant morning or afternoon walk, simply follow the path that starts by the river bridge, following the river up to the little church of Notre Dame de la Gorge at the top end of the valley (with a convenient bar-restaurant nearby).

In summer there is plenty to do besides walking, whether you want to relax or be energetic. Weekly programme of entertainment in July and August (village fete, craft displays, music, exhibitions, folk-dancing).

There is also horse-riding, white-water rafting, mountaineering, rock-climbing and mountain biking on marked trails. A solar-warmed swimming lake/beach area with cafe is open in July and August, at Le Pontet on the edge of the village, where this open-air leisure centre also offers tennis, crazy golf, and adventure play park.

In the village centre there are also tennis courts, a children's playground and skate park.

Nearby St Gervais has an indoor/outdoor pool, covered ice-rink, and mountain lifts and rack railway to other Megeve/Les Houches.


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24 Sep - 17 Dec 2016
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
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17 Dec - 31 Dec 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
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31 Dec 16 - 07 Jan 17
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
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07 Jan - 04 Feb 17
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04 Feb - 25 Feb 17
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22 Apr - 01 Jul 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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Booking Notes:
On receiving your enquiry, we send you a booking form, booking conditions and any further information you would like to know.

Check availability with us, then return the completed booking form with £50 / 75 EUR deposit to secure your booking.

Balance payment is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts, or at the time of booking if your holiday starts within 8 weeks.

A separate charge of £100 / 150 EUR is made as a returnable security deposit, to cover any damage or breakages.

Changeover Day:
Rentals are normally from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am.
Other days/times are often possible - please ask us!

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds; please contact us for prices in Euros.
Usual changeover date is Saturday but other days may be possible - please ask!
Discount for 2 or more consecutive weeks.
Discount for repeat bookings.

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From the Owner

Our apartment is in the village centre, about 5 minutes walk from the shops. Its balcony faces south-west which makes the apartment light and sunny. We have a private underground parking space (keeps your car cool in summer and frost-free in winter!). We have a friendly, reasonably-priced bar-restaurant nearby, the Op Traken, which we use as our 'local', though there are plenty of other places too in the village. The village shuttle bus stops close to the apartment, for the 5-minute ride to the ski lifts in winter. Position: there are apartments in Les Contamines Montjoie located closer to the ski lifts, but many of these are less sunny than ours, and are further away from the main village centre.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 23 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with bath and wall shower attachment. Heated towel rail. Separate WC.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-4: double sofabed, separate bedroom for 2 Notes on bedrooms: Lounge area with double sofabed, fitted wardrobe. Separate bedroom sleeps 2 in adult-size comfortable bunks, fitted wardrobe.


  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment and building are furnished and maintained to a good standard and inspected after each rental. Electric heating, with individual thermostat radiators. Automatic fresh air ventilation system; clean air and no draughts. Outside: Double-length south-west facing balcony outside dining and lounge areas. Balcony chairs and table (stored in basement). Private covered parking space beneath the building, plus shared parking outside the apartments. Summer swimming in sun-heated lake at village leisure/sports centre Le Pontet, 5 mins drive/15 mins walk. Indoor/outdoor swimming pool in St Gervais-les-Bains, 15 mins drive. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Duvets, pillows and blankets are provided. Bed-linen and towels not provided, can be hired in village. Please clean before departure (cleaning tools provided). Alternatively cleaning can be arranged at an additional cost. Other: Private storage room/ski locker in basement. Private covered parking space. Launderette in village: self-service or service washes, bedlinen & towels hire.

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