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Large Chalet in Magnificent Mountain Setting



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Chalet in Le Grand Valtin, Vosges, Lorraine, France - All Year Round Outdoor Family Appeal - Lakes, Wintersports, Walk, Cycle

The house is conveniently located in the NE of France about 6 hours drive from Calais and about 75 minutes from the cities of Nancy, Strasbourg and Basel. Paris is about 4 hours. Closer to home the town of Gerardmer is 10 minutes away and offers everything from shops and restaurants to downhill skiing and a huge lake with facilities for bathing and boating etc. The accommodation itself is spacious, very bright and well equipped. It is warm and cosy in the winter having central heating and a large wood burning stove but cool and airy in the summer. Spread over 3 floors 2 double and 2 family bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and fully equipped fitted kitchen. Spacious games room with safe darts, full size table tennis and junior snooker table. Workshop/drying room with washing machine and large garage - essential when the snow comes! Very private with large gardens and driveway surrounding the property.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am originally from Liverpool but have lived in Devon for the past 17 years. I share my wonderful life with Cara and our 5 children.

We work very hard but very much enjoy our sport, travel and general outdoor life. Needless to say we love our little bit of France and I think you will too.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Le Joli Sapin is absolutely gorgeous - the family really fell in love with the house and the Vosges’ - Lindsay Pretorious, Christmas 2006

‘Had a great time - the house is lovely and the area is beautiful. It was a real pleasure for us and we have happy memories’ - Mark Stubbs, October 2006

'What a wonderful time we had at Le Jolie Sapin. It was very jolie in fact, we felt like we were in a Christmas Card!

The house was perfect, warm and cosy, comfortable beds, fab kitchen and great views.' - Jane Pearce, Christmas 2007

'We had a really great time and really loved both the area and the chalet. The kids loved everything about it !' - Debbie Boardman, February 2008
Oct 2007
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Clean and well equipped Gites. Plenty of room. Quiet and beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

From the warm welcome (roaring wood fire and cake) it was a fab first trip for us in to the Vosges. If we return we wouldn't hesitate to stay at le holiday in again. Plenty of room for 4 adults and 4 kids.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous chalet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week thank you and loved the house. We have stayed in many gites and houses in France over the years, and yours was the best supplied re facilities and the cosiest by far!

Can't believe we packed so much into one week either - it's such a fantastic area to visit! Will keep your details on file as we will definitely be back! Maybe in the ski season next time?....

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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excellent !

  • 5 of 5

We had a pleasant stay in a comfortable nice house. We were a group of 9 people, there is enough space. The purpose of the stay was ski holiday : within 15 minutes travel by car we were at the slopes of Le Hochneck La Bresse. Enough space to dry the sky equipment and clothes.

For the non-skiers : more than enough possibilities for nice walks in the woods.

We hope to be able to return there again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Dommage. Beau potentiel mais tellement sale

  • 2 of 5

Quelle déception. Le chalet est beau, bien situé, au calme dans un cadre agréable et magnifique mais tout est gâché par la saleté de la maison. Les sols des chambres sont répugnants. Le bac de douche dans la salle de douche était crasseux et rempli de poils....Le jeu de fléchettes est inutilisable...pas de fléchettes. La table de ping-pong était cassée et nous n'avons jamais trouvé le mini-billard. Et le pompon, la maison est infestée de mouches. Le soir de notre arrivée nous n'avons pas pu utiliser une des chambres car nous avons dû traiter la chambre (produit anti-mouches à disposition dans la maison...). Dommage car avec un peu de soin et un grand nettoyage, ça pourrait vraiment être un chouette endroit. Même si vous n'êtes pas maniaques, je déconseille l'endroit sauf si vous voulez débuter votre séjour par une séance «ménage».

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We decided to buy in this location because we wanted somewhere you could ski within easy reach of the UK but which also has all year round appeal. When we discovered the Vosges, the town of Gerardmer with its lovely lake and the valley leading up to the ski station at La Bresse Hohneck we knew that was it ! We settled on Le Grand Valtin because it was 15 mins each way between the two and was peaceful but not too remote.

Activity and Interests


A short drive over La Schluct and you will find yourself in the Vineyards of the Alsace where you can sample world renowned wines and discover a richly historical area. Drop in to the lovely town of Munster on the way to smell and taste the cheese! Within 90 mins drive you can be in the Black Forest in Germany or in the far west of Switzerland. In fact the France-German-Swiss border meets at the Euro airport at Basle with frequent flights from the UK


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
4 Feb 2017 - 11 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A £200 deposit is required to secure a booking and covers damages and additional cleaning costs where the property is left in a poor state. The deposit is returned no later than 2 weeks after departure providing all is in order. The full balance of the holiday is due 1 month before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are generally Saturday 4pm - 10am Saturday. However we try as hard as possible to be flexible with people particularly where no other guests are due before or after - speak to us first!

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The property itself is in a super location. It is private but not off the beaten track and has the huge benefit of being just off the main road through the village which means the snow plough comes right past the gently sloping driveway - a major bonus because you do not need a special vehicle for the winter. The house is comfortable and spacious and easily accommodates groups up to 10 people. It is warm in winter and cool in summer. We have worked hard to improve it since we bought it adding a full fitted kitchen and most recently renewing the top bathroom. We have a games room with full size table tennis table.

Property Type

  • chalet


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor shower room with toilet. First floor main bathroom with bath,shower and toilet. Second floor wash room with toilet and hand basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed (ground floor). Bedroom 2 with double bed (1st floor). Bedroom 3 with double bed, single bed and cot (2nd floor). Bedroom 4 with huge bed and single bed (2nd floor).


  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Local mountain spring pumped water supply and septic tank. High capacity electric hot water tank. Children welcome. Sorry no pets allowed and no smokers. Utility Room: Washing machine and heated drying area on ground floor. Snow blower for quick winter driveway clearance is very easy to use and essential with regular large snowfalls. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is now generally supplied per stay but towels are the responsibility of the guest. House is cleaned before arrival and upon departure but must be left generally clean and tidy with all rubbish/food removed. Other: Games room. Log store. Garage fully available to accommodate a single medium size vehicle.

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