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Alpine ski studio on 5th floor of building in Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys

Bedrooms 1
Space 269 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment in Val Thorens, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France. Peclet quarter, near all amenities, close to slopes.

Comfortable accommodation for the independent traveller looking for great snow in the French Alps. The beauty of independence is spending more time skiing and less time queuing. The studio provides a restful retreat for up to four people. The living and dining area is comfortable and easy to cook, eat and sleep in.

Situated on the fifth floor of an apartment building, the balcony overlooks “Le Peclet” and the glacier to the right. The studio is on the quiet side of the building and keeps you up and away from street noise. From the entrance, there are restaurants, bars, bakers and ski slopes, all within a few steps.


Enter the cabin area with bunk beds, go through to the living area and the dining table and kitchenette are to your left with the sofa on your right. The bathroom is off the cabin area.

The sofa doubles up as a bed. The second bed (underneath) can be pulled out and set up as a double or a twin. The kitchenette has everything you need to prepare all or some of your meals, ideal for refuelling at leisure after the day’s exertions. There are also a couple of recipe books for inspiration.

Entertainment may be provided by you, your iPod/phone, TV or DVD player. We have made a select choice of classic films as well as providing the age-old backstop of Monopoly, draughts and playing cards.

The studio contains all the essentials for a great week – just bring your own bedlinen and towels (or hire them from the key holder).


The studio balcony faces north-east (direct sunlight briefly in the morning). “Le Sherpa” hotel is to the left, “Le Peclet” apartments are in the centre and a view up onto the Peclet glacier is to the right. This is the quiet side of the “Les Névés” building up on the fifth floor.

The ski locker is downstairs on the ground floor in a secure room. There is space for skis, boards and hooks for helmets.

Restaurants, shops, bars and bakers are all on the doorstep of the building. We are lucky to have the best baker in the Three Valleys – “La Cime Gourmande” – opposite our front door to provide your breakfast.

Access to the slopes is a short walk in the morning. This will vary from 40m to 200m depending on the amount of snow in the village. Rise early and join a warm-up session using yoga techniques: 30 minutes of pranayama, stretching and meditation before the slopes open.

Return in the evening is from a track that ends next to “Le Sherpa” just behind “Les Névés”. Or the free shuttle bus stops at the door.

House rules

The studio is your home for the week and we welcome you to make yourselves feel comfortable during your stay. Just two requests: 1) no smoking in the studio, 2) pets by prior arrangement.

More details

I have not mentioned everything. If you have a question please ask or visit our website (link visible once you book).

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Sarah & John
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Sarah & John

We live and work in north-east Wales on the border near Chester. Over the previous seasons we have welcomed guests from the home nations, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel and Australia. We really enjoy chatting with enquirers and doing our bit to help provide a great holiday for them.

Sarah & John purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Sarah & John chose Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Will (eldest son) & John visited Val Thorens during the Easter holidays and really enjoyed the wide range of skiing (we have only explored beyond the Val Thorens-Orelle ski pass once). The journey from north-west England was easy and we knew there would be good snow even late in the season. Nowadays we enjoy finding out what new developments there have been during the summer. Lifts have been added and upgraded, new pistes carved out of the hillside and the village has grown.

What makes this apartment unique

It is just a great place to relax in. Access to the slopes is practically on the doorstep making it easy to return for lunch. In the evening there is an excited vibe from the bars as you return, but as the studio is on the other side of the building you only share this vibe if you join them for an après-ski refreshment.

Cumulatively we have made a lot of changes to the studio over the years. The big one was the window and balcony door replacement but most of them have been small. They have all been driven by one question – how will this make our guests’ stay more comfortable?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in Savoie

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 269 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Lift ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath with shower, sink and drawer unit, heated towel rail, drying rail, shelves and cupboard, tile floor, toilet. All taps single lever action.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeps 2-4 (1 Bedroom), 25m2. Bedroom is a cabin area with bunk bed (190x80cm both). Lounge contains pull-out sofa bed, may be arranged as a double or twin (190x80cm top, 183x77cm lower).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Being on the fifth floor and looking out to the mountain means you are secure and on the quiet side of the building. The lift is around the corner from the door. There are shelves and hooks for wet gear to dry overnight. Dry gear may be put out of sight in the wardrobe and cabinet. The ski locker is on the ground floor for skis, boards, boots and helmets. Everywhere in Val Thorens is near the slopes. From our building's entrance it is a 40m-100m walk – easy to get out in the morning and easy to return to for lunch and a short rest. No smoking in the studio. Cleaning is included, but we do ask that the studio is left tidy. (A hoover is stored in the wardrobe.) Bring your own linen and towels or hire from the key holder. There are plenty of blankets and pillows but don't forget a dishcloth. Other: Iron/ironing board, cot and high chair all available from the key holder(€).


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Alpine ski studio on 5th floor of building in Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys
average rating of 4.45 based on 20 reviews

Great time!

  • 5 of 5

It's our second time at Sarah and John's studio and again we had a great time!

Thanks for everything. See you next year :)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location. Nice quiet location close to all local amenities. Will be booking again

  • 5 of 5

Location - apartment is situated on one of the most lively streets in Val Thorens with some amazing pubs, restaurants and takeaways. With the apartment to the rear of the building on the 5th floor it is able to remain quiet and peaceful. It is a short walk to the slopes in the morning but on the way home you can ski to within 25 metres of the building.

Apartment - exactly what you would expect from a well designed and functional French apartment. It is not elaborate but is more than adequate for what you need and is very clean and tidy.

Apartment owners - the couple that own the apartment were absolutely lovely people and very prompt when responding to questions I had. They appeared to go above and beyond for guest satisfaction.

Overall review - I plan to return to Val Thorens for another ski holiday and will definitely be booking this apartment again.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Super apartment, great location, fantastic hosts, great price - couldn't be any better.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Val Thorens and found the key without a problem, we temporarily parked outside the apartment, next to 'The Frog and Roast Beef' and unloaded into the apartment with the lifts and the ski locker on the ground floor. After unloading we parked the car inside the covered parking (P0) around the corner, only 80EUR for the week.

The studio is well situated on the rear of the building, which gives you some mountain top views and protects you from the noise of the bars on the front of the building - we heard some noise on some nights but this wasn't a major issue. It's well equipped with all the cooking utensils you might need and plenty of cupboard space to store your food and clothes. The pistes are only a short walk away, just down the road.

At the end of our trip John was absolutely fantastic - our car suspension had broken whilst being sat in the parking garage (presumably from the cold weather) and he helped us out from the start. He let us stay in the warm apartment with him (whilst he was on holiday!) while we called the insurers and sorted out alternate hotels and transport - p.s. buy car breakdown insurance, totally worth it. John & Sarah kept in contact, checking that we managed to eventually leave the resort and get home safely.

We couldn't of asked for better hosts, who have been available for contact from start to end with any queries you might have!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location, clean and very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a family over the festive break and everything was effortless - from collecting the keys to checking out. We visit VT each year (staying in Hotels) and this is the first time that we have stayed in an apartment. We were very comfortable, the apartment was very clean, it is right in the City Centre so very close to the slopes, the restaurants/bars and the shops and Sarah & John have everything that you could possibly need inside the apartment. They were always on hand to answer any queries and even sent us a guide for the week which included a weather report. Overall, we were extremely happy with the service and the apartment itself.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

The appartement is comfortably furnished and was ideal for our family of 2 adults and 2 teenage boys.

There are a selection of games and DVDs if the weather keeps you inside.

We had a slight issue getting hold of the key holder before arriving (it turned out she was having a baby!) but an email to the owners solved the problem quickly and without fuss. They also advised us of some activities that were going on in VT. overall an excellent experience and no hesitation in recommending them and the appartement.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place, perfect location, perfect hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We booked very last minute but Satah and John made everything easy and even accommodated our very late check in time. The apartment had everything we needed and location couldn't be beaten, we'll definitely be back.

Thank you Satah and John for a fantastic stay :-)

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Aéroport de Chambéry-Savoie
Nearest Barpub
2 Metres
The Frog and Roastbeef
Nearest Ferry
980 Kilometres
Calais / Dunkirk
Nearest Golf
46 Kilometres
Golf de Meribel, in summer
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Gare de Moûtiers - Salins - Brides-les-Bains
Nearest Motorway
37 Kilometres
N90 dual carriageway at Moûtiers
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Les Clarines and others
Nearest Ski
100 Metres
Village centre

On the slopes

Val Thorens offers snow from November to May (171 skiing days) with something for everyone – off-piste powder to corduroy groomed piste; gentle green slopes to boarder cross runs; wildlife walks to airbeds in the snowpark.

Ski & snowboard

The beginner’s area has been organised to provide a dedicated 40ha area with easy access to green and blue runs. Equipped with three, roofed “magic carpets”, the beginner’s zone is a fun area to learn in. Youngsters have their own enclosed area on the edge of the slopes and ESF (l’École du Ski Français) also organises daily child-care facilities. New “Easy Rider” labels mark areas where you can learn and have fun in safety.

The Familypark has jib modules with easy fun jumps for beginners. For the more experienced the Snowpark provides a busy, varied and creative area with over 20 modules (rails, boxes, jibs) for all levels.

Intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders can be carried as high as 3200m to a variety of glacier slopes, black runs or an enticing off-piste experience. There are slopes on the four points of the compass, north-facing for the warm days or south-facing for the cold days. Our experience is that they provide plenty of interest for a week, even into April. High mileage carvers may extend their ski pass to access the rest of “Les 3 Vallées” ski area (600km of piste). Two lifts will take you to Méribel and Les Menuires.

Ski Flux

The lifts can move over 66,000 people/hr, but 80% of the skiers are on 20% of the runs. To minimise queues “Ski Flux” provides real-time information on how busy the slopes are. Data is collected by 10 sensors on the runs and presented where runs intersect. In the Grand Fond area four giant screens provide information on snow-levels, geo-localised weather reports and itinerary tips.

Cross-country & walking

Cross-country skiing opportunities on prepared tracks are limited in Val Thorens. There are cross-country tracks between Les Menuires and St-Martin that are nice. A free shuttle bus will bring you back up the hill. There are growing numbers of fit souls skinning up the mountain on ski touring expeditions. For a taster there is a marked circuit next to the village. Skin up the 1.5km circuit and ski down Plein Sud.

Walkers have a few trails and may use 13 of the lifts. There are organised walks for views and wildlife spotting. Or take a walk towards Les Menuires one afternoon to let your legs recover.

Other outdoor activities

Looking for something else? Try the 6km toboggan run, a downhill run on a mountain bike (once the skiers have left for the evening), a ski tour at sunset, ice-climbing on a frozen waterfall. For spectacular views try the highest zip-wire in Europe or, with a lower adrenalin level, a girocopter flight.

Off the slopes

Away from the slopes there are plenty of evening activities – restaurants, free classical music and jazz concerts in the church, (French language) cinema and bowling alley/sports bar. Or enjoy a gastronomic experience with a Michelin-starred chef.

The sports centre houses an aquaclub-spa facility, well-being complex, fitness sessions, gymnasium, multi-sports and a fun-park for the children, over 23 activities in all. If you arrive early or leave late, the sports centre will store your bags while you ski. (Saturday changeover days are quiet and spacious on the slopes.)

Childcare is available for young children – day-nurseries, kindergarten and mini-clubs. The central square also has a safe, children's toboggan area.

For older kids there is the Alain Prost Ice Circuit! The ice-driving school offers some exciting (safe) fun with cars and go-karts.

And for something completely different – ice-diving. Discover a whole new world beneath a frozen Lac du Lou.


By train – guests from south-east of England may take the ski-train from St Pancras to Moûtiers. From elsewhere in Britain consider flying to Paris to join the train to Moûtiers. Take a transfer bus to Val Thorens and be on the slopes by 10:30am.

By plane – Chambéry, Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva airports are all serviced by transfer buses to Val Thorens.

By car – Calais is 600 miles away, all dual carriageway bar the last 20 miles.

Feel free to ask us for suggestions on travel arrangements.

Distances to snow nirvana - 100m to Val Thorens / Orelle pistes, one run to Les Menuires, two lifts to Méribel, and one valley to Courchevel.

More details

I have not mentioned everything, the list grows each year, if there is any activity you would like to do please ask or visit our website (link visible once you book).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £500

For nightly rates at either end of the season the weekend supplement is not applied for seven night stays.
Tourist taxes are included in the prices quoted.
Cleaning is included, bedlinen and towels are not. Please bring your own or hire from the key-holder.
Security deposit to cover breakages and proportion to cover excessive cleaning and noise fines.
Summer bookings may be long or short to suit your requirements, please call to discuss.
Changeover days:
Saturday, arrival from 3pm to 8pm. Other days or times easily arranged with the key-holder. Departure by 10am, arrange handover with the key-holder. Be ready to leave it tidy by the time the keys are collected. By arrangement for short late-season stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.