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Well located apartment with stunning panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Situated close to Le Bettex, in the hamlet of Les Communailles, 15 minutes drive from St Gervais. - 5 mins drive from amenities at Les Bettex, inc' ski school, & ski lifts to the Evasion ski domain,

This comfortable apartment is available to rent throughout the year. It is ideal for holidaymakers and family's wanting a quiet and stunning location close to Le Bettex ski facilities and not far from St Gervais village centre. It has WI FI - is tastefully furnished and well equipped. The apartment has magnificent panoramic views overlooking the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Le Bettex:

Situated a five minute drive / 20 minute walk from the apartment, (and a bus service in the peak winter weeks) Le Bettex has multiple facilities for the skier and snowboarder and provides access to, from and within the extensive "Evasion Mont Blanc" ski domain, with 445 kms of Pistes to explore.

A centre of excellence for instruction, the nearest Ecole de Ski Francais is based here, The ski and boarding instructors provide both private and group tuition for all ages and abilities and speak numerous languages. Facilities include nursery slopes, safe sledging areas, a crèche, restaurants, bars, ski hire shops, grocery stores ( in season) and car parking facilities.

In the summer, tennis courts, a playground, and walking trails are available and easily accessible. The Telecabines link the village of St Gervais with Le Bettex and provide access for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers to access mountain trails at higher altitude.. The area is frequently used as a base for horse and pony rides and hacks. Farm animals graze the local meadows and mountainsides - flora, fauna, bird and wildlife can be found in abundance.

Les Communailles:

A small hamlet with magnificent views providing access to and from the extensive "Evasion" ski domain.. Please note that a button lift operates from this hamlet. Beginners lacking in confidence should use the facilities at Le Bettex..

Les Communailles gives access to various walking trails.

Two restaraunts are situated in the hamlet providing both meals and bar facilities. Opening times vary according to seasons - please check.

Paragliders can be seen "landing" in Les Communailles during the ski season.

St Gervais:

This charming and traditional savoyard village is situated approximately 15 minutes away from the apartment. It is easily accessible.

The tourist office can be found in the centre of the village which provides a base for and information on The Companie of Guides and the Ecole de Ski Francais.

There is a wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.

Two mini supermarkets, a butcher, delicatessens, boulangerie and pattiseries provide a wide selection of food for those wishing to self cater. An outdoor market is held every Thursday .

In addition to a swimming pool and sports complex, there is the "Patinoire" - an ice rink which is home to the local ice hockey team.

The Tramway du Mont Blanc rack and pinion railway has a " station" at St Gervais although the starting point is to be found at Le Fayet in the Valley.

Numerous events are held in the village throughout the year.

Le Fayet:

Le Fayet is home to the multi purpose thermal park which has a swimming pool and sporting facilities such as rock climbing. During the summer months art work can be seen displayed amongst the trees that surround the park and driveway to the renowned spa baths " Les Thermes Saint - Gervais - Les - Bains" where you can indulge in various treatments.

Departure point for the famous Tramway de Mont Blanc rack and pinion railway and where information and tickets can be obtained regarding trips to the Aiguille Du Midi and ice caves in Chamonix.

Nearby, the beautiful Lac de Passy with dedicated beach and swimming areas, crazy golf and paddle boats - windsurfing, sailing, sport and fitness trails are amongst the facilities provided.

Bowling, paragliding, hot air ballooning, golf, and horse riding are also located in the valley or nearby, as well as a cinema, casino, rafting, go karting and an outdoor swimming pool. .


A delightful traditional town with horse drawn sleighs. In addition to restaurants, bars, designer clothes and shoe shops, galleries and a casino, there is a sports complex with indoor / outdoor swimming pool and Patinoire.

Megeve hosts many cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

Les Contamine-Montjoie:

A Traditional Savoyard village with access by gondola to 120km of piste, cross country and highly rated off piste ski-ing. This Terrain is also part of the "Evasion" ski Domain. Les Contamines needs to be accessed by car. Facilities in the summer include a lake with dedicated beach and swimming areas,walking and mountain bike trails, horse riding and numerous organised activities..


Famous for the Valley Blanche and multiple amenities.

St Nicholas de Veroce.:

A beautiful traditional village with a recently restored baroque church. Also part of the Evasion Ski Domain.

Lac De Passy in the valley has dedicated beach and swimming areas, paddle boats, windsurfing and crazy golf.

Geneva and Annecy are fascinating lakeside towns well worth a visit.

Extensive information can be found on the relevant web sites


The apartment is available to rent throughout the year. The lounge has direct access to the front and side terraces which are equipped with comfortable furniture and a dining table and chairs. The hallway leads to both the double bedroom and bunk bedroom ( both with fitted wardrobes), bathroom, seperate toilet and main entrance.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

John and I are based in Hertfordshire. We like to make use of the apartment as often as possible. The apartment is used by and provides great enjoyment to all members of our family including our dog - a lively and slightly mad gordon setter.

We feel priveleged to have a home in this area of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have advertised with Owners Direct since July 2010. Our guests have been very happy with the accommodation and regularly made repeat bookings.
Jul 2014
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely quiet location, outstanding views and good sized, comfortable accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my husband and two young children stayed here during the Feb half term 2016. When we arrived it was snowing really heavily and visibility was poor, so the detailed instructions helped us locate the property quickly. The accommodation is excellent, it was bigger than we thought it would be and the photographs don't do it justice. It has the most amazing views of Mont Blanc and this was stunning when the pink evening light came down on it. The kitchen is very well equipt, although we would have liked a toaster, as it took us a while to stop burning our toast on the grill! the bedrooms are comfortable, we all slept really well during the week, with enough storage space in them to accommodate a weeks worth of skiing clothes! We struggled with some of the heaters, some seemed to work others didn't at times, however overall the apartment was always warm and cosy (although I would suggest bringing thick warm socks/slippers as the floors are cold). Bathroom was well equipt with lots of storage space and a fantastic warm shower/bath, the water was always mega hot. Lounge/dinning area was large and spacious, and the DVD player was a godsend as we were unable to connect to wifi while we were there. Passwords and details had been given to us and are in the apartment too, however we still were unable to get in working. Lots of books and games to occupy us though, so who needs the internet anyway? outside space was excellent, obviously it was covered it lots and lots of snow when we went, but I think the garden and balcony area would be a real sun trap in the summer months. Overall the apartment was even better than we nhad expected and it was clean, warm and welcoming when we arrived. Parking space was never a problem and you could catch the free ski shuttle bus to take you to Le Bettex at the bottom of the road if you didn't want to deal with parking issues/snow chains etc. or you could walk 10-15 minutes but not a good idea in ski-boots! The owners were excellent in communicating with us and we would recommend this property to friends and family. Would we stay there again, yes we would, just need to be aware than most eating places/larger food shops are in St Gervais, which is a lovely spa town, about 20 minutes drive away. We ate out twice, both in St Gervais, both restaurant's we had to book in advance, L'Eterle (pizzeria) and La Galeta (steak/regional food) also La Affiche is a lovely bar/café, all spoke good English and welcomed children.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your constructive comments. We are sorry the Wi Fi , faulty heater and lack of a toaster presented a problem for you. it is our intention to address these issues immediately.
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Perfect chalet with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was easy to find thanks to John and Nicky's directions. The pictures and description of the apartment were accurate. A clean and comfortable appartment with everything you need a real home from home... You can tell how much the place is loved and cared for by John and Nicky.

The appartment is in an ideal location for walking, cycling, mountain biking, tennis and much more. Many walks start on your doorstep, there are accurate sign posted routes so was always easy to find a walk. The towns Megeve and Saint Gervais are beautiful plenty of cafes, restranutants, markets and events. The shop at Le Bettex (10-15 walk) has fresh bread and pastries to go with your morning coffee. l'alpage is a friendly and traditional restaurant just up the road a 5min walk.

Our favourite part of the holiday was enjoying the views of the Mont Blonc mountain range from the apartment, listening to the cow bells whilst sampling the regional food purchased at the local market.

We would highly recommend the apartment to friends and family a perfect place. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write this review. We look forward to welcoming you back again. John and Nicky Hale
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Excellent chalet with incredible views

  • 5 of 5

Chalet was easy to find up, up and a little more up a winding road. Chalet was clean, comfortable and had everything you need - a real home from home. A small shop (20mins walk) in Le Bettex had fresh bread and pastries ideal with a morning coffee whilst enjoying views of the Mont Blonc mountain range. Many walks from the chalet and sports including tennis and biking at Le Bettex. Would highly recommend this propriety to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased to hear our guests have enjoyed their stay in the apartment and have appreciated the stunning scenery, facilities and festivities in the locality. Thank you for your comments which we hope will be helpful to other people looking for a holiday base.
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What a view!

  • 5 of 5

We were stunned by the views of Mont Blanc from the lounge and terrace, we watched the evening light turning the snow pink. The apartment was clean well equipped and like home from home. We found many lovely walks from the door through Alpine meadows. France was having a heat wave whilst we were there but because the chalet is situated high up we were much more comfortable in the evenings. There are very good restaurants in St Gervais, a short drive away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location-wonderful views!

  • 5 of 5

I visited with my partner for 6 days at the end of August for a holiday.

The listing description and photos of the property are an accurate and excellent reflection of what to expect during a visit to this beautiful apartment.

The apartment was immaculate, and it was obvious that careful consideration had been given by the owners to ensure that everything you could possibly want or need was provided for your stay.

The location and panoramic views of the mountains far exceeded my expectations, wonderful.

The local town of Saint Gervais is delightful, very picturesque and a pleasure to walk around. It also provides very good shops and restaurants, and the weekly market was great. We found everyone to be really friendly and helpful.

There are many places to visit within close proximity of the apartment, and plenty to do whatever your preferences.

Particular places of note that we visited during our stay were Lac de Passy for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking; Megève for restaurants and shopping; the park, waterfall, and spa at Les Thermes de Saint Gervais Les Bains; the Mont-Blanc Tramway from le Fayet up to the Nid d'Aigle (2380m), the ice caves and the cable car up the Aiguille du Midi mountain (3842m) in the lively resort of Chamonix.

I would very much recommend this property and am looking forward to a return visit in the New Year!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We were attracted to this ground floor apartment by its peaceful location and outstanding panoramic views. Having an enclosed, elevated and completely private garden / side terrace, we hope it will be of interest to families with younger children as well as guests who will appreciate the additional outside space We recognised that the close proximity to Le Bettex and Les Communailles ski domain would also be advantageous. The area has numerous activities available locally both in summer and winter.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Use of a car is recommended for your convenience.

Details will be provided on directions to the apartment.

When driving in France breathaliser and breakdown kits are mandatory. Please check for additional legal requirements prior to travelling.

From the UK:

The French port of Calais to St Gervais Les Bains is approximately a ten hour motorway journey. ( Motorway Road Tolls Payable ) with numerous service stations and rest areas available.

By Air:

Geneva Cointrin Airport, Switzerland.

Switzerland is approximately one hours drive away from St Gervais.Les Bains.

Car hire is available from the airport. ( child safety seats can be ordered from the car hire company at the time of booking as should snow chains and winter tyres in the winter months.)

Directions will be provided to the apartment based on collection of a car hired from the Swiss side of the Airport.

The "Chamonix Bus" also provides transport between the Airport and St Gervais Les Bains with a drop off point at Le Fayet in the valley

Taxi's are available locally as well as at the Airport..

By Train:

Rail links from the airport in Geneva via a city centre connection to St Gervais Les Bain rail station situated at Le Fayet in the Valley.

Bus and Taxi services available locally.

Distances from the apartment

Le Fayet 25 Mins drive.

St Gervais 15 mins drive.

St Nicolas de Veroce 20 mins drive

Megeve, Combloux, Les Contamines and Lac de Passy 30 mins drive.

Chamonix 40 mins drive.

Annecy 1 hour drive.

Geneva 1 hour drive


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
4 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 Dec 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For bookings of two weeks we will be happy to reduce the payment by £150.00 providing guests will not require cleaning and a change of bedlinen mid way through the stay.
Payment is requested in UK pounds or Euro's (at the current conversion rate)
We do not request a damages deposit. However, we ask you to advise us of any accidental damage or breakages that occur and if appropriate , cover the cost of any necessary replacement or repair.

The balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the start of your holiday.
A refundable £300.00 breakages /damages deposit is payable 6 weeks prior to your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day: Saturday - however, we try to be flexible and meet the needs of our guests whenever possible.
Arrival after 4.00 please and Departure by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
We are happy to accept payment in UK pounds or Euro's. (at the current conversion rate)
Prices are for 4 people using the apartment for 1 week, inclusive of electricity, cleaning, meet and greet service provided by a local representative..
Bedding, bathmat, kitchen and bathroom towels are included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

In addition to the apartment being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, It has been furnished and equipped to a high standard, with both care and attention to detail. Hopefully, everything visitors to the apartment could need or want has been provided and we will continue to maintain it to this same standard for the enjoyment, comfort and benefit of ourselves, our families and our guests. We would ask that you respect this mountain retreat and hope that you love being here as much as we do ourselves. Whenever possible we will be flexible on the length of stays requested and to accomodate guests wishing to make use of cheaper mid week travel offers.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Toiletries, Hairdryer and first aid requirements provided
  • Separate W.C


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Leading to the private terrace with a double bed & wardrobes
  • Bedroom 2 - Bunk beds ( sleeps two) with fitted wardrobes


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment has electric heating and plenty of hot water. Selection of books and games in English. No smoking and no pets - thank you. Outside: Double aspect. Terrace with seating to the front which leads to a sloping garden. Accessible from the lounge. Enclosed terrace to the side - decked and grassed areas. Accessible from the lounge and double bedroom. Furnished with steamer chairs and a garden table + chairs + sun umbrella. Utility Room: Washer /Dryer in kitchen area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are provided in the rental cost for a maximum of 4 people. Cleaning and beds changed following guest departure. Should additional towels be used -eg for swimming, please launder them in the washer dryer prior to departure. Thank you. Other: Hallway: With storage cupboards containing cushions for outdoor furniture. Picnic rugs / Picnic bag / cool bag blocks in freezer compartment of the fridge) Spare bedding for sofa bed. Cleaning materials.

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