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Three minutes walk from the centre of the delightful 19th Century spa village of Saint Gervais les Bains is this 30 year old detached chalet which has been fully renovated to provide a contemporary but comfortable home.
The chalet which uses much traditional wood to provide the Alpine ‘feel’ also benefits from modern communication systems such as Wireless Broadband and modern audio visual entertainment throughout. The satellite television provides access to the usual UK satellite channels. Swimming pool in summer and clear mountain air combine to provide the tonic you need. 50 minutes from Geneva Airport, 7 minutes from ski lifts to Megeve-Saint Gervais ski domain, 15 minutes from Chamonix. 1 minute walk from Tramway du Mont Blanc providing direct access to Les Houches, Mont Blanc mountaineering, Tour du Mont Blanc and paragliding take off sites.
Notes on accommodation: The chalet has underfloor heating which is very effective. Because the chalet is laid out over four floors and has balconies and a swimming pool it is best suited to adults and older children. Our young nephews and nieces have had a super time here summer and winter but the under 5's obviously required more supervision from adults. Outside, Summer: The outside living space is fantastic. A patio with decking surrounds the pool and has fabulous views of the Aravis chain of mountains on the other side of the valley. Barbeque'ing is very special and at night the patio is lit with outdoor lighting. The pool is about 30 feet long and is heated in Summer to in excess of 26 degrees Celsius. There are outdoor tables, chairs and sun loungers. There is parking for up to three cars to the side of the drive. Utility Room: In the garage: includes sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer. Space for clothes drying and hanging. Ski and boot storage in ample garage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fully laundered cotton bedlinen and towels are included in the price. Reasonable chalet cleaning at the end of your stay is also included. Any other arrangements can be discussed on an individual basis. Other: Second living room in basement lends itself to evening and night-time use and has a high quality audio visual system. Contemporary and 'moody' it is a great place to unwind after the day. Sofas, chairs and wine fridge. Sauna comfortable for four.
Travel: The nearest airport is Geneva which is well served with budget airlines from regional airports as well as scheduled airlines from the major UK and European airports. Geneva is 50 minutes by car and transfers are easily arranged with a number of taxi and airport transfer companies operating in the Alps. Other ways of arriving are TGV/snow train to Annecy (50 minutes away), flights to Lyon or Grenoble (less than 2 hours away). Car not essential. Distances: Distance to Saint Gervais 300 metres, Megeve 5 miles, Les Contamines 5 miles, Chamonix 10 miles, Courmayeur 25 miles, Geneva 45 miles, Annecy 45 miles.
Further Details: Located in the French northern Alps and situated at the feet of Mont Blanc, St Gervais has stunning scenery and a wide variety of things to do. Saint Gervais is a beautiful Savoyard village with a friendly atmosphere. It is home to Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc and has been a popular holiday destination for over a hundred years. There are a number of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants and every Thursday morning there is a market and the village's main square is a hive of activity. The towns of Megeve and Chamonix are just a 20 minute drive away should you wish to explore a little further. St Gervais has a huge number of activities on offer. It is popular with walkers and cyclists in the summer - it is one of the starting points for the Tour du Mont Blanc. In winter Saint Gervais has a large ski area (over 440 km) which links to nearby Megeve. The Mont Blanc Tramway can be taken from Saint Gervais to the Bellevue plateau (1800m) or the Prarion giving skiers access to the Les Houches ski area in winter. Or it can be taken by walkers or those just wishing to see the wonderful panorama in winter or summer. For those who would like to relax a little St Gervais's famous thermal parc offers complementary therapies and massage. The village also has a brand new indoor/outdoor pool complex with a 25m pool, a play pool, a paddling pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna and hammam. Also in the village is an olympic sized ice rink, clay tennis courts (with international tennis tournament in June) and a great mini-golf course. Mountain bikes are easy to hire in the town too. In summer the summer activity pass costs around 100 euros for a family of 4 or 5 for a week and gives access to the swimming pool, mini-golf, cable cars and activities at the leisure park in nearby Les Contamines
A very comfortable chalet on an excellent spot in a perfect family skiing area
By Gijs H on 13-Mar-2018
We have very much enjoyed the comforts and space of the chalet for the eight of us. The location was very quiet and the view superb. All you need just a few minutes away by foot, like groceries, bakery, ski shop end restaurants. And the ski shuttle stop in front of the house brought us rapidly to and from the slopes. The ski area was a positive surprise. Slopes for every level, easy to find our way or find each other when some ski early and others late. Capacity was more than sufficient. Although in high season it never felt too crowded once you are on the slopes. For those who did not ski there was enough to do and sea. We had nothing to wish left after this holiday.
An Amazingly well equipped and clean chalet.
By Chris S on 30-Jul-2017
Five of us stayed here for one week at the end of July 2017. It really wasn't long enough! Everything was so well organised for us by Melanie long before our arrival. Valerie was really helpful in showing us the chalet when we arrived too. It was beautiful, one of the best chalets we have stayed in! We didnt want to leave! It had all mod cons and everything to keep our three teenagers happy and good wifi! The music system was great in entertaining my husband!! There was plenty of room, extremely clean and the kitchen was well stocked. We loved our pastry cake that was left for our us, and it didn't last for very long! Having a washing machine and tumble dryer was a bonus too.
I think we stayed in one of the hottest weeks the Alps has had for a while? The weather was amazing and the pool was very much needed! Very private with a beautiful view. We were so spoilt! The jacuzzi was an added luxury but i think we needed some fans to cool us down! We hardly used the TV room as there was too much to see and do! A first for our teens!
This was an activity holiday for us and Melanie had given us all the information we needed to book ahead before our stay. The white water rafting down in Passy was wonderful. We did a full 'Trapper Day" that included a BBQ lunch. It was delicious and so much. Our guide was brilliant (a bit rough around the edges) but he knew his stuff and kept me calm when my husband fell in just before a rapid?!!!
We would highly recommend that you try the mountain biking and hire wires up in Les Contamines or St Gervais, if you feel up to it! One of our best highlights was the tram ride up to the glacier of Mont Blanc from St Gervais. It is quite a long ride but the scenery is spectacular and well worth it.
Everything is in walking distance for the supermarkets and restaurants. St Gervais is a very pretty town and everyone was very helpful and friendly.
Thank you Melanie & Chris for an unforgettable holiday.