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Extremely spacious winter/summer chalet, next to pistes, large private garden - Apartment JOY

Rob and Suzanne LEA

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, French
People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Rob and Suzanne LEA

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Calendar last updated:
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Extremely spacious winter/summer chalet, next to pistes, large private garden - Apartment JOY

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Les Houches - The Alpine Retreat

Chalet - 4 bedrms, 3 bathrms, sleeps up to 10. Apt - 1 bedrm, 1 bathrm sleeps 4

The chalet + separate apt (part of the same property but with a private entrance) are superbly situated in the bustling ski resort of Les Houches, Chamonix (free bus and train available up/down the valley). Perfect for skiing in winter - right next to the pistes and just a 3 minute walk from the lifts and ski school - so close you can ski back for lunch! Ideal for alpine adventures in summer, in the heart of the renowned Chamonix Valley. There is a large private garden with unsurpassed views over the Mont Blanc massif. Just a 3-min walk from shops, restaurants, a bakery + several bars. The tastefully refurbished, exceptionally spacious accommodation has all mod cons, but retains a wealth of original features. Unlimited free wifi internet access and DVD/satellite TV are free.

You don't need 10 people to enjoy the spacious farmhouse with its 3 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms; we often have groups of 4 - 6 people relaxing in the warmth and wonder of this beautiful farmhouse chalet - we are currently offering a £400 discount for groups of 6 or less who would like to rent the Farmhouse :-)

Travel.: Most of our guests either fly to Geneva airport (EasyJet) which is less than an hour's drive/bus journey away, or they drive from the UK (8 hours from the French ferry ports). Other nearby airports include Turin (1 3/4 hrs drive) Lyon (2 hrs) and Milan (3 hrs). Car hire is available at all of these airports. We can arrange transfers from Geneva airport if required.

More Details

Details for holiday apartment Apartment JOY, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Apartment JOY is located to the rear of the Alpine Retreat chalet. It has its own separate entrance. JOY can be booked separately or together with the main chalet for larger groups. JOY has also recently been completely refurbished to a very high standard and consists of a large living room with a sofa (can be made into a bed if needed), beanbags a TV (with satellite free view channels + a DVD player), free wifi broadband internet access, a dining area (with a table + 4 chairs), a kitchen area (with a 2 ring elec cooker, a microwave, sink, fridge/freezer + wine store) and a bunk bed at one end - see photo. There is also a separate double bedded room + a separate bathroom (with a shower, sink + WC). The apartment shares the large private garden - perfect for winter sledging and snowmen or summer relaxing. The garden has many private areas as well as tables+chairs to allow guests to sit and enjoy the most spectacular views of the Mont Blanc mountain range. There is also a BBQ.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rob and Suzanne LEA (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
31 March, 2015

About Rob and Suzanne LEA

We came to live at The Alpine Retreat and run it as a self-catering business in early 2001. Since then we have built up a large group of returning guests, many of whom have become family friends. Rob is a Professional Photographer specializing in large format landscape images and interior chalet/hotel photography. Suzanne is a professional Sports Massage Therapist and Fitness Trainer. We both really enjoy outdoor activities including running, paragliding and exploring these beautiful mountains.

Rob and Suzanne LEA purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Rob and Suzanne LEA chose Les Houches

We love the great outdoors and this lovely Alpine Retreat is a wonderful Savoyarde Farmhouse in the middle of a spectacular mountain setting, yet with a friendly little village close by. The original features of the property have been lovingly maintained, but we have subtly added all the mod cons needed for the C21! It's a real gem!

What makes this apartment unique

The Alpine Retreat is a really special place, which you will share if you stay here! The views, the activities, the peace, being surrounded by Nature all create a very positive energy and we find it both invigorating and yet somehow very relaxing. Our guests leave uplifted and energised!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Another great holiday at Alpine Retreat, Apartment Joy. Perfect snow and sunshine!!!  Will definitely be back again V soon :-)
Mar 2010
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Reviews

4.6
based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

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Apartment JOY
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 14 reviews
4

A fabulous week in the Alpine Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Another fantastic week spent in the Alpine Retreat. Superb position only a couple of minutes from the nearest lifts and located in the heart of the village. Apartment Joy was just perfect for the four of us.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to see you and your family back here enjoying yourselves at The Alpine Retreat! Thank you for writing about your holiday in this review - we know that future guests really appreciate hearing from guests like you for some 'insider' views. You have summed it up perfectly :-) See you next year!
4

A lovely stay at Apt Joy!

  • 4 of 5

Just back from a lovely stay at apt Joy. It was great for 2 people, but would equally be good for a couple with 2 small children (bunk beds in the lounge). It was lovely and clean when we arrived and is in typical alpine style. The location is great, a short walk either up or down the hill for a lift up to Les Houches, which is a lovely tree lined ski area. We did book lift passes for the whole area, but found Les Houches good for us and saved the hassle of catching buses to different areas. The skiing was great, although we were unlucky with the weather some days in general the slopes were really quiet with very little queuing and you could ski back to within a few metres of the Apt which after a days skiing was perfect.

The apt was very comfortable and although a sofa bed in the lounge rather than a sofa, it was still very comfy.

We ate out at a few really lovely restaurants just 5 mins walk from the apt recommended by Rob and Suzanne. Can't recall the names, but they can advise. The Apt is just outside the centre of Les Houches, although only about 10 min walk, but there are a few nice restaurants and a couple of bars only a few mins from the apt. The area was quiet at night, which suited us, but if looking for party this isn't for you. Would defo go back.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Louise and David, This is a lovely review - thank you! We were delighted that you enjoyed your week so much, despite the snowy weather and even rain on some days :-( You really got out there and made the most of it and we would love to have you back in some sunnier weather so you can really see the whole place in its full glory! It was interesting to meet you both, and thanks for the feedback on the restaurant choices - you must have tried them all ;-0 See you soon!
4

Brilliant location!

  • 4 of 5

What a great location for getting around the Chamonix valley!

Parking across the road or a bus stop within 2 minutes walk. Nearest ski lift (Bellevue) is 200m away but more convenient lift (Priarion) is about 400m away.

Property description is accurate with friendly onsite welcome and advice from both the owners property managers and the owners themselves.

Overall, very good value for money and we hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nicole and Dan for describing the location of the Alpine Retreat so well - you really made the most of the international skiing available on the doorstep - with your days out in Italy and Switzerland, as well as all over the Chamonix valley! Great you would like to return - you will be very welcome! Keep up with us on facebook for Rob's photos and Alpine Retreat news ....
5

Lovely|

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a super week in the lovely village of Les Houches, staying in this great apartment situated minutes from both ski lifts and 50 m from bus stop if you don't want to walk. Owners Rob & Suzanne extremely friendly and helpful, as was Ruth who greeted us cheerfully upon arrival even though it was very late. Always on hand if we needed anything. The apt is spacious and was very clean and had lovely bed linen, duvets and pillows. It was well equipped and the UK TV and wifi were added bonus's. Will definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review - you did so many extra activities during your weeks' holiday - and we are delighted that you would like to return to continue your adventures here at The Alpine Retreat. Sorry we have already sold Christmas 2015 week in the Farmhouse, but 'your' apartment is still available for most of summer and next winter at the moment. We look forward to welcoming you back here! Thanks again, Suzanne and Rob
5

Apartment Joy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the apartment for one week, the apartment was spacious , very clean and comfortable. The facilities were excellent. There is a large garden for relaxing in while admiring the stunning views. The village is nearby with excellent restaurants and shops.The location is excellent for hiking in and exploring the area.The hosts were very friendly and helpful .We will return there in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Christina and Tony for writing such an accurate review! You certainly explored the area and we were glad that Apt Joy was such a good base for you. We would be delighted if you were to return - you'd be most welcome! Thank you again, Suzanne and Rob
5

Apartment joy is delightful and charming

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were greeted by the lovely Suzanne and Rob who emediately made us feel welcome and at ease. the apartment is perfectly positioned close to the lifts in the heart of Les Houches with fantastic views of the mountains surrounding and a pretty garden as well. the apartment is spacious and well equipped and has a really nice atmosphere offering a quaint country feeling. A good selection of restaurants,shops and bars can be found near the Bellvue lift with excellent Pizza at La Piccolina and good snack food and drinks at Le Spot and Kitch Inn. Overall we enjoyed our stay very much and would reccomend this apartment to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Enna-Mae and Jeremy for choosing to stay here - we enjoyed meeting you and chatting about the golden eagles you spotted soaring above the ski slopes! We are delighted that you liked your Apartment Joy here at The Alpine Retreat and that you managed to get out and about, enjoying the resort, both on and off the pistes! We hope that you will return before long - it will be our pleasure :-) Suzanne and Rob

Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Geneva
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Chamonix
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Les Houches
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Ski
300 Metres
Les Houches
Car: not necessary

Les Houches is a lively ski resort in the infamous Chamonix valley at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc.  A huge range of activities suits every taste. Summer visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rafting, climbing, paragliding, canyoning and glacier walking.  Access is easy using cable cars (the nearest is just 3 mins' walk away), mountain trains, buses + well marked trails. In Winter Les Houches is a very popular ski resort in the Chamonix valley. The pretty tree-lined pistes, whilst family-friendly, provide challenging skiing for all - it hosts the Men’s World Cup Downhill race each Jan.  Whilst there are numerous mountain restaurants, you will be close enough to pop back to the Retreat for lunch! Local attractions include Huski & St Bernard kennels, ice-skating, indoor climbing, sledging (in the garden + at a park), swimming etc.  A free bus and train give easy access to Chamonix's surroundings. Day trips to Italy + Spa + skiing the Vallee Blanche are very popular day trips.

Other Activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing (rock and ice), rafting, canyoning, paragliding, golf, indoor climbing wall

Ski: Our location is unbeatable; next to the pistes of Les Houches (one of the 5 resorts that make up the Chamonix valley) - a large family resort which has skiing to suit every level. Even the Men's World Cup downhill race is held here each year on the piste that runs past the end of the garden! There are more than 20 ski runs giving miles of pistes + the tree-lined trails are undoubtedly the best in the valley. The 2 cable cars, (located 2 minutes from the Retreat) + numerous chair lifts give easy access to the extensive skiing area on our doorstep and the huge range of traditional mountain restaurants make the resort one which many visit year after year. Over 100 snow canons make skiing back to the village/chalet a reality throughout the season and local transport is available (nearest bus stop is just 50 meters from the Alpine Retreat) enabling free access to the other resorts in the valley for those without a car.

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Prices & Availability

From £425 Weekly

Prices for this holiday apartment in Les Houches, Chamonix - Mont Blanc area

Rental Basis:
per property
Prices quoted in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 14
28 Feb 2015 - 10 Apr 2015
7 night minimum stay
£455
for 7 nights
£455
 
 
Rate 1
11 Apr 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Rate 2
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 3
29 Aug 2015 - 11 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Rate 4
12 Dec 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 5
19 Dec 2015 - 25 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£585
for 7 nights
£585
 
 
Rate 6
26 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
Rate 7
2 Jan 2016 - 29 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 8
30 Jan 2016 - 12 Feb 2016
7 night minimum stay
£575
for 7 nights
£575
 
 
Rate 9
13 Feb 2016 - 19 Feb 2016
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
rate 9c
20 Feb 2016 - 8 Apr 2016
7 night minimum stay
£575
for 7 nights
£575
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50
Notes We accept payment in POUNDS STERLING (£) and EUROS (€) whichever is more convenient for you.  (Please ask for the conversion rate if paying in euros). To confirm the booking please send a 25% non-refundable deposit together with your booking form. The balance of 75% should be sent 8 weeks prior to your arrival. It's easier (and cheaper for us all!) if you can make an electronic bank transfer.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Apartment JOYin Les Houches in Chamonix - Mont Blanc area

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • resort
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , warm bathroom with shower, sink and WC
  • Separate bathroom with shower, sink and WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , separate double bedded room
    Bedroom 2 in large living room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Adult-sized bunk beds and sofa-bed in large living room
  • 1 double bedroom and adults-sized bunk beds in the large living room(also a sofa which can be made into a double bed if needed) Max 4 occupancy.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A wonderful place from which to explore the valleys and mountains- on the Tour de Mont Blanc Trail, next to the ski pistes/lifts and ski school, hiking from the doorstep! Or just relax in the garden!!

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