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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Orcieres-Merlette, France your home away from home

Orcieres-Merlette is a small commune in the Hautes-Alpes department with around 700 residents. Built in the 1960s as a winter ski resort, it also has plenty to offer in the summertime. This large village is in the heart of the Ecrins National Park.

Things to Do in Orcieres-Merlette, Hautes-Alpes

The village of Orciere-Merlette is a pleasure to explore with its two-storey Orciere houses which are typically square with a gable end wall acting as the main façade. In winter Orcieres-Merlette holiday cottages are in high demand due to the area’s excellent downhill and cross-country skiing and more unusual activities such as horse-drawn skiing! There are 100km of ski runs and 50km of Nordic ski trails along with a snow park, slalom stadium, dog sledding, ice karting and snow shoeing. There is also a swimming pool with slides, saunas, bowling, cinema and an ice rink at the Grande Ourse complex. The area is popular for hiking in the summer with many routes leading out across the hillside from the village. Climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, tennis and white water rafting are all available in the summer from your Orcieres-Merlette holiday home.

Places to Visit Around Orcieres-Merlette, Hautes-Alpes

Prapic is nestled in the Drac Noir Valley and is a popular starting point for many local hikes. Look for the Musée de la Casse which is a collection of local art and everyday objects telling the history of each local profession. Drive around the area to see the sundials or visit Le Creuset Animal Park which is open daily Monday to Saturday in the summer. St Bonnet en Champsaur is one of the few medieval villages in the French Alps. It has delightful architecture with 60 shops and art galleries. Look for the annelles which were rungs used for tethering horses, and the buttarodes, stones which prevented cartwheels from damaging the buildings. The village of St Jean St-Nicolas is a tranquil place to explore.

Weather in Orcieres-Merlette, Hautes-Alpes

The area around Orciere-Merlette holiday rentals enjoys warm sunny summers and cold snowy winters due to its elevation of 1450m above sea level. Temperatures in July reach an average 28°C (82°F) while winters drop below freezing in late December until February. The area has slightly more rain in the winter months generally. Spring and autumn are pleasant and sunny, making it ideal for off-peak breaks from April to early December.

Travel to Orcieres-Merlette, Hautes-Alpes

There are several airports serving holiday rentals in Orcieres-Merlette. The Avignon-Caumont (AVN) Airport is about 122km away and has direct flights from many European cities along with Birmingham, London, Exeter and Southampton in the UK. Nice Cote d’Azur (NCE) Airport and Marseille Provence (MRS) Airport are a little further. During the winter a shuttle bus runs from Marseille airport to Orcieres-Merlette.

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            Exceptional! 5/5
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            Apartment #6402356
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              • 2 BR
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              Apartment #1428032a
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                Excellent! 4.4/5
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                Studio #1383440a
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                  Chalet #1487712a
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                    • 4 BR
                    • 2 BA
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                    Chalet #845100a
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                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                      (14 reviews)
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                      • 4 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 9
                      Apartment #1208853a
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                        Chalet #6719805
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                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                          • 4 BR
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                          Chalet #636333a
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                            Good! 3.8/5
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                            Studio #587381a
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                              Apartment #855597a
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                                  Multiple rentals Studio #561661a
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                                    • 2 BR
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                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #561661a
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                                          Studio #6354081
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            Apartment #673018a
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                                              Chalet #883345a
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                                                          Apartment #1482144a
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                                                                      Apartment #6970097
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                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                        Studio #6068253
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                                                                            Apartment #868908a
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                                                                              Cottage #1195995a
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                                                                                Apartment #1488538a
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                                                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                  Apartment #1111537a
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                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                    Apartment #668401a
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                                                                                      Apartment #594164a
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                                                                                              Apartment #1391373a
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                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                Apartment #613906a
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                                                                                                  Apartment #6676999
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Highly recommended - did not disappoint!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    This comfortable, very well equipped, South-facing studio flat has exceptional views and great huge windows to enjoy them from, as well as a very large patio which make for a lovely spot to pull up a couple of sun loungers. The location of the studio is equally good, in a quiet part of the resort (facing away from it) yet within easy access to the centre of the resort and the pistes as just at the bottom of the town's escalator. It was also great to have very few steps to get in and out of the property. The landlord has been very helpful and we found the property clean and warm. The studio has been further improved since the pictures shown were taken, including the flooring and the bathroom. Alltogether this was quite a little gem!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016