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Make a self catering cottages or holiday rental in Vars, France your home away from home

Vars is a small pleasant village in the Hautes-Alpes which is best known as a winter ski resort. Surrounded by the high peaks of the Ecrins National Park, it has excellent powder snow.

Things to Do in Vars, Hautes-Alpes

Vars shares the White Forest area of the Hautes-Alpes with neighbouring Risoul. It offers over 180 km of tracks for skiing from holiday rentals in Vars. La Foret Blanche boasts 104 ski runs and 45 km of trails around Vars with a permanent stage for speed skiing. In the snowpark, there is a jump area and a half-pipe to thrill even the most experienced snowboarders. Other things to do in Vars include sleigh rides pulled by dogs, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Ice climbing, skating and helicopter flights are more great ways to enjoy the area. In the summer there are many hiking and nature trails in the Val d’Escreins where local wildlife can be observed.

Places to Visit Around Vars, Hautes-Alpes

Guillestre is a picturesque town to visit in a deep valley, about 12km drive from your Vars holiday home. Some of its fortifications and walls can still be seen including the restored tower. The narrow streets and authentic houses with their pastel-coloured paintwork add to the charm. In the summer the fountains can be seen in various squares including unusual wooden fountains on side streets. Large squares and shops make it a pleasant place to linger and there is a market there every Monday. The church at Guillestre is a copy of the cathedral in Embrun, right down to the pair of lions supporting the columns. The Queyras Mountains and the Regional Park at Queyras offer summer hikes from your Vars holiday rental and the Cote d’Azur is within easy driving distance.

Weather in Vars, Hautes-Alpes

The area around Vars holiday rentals enjoys pleasantly warm summers and cold snowy winters due to its elevation of 1850m. Temperatures in July reach an average 29°C (84°F) while winters drop below freezing from late December until February. The area has slightly more rain showers in the early summer. Spring and autumn are pleasant and sunny, making it ideal for off-peak hiking breaks from April to early October.

Travel to Vars, Hautes-Alpes

There are several airports serving holiday rentals in Vars. Avignon-Caumont (AVN) Airport is about 285 km 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 closer and Turin Caselle (TRN) Airport over the border in Italy is about 170 km away, along the A32.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Clean, well equipped, good location for slopes,

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Owner is fabulous and friendly. The apartment has bunk beds in a separate area with a big wardrobe for clothes and shoes. The shower is hot and powerful and the toilet is separate which is good. The lounge has a comfy sofa bed with the kitchen attached - including a dishwasher with lots of plates and cutlery etc so no way of running out. There is a dining table for 6 and a separate double bed room. There is also a balcony facing the front of the property. As a family of 4 we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend this property - its great value for money and worked well for out ski trip to Vars. Short walk to the slopes and shops and a large ski locker easily held 3 sets of skis and boots and a snowboard. We only booked 2 weeks prior to going and it was so easy to book and the owner contacted us straight away to organise the details.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Our Best Visit to Vars!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is the 4th time I've been to Vars for a winter holiday, for my partner it's his 8th or 9th. We love Vars, he boards, I ski. However, this year, our holiday was so much better than any we've been on before and the main reason for that was the amazing apartment we stayed in. Communication with the owners was clear, accurate and very timely. They speak and write impeccable English, for me a non French speaker this was really useful. The apartment itself is a new build in a really well designed and stylish 'complex'. It's furnished to a high standard and very comfortable. The sofa has plenty of cushions, the bed is large and really comfortable and you're provided with everything you could possibly need - good quality kitchen equipment (all new) and this is followed through with everything else in the apartment. It has a homely and spacious feel, rather than a place just kitted out for renting. There wasn't anything we needed, it's all there. We weren't sure how far 'out' of town it would be - however, again due to clever design it's only a few mins walk. We walked in and out of town whenever required, carrying shopping back - and we had a car with us that we just didn't use. Two of the most amazing things about this place: The view from the balcony and the inside of the apartment - you look onto the mountains, it's very peaceful and you feel you are away from it all. The ski in / out. Basically, you go to the ski locker, walk 5 meters pop on your skis and off you go down a gentle little slope and there's the chair lift. This is true ski in / out. We had lunch back at the apartment almost every day, it's that easy and quick. We're already in conversation about booking for next year. Ps the wifi was excellent, I had to work for a day and had no problems at all with it - and during the rest of the stay it was perfect. Stayed for 10 days.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2014
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2014