A recently renovated alpine apartment in a traditional Savoyard farmhouse. The apartment is in a peaceful and picturesque hamlet very close to the centre of Morillon village (10 minutes walk). Morillon is part of the Grand Massif skiing area. The apartment is 500m (5-10 minute walk) from the Morillon cable car, which operates in summer and winter for skiing, hiking and mountain biking. There is a ski bus stop outside the door. The apartment has a good sized living/dining area, 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4-6 people. There is free wi-fi internet access. Morillon village has a good range of shops, cafes/bars and restaurants. The nearby lake, beach and recreation area (10 minutes walk) are perfect for families with kids in the summer. The mountain views from the apartment are stunning and hiking and biking trails are accessible from the door. It is possible to ski to the door if you don't mind an off-piste finish!
Apartment in Morillon, Rhone-Alpes, France - Peaceful Location, 5-10 Minutes Walk To The Cable Car And A Ski Bus Stop Outside The Door
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- 21 Jan 2019
About Mary Kirkbride
I live in Morillon with my partner, Jamie, and our two children, Juliet and Cameron. Jamie and I have been living in this part of the French Alps for 10 years. We live and work here all year round. In the summer we run a mountain biking holiday business, Ride the Alps. In the winter Jamie is a snowshoe guide and igloo builder.
Mary Kirkbride purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why Mary Kirkbride chose Morillon
Morillon is a village in the Haute Giffre valley, also part of the Grand Massif. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the French Alps. It has managed to maintain a traditional alpine village feel whilst also being a very successful summer and winter mountain resort. We love mountain sports - mountain biking, skiing, trail running, climbing etc. - and this is the ideal place to do all of these things. It's also a wonderful place for family life. There are heaps of activities on offer for kids all year round.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is just 500m from the Morillon cable car (a 5-10 minute walk) so you can get up the mountain very easily in summer or winter with skis, mountain bikes or on foot. There is also a ski bus stop just outside the door which links you to the other villages in the valley. The village centre is also a 5 minute walk away with it's range of shops, café/bars and restaurants. The beautiful alpine village of Samoens is just 3km away. Samoens has an outdoor pool complex and plays host to the biggest market in the Haute Savoie on Wednesday mornings. You can get straight onto the hiking and biking trails from the door of the apartment and if you don't mind a bit of off-piste, you can ski back to the door.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We have just returned from our second stay at this spacious clean apartment. This time we took our 3 sons in their early twenties and there was plenty of room for all of us plus good WiFi.
The apartment is only a few minutes walk from the ski lift and the village so is in an ideal location and also at a good price.
We had a great holiday and enjoyed plenty of skiing and no doubt will be returning again.
Fabulous apartment ideal for ski slopes
This is a lovely apartment, bigger than the "ski cupboard" we rented previously as the kitchen / dining / living area is totally separate, and the bedrooms are a decent size. The bunk beds are quite wide and while we used them for children, I'm sure they'd be fine for adults. The beds are very comfortable also.
It's great having your own front door and the car can be parked right outside which makes lugging equipment and stuff a lot easier.
Great value - we had a fantastic stay. Thank you.
Great apartment convenient for skiing
Loved the apartment. Visited with my husband and two teenage children. Enough space for us all, comfortable beds and living area. Walking distance to the village and ski lifts. Had a great time... would love to visit again...Thank you
Fantastic apartment....all we could have hoped for and more
Beautiful well equipped accomodation that far exceded our expectations. It felt like home the moment we opened the door. More than enough room for our family of 5.
The area of Morillon is jaw droppingly picturesque. The only problem was that we could not stay longer.We will definately be back ......but next time for much longer. Mary could not be more helpful with quick responses to all our emails. Five stars.
Perfect for our needs!
We have just spent a fabulous week at this apartment, it was great value for money and had everything we needed as a base for a great week skiing. Mary was really helpful and welcoming. We will definitely be back!
Nice, comfortable stay, plenty of room, excellent hot shower and well furnished kitchen
We had a lovely time in Morillon and were made to feel very welcome by Mary and family. We were less than 10 minutes walk (carrying skis) to the cable car in Morillon itself, which connected us to plenty of skiing. And less than 5 minutes by car to the lift at Verclan, which gave us an easier afternoon ski back from Flaine - the sun shone for most of our stay which made the views over the mountains and valleys outstanding. We were even in reach, by car, of the cross country ski area at Joux Plan above Samoëns, meaning the lack of snow in resort didn't stop us from doing all of the activities we'd hoped to. Would be very happy to stay in the apartment again if we revisit the area
Special interest holidays:
We run Ride the Alps, which offers fully guided mountain biking holidays in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. Jamie is a fully qualified Mountain Bike Guide and has been guiding trips right across the Alps including in this area for last ten years. Some routes and tips are given free of charge if you are staying here to bike on a self-guided basis. However it is also possible to book a fully guided week of mountain biking or to book 2 or 3 days of guided riding, depending on Jamie's availability.
Jamie is a qualified International Mountain Leader and is a snowshoe guide and igloo builder in the winter months in this area. If you fancy getting away from the crowds during your stay or have non-skiers in your party then Jamie is available to take you out on a snowshoe hike and show you the natural beauty of the mountains. Or he can build you an igloo outside of the apartment!
The nearest airport is Geneva, which is just under an hour away by car. There are several airport transfer providers who can bring you to Morillon from Geneva airport.
Morillon is 8 hours drive from Calais.
A car is not necessary in winter if you are coming on a winter sports holiday. The apartment is walking distance from the ski lifts. Ski buses stop by the door regularly. In the summer it might be a good idea to bring or hire a car if you want to explore beyond the valley.
Morillon village centre (cable car) - 500m
Samoens village - 3km
Sixt village - 8km
Annecy (picturesque lakeside town) – 60km
In Morillon village there is a small supermarket, a bread shop, a cash machine, several restaurants, cafes/bars, a newsagent, a pharmacy, numerous ski hire shops and a variety of other shops. The nearest post office is 1.5km away in Verchaix. The nearest bank is 4km away in Samoens.
Just 1km from the apartment in Morillon there is the "Base de Loisirs" by a lake with a beach area, which is perfect for young children. In the summer there are a range of activities on offer including swimming, horse riding, a tree top adventure park and a children's play park, trampolining, volleyball, tennis etc. In the winter the area is set up for cross country skiing and sledging.
The nearest outdoor swimming pool complex is 3km away in Samoens. The nearest indoor pool complex is 20 mins away by car in Cluses.
The whole area - Haute Giffre and Grand Massif - is one of the best places in the Alps to go mountain biking. There is a huge network of trails including some of the finest natural singletrack you'll find anywhere. There are trails for both downhill and cross country enthusiasts. The cable cars and chairlifts take bikes in the summer months. Bike hire is available in Morillon and Samoens. We also offer guided mountain bike rides and holidays.
You can go rafting and kayaking on the river Giffre with several rafting companies based in Samoens and Sixt. We recommend "Nunayak" in Sixt.
There are excellent trails for hiking and trail running with a network of mountain refuges for refreshments or overnight adventures.
The road biking in this area is superb. The Tour de France has been through Morillon several times and one of the toughest Cols in this race - the Col de la Joux Plane - starts in Samoens village, just 4km away.
Changeover Day: Changeover days are Saturday-Saturday in the winter season. We are flexible the rest of the year.