Fully equipped inc. TV, WiFi, dishwasher, washing machine, garage
About Janet Saville
Hi, my name is Janet, husband JP, then the children: Hannah, Brittany and Oliver (who are twins). We live in a seaside town on the south coast of England enjoying all the activities the South Downs have to offer. However, whenever we can we like to swap the rolling Sussex hills for the spectacular mountains of Chamonix. All the family love hiking and skiing (although Britt is a snowboarder) and the twins are keen climbers. For us Chamonix is the perfect year round destination and still, after almost 15 years of holidays there are still new hikes for us to discover and enjoy, not to mention ski resorts in neighbouring valleys.
Janet Saville purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Janet Saville chose Les Houches
What we love about this property is how close it is to all the amenities; ski lifts, restaurants, bars, supermarket, and of course the fabulous bread shop. I love the views – sitting with a cup of tea at the end of the day looking out over the ski runs and down the valley to the Fiz mountain range. Or, on the bedroom balcony catching a sunset over the Aiguille du Midi. It’s also just a short bus, train or car ride into Chamonix where you can enjoy the hustle bustle, myriad of shops, restaurants, casino, bowling alley, night clubs, and bars (many with live music). This year we enjoyed listening to a Columbian Salsa band at the Club des Artistes, and saw the local ice hockey team “Les Chamois” win an eventful match against Brest.
What makes this Apartment unique
A home from home with all the cooking equipment you could possible need. It’s furnished with comfort in mind including French & UK (FreeSat) TV channels.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Greatly enjoyed our family stay at this fantastic property
The property is just fantastic. well equipped and everything works. great location at close steps from transport, shops, etc.
We really enjoyed our stay and thanks the owners for trusting their home to us.
we are looking forward to be back soon!
One of the best properties we've stayed in
The whole experience of this property was exceptional. We've stayed in a number of properties over the last decade and we rarely bother to review because, while generally the standard is high, they're all very similar.
From the beginning Janet's communication was superb, before booking our questions were answered quickly and clearly, after booking Janet was very proactive at providing all the information we needed and our arrival went very smoothly precisely because of the clear instructions and information.
Upon arrival the apartment was in excellent condition, it was clean and well equipped and we were particularly impressed by the homely feel. There are a number of folders in the apartment with local information, very thoughtfully separated into English and French language, and similarly the TV was equipped with both English and French speaking channels, an unusually nice thought.
All facilities were superb, the shower was exceptional, the washing machine was huge, the basic consumables were well provided and the WiFi even worked (unusual in our experience!) There is covered parking with the apartment which we found extremely useful and both the external and internal garage door were tall enough for a normal estate car with a roof box. I do not think a large vehicle (e.g. large 4x4) would fit with a roof box fitted but should be fine without a roof box.
The walk to the Bellevue lift is short (maybe 300m easy walk?) and around the same area are the usual French village shops (boulangerie, pattiserie, etc). There are a fair choice of ski shops around the Bellevue lift but our recommendation would be to walk up the hill a little (away from the lift) to Skimium, which is cheaper, better equipped and covers more sports (e.g. snowboard and snowscoot) than the mainstream hire shops.
Thank you Janet for the excellent accommodation, we hope to be back in the coming years.
Thanks Stuart. It was a pleasure to have you both stay, and thank you for the ski hire shop recommendation too! Best regards, Janet
Excellent, clean and well appointed appartment
Janet covered everything in terms of information and documentation to ensure a smooth and event free stay.
Appartment fully equipped for everything.
Would highly recommend.
Very well equiped property
Very helpful and informative owners nothing too much trouble.
Good location, well equipped and very easy from Geneva
Very helpful owner. Well equipped. Compact for 5, but we were expecting that. Dead easy for the ski bus and for he the local lift. We found getting a ski locker at the Prarion lift invaluable for the kids lessons.
Fabulous apartment in best location
Just back from a fabulous stay in this apartment , it is equipped with everything you could possibly need, Janet has taken a great deal of time to leave clear instructions on how everything works to make staying here a pleasure. Great views of the mountains and is the perfect location with everything right on the doorstep , ski hire , restaurants , bars , shops Chamonix bus and the Bellevue cable car . Look forward to staying here again .
Les Houches is situated at the entrance to the Chamonix Valley, just 6km away from Chamonix town and an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. In winter Les Houches has its own ski area with 12 red runs, 5 blue runs and 4 green runs plus the black run La Verte (home of the Kandahar World Cup downhill race). The ski bus from Les Houches gives you access to the other 157 km of on piste in the Chamonix Valley. In the summer as well as the mountaineering there are breath-taking walks of all gradients, via ferrata, canyoning and white water rafting on the River Arve. For kids there are organised adventure days with Chamonix Guides, high ropes, a summer toboggan run, an animal park and swimming pool. In spring and autumn it is a cyclists’ paradise. For mountain bikers there’s enough technical single track to satisfy the hungers of even the most hardcore downhillers. For road cyclists there are the opportunities to ride the famous Cols: Col de La Colombiere, Col d’Aravis, and Joux Plane.
Other Activities: husky dog sledging, ski touring (vallee blanche), winter walking with snow shoes, indoor climbing wall, helicopter skiing, speed gliding, ice skating,
Ski: The ski and snowboard area of Les Houches extends from an altitude of 950 metres to 1900 metres. The terrain is extremely varied, providing enjoyment for all abilities with 12 red runs, 5 blue runs and 4 green runs. Plus the black run La Verte on which the Kandahar World Cup downhill race is run. Many of the runs are long descents through pine and larch forests. The lift system comprises of the Bellevue cable car (150 metres from Chalet Whymper), the Prarion gondola lift (500 metres from Chalet Whymper), 4 chair lifts (including the chair lift Coupe du Monde 150 metres from Chalet Whymper), 12 drag lifts and the Tramway du Mont-Blanc train. From the resort summit there is a breathtaking 360° panorama of the Mont-Blanc range. When necessary, artificial snow coverage is provided by 100 snow canons covering 900m of vertical drop. With the ski bus from Les Houches you can also access the other 157km of on piste (and limitless off piste) in the three other ski areas of the Chamonix Valley.