Chalet Clos is an enviable location - 8 minutes by car into Samoens but high enough above the village to give you a real feel of being in the mountains. The chalet is ideal for winter, spring and summer holidays.
The gardens surrounding the chalet are large and sunny. In front of the chalet there is a wild flower meadow and beyond stunning views of the Grand Massif. Behind the chalet is another meadow and un-interrupted views up to Col de Joux Plane.
On winter evenings there is nothing better than lighting a large log fire in the lounge (logs provided) and watching a film - a range of DVD's are available.
The house was originally converted from an upland barn and in the twin bedroom, the original wooden beams are exposed.
Samoens is a small, historic, thriving French market town and summer and winter sports resort in the Grand Massif Alpine area. Samoens is the only ski resort to be also listed a town of historical and architectural interest. Open all year round Samoens has a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops, and a historic market square.
The 8 person gondola can whisk skiers and boarders to Samoens 1600 and the Grand Massif ski area including Flaine, Les Carroz and Morrillon in just 8 minutes. Samoens has an excellent snow record with some 265 km of pistes in the wider area, between 700m and 2500m, including the snow-sure slopes of Flaine. Routes are close by at Morillion and Col de Joux Plane. A new larger ice rink is opening in the town centre February 2015 and activities such as dog sledging are also available. Cross Country and Nordic skiing is available on the valley floor or at Col de Joux Plane.
From the garden you can hear the sound of cow bells and the small stream otherwise, all is peace and tranquility. Dine outside in the sun or beneath shady pine trees while your children play in the ample garden or surrounding meadows. When you are feeling active there are walks and mountain bike trails from the front door and for road cyclists the chalet is just off the infamous Col de Joux Plane route. Our favorite walk starts from the front door with a path to the village below, with stunning views of the Giffre valley below, the Grand Massif and Mont Blanc.
Warm summers offer plenty of opportunity to swim, walk, cycle, go rafting or visit the neighbouring towns and lakes. Samoens has an outdoor leisure complex, with 2 beautiful lakes, outdoor swimming pools and a 60 metre water slide, tennis courts, basket ball, roller-blade / skateboard park and an Indiana Jones park (assault course) and in nearby Morillion enjoy fresh water swimming or picnic beside Lac Bleu.
There is also white water rafting, canoeing / kayaking and Samoens village has plenty of out-door cafés and restaurants and the beautiful botanical gardens, “La Jaysinia” just off the village square.
The Giffre valley famed for its flora, fauna and stunning scenery offers walks to suit all abilities at differing altitudes. All routes are clearly marked. For MTB enthusiasts there are hundreds of miles of MTB paths with lifts at Samoens and Morillion open during the summer. Each ride is graded according to length and difficulty.
The historic towns of Evian, Thonon Les Bains, Chamonix, Mont Blanc and Annecy and are all in easy reach for days out.