|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3||Plus double sofabed and 2 mezzanines|
La Grange is a converted barn (built in 1830) situated in a small and authentic Alpine hamlet just south of Chambery and right at the heart of the Chartreuse National Nature park, France. The surrounding pre-alps top out at 6500ft and provide stunning views, skiing and other mountain sports in winter plus some of the best hill-walking in France during the summer. The Chartreuse region was designated as a National Nature park some years ago in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty plus the fact that it is home to some of the rarest Alpine flora in Europe and sports an extensive range of wildlife (with some breeds being unique to the park). In addition, the area is steeped in history and is famously known for the original Chartusian monastery after which it is named. La Chartreuse is in close proximity to Grenoble (the capital of the Alps), Annecy and Chambery.
The barn conversion has been completed with a great deal of love and attention and provides comfortable 3-star accommodation for 6 to 12 people (depending on group make-up). Environmental issues were also taken into account in this sensitive landscape. We have installed a photovoltaic roof, which provides for all our electricity needs and heat our water with a solar system specially adapted to altitude. There is a large communal kitchen/dining room for up to 12 people. Each bedroom features an en suite shower room and toilet. A large wooden terrace is available outdoors for summer dining plus a comfortable lounge with sat tv, free wi-fi and a wood burning stove.
La Grange is an ideal venue for the more intrepid traveller interested in outdoor activity sport and nature. Hiking is a popular summer activity, as is cycling, climbing, caving, horse riding, trail running and via-ferrata. Winter guests can enjoy the full range of winter sports including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snow-shoe tours. There are over 2000 kilometres of pistes and trails available in the park itself. Our charming little hamlet is approx' 4 kilometres from the local town, St. Pierre d'Entremont where the usual range of shops, banks and services are available. St. Pierre also boasts one of the best organic butchers in France and, of course, the Savoie region is well known for the high quality of its cheeses and extensive range of locally produced wines.
La Grange represents an excellent venue for all types of small group activities. In recognition of the excellent walking available quite literally from our door, we now organise all inclusive walking holidays for groups of 4 or more. We are also happy to organise and contribute towards group stays for self-development work, photography, painting, food and wine, cookery and more. Contact the owners to discuss in detail. Though not included in our regular self-catering rental rates, we are happy to quote and provide food if required.
Finally, France still boasts areas of outstanding natural beauty that remain little known on the tourist trail. As such, the Chartreuse Regional Nature park is one of its best kept secrets since it is little known to the French themselves and to international tourists alike. Consequently, and through the continued efforts of the local people, it is one of the few authentic areas of true Alpine culture remaining. The landscape here is both intimate and majestic at the same time and it’s no accident that the ‘silent’ order of Cartusian monks made the enigmatic ’Emerald Mountains’ their first home.
Why not make a visit before it’s too late? Come up and unwind!
Kitchen/dining room – large double glazed doors open into a delightful room of 32 square metres featuring the original stone walls, beams and vaulted ceiling of the stable from which it was made. The kitchen/dining room is fully equipped with modern limed oak units, an electric ceramic hob and oven, all of the usual kitchen gadgets (including equipment for making both raclette and fondu meals), crockery and cutlery for up to 12 people and a large table with seating for 12.
Lounge – 28 square metres featuring pine floors, exposed beams, original stone walls, wood burning stove, dvd player, hi-fi/radio and satellite tv (French only) plus a collection of approximately 150 videos and dvds. There is also one double sofabed plus an additional settee (seating for 10/12).
All 3 bedrooms are en suite with bedroom 1 being on the first floor level and equipped with a double bed. Bedroom 2 is on the top level and is equipped with a double/single bunk bed (sleeps 3 if required) plus a small mezzanine with additional bed if required. Bedroom 3 is equipped with a double bed that will convert to 2 singles, a small under the eaves 'couchette' with a single bed and a small mezzanine also.
All bedrooms are equipped with an en suite shower room and toilet.
On the ground floor, there is a reversible air heat pump plus large storage heaters. The first floor features a wood burning stove and all the rooms have supplementary convector heaters.
There is a collection of 60 or so dvd's available to guests, a hi-fi with an extensive collection of cd's; free wi-fi is available; French sat tv and a multi-lingual library of books plus a special file of local Tourist Information. There is also a 'games' cupboard on the first level with a large selection of board games. In the local town, there is a very convivial pub sometimes with live music and a selection of restaurants.
On the first level, there is a 20 sq metre wooden sunterrace equipped with a dining table and chairs. From the terrace, stairs lead down to a 400 sq metre garden, mainly lawned and equipped with sunchairs and a further picnic table.
There is parking for 2 cars immediately outside the property and large parking (for the hamlet) adjacent to La Grange.
All guests with a normal range a mobility, including the elderly, will be comfortable at La Grange though it is not really adapted to handicapped or wheelchair bound guests.
We are happy for people to bring their dogs as long as they are well-behaved and kept under control. The open 'alpage' landscape around La Grange is still farmed and typically, fences are either lightweight or non-existent. Farmers are clearly not happy to have their livestock chased and traumatised!
We're a French-German-Austrian family having lived in many places in the Alps and accross the world. We've now settled in Les Claret, a beautiful and joyfull hamlet in the heart of Chartreuse, where life is joyfull and intense. Come visit us!
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||We took over the gite from a great couple who started it in 2004. We welcome international guests for both summer and winter lettings. Many of the guests return each year to sample further delights of the region. La Grange is situated in Les Claret, a sunny little hamlet set in the stunning landscape of La Valleé des Entremonts. Living here all year round as we do is a privilege we are happy to share with our guests. We do our best to nurture a warm 'family home' atmosphere and aim to ensure that our guests want for nothing in terms of comfort.
Our family is very keen on outdoor activities and interested in the local flora, fauna, traditions and in contributing to an eco-friendly world. We are discovering the 1000 km of trails on offer, and can give tips on where to go, what to do, where to visit and where to shop! Finally, as a multi-lingual family we can always lend a helping hand if you're struggling with the language.
|Unique benefits of property||At the crossroads of the Alps and the Jura Mountains, the Chartreuse Massif looks out over Grenoble to the south and Chambery to the north. A varied landscape and an abundant water supply have created a multitude of microclimates in the area, and make for lush vegetation. The Chartreuse Regional Nature Park’s originality stems from this constantly changing and fascinating natural environment. The diverse nature of its three regions makes the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park unique.
Today, The Chartreuse Nature Park is one of the best areas for summer hill walking in France and is an excellent and undiscovered venue for winter skiing, snow-show tours and winter sports - in short, all sorts of outdoor activities, all year round. Little known to English tourists, La Chartreuse offers the authentic alpine experience. This calm mountain retreat is situated just a short distance from St. Pierre d'Entremont.
La Chartreuse is possibly one of the best areas for hill-walking in France. The landscape is stunning and a system of well-marked paths provides an inexhaustible variety of challenges for hikers of all levels. Walking is the main spring, summer and autumn activity in the park.
Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region, is a beautiful and popular resort town on the northern end of the Lac d’Annecy. Take a stroll around the old town and you’ll quickly see why this town has earned itself the tag of Little Venice.
Lake Annecy is a perialpine lake in Haute-Savoie in France. It is the 3rd largest lake in France, after the Lac du Bourget and Lac de Grand-Lieu, if the French part of Lake Geneva is excluded.
Located in the most beautiful section of the Chartreuse mountain range, this museum - housed in a 12th century building - was once part of the monastery and was the home of the Chartreuse brothers from the 12th to the 17th century. You may ask for information in English and rent an audio-guide. Chartreuse liquor, once made at the monastery is now made in the city of Voiron.
Not so long ago, cavers were exploring the limestone cliffs of Mont Granier nearby and stumbled across a huge underground system which contained the remains of thousands of pre-historic giant bears. It is a fascinating story told in the local museum at Entremont le Vieux (3 km).
The 'Routes des Savoir-Faire' is a collection of 34 sites that cover the whole of the area of the park. The 'routes' focus on the unique cultural richness of the area, its food and wine, local crafts and people.
There are several small family resorts within a few kilometres of La Grange, the largest being St. Pierre de Chartreuse. Apart from downhill skiing, there are also excellent pistes for cross-country skiing and snow shoe walking.
Lovely setting, friendly hosts. Definitely worth the drive down. Host facilitied visit to vet for tablets before trip home which made our life easy.
Local restaurants good, as are shops.