Submitted: August 29, 2008
Stayed: January 2008
The apartment itself is light and airy and spacious enough for a large family or group of friends, sleeping eight persons comfortably: four in two bedrooms and four in the lounge and is fully furnished and well equipped throughout, with dishwasher, washing machine and drying facilities. The car park is underground, with space reserved for each apartment.
There is a wonderful view across the valley and the terrace and garden are large enough for outside living - great for family breakfast, sundowners, barbeques and sunbathing.
The apartment’s location made it ideal for us to enjoy a holiday based around ski-ing, walking and swimming, but there are many other activities to enjoy: tennis, cycling and mountaineering, or just taking it easy; with the added benefit of a spa on the doorstep.
The Thermal Spa Val D’Illiez is adjacent the apartment and is an excellent place for a leisurely outdoor swim in the warmth of the sulphur springs. It was very busy in the ski-ing season, so you have to choose your times. I found it best early afternoon.
The tourist office in Champery is full of helpful information about ski-runs, walking routes, sightseeing, maps, train and bus timetables, etc. In all cases, it is best to first check opening times, schedules, etc., as these change from season to season.
The ski runs are excellent for all types of skiers and there are plenty of ski schools for those who have yet to try. It is easier by car to reach the ski lift in Champery where there is plenty of parking. There is a variety of good walking routes, up mountains, through villages, woods and along streams. Proper walking boots recommended.
There is also plenty to explore by car in the region: lots of picturesque villages in and around the valley and trips around the area, including the Chateau de Chillon, (immortalised by poets and painters including Lord Byron and William Turner).
Further exploration can be made by using the local train service, and it is worth a trip to Monthey, when you can sit back and watch the rapidly changing views along the route with a couple of hours’ stopover to shop and lunch.
There are some excellent restaurants within a half hour radius of the apartment, including the excellent Auberge de la Bourgeoisie in Troistorrents and Café due Centre in Champery.
All in all, everything is says on the tin and a great relaxing space, where you create your own pace.
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: It's great that tenants have found our appartment and its location as delightful as we do. We only have one holiday home, so we had to choose carfeully. The Valais area of Switzerland has much to offer all year round and the appartment is a very comfortable way to enjoy it.
Helpful votes: 6/6
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