2 BR apartment sleeps 6, central location yet quiet and calm
Robert and Gen Farwell
- english, french, german
About Robert and Gen Farwell
We are an Anglophone couple who enjoy many mountain sports, including skiing, road and mountain biking, hiking, trail running, climbing and mountaineering. We also run both Alps Adventures and provide photographic services via Alps Photo. We both speak French and one of us speaks German. We met in Chamonix in 2000 and moved permanently in 2001. We speak French and English fluently, and can manage at German. Find Alps Adventures on Twitter and Facebook !
Robert and Gen Farwell purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Robert and Gen Farwell chose Chamonix City Centre
This was our first home purchase in Chamonix. We loved the location and the size of the rooms. We did not want a purpose built cramped block-style ski station apartment. We were attracted by the intelligent room layout, the fireplace and the stone walls in the living room as well as the quality old construction with metre thick stone walls.
What makes this Apartment unique
The unique location of our apartment at the river's edge, tucked behind a larger old apartment block means that street noise is non-existent yet you retain all the advantages of being in town centre. It is an oasis of peace, and stays cool in summer thanks to the original thick stone walls. The cast iron and glass fireplace also serves to ecologically heat the apartment while being better for the environment than an open fireplace.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
My family and I had spent a wonderful week in Gen and Rob's apartment. We felt blessed to have arrived a day after the first snow falls of the season. The town was blanketed in snow and was drop droppingly beautiful. So our first stop after we had unpacked was to Snell sports (a 30 second walk from the apartment buildings front door) to hire waterproof walking boots. As the apartment building faces onto the pedestrian main street, everything we could need (or covet) was very close by. The apartment is at the back of the building and noise was not an issue. The changing view from the balcony, over the Arve river to Mt Blanc was an absolute delight to watch. The apartment is as in the website photos, and was clean and tidy on our arrival. The apartment ticked all our boxes; a functional kitchen, laundry facilities, 2 bedrooms (with single beds in the 2nd) and close to the town centre as we were without a car. I highly recommend this apartment, and would love to return again one day.
Comfortable apartment, beautiful view
We are a family of 5 and spent 2 weeks in this stunning location during the summer. Friendly owners who made us most welcome. If you want a holiday and don't want to have to use a car, this is an ideal location as everything is in easy walking distance and to travel further there is excellent train and bus services. The apartment is spacious, well equipped and comfortable. Shopping, restaurants, cinema all near the apartment. Marvelous view of the mountains, what a great way to start the day, enjoying the view with a mug of coffee!
Excellent x 3
The most fabulous position and accommodation.
the owner could not have been more helpful.
I will be booking this again.
it's beautiful, lovely and very, very complet (you can find in the house all that you need). from the balcony, the landscape is wonderful, the mont-blanc, the bossons, midi... it is in the center of chamonix, and there are a lot of shops near. my family and me enjoyed our holidays there. this year is the second time that w were in that house, and we were very happy there. it's a wonderful house.
A very good place where spend holidays
The appartment is perfect: in the middle of Chamonix, but without feel people besides you. The sound of the river is the only noise you will hear.
Is incredible to stay on the terrace and see the river on your feet, and the Mont Blanc at the reach of your view.
It's strongly recomended.
This property has fabulous views from the balcony over the river a great place to watch the sun set with a glass of wine. Although we visited out of season there was plenty to do we drove into switzerland and Italy and also got the train into Switzerland. The owners were friendly and helpful and recommended some really good restaurants and bars. Ourson and his girlfriend in their early twenties also loved it. We would love to return.
Chamonix is a year-round resort town, steeped in alpine history and renowned for skiing in winter and alpine mountaineering, hiking and parasailing with famous alpine peaks such as Mont Blanc, Aiguille Vert, Les Grands Jorasses and the Drus.
It is accessible to hikers and mountain walkers of all levels. Lift systems in the valley bring you up into the high mountains quickly, and numerous well marked walking paths exist to explore, all the while enjoying gorgeous mountain views.
Please be sure to check lift opening schedules during your intended visit with the "Mont Blanc Natural Resort" site who run the lift system. The months of May and November are usually considered "low season" with some lift closures. Skiing is weather dependent, so plan your holiday after research.
By car you can also make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to nearby Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner.
Local SNCF trains and free Chamonix buses bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley.
Also an easy drive to Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre or to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland (train service available) for museums and art.
Other Activities: ice climbing, glacier walking, ski touring, rock climbing, thermal baths
Golf: Chamonix has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. It has beautiful views of the Mont Blanc range. Details in English on the Chamonix golf club website: http://www.golfdechamonix.com/index-en.php The golf course has a very good restaurant on site available for lunch or dinner (reservations strongly recommended).
There is another nearby golf course above Courmayeur Italy in gorgeous the hanging alpine valley of Val Ferret (car required to access from Chamonix). Several wonderful traditional mountain restaurants are available to visit in that valley for a typical northern Italian lunch or dinner after your day out on the course. Details available in English on the Courmayeur Golf website : http://www.golfcourmayeur.it/
Ski: The local Compagnie du Mont Blanc (http://www.montblancnaturalresort.com) operates the ski lifts in winter and summer.
The 'Unlimited' ski pass includes all the lifts in the Chamonix valley and Les Houches, nearby Courmayeur Italy, St Gervais, Les Contamines and Megeve. The "Le Pass" includes all the main Chamonix valley lifts, but not the highest lifts accessing off piste black runs and is suited for beginner to intermediate skiers.
If you would like to rent our apartment for a full month or longer, please contact us for rates.
Note that we do not rent for more than 3 months at a time and we will not cancel existing reservations to accommodate your request. The most likely time we are likely to grant a long term rental request are the spring, summer or autumn months.