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Sue MacInnes

Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

Boutique catered chalet & apartments with stunning mountain views - The Bubble House

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay nights

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise Chalet Rental Photos and Description

5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, sleeps a maximum of 15, plus independent apartment for 6

The Auberge sur la Montagne, personally run by the owners, Sue and Andy Mac, is equally well-placed to ski Sainte Foy, Val d'lsere, Tignes or Les Arcs in winter as it is to explore some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the French Alps in summer. This boutique catered chalet featuring contemporary design in a rustic setting, offers 5 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, a separate 3 bedroom apartment, spacious lounge/bar & dining room, a friendly atmosphere and superb home cooking, including vegetarian options, in the traditional village of La Thuile just 3kms from Sainte Foy resort. We have a sun trap south - facing terrace and outdoor jacuzzi and sauna in the garden for relaxing winter or summer.

Winter at the Auberge sur la Montagne: Our position in the middle of everywhere gives you the most fantastic choice of downhill winter sports! The world famous Val d'Isere - Tignes circuit is an 8 minute drive away and Les Arcs is 10 minutes, whilst La Rosiere with it's links to Italy is 25 minutes away. The off-piste powder paradise of Sainte Foy is a 5 minute drive, and there is a regular bus service. It's uncrowded pistes also make it ideal for children and beginners. Non-skiers are well-catered for with facilities for cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice climbing, ice fishing, ice skating and swimming. Or take a leisurely stroll round the shops and weekly markets at one of the nearby resorts.

Summer at the Auberge sur la Montagne : We're right on the edge of the Vanoise National Park and have walking and hiking routes written out and ready to give you! Sensational mountain scenery. Some of the best mountain bike and road cycling routes in the world on our doorstep, as well as a multitude of other sports e.g. glacier skiing, white water rafting, golf, horse riding, swimming, tennis, fishing, parapenting and rock climbing. Gentler pursuits include the Baroque church trail, local vineyards, concerts and local fetes.

Location: We are in one of the most easterly and most beautiful parts of the French Alps, nestled on the side of the mountain just off the D902 between Bourg St Maurice and Val d'Isere. Our nearest airports, Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva are about 2-3 hours drive away. In winter there is a direct Eurostar service from Waterloo to our nearest station at Bourg St Maurice, about 15 min drive away. With pre-booking we have a minibus available for local transport or airport transfers at a reasonable charge.

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Details for The Bubble House Studio, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Bubble House is a charming, traditional stone-built village house close to the Auberge sur la Montagne. It has been entirely re-decorated and furnished with a delightful mix of the traditional and modern to make a cosy hideaway for two.

In the winter and summer seasons, it is available either as an 'annex' to the Auberge with breakfast being taken either at the chalet or at the Auberge and afternoon tea and evening meals being taken at the Auberge (see Auberge page for details of meals provided) plus daily maid service, or on a self-catered basis when cleaning is only included at the end of your stay. At other times it is available on a self-catered basis only.

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sue MacInnes (Property Manager)
Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

About Sue MacInnes

We are Sue & Andy MacInnes and we have lived in Sainte Foy since buying the Auberge sur la Montagne in 1995. We met at Bath Uni where we both obtained a degree in Business Administration. Our love of skiing first brought us to the French Alps, but we now love the summers here just as much. We have been maanging properties for other owners in Sainte Foy since 2003.

Sue MacInnes purchased this chalet in 1995

Why Sue MacInnes chose Val d'Isere - Tignes - Sainte Foy

The Auberge sur la Montagne was built in 1975 for a successful local restaurateur. He used original materials from two derelict 17th century barns that still stand about 500 metres away from the current site. The bar ceiling is constructed from the floor of the barn and the stone wall in the restaurant is clad in original stone from the barns. He ran it for 5 years and sold up in 1980 to a 60+ year old American lady who had been brought up in Paris during WW2 and wanted to return to France, Since buying the Auberge in 1995 we have lovingly restored it to its present rustic splendour and have been running it as a catered chalet ever since.

What makes this chalet unique

The Auberge sur la Montagne has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is situated in a peaceful corner surrounded by fields, yet easily accessible to the mountain resorts of Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosière as well as Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It boasts a state-of-the-art outdoor hot-tub and sauna.

Guestbook comments from the manager

All the staff we met were fantastic and gave the impression that they genuinely cared about your stay and making it as memorable as possible.

The ski's we hired were great and a reasonable price

Bubble House:

- Great location

- We both loved the kitchen area which was well equipped and comfortable for a small space.

- The negative was the shower situation, which while there isn't much scope to address the ceiling height (a seat attached to the wall?) was uncomfortable and made showers a battle rather than relaxing at the end of a days skiing. (There is a bath too though).
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The Bubble House
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Honeymoon in Alps getaway chalet

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Bubble House for 3 nights on our 3 week honeymoon tour of France in May. The house has everything you need in quiet cosy setting with fantastic views of the mountains from your bed. There are lots of well sign posted walking & running trails nearby we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for taking the time to review the Bubble House. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we were able to get your honeymoon off to a good start. We hope to see you again in the future.
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The Bubble

  • 5 of 5

We found the Bubble to be most appealing and comfortable.In an Excellent location with tremendous views,

Lots to do in the local area which is most characterful.

The meals at the Auberge were superb.The atmosphere most friendly and cosy.

All the the staff were most welcoming, efficient and attentive to all our needs.

We highly recommend the facilities, and the area, to families and snow enthusiasts alike. The area would also make for excellent walking through all the non - snow seasons.

Thank you Auberge sur la Montagne for a wonderful holiday.

Mick & Sue Clark

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review the Bubble house. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Since your visit the Bubble House has had a brand new kitchen, so you might want to take a look at it in the new photos. Many thanks again.
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Cosy Bolt Hole

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in The Bubble during the week of the best snow for thirty years. St Foy is great with endless off piste although the house is not in the resort, it is a 15min drive away which is a problem if you want to drink in the resort after skiing.

The house itself is beautifully furnished and very cosy with everything you need for a weeks stay. The view of the mountains from the bed is very special.

Unfortunately, the bathroom door handle kept falling off, as did the shower curtain and the shower itself is located under a slanted roof so you cannot stand up even if you are 5f 4" like me. Also, being half submerged, the bottom floor is as cold as a cave and required full blast heating at all times.

We were looked after by the management but also left in peace. Overall the Bubble House is a magical place to stay but we felt a few touch ups could have improved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we're pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Bubble House overall. The Bubble House is in a quiet, pretty hamlet overlooking the valley just 3kms from Sainte Foy ski resort, so it's rather less than 15 minutes drive. There is free parking at the resort and a free shuttle bus service during the day, but not in the evening, so you do have to drive if you want to go out in the evening. Or you can just stay in and enjoy a home-cooked meal in front of the cosy wood-burning stove. Or order a ready-to-heat 3-course dinner from our chalet-hotel, the Auberge sur la Montagne if you don't feel like cooking. The Auberge is just 10 minutes walk away, so if you feel like going out, but don't want to drive, you can have a drink in the Auberge bar, or join our Auberge guests for a delicious 3-course dinner with wine and coffee included (as long as the Auberge has not been booked by a private group, or is fully booked). The bathroom door handle and shower curtain have now been fixed. There's not much we can do about the ceiling height as the house is perched on a bed of rock, but the shower is over a bath so taller people can bathe rather than shower. The bathroom floor does get chilly in cold weather, but it's covered by a huge fluffy rug, and there are two heaters in the bathroom so it's not cold as long as the heaters are on. Being an old house there will always be a few things that are not perfect, but we think it is a unique & magical place to stay.
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Calais/ Le Havre
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Tignes/Les Arcs
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Bourg St Maurice
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
3 Kilometres
Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Bourg St Maurice (lakeside)
Car: recommended

We are nestled on the side of the mountain at 1300 metres altitude between Bourg St. Maurice and Val d’Isère in the Tarentaise valley in the French Alps. We are ideally placed for winter ski holidays in the nearby resorts of Sainte Foy Tarentaise, Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosiere and for walking holidays, cycling holidays and mountain biking in the summer. The stunning flora and fauna of the Vanoise National Park is just a short drive away. We are a comfortable 10-hour drive from the Channel. If you prefer to fly, Geneva and Lyon airports are 3 hours away, Grenoble 2½ hours and Chambery 2 hours. All airports are served by one of the low cost airlines. Eurostar runs direct services from Waterloo or Ashford to Bourg St Maurice during the winter.

Other Activities: white water rafting, canoeing, hydro speeding, climbing, dog sledding

Ski: Sainte Foy offers one of the best value lift passes in the French Alps. You can also ski for a day at each of Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosiere at half price. Children under 7 ski free at Sainte Foy and are well looked after by the friendly local ski school and crèche (4 and over). The under 3's will be happy spending the day with our fully trained nanny leaving you free to enjoy your time on the slopes.


Rates & Availability

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise Chalet Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $280

Flexible start dates and short breaks considered in off-peak periods.
Tourist tax of €0.30 per person over 13 years per night will be added to the rental rate.

Prices given are for the property on a self-catered basis. Prices for the catered option and catering delivery service available on request (available in the winter season only). Prices include bed linen & towels, end of stay cleaning, firewood.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Calendar not updated in over 2 months and may not be available. Look for rentals with Request to Book or updated calendars.


Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Sleeping gallery
  • 1 sleeping gallery.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The Bubble House provides the ideal accommodation for a couple seeking a romantic hideaway, yet with easy access to some of the best skiing in the French Alps. You may use the sauna, jacuzzi and internet access at the Auberge if you take the fully catered option. Ground floor: kitchen/dining area with modern kitchen in a traditional wood and stone setting. Funky coloured glass plates and cutlery. Bathroom with clothes storage, bath/shower, washbasin with vanity unit, WC, heated towel rail. access via wooden steps to First floor: cosy lounge with modern sheepskin lined love seat and leather sofa. Wood-burning stove and feature lighting. CD & DVD player. Access to mezzanine: cosy sleeping area with double mattress offering stunning mountain views through the large windows in the roof apex above the sitting area. Crisp white bed linen, huge, fluffy white towels, and bath robes are all provided.

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