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The escape, an exceptional chalet in front of the slopes

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,444 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

The escape is the result of the restoration of an old barn combining modern and traditional architecture. Located in the center of the village of Sainte Catherine in Vars, it allows you to enjoy one of the biggest ski areas in the Southern Alps in a traditional village atmosphere. The main chalet has 4 adult rooms and 2 dormitories (8 single beds) which accommodate up to 16 people. The former forge transformed into annex can accommodate a couple of adults and 2 children.

A place full of history

The escape is more than just a modern chalet. The owners have endeavored to preserve the soul of the existing place and to evolve the elements of the old barn of the 19th century. It consisted of a hay barn on 2 floors, a stable in the basement and a forge attached to the barn.

Thus, the atmosphere has been preserved, among other things in the old barn, making this renovation a unique place.

Renovation work

The renovation and reconstruction work lasted nearly two years. The old barn could be preserved thanks to the meticulous work of local craftsmen. The barn was completely rebuilt, using local species (larch from the Queyras) and benefiting from the experience of the company Chabrant.

Modernity has been brought about through the architectural treatment of the whole. The architect Benoit Fournier (Ceillac) has among other things opened this barn on the mountain, the sunshine, the light and allow a breathtaking view of the ski slopes.

The decoration, entrusted to Virginie Dumont (Ane Bleu, Marseille) wanted to be simple and minimalist in order to magnify the unusual volumes of this chalet.

Exterior: gardens with Nordic bath, 4 private parking spaces

Ground floor: entrance hall, ski-room, 2 dormitories single beds (4 per dormitory), 1 bathroom, 2 toilets

Level 1: kitchen and dining room with table 14 people living room with fireplace, 1 master suite with bathroom and WC, 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 1 WC

Level -1: a double bedroom, a hammam, a bathroom, WC, the old stable in vaults.

Possibility in addition to renting the Chalet independent and adjoining: 2 bedrooms (2 single beds and a double bed), a bathroom WC, a living room kitchen (separate announcement)

During the ski season, the rental is made from Sunday 16h to Sunday 9h, which will avoid many traffic jams on the road!

In order to pass you a car all the week, a shuttle is available in season every 20 mns (followed live on the app of vars) next to the chalet and gives access to the first lifts located at 800m.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


Vars Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3444 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Raclette Machine
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower
    - toilet , shower
    - toilet , tub
    - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • - 1 queen
    - 1 queen
    - 1 queen
    - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    - 4 twin/ single
    - 4 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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The escape, an exceptional chalet in front of the slopes
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Atmosphère de luxe et bien etre

  • 5 of 5

Superbe lieu que l’échappée

L’organisation du lieu face aux montagnes est juste magnifique

Très beaux volumes superbe cuisine très beaux matériaux

Lieux à ne pas manquer et bravo pour cette réalisation

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Marseille Marignane
Nearest Ferry
230 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
230 Kilometres
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Ménage $615.31
Refundable damage deposit $3,691.85

En saison de ski, arrivée le dimanche 16h00, départ le dimanche 9h00. Afin de sensibiliser aux économies d'énergie, la consommation électrique sera facturée sur la consommation réelle durant le séjour. Un relevé sera fait à l'arrivée et au départ des voyageurs. L'ensemble des autres charges et ménage est compris dans le prix de location.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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