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Apartment In The Vosges Mountains Near Gerardmer

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace


About the property

Holiday Apartment In The Vosges Forests Near Gerardmer

Come to Paradise! Enjoy being surrounded by forest, in a modern and comfortable apartment in a recently renovated 17th. century farmhouse. Ideal for two, but 2 more are possible, in the heart of a rapidly disappearing world of calm.

We are close to the ski slopes and spa town of Gerardmer and in the Natural Park of The Ballons des Vosges. Stay in our well appointed apartment of about 80 square metres for a 'get away from it all' break and enjoy our optional Natural Stress relieving and healing sessions in a little known, but 'our Paradise' part of France.

Ideally suited for four in two double bedded bedrooms, but with the possibility of a further two on the sofa bed in the main bedroom, you have your 'home from home' place to stay. There is a fully fitted 'American style' kitchen with cooker, fridge with inbuilt freezer, but you can use ours, (space permitting) if you happen to find any local delicacies to take home, an induction four ring hot plate, in a centrally heated high ceiling flat that used to be our home! Recently renovated and updated, our wish is your pleasure.

On arriving with us you will immediately be regaled by the beauty of The Vosges, with its forests, hills and waters. Your welcome in our converted 17th. Century home, to join us in a tranquil and relaxing setting, along with our small menagerie of domestic animals of horses, dogs, cats, hens and ducks will be warm and friendly. Enjoying the comfort of your own self contained rooms, you have the chance to profit from this little known and idyllic part of Northern France. We are 488 metres (1600 feet) above sea level and enjoy fabulous summer weather, with recent winters giving us snow, bright, frosty mornings and sunny days with Natural Beauty all around us. On offer is TV, WiFi, in fact most of the amenities of modern life in a traditional setting.

While you stay with us you will have the chance to visit the resorts around us, including Gerardmer, a spa town where the ski-ing on 40 or more slopes is normally exceptional, Colmar, Epinal and the nearest main town, St.Die. Depending upon the season there is skiing, water sports, hill walking, cycling, all terrain biking, wine festivals, fantastic flea markets - "marchés au puces" - almost every Sunday in the summer, as well as the famous Christmas Markets in Colmar, Kaesersberg and Strasbourg in Winter; the list is endless. As the home of both and its French cousin, you will have the chance to profit from some of Mother Nature's wonders in the shape of the natural remedies, oils, creams and cures that, with the backing of time and research, are now accepted as effective forms of treatment.

More Details

Nathalie & John Osborne
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Nathalie & John Osborne

Nathalie & John are very much 'Country People'. We love where we are and want others to be able to share this 'Little corner of Paradise'. A very Anglo/French home, with John's 'Englishness' still very evident and Nathalie's refined French approach enables us to offer our visitors the best of both worlds.

We have a small menagerie of cats, dogs, hens and horses and accredited riders are welcome to take a forest trail with Nathalie. We are also highly experienced and well know as leaders in 'natural remedies' by massage or by the use of Mother Nature's gifts. Our long experience, John's extending over 35 years, Nathalie having found that she she has 'hands that heal' more recently, enables us to offer relief to sufferers that ordinary means fail to do for almost all bodily ailments. These benefits are offered to anyone who wishes to enjoy them. However, we respect your privacy and are here for your pleasure.

Nathalie & John Osborne purchased this apartment in 2001

Why Nathalie & John Osborne chose St-Die-des-Vosges area

When you come to stay with us, you come to our home. We are on hand for your arrival to assist you to enjoy your separate apartment, which used to be where we lived while the rest of this lovely old Vosgean farmhouse whose beginnings are in the 17th. century was renovated. We will show you into your your own entry foyer leading to the first floor salon where we will ensure you have all the comforts possible. We are always on hand to answer all your questions and, hopefully, all your needs.

While you are 'at home' you have the benefit of Wi-Fi, Television; in fact all the the things most of us have at home. Your centrally heated 'home' - we use wood in our ow kitchen stove directly underneath you for the greater part - with all the hot water you may require so that you are snug and warm in winter and able to throw open the windows in our lovely summers. The views from the salon over the mountains and forests have a wonderful and calming effect on even the most stressed.

For patient lovers of wildlife there can be few places like this. Within walking distance can be seen deer, sangliers', (wild boar), beavers - yes, happily chopping down trees in the river behind us - and birds of all sorts and kinds. Fishing is close for trout and coarse fishing. For the more active there is mountain biking, carting, skiing, climbing; in fact this Paradise has just about everything for te lovers of the countryside. But, the 'flesh posts' are not far away with night clubs and disco's in St. Die (17 ams,) and Epinal, 3/4 hour, and of course, Gerardmer where there is all you would expect from a Spa town.

What makes this apartment unique

There are very few well maintained but really old large houses left. to be able to stay in one, with all the comforts of the modern world, is even rarer. Restored and maintained to a high standard, your high ceilinged living space, with its huge old beams and up to date facilities makes a real change from the wooden chalets that now abound. And it is in this environment that your relaxation starts.

It is said that one week afloat equals two on land. When you are the all year round green of the forests of 'Les Ballons des Vosges', with literally hundreds of variations of colours in the trees, where you can stand and stare in silence with nothing but nature around you out with the hustle and bustle of the holiday hot spots only 20 minutes away, there are few places left in Europe like this. And it is this that we offer you.

There is no way to explain what we have here; you need to come and experience it for yourself.


La Houssière Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double basin, shower with separate toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large double bed with a standard sized sofa bed for two.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , lit deux places
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • tennis
This area abounds with 'natural foods'. Farm reared meat, natural milk, truly organic cheese as well as locally produced vegetables in season can all be found close by. It is not easy to describe this place; the owners had an offer recently to return to UK 'with a license to print money' offer or our natural health business. We turned it down! Why? Because there are few places in Europe where one can say, 'pull up the drawbridge; we are home, and HOME is our paradise. We invite you to join us.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Apartment In The Vosges Mountains Near Gerardmer
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

superbe vacances et propriétaire genial

  • 5 of 5

séjour très agréable propriétaire vraiment génial appartement très calme et très propre merci nathalie et jonh pour avoir fait un petit coin pour notre chien

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbes paysages

  • 5 of 5

Un séjour très réussi entre la neige des Vosges et le soleil de l Alsace.

Des propriétaires très accueillant et très gentils. Toujours prêt à nous donner de bons conseils.

Un appartement spacieux ,complet ,lumineux ,propre et au calme de la campagne.

Je le recommande pour des amoureux de la nature.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Un petit coin de paradis

  • 5 of 5

Accueil charmant et so british ! Logement bien équipé, literie impeccable, mise a disposition du lave linge et de ce dont nous avons eu besoin...merci Nathalie 😉򒑥t localisation parfaite pour nous : nature, fermes, animaux...pleine nature avec 2 louloux de 4 et 7 ans...entre st die et gerardmer, idem pour l alsace et les sommets enneigés ! A PRECISER ET APPRECIER : massages, sauna et naturopathie à disposition chez les propriétaires qui sont adorables , merci merci

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Bel appartement...moderne ... tres propre avec le style vosgien ...les propriétaires sont tres sympathique et chaleureux ....nous recommandons vivement cette location

Nous espérons y retourner

Bisous à nath et john

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Personnes charmantes et très discrètes. Peut être une autre fois ??
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  • 5 of 5

très bon accueil, appartement très bien, vacances formidable.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

tout c'est bien passé , satisfait du séjour , bon rapport qualité /prix

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
106 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
560 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
39 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
St. Die, (Main Line)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

In Les Ballons des Vosges, famous as battlegrounds and as a natural park, close to the Alsace wine fields, we enjoy being in the centre of it all. Anything to do with the countryside, natural good health, peace and quiet is not far from La Houssiere.


Rates & Availability

La Houssière Apartment Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $116.43
forfait ménage $25.87
Pet Fee $6.47

Rates are as quoted unless more than one (small to medium) animal or children are required to be accommodated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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