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Lovely Warm Mountain Hideaway Beautifully Renovated 18th Century Farm House

Quaix-en-Chartreuse, France
  • House1614 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 5 nights

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps

Le Repaire, (the hideout in english) is a beautifully renovated 18th century stone farmhouse. It's tucked away in the Chartreuse mountains just 10km outside historic Grenoble. Virtually completely private; no neighboring houses. Totally quiet, you can hear a pin drop. This house is the perfect place for a writers retreat. The house is well situated to hiking in the summer and both down-hilll and cross country skiing in the winter. There are 3 ski stations within 20min drive and when there's sufficient snow, you can cross country ski right from the house. The house has high-speed (roughly 20mbps download speed) internet. It's heated with electric and wood. There is a lovely wood burning stove in the living room. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen size futon mattress on a tatami platform. It's quite firm. The other bedroom has 2 single beds (a trundle bed in fact). The upstairs bathroom has a large bath tub suitable for two. Downstairs off the living room, there is a bedroom with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom. The kitchen is modern with a glass top halogen stove top and a microwave oven. Plates, glasses, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans are provided, everything you should need. There is a drip coffee maker as well. On the terrace, there is a table and chairs should you wish to eat outdoors. We always used to love eating out doors whenever we could. The house is suitable for children, however with very young children, we do not have child barriers on the stairs. Pets are acceptable. Please note that for the moment there is no television.


owner/property manager

Member Since 2014
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within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About owner/property manager

Penny and Mike bought Le Repaire in 1997. It had not been lived in for about 80 years. It was used primarily as a holiday home. When we bought it, it had no hot water, only one tap, and electricity that had been installed so long ago that the wires were covered in fabric! We gutted the house and completely renovated it doing most of the work ourselves while living in it. It took 10 years. We brought up our daughter in the house, she still loves to come back to the place to play in her special spot in the woods.

owner/property manager purchased this House in 1997

Why owner/property manager chose Quaix-en-Chartreuse

It's so rare to find a house in such a beautiful location that you can't see your neighbors. (There are houses not far away but you can't see them from the property). We bought the house because we had a vision about what we could do to the place, what we could turn it into. I think we achieved that.

What makes this House unique

It's so quiet in the house and around the property. You can hear a pin drop. It's away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It's in a region which is just filled with things to do out doors.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, King size futon mattress on tatami platform
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Trundle bed, one bed is lower than other.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, Double bed sleeps 2, en-suit bathroom, low ceiling on left
      • Large king size futon bed upstairs. 2 single beds (Trundle bed) in second bedroom upstairs. Double bed in downstairs bedroom (en-suite). The downstairs bedroom has a low ceiling on one side of the bed.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, Upstairs bathroom, large tub made for two
      • Bathroom 2 (en-suit)
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Normal size tub with shower.
      • 2 full bathrooms. The upstairs bathroom is only a bath tub. The downstairs en-suite bathroom is a bath tub with a shower head that you can stand up under.


        • Away From It All
        • Budget
        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Linens Provided
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Heating
                  Wood stove and electric heat (dual heating), you won't be cold.
                • Internet
                  15-20mbps high speed internet access
                • Iron & Board
                • Fitness Room / Equipment
                  There is a large room downstairs. Mats are provided for yoga or other exercise.
                • Living Room
                • Parking
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                • Wood Stove
                  Wood provided


                    • Coffee Maker
                      There is a drip coffee maker, an Italian stove-top espresso maker, and a Braun espresso machine, (but the bocal seems to be missing or broken.)
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Fully equipped including dish-washer, microwave, oven, and halogen cooker top.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                      Refrigerator and freezer, there is a separate large freezer as well.
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          There are extensions for the inside table, it can easily seat 6-8 people. The table on the terrace is very long and can easily seat 8.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 4 people


                            • Books
                              We've provided some local hiking books and maps of the area. There are also some various books on the shelves.
                            • Games
                              A few board games.
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              English and French (and some other languages) free-to-air satellite television. There are 2 satellite receivers, one for the UK channels and a second for the French channels.
                            • Stereo
                              There is a decent hi-fi system and speakers. It is also possible to play music through bluetooth to the hi-fi and also to listen to internet radio.
                            • Television
                              There is a small flat screen television
                            • Toys
                              A box of Kapla, some puzzles. Not many toys.
                            • Video Games
                              There is an Xbox with some games loaded on it.


                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  There is a charcoal grill. Sometimes there is charcoal left over, we don't provide it, but it's inexpensive at the local food store.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible
                                      Not suitable for wheelchairs. Though you could stay on the ground floor, there are 2 steps to get into the house and there are some small half-steps in the house, for example between the kitchen and living room and in the downstairs bedroom. I would not recommend this house to someone in a wheel chair unless you are able to deal with a few steps.


                                        • caves
                                        • festivals
                                        • museums
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • hiking
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • mountain climbing
                                                • mountaineering
                                                • skiing

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: Flexible

                                                  Check-out: Flexible

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  7 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Beautyfool place to be,much better than expected experience

                                                  Marian M.

                                                  Lovely surroundings, beautiful view and a cosy great house to live in,we had a fantastic time staying in and viziting local areas also Grenoble and Sky resorts

                                                  Very nice location close to Grenoble

                                                  A very nice house, lovely restored.We booked with 4 people. It is between the mountains in the green, but just 15 Minutes of the center Grenoble. The house have 3 sleeping-rooms. 2 with double-bed and 1 with 2 beds. 2 Bathrooms with bathtub, a kitchen with all you need,breakfast room, washing machine and dryer, a fire place in the livingroom and enough wood in front of the house. it also have a modern electric heating system. A very nice Place to stay. The landscape around is beautiful. The house is clean and in good conditions. It have also fast internet. We will book again. Better than every Hotel i had the last 12 years in Grenoble.

                                                  Sehr schön und gemütlich

                                                  Fabienne M.Schaffhausen, Schweiz

                                                  Sehr schön, gemütlich und abgelegen. Genau das Richtige um zu entspannen und das schöne Gebiet der Chartreuse zu entdecken.


                                                  christine l.

                                                  Nous reviendrons , accueil chaleureux petit panier de courses et une bonne bouteille de bienvenue :-)

                                                  TRES BIEN

                                                  MALIKA C.

                                                  Chalet très agréable et chaleureux. Bien équipé et seulement à 10 km de Grenoble.

                                                  Ruhe und Erholung pur!

                                                  Thomas D.

                                                  Wir haben sehr angenehme Tage in dem einsam und idyllisch liegenden Ferienhaus in den Bergen verbracht. Nach diversen Gipfeleroberungen bei bestem Wetter mit Blick auf das gigantische Alpenpanorama konnten wir aber auch ein paar Regentage in dem gemütlichen Haus verbringen. Der Kamin brachte wohlige Wärme und in der Küche fehlte es uns an nichts, sodass uns die leckeren Mahlzeiten über das trübe Wetter hinweg halfen. Das Haus liegt in Alleinlage, aber dennoch nahe (ca. 10-12 km) an Grenoble, dort bieten sich viele verschiedene Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Die vielen Kurven und die grandiose Aussicht werden uns noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben. Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt sehr genossen und kommen sehr gerne wieder!

                                                  Ursula und Thomas mit Barney

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  Thank you! Danke sehr!

                                                  English Translation of review:

                                                  We spent some very pleasant days in the lonely and idyllic situated cottage in the mountains. After several summit conquests in perfect weather, overlooking the gigantic Alpine panorama we spent a few days of rain in the cozy house. The fire brought warmth and in the kitchen we lacked nothing, so that helped us [make] the delicious meals on the cloudy weather [days]. The house is in a secluded location, yet close (about 10-12 km) to Grenoble, where there are many different shops. The many curves [of the roads] and the magnificent view will remain in our memories for a long time. We enjoyed our stay and would gladly come again!

                                                  Ursula and Thomas with Barney


                                                  Quaix-en-Chartreuse, France

                                                  The house is situated close enough to Grenoble to have easy access to a large city with many fine restaurants, bars and entertainment, yet in the mountains close to outdoor recreation with solitude and mountain views in a peaceful setting. Rare to be so close to town yet so much in the wilderness. No view of the neighbors. In fact, the only house you can see is on the other side of the valley!

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