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Secluded South Facing Chalet with Beautiful Views over Lush Valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Chalet in Grand Valtin, Vosges Mountains.Alsace Lorraine, France - Peaceful Location, Direct Access To Forest Walks And 10 Minutes From Local Restaurants And Shops

Nestling in the Vosges Mountains of N.E. France, an easy 350 mile drive from Calais and close to the French/German/Swiss borders, 'Le Cerf' is a well-equipped 3 bedroom chalet set back on the hillside, and enjoys beautiful views, space, peace and quiet. Entry to the chalet is through a large porch into a spacious open plan living room, dining room and kitchen with log burning stove. All 3 double/twin bedrooms have en-suite facilities, 2 with direct garden access and the master bedroom has access onto a large balcony. The kitchen is well equipped and modern. In the summer Gerardmer and Xonrupt Longemer lakes provide watersports, boating and walks; and beaches, supervised swimming and flumes on Gerardmer lake. In winter only 10-15 kms from alpine and cross-country skiing. The Alsace vineyards are a short drive away along with a wealth of historic attractions, family activities, walking and cycling in the Ballon des Vosges national park and along mountain summits.

Dawn Keddie
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Dawn Keddie

We have owned the property for 10 years and successfully rented out during this time with friends looking after the property for the first few years. In October 2010 we moved to the Vosges permanently and live next door, enabling us to look after our guests even better than before. We take every care and opportunity to make your holiday a huge success and you only have to ask and we will do our best; weather and 'Acts of God' though are beyond our control!

We are very happy to spend time advising you on the best places to go, where to park, best routes to follow, restaurants etc. without infringing on your privacy and peace and quiet.

Dawn Keddie purchased this chalet in 2004

Why Dawn Keddie chose St-Die-des-Vosges area

It's very French! Just what we wanted and we travelled around France for several months looking for the ideal area. We knew we wanted a snow and summer season - the Alps too expensive, the Pyrenees too far, the Dordogne too English and only one season though we did find a house we loved. The Vosges - beautiful - very green so it does rain but also lovely hot periods, fantastic Autumns and very pretty Springs with thousands of miniature daffodils in all the fields and a bi-annual daffodil festival. Serious winter snow from end of December to beginning of March but of course every year is different and there are no guarantees.

Le Grand Valtin is a small hamlet with beautiful views and there is nothing quite like sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine enjoying it all!

What makes this chalet unique

The property is easy to find especially with my directions sent to you well in advance. Within 10 minutes of leaving peace and tranquility of Le Grand Valtin you can be by the lakes, ski slopes, centre of town. When there is snow the road past the chalet is snow ploughed and gritted when necessary.

Favourite comments are: the views, 'home from home', everything you could possibly want/need to make your holiday comfortable is supplied, all bedrooms have their own bathrooms.

Most frequent comment from our visitors' book: welcome given and helpfulness of Paul and Dawn.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Le Cerf last week - we agreed it was definitely our best family holiday so far and this was due to three things.

Firstly, the region is fantastic - so much to do a such a variety whether you want culture or sport, relaxation or action. I think the Southern Vosges are a reasonably secret location hence few crowds and a real sense of escape.

Secondly, the house was great - really well-equipped, with the two essentials that make a real difference to me in holiday homes - comfy seats in the lounge and great showers! The views in the morning when curtains are thrown back are amazing.

Finally, you and Paul were great hosts with fantastic local knowledge that made a real difference to our stay, taking hassle out of our plans. You were there when we needed you without being there too much if that makes sense - you have the balance right.

I have already been recommending you to friends and family and we will d
Nov 2010
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Le Grand Valtin Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom ensuite to bedroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , and washhand basin, electric headed towel rail
    Shower room 1 attached to bedroom 1 - toilet , shower , wash hand basin and electric headed towel rail
    Shower room 2 attached to bedroom 2 - toilet , shower , Wash hand basin and electric fan heater with towel rail
  • Shower room 1 - large shower cabinet, w.c. and basin, heated towel rail. Shower room 2 - large shower, w.c. and basin with towel fan heater. Bathroom 3 with shower, w.c. and wash hand basin, heated towel rail.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - king size bed with electric raised head and feet ends, large patio windows onto balcony, en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 - twin-bedded room with en-suite shower room and direct access to garden Bedroom 3 - double bedded room with en-suite bathroom and direct access to garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is on 2 levels with entry to the living room, kitchen and dining area and one bedroom with ensuite bathroom; 2 further bedrooms with bathrooms are situated downstairs. Accommodation suitable for elderly visitors on entry level. Baby facilities are available on request i.e. high chair, safety gate and travel cot. Electric hot water tank, mains water and septic tank. Only eco-friendly products are used and will be provided. Internet access is available. Although this property sleeps 6, it is also ideal for couples just using the main level - all living areas, bedroom with ensuite, access to balcony. Access from the front door to all these areas. Only the washing machine is downstairs. Ask about low season rates for couples! Outside: Large enclosed garden though access is down slope or stairs in house. Charcoal BBQ provided and garden table and chairs on balcony. Very quiet and peaceful area. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board, outside clothes line, indoor clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before visitors arrive and expected to be left in a similar condition. Bed linen provided for stays of 7+ nights. Towels available on request for a nominal charge. If wished a cleaning service available €40 at end of visit. Other: Large porch with storage space for coats, boots, skis etc. Snow shovels are provided and driveway cleared of snow prior to visit.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Secluded South Facing Chalet with Beautiful Views over Lush Valley
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews

A perfect week away

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this gorgeous cottage and it was absolutely perfect.

The cottage itself is equipped to a very high standard, immaculate clean and very cozy and inviting. The bedrooms and bathrooms on two different levels provided privacy if wanted, the living room with the woodburning stove was well used in the evenings :-)

We found everything in perfect working order and being a cook by heart I indulged the extremely well equipped and organised kitchen.

The location is quiet and because it was in between seasons a lot of restaurants/locations were still closed.

Walks were endless and plenty of information and detailed maps thoughtfully provided by our hosts.

We loved it and will definitely come back, if we may.

Thanks once again to our caring hosts!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of your holiday at Le Cerf. I am delighted you found the chalet so comfortable and well-equipped and enjoyed your walks in the area. We look forward very much to welcoming you back here another time.
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property with everything we could have wanted, nice easy going owners.

Excellent walking right from the door well marked paths.

Very good cycling country.

Would recommend this place to any of my friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Hope you had a good trip home and thank you for the wonderful sketch in our Guest Book. Delighted you enjoyed your stay in the Vosges and found Le Cerf comfortable and to your liking.
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A lovely chalet in a peaceful place

  • 4 of 5

A very well equipped chalet in a quiet area with lots of interesting places to visit within half an hour. We enjoyed the walking , mountain biking and kayaking in the local lakes , as well as lovely food on local restaurant s.

Dawn and Paul were really helpful band friendly hosts .

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and delighted that you found the chalet comfortable and well-equipped and enjoyed the Vosges with so much to do in the area.
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Great value

  • 5 of 5

Great value, good location, welcoming and helpful hosts. Chalet was comfortable and well equipped.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you had a good trip home. Many thanks for your review and delighted to know you enjoyed your visit to Le Cerf and the Vosges Mountains. We hope to welcome you another time. Best wishes Dawn and Paul
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A fantastic Holiday !

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time stay at le cerf. The house was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. The pictures don't do justice to the great views from the balcony. It's a great base to explore the vosage region.

We had a roaring fire on arrival and both Dawn and Paul taken the time to give us a quick briefing on the house and things to do locally.

A special thanks to Dawn and Paul for their hospitality. They were attentive, knowledgeable and provide some good advice on things to do. Dawn cooked for us one night and also made our son a cake for his birthday. Both were excellent and great value for money.

Thanks again Dawn and Paul for a great stay (and thanks for rescuing us after our sat nav got a little lost)

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Vosges and found Le Cerf comfortable and to your liking. It was a pleasure having you both and the boys staying in our gite for the week. Hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Dawn and Paul
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Lovely, comfy chalet with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Le Cerf and the more we explore this area the more we love it!

The chalet is well equipped and comfortable with a cosy woodburner for colder evenings.

As mentioned in other reviews Dawn's meals are delicious and a real treat if you don't fancy cooking or going out to one of the nearby restaurants.

Dawn and Paul are very welcoming and helpful with lots of tips to help you make the most of your holiday.

We visited the zoo at Mulhouse, which is set in fabulous gardens,also Riquewihr and Eguisheim, just two of several picturesque and quite magical towns along the wine route. We loved the local walks and played tennis in nearby Xonrupt.

We wanted to book for next February in half term to try skiing here for the first time but the chalet is already booked, which is very disappointing as staying elsewhere wouldn't be quite the same!

We will certainly be back. Thanks so much Dawn and Paul for such a lovely holiday.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lac de Gérardmer
"Just the right place for walking around or taking parts in the various water sports on offer..."
Le Chalet Gourmand
"Lovely old town full of wine tasting 'caves', restaurants, year round Christmas shop. "
Remontées Mécaniques La Bresse-Hohneck
"Ski resort and slopes"
Nearest Airport
102 Kilometres
EuroAirport, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
Nearest Barpub
700 Kilometres
Teleski Le Grand Valtin
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
St. Die des Vosges
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Le Valtin
Nearest Ski
700 Metres
Teleski, Le Grand Valtin
Car: necessary


A car is required for this location. Basel and Strasbourg airports are approximately 90 minutes away. Calais is an easy 6+ hour drive depending on stops. The TGV stops at St. Die approximately 40 minutes away and take 2hrs 25 mins to get to Paris. Owners very happy to advise on best times to arrive at rail stations etc for car hire.


Restaurants within 2km, shops within 8km. Main Ski slopes within 10km, small green slope with auberge within walking distance. Close to Alsace wine route, historic Colmar, Mulhouse with its museums, castles, Strasbourg and Basel (90 minutes), childrens' activities - skating, boating, bowling, swimming, high/low rope activity all within 30 minutes. Ideal cycling and mountain walking area, direct access to forest from the house.

Further Details:

Local activities: Walking, cycling, horse-riding, skin-diving, sailing and windsurfing, canoeing, lake fishing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, wildlife parks, museums, sweet-making factory, organised walking tours, high and low ropes course, karting, paragliding, quad-biking, luges (slides) down in the mountains in summer. Visits to historic Colmar and Strasbourg (enjoy a boat ride around the city) and surrounding towns and villages, Haut-Koenigsbourg 12th century castle, visit Mulhouse for car, art, train, electricity, textile museums. Over the mountain the Alsace Wine Route winds its way from north to south, for more than 170 kilometres (106 miles) along the eastern foothills of the Vosges. This delightful road leads visitors across rows of undulating, vine-covered hills, and through quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower-decked houses clustered around the local church steeple.

Vita Classica, Spa and sauna Paradise - In search of peace and relaxation, the attractive mineral thermal spa is the ideal destination to spoil yourselves whilst on holiday. Wellbeing, relaxation and enjoyment are an integral part of the spa’s concept: a spacious sauna paradise with a luxurious thermal spa where modern design and an antique atmosphere perfectly combine. Situated near Freiburg it is a 90 minute drive and open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. allowing you to take full advantage of all the facilities.

Walking maps and laminated sheets (English and French) of locals walks, graded from easy to difficult are available for guests to use. Local mountain & road bike hire + equipment i.e. helmets nearby including maps of cycle tours - hire prices can be supplied.


Rates & Availability

Le Grand Valtin Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 low
Mar 11 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
June & early July 17
May 27 2017 - Jun 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
June & early July 17
Jun 6 2017 - Jul 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 July
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 August
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Sept
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
January 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 10 2018
2 night minimum stay
Ski 2018
Feb 17 2018 - Feb 24 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $218.83

Booking Notes:
A reservation form will be sent at the time of booking. Balance is due 8 weeks before visit. If booking is cancelled the deposit will be retained unless another booking is received to cover that deposit. A damage deposit cheque of £150 p.w. or €200 is required payable on arrival by cheque or cash. Cheques are not cashed unless necessary. Electricity costs are paid in euros outside of summer high season. Owners live next door and will welcome you, show you the premises and hand over keys.

Changeover Day:

Changeover day is Saturday and access is available from 4pm and guests should vacate by 10am at the end of their stay. If a weekend or short stay, providing the chalet is free, it may be possible to arrive earlier in the day and stay later on the leaving day. Please consult with the owners for confirmation.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week plus electricity apart from summer high season when included. Wood for the fire is included. Bed linen included in the price for stays of more than 3 nights only. It can be supplied for an extra charge. Baby equipment available on request, f/c.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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