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Ski-in Ski-out Traditional Family Apartment, with Views over Mont Blanc

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Chalet Apartment in Argentiere, Chamonix Valley, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Superb Position, Almost Next to the Grands Montets Ski Lift & on the Edge of the Ski Slope!

A perfect ski-in ski-out family apartment, very close to the Grands Montets lift & the ski schools, & on the edge of the ski slope, yet easy walking distance (10 mins) to the centre of the charming village of Argentiere with its shops & restaurants. It's perfect for families with children (cot & high chair can be provided) & the proximity to the lift & ski school makes it very easy to come back to the apartment at lunch time. The south facing balcony is a real sun trap & gives wonderful views of the Mont Blanc range. Although ideal for a winter holiday, it is also a lovely base for spring or summer in the mountains, with endless activities such as hiking, mountain biking, golf, rock climbing, swimming, parapenting, glacier trekking etc.


Owner
Dr & Mrs R Blake-James
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Dr & Mrs R Blake-James

We are a retired couple, proud of our lovely family of children & grandchildren. We, and our extended family, spend many weeks enjoying Argentiere, both during the ski season and during the summer months.

Dr & Mrs R Blake-James purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Dr & Mrs R Blake-James chose Chamonix - Mont Blanc

We bought our apartment in Argentiere nine years ago because of our family's love of skiing. Three generations of our family have loved being in the apartment & skiing from there.

We have also found increasing pleasure in the joys of being in the mountains in the summer months.

We hope you will find the apartment family friendly & welcoming and that you can enjoy the amazing proximity to the slopes as much as we do !

What makes this apartment unique

During the winter season .. the huge advantage of the apartment is that it really is "ski-in ski-out" .. & is so very close to the Grands Montets Lift.

We love the south facing balcony & the view out over the Mont Blanc range.

In summer .. it is in a lovely position to take advantage of the beautiful mountain walks. The chalet is very close to one of the best local trails, Le Petit Balcon Nord.

Or mountain bikes can be hired in the village .. you can even take the bikes up on some of the chair lifts & bubble cars for an exciting descent !

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Geneva
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Marmouton Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Chamonix Golf
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Argentiere Village
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Auto Route Blanche. Dual carriageway to Chamonix
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Marmouton Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Ski
20 Metres
Ski in & ski out apartment. Grands Montets Lift
Car: not necessary

Argentiere & the Chamonix Valley are outstanding as a Ski Area for all grades of skiers. The extensive Grands Montets Lift system is conveniently close to the apartment, which is in a truly 'ski in /ski out' position. It is also very close to the meeting point for the two ski schools : ESF & Evolution 2 .. a big bonus with children !

The area is also delightful in the summer months :

from extreme sports such as Mountain Biking; Glacier Trekking; Parapenting & Rock Climbing, though the less extreme Horse Riding; Swimming; Hiking; Golf; to the positively relaxed collecting Mountain Flowers or enjoying coffee in one of the flower filled cafes in Chamonix .. there is something for everyone !

Travel to Argentiere can be by air, to Geneva, which is about 60 miles away; or by train, via St Gervais & Chamonix; or by road. A car is not necessary, although of course gives extra flexibility. There is an excellent bus system in the Chamonix valley, with a main bus stop 25 metres from the apartment. There is also a good local train service, with a station in Argentiere village, about 10 minutes walk away. There are a wide range of minibus taxi services from Geneva or car hire is obviously available there too. If you do come with a car, we have a barrier protected car park as well as a lock-up garage.

The village of Argentiere is very charming, with a range of small shops, a chemist & small supermarket, a church & a post office, and a range of excellent restaurants & bars. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk into the village.

The lovely town of Chamonix is 6 miles down the valley ... only 15 minutes by car .. a little longer by bus or train.

Amenities

Argentière Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
General:
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
  • One bathroom with bath, & shower over bath, & basin. Large heated towel rail. Separate WC
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Folding Travel Cot available if requested
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds, full adult size.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Mezzanine bedroom with low ceiling & cabin style 6ft bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms including mezzanine ) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: wood panelled double bedroom (with room for cot or camp bed) & generous storage shelves, drawers & hanging space. Bedroom 2 : Adult size bunk beds with integral lights; good hanging & storage space. Bedroom 3 : Wooden spiral stairs to mezzanine bedroom with low ceiling and cabin style 6ft bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The apartment has been equipped to a very high standard, as it is used by the owners as well as clients, & so has the feel of a family home. It is one of the larger apartments in a traditionally built 1960's chalet containing over twenty separate apartments. The chalet has been completely re-roofed 2 years ago with traditional wooden shingles, which increases the insulation. The basement has a bicycle store, ski-lockers, & other facilities. The apartment is one of the few to own a parking space in the lock-up garage. And in addition there is access to private open-air parking, which is much sought after as the public car park for the Grands Montets lift is very full in high season. Outside: The apartment has a south facing balcony with table & bench/deck chairs. The La Verte Chalet has no specific garden area. On one side there is the small road & the other sides are surrounded by grass, or snow in the winter months. The main piste down from the Grands Montets runs past the back of the chalet. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen & towels & cleaning are included in the price. The apartment is cleaned weekly & the the linen & towels are changed weekly. Other: Ski locker & lock-up garage

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Ski-in Ski-out Traditional Family Apartment, with Views over Mont Blanc
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
5

PERFECT chalet apartement for a summer walking holiday with the BEST Alpine views

  • 5 of 5

La Verte is a wonderful apartment to stay in year round. I have had many happy ski holidays here, and this was my first summer trip - it surpassed all expectations (being an avid ski enthusiaste). Argentiere in the summer is incredibly beautiful and in the perfect location for a holiday of walking and summer activities in the whole of the Chamonix valley - from a trip to the peaks of Aiguile du Midi for up close views of Mont Blanc, to calm and peaceful walks in the shady woodlands alongside mountain streams all around Argentiere.

The apartment is a perfect base - stunning views over Mont Blanc with a spacious balcony for eating on, and a cosy kitchen/dining/sitting room for evenings of beef raclete, movies, games and fun. It has a lovely family atmosphere and feels like a home.

Only good things to say about La Verte and Argentiere, whether for skiing or walking, winter or summer. Highly recommended ***** !

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic property right next to the Grand Montet ski area

  • 5 of 5

Great views and quiet but easy to walk to the ski lifts or village pubs and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 9 day stay in Argentiere. One of the reasons was the Blake-James' cosy apartment to which we were able to return each evening, usually after an invigorating hike on the trails around the Chamonix-Argentiere valley.

From the balcony of the apartment one can enjoy a stunning and uninterrupted view of Mont Blanc. One is far enough from the center of town that one experiences there the tranquility of the countryside , truly "far from the madding crowd." In reality though the center is literally less than a 15 minute walk away...with all the amenities one might reasonably need for a week's stay.... using a convenient shortcut via a bridge across a nearby river.

For us the apartment was spacious and well equipped and felt more like a comfortable home than a typical rental space.

We look forward to returning for an even longer stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always such a joy to read a lovely review & know that our visitors have enjoyed staying in our apartment !
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5

A wonderful apartment in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely stay in Appt 21, La Verte. We were struck by the most beautiful view from the balcony where we enjoyed our après ski every evening. The apartment made us feel instantly 'at home ' with a very well equiped kitchen and very comfortable accommodation , hot baths , lovely linen , comfortable beds and everything we needed for a great family holiday- Wifi, DVDs, games, sledges.

The snow was great so we were able to ski down from Argentiere straight to the front door . The ski school is a stones throw away as are a variety of ski hire shops and most importantly, the apartment is next to the cable car station . Argentiere centre is five minutes away with a few restaurants , two bakeries, a supermarket , fuel station and more ski shops to meet all your needs.

We have visited Chamonix/Argentiere three times in all and this apartment is , by far, the best accommodation we have stayed in . Particularly ,the location , lovely setting , homely accommodation and wonderful hospitality from its owners, Robert and Rowan. They were so helpful and friendly.

I cannot fault this accommodation. A truly wonderful ski holiday. We would love to return for another ski holiday and would have liked to have kept this our little secret but it's too lovely not to share. I'd be tempted to come for a walking holiday too. The views are spectacular.

Many thanks Robert and Rowan.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel so touched by J's warm and enthusiastic review ! It means so much to us that others enjoy the apartment which has given so much pleasure to us and our family.
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5

AND NOW FOR WINTER ! Part 1

  • 5 of 5

AND NOW FOR WINTER ! Part 1

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AND NOW WINTER.

In the title of this review I refer to my Review dated July 13th 2015 about our brief stop-over at La Verte in the autumn of 2014 when it was just two of us travelling from Italy to UK and spending a few days in Argentiere.

This visit was for end February to 05th March 2016.

I stick with and endorse everything as said in earlier posting : Then, I said, off street parking a bonus for un-loading & loading etc this time we used the garage which was a complete bonus, and meant un-loading and loading was easy in the dry & warmth. We even put the snow chains on in the garage in preparation for an early departure! I felt very smug on our penultimate afternoon watching someone dig their car out from the attached parking area and then enlist a couple of people to push the car to get him moving ! From this you should deduce that there was plenty of fresh snow....... indeed the slopes and whole valley were carpeted with a fresh white blanket for several days of our stay. Sadly there were also many days of “white-out” conditions caused by an ever present fog and low cloud cover! Yes! This did spoil the skiing, but not the holiday or our enjoyment of the apartment. You don’t expect to catch a salmon every time you cast a fly, do you? I suppose because of the weather, we, ( 6 of us) did spend more time in the apartment and that is the point of this review, surely by now you have decided on the Argentiere / Chamonix Ski Area so it’s knowing where to lay your head and spend time “off piste” if a little “P....’d off” because of the weather.

This cozy apartment has been well cared for by the owners, Family Blake James and well stocked with plenty of games, CD’s books, & magazines all available for guest use. The cupboards are well stocked with pans , dishes and enough plates etc to have one fully loaded dishwasher and enough still out for use. There was plenty of hot water , for 6 of us, so no rushing for the first but shallow bath or shower.OK, it’s a “French bath”...... but I still enjoy soaking in a bath after a day on the slopes even if I have to do it in 2 halves! Dinner for six was cooked every evening & the only mutterings occasionally heard were from that days chef, complaining that the oblong dish in the micro wave / regular oven was not a match made in heaven as the turntable tried to spin ! This was overcome somehow!

MORE TO FOLLOW :-

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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AND NOW FOR WINTER ! Part 2

  • 5 of 5

Cont;... From Part 1 Earlier Review !

We really liked the fact that the “store” cupboard is not empty on arrival; basics supplies are there, eg. Salt, sugar, dressings, cereals , rice etc and they are used by guests and then replaced as used ...... so if everyone plays the game then there is no wastage throwing half used jars and packets away and all are happy on arrival.

We briefly met the lady who helps with the changeover who seems very charming, speaks English and seems to do a good job looking after the apartment & cleaning between lets. She did however mention some previous tenants who left rather a mess ( a long time ago): Perhaps they get a “red Card” and for some reason this lovely apartment is never available again when they want to visit!

For those interested and driving, we drove from Calais to Argentiere via Geneva Airport hardly using the Payage motorways...... On return, also via Geneva Airport we used the Payage for the last section, St Quentin to Calais. This might have taken us 90 mins or so longer, but was a pleasant route and cost a total of Euro 26.80. N.B. IF parking in the garage at La Verte check the roof height if you have skis or roof box fitted!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Booking Notes:
An email booking form will be sent to those interested in staying.
The booking will be confirmed by email on receipt of the deposit (representing half the full rental amount) the balance will become due at the latest 1 month prior to the start of the holiday rental. The keys will be posted out to you, together with a full information pack, 2 weeks before your arrival date.
There is an additional refundable breakage deposit of £100.
Payments can be by cheque on on-line transfer

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the prefered changeover day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.