Chalet Pensees des Alps

Action Packed Summer and Winter Holidays in the French Alps

  

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If you are looking for an action packed and healthy summer or winter holiday for all ages in breathtaking alpine surroundings, Chalet Pensees des Alps, just above the ancient village of Samoens (only 1 hour from Geneva airport), is your ideal base.  

 
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Chalet Pensees des Alps is a self catering chalet, which sits in the beautiful hamlet of Mathonex, 4km above Samoens.  It sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms, is south facing and offers stunning views across the valley. With 2 drawing rooms, 2 kitchens/dining areas and a study, there is plenty of space for larger groups or families sharing. Our chalet was interior decorated as a comfortable home, rather than a commercial entity. We use it as much as we are able to and occasionally let it to guests.

 

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Summer

 Samoens is a very historic and famous ancient masonry town and one of the prettiest Alpine resorts in France. It has as much, if not more to offer in the summer as well as during the winter season. From zip wiring at the Indiana Park or paragliding and white water rafting, horse riding, climbing, Via Ferrata, tennis, mountain biking (bikes can be hired), fishing, golf to swimming in the local public swimming pool or the local lake, caving or mountaineering classes, there is no time to get bored. 

There are plenty of spectacular walks, some of which lead to refuges, where you can stay the night or stop for lunch. You will find all the food you need in the large local supermarket and organic food shop or buy fresh produce at the weekly Samoens market, which sells just about everything.

The Samoens Tourist Office lays on weekly entertainment programs for visitors. There are also activities and clubs as well as a crèche for younger children available, during the summer and winter season.

If you do need to relax though, book a yoga class or treat yourself to a massage and spend a few hours at the local spa.

 

 

 

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Winter

The winter season is equally impressive. Being part of the Grand Massif ski area, which connects Samoens with Flaine, Les Carroz d’Araches, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, it offers 265km of ski runs of all levels and plenty of areas for Nordic skiing enthusiasts. Alernatively, go dog sledging, spend the evening going on a nocturnal raquet outing with dinner at a tipi, or try some ice skating on the large ice skating ring in the centre of town. 

 

 

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Nighttime Snowshoeing in Samoens with dinner in a Tipi



 

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Paragliding on skis

 


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Dog sledging in Les Carroz 

 

 

Out and About

For those, who like to explore the area, the famous Samoens Alpine garden, Eco Museum and the impressive waterfalls at the Sixt Fer a Cheval  National Park are a must. There is a summer route from our valley to Morzine (25 minutes by car) where you can try out their Summer Luge. Take a ride in the old train to the Chamonix Mer de Glace and Ice Cave, visit ancient Annecy and go on a boats tour, indulge in a spa day at Evian, or head off to Geneva and its stunning lake, all within an hours drive from Samoens.

If you like to step out of your comfort zone, during the ski season and are not fazed by heights,  book a guide to take you donwn the Chamonix Valley Blanche Glacier, which will take several hours. The final cable car, taking you on the last leg to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, from where you start your trip, is one of the highest in the world. A guide is a must but if you are up for it and weather conditions permitting, it is an amazing experience.

 

 

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Waterfalls at Sixt Fer à Cheval

 

 



Chalet Pensees des Alpes

 

Bottom Floor 

Apartment which is connected to and can be used as part of the chalet or locked and used as a separate apartment with its own entrance.

 

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 Open plan kitchenette/sitting room/dining room plus fire place. Doors opening to an outside decking area.

 

  

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1 double bedroom (double bed). Double door with access to an outside decking area wit a small dining table.

 

  

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 1 bunk bedroom with 2 bunk beds sleeping 4 (suitable for children). Single door with access to the same outside decking area with a small dining area.

 


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Bathroom with bath. There is also a washing machine stored behind a pretty curtain.

 

- Laundry & Freezer room (washing machine, dryer, freezer)

- Room with Electric Box

 

 

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Sauna Room: Sauna, shower, stylish cold/hot wooden retro water tub, wash basin.


  

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Double doors open up from the sauna room with lovely views and a good size decking area.

 

 

First / Main Floor / Main Entrance

All rooms on this floor open up to a wrap around balcony. There is a dining table with chairs on one side of the balcony and stunning views across the valley.

 

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Dining table can be extended, sitting up to 10-12 people.

 

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Open plan sitting room with fire place and dining area. Doors leading to the wrap around balcony.

 

 

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Two steps lead up to a slightly elevated kitchen, with additional dining/breakfast area. A door leading out to the wrap around balcony.

  


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Study with sofa, desk and piano. Doors opening to the wrap around balcony.



 


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Guest cloakroom 



 Second/Top Floor

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 Large Master Bedroom (king size bed) with ensuite bathroom (bath), sitting area, storage area, currently home to a baby cot and additional clothes storage. Doors opening to a balcony.

 

 

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Bedroom with bunk bed and access door to small front balcony.

 

 

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Double bedroom (double bed) with access/door to balcony

 

 

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Bathroom with bath shared by the double and bunk bedroom

 

If you are interested in renting our chalet, please contact me: 

E-Mail:    [email protected]  

Mob:        +44 7510 843232 

 

 

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For more information about Samoens, the Giffre Valley and latest updates on what the valley has to offer,  go to the Samoens Tourist Office website:

www.samoens.com