La Grange. Chartreuse Nature Park, France
From $193 / night
- 3 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Sleeps 12
Description from the owner
La Grange is a converted barn (built in 1830) situated in a small and authentic Alpine hamlet just south of Chambery and right at the heart of the Chartreuse National Nature Park, France. The surrounding pre-alps top out at 6500 ft and provide stunning views, skiing and other mountain sports in winter plus some of the best hill-walking in France during the summer. Neatly tucked between Chambery and Grenoble, the Chartreuse region was designated as a National Nature Park some years ago in recognition of the fact that it's an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to some of the rarest Alpine flora in Europe and boasts alpine wildlife in abundance...Read more
La Grange. Chartreuse Nature Park, France
Saint-Meme d'en Haut, Rhone-Alpes, France
Additional Location Information
WHO ARE WE?
As an Englishman living in France, I've very much fallen in love with this little known and scenically stunning region of France. We started visiting the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park frequently in the middle of the 90's. By the year 2000, we'd found a suitable old barn to convert into a rural gite... a long held ambition after years of holidaying in wonderful rural gites all over France. By the end of 2003, stage 1 was complete and we were keen to launch the gite as a very special holiday destination.
La Grange has been in operation since 2004 and now boasts an International clientele for both Summer and Winter lettings. Many of our guests have now become firm friends and return each year to sample further delights of the region. La Grange is situated in Les Claret, a joyful little hamlet set in the stunning landscape of Les Valleés des Entremonts. Living here all year round as we do is a privilege we are happy to share with our guests. We've done our best to nurture a warm 'family home' atmosphere and aim to ensure that our guests want for nothing in terms of comfort.
Gabrielle and I are very keen on outdoor activities and are well-informed concerning the local flora, fauna and traditions. Having walked many of the 1000 km of trails on offer, we are well equipped to provide on the spot advice about where to go, what to do, where to visit and where to shop! Finally, as a bi-lingual family we can always lend a helping hand if you're struggling with the language.
THE CHARTREUSE REGIONAL NATURE PARK
Sometimes called the 'Emerald Mountains', the Chartreuse region borrowed it's name from the world famous Carthusian Order founded in 1084 and has long been a source of inspiration for artists and writers. Stendhal referred to the area as 'The Jewel of the Alps'. The monastery was also immortalised by the poet Wordsworth in his poem 'The Grande Chartreuse'. More recently, the iconic 20th century musician Jacques Brel lived in St. Pierre de Chartreuse. Today, St. Pierre hosts an annual festival to celebrate his life and work.
At the crossroads of the Alps and the Jura Mountains, the Chartreuse Massif looks out over Grenoble to the south and Chambery to the north. A varied landscape and an abundant water supply have created a multitude of microclimates in the area, and make for lush vegetation. The Chartreuse Regional Nature Park's originality stems from this constantly changing and fascinating natural environment. The diverse nature of its three regions makes the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park unique.
Today, The Chartreuse Nature Park is one of the best areas for summer hill walking in France and is an excellent and undiscovered venue for winter skiing, snow-show tours and winter sports - in short, all sorts of outdoor activities, all year round. Little known to English tourists, La Chartreuse offers the authentic alpine experience. This calm mountain retreat is situated just a short distance from St. Pierre d'Entremont.
THE LOCAL TOWN - ST. PIERRE D'ENTREMONT
A few years ago, the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park was almost unknown to English travellers. St. Pierre d'Entremont is the largest town in this area and the closest to La Grange . Nowadays, it's a busy and authentic alpine market town with an increasingly international clientele.
During Summer, the streets drum with the feet of hill walkers preparing for one of the many wonderful mountain trails - or perhaps getting up the nerve to try the well known (and challenging!) via verata just outside town. Local walks of interest include the 'Cirque de St. Meme', Mont Granier, Grand Som and countless less aerobic trails. The main Summer activity is hill walking though all manner of outdoor activities are available, either guided (by one of several local companies) or independently.
Winter usually brings its fair share of snow and activities generally switch to one of the seven ski resorts situated in the Chartreuse National Park. The resort at St. de Chartreuse offers a wide range of pistes for all levels of skiing with smaller resorts catering for cross-country skiers, snow-shoe walkers and sledging. Many of the summer hiking trails double up as excellent snow-shoe trails for the winter. Ski passes can be surprisingly cheap compared to the better known resorts - as can accommodation and eating out! The town itself sports a full range of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers (perhaps not!).
The butchers shop is known all over the Chartreuse for the excellence of its organic produce and the cheese shop is something to behold! The local tourist office is doing its best to keep up with an increasingly international cliental but, it has to be said, there is very little spoken English as yet. However, the office now represents an organisation of local craftsmen and displays a marvellous selection of art/craft gifts and mementos. Best brush up your French and save your visit to the last day!
More About This Location
Nearest train station: Chambery, 14.98 miles
Nearest ferry port: Le Havre, 478.02 miles
Nearest airport: Chambery, 14.98 miles
Car is essential
Last updated on February 22, 2015
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- Clothes Dryer
- Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
- Housekeeping Optional
- High chair
- Hair dryer
- Washing Machine
- Corporate bookings allowed
- Towels Provided
- Bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed
- A/C or climate control
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- House swap allowed
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
Phone / Internet
- Wireless Internet
- Internet Access
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- 12 Dining chairs
- 12 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no