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Snowgums - Self-catering apartments in Hautes-Alpes

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36 chemin de Mas de Blais, 05100 Briançon, Hautes-Alpes
Provence - Alps - Riviera, France

Pippa tells you where to find wild flowers, babbling brooks and butterflies... and hike, bike and swim. Magic for families

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Next to the apple and pear trees, Pippa has created a lovely spot in the garden from where you can soak up the views. You'll catch them anyway from this charming old farmhouse, whose rustic walls and vaulted ceilings house three big apartments. Find cheerful covers on pale pine beds, cotton rugs on tiled floors, jolly towels in shining showers, brightness, comfort and joy. The cupboards spill novels and games, there are cots and high chairs for the asking, the cable car is a two-minute drive and Pippa will child-sit if you'd like a night out. Raised in Australia, she has that charming, relaxed manner you would expect and makes a stay here memorable. She and her daughter have a deep love for the outdoor life and will point you in the direction of hundreds of walks, from gentle saunters by the river to treks from one mountain refuge to another. What's more, you're five minutes from the World Heritage listed town of Briancon (beautiful squares, a super pool). Pippa buys local produce for the welcome pack and is totally involved with village life. Brilliant all round

Features
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
WiFi
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Pets allowed in bedrooms (not on the bed).
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Facilities

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception

Television

Barbecue

Dishwasher

Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from
Pippa Curtis:

  • Briancon old town, UNESCO world heritage listed, fortified cobbled streets, bursting with atmosphere and character, street theatre, events & medieval festivals in season.
  • Thermal spa (10 mins) - internal and external thermal pools, jacuzzi, fountains, whirl pool, plunge pools, music dome.
  • Winter - in the heart of ski valley Serre Chevalier (250kms of pistes, 1200 - 2800m, all levels), snowboarding, sledging, relaxing, snowshoeing, husky sleigh rides, ski boot room, sledging slope opposite the house, free ski bus to the highest cable car
  • Spring, summer, autumn - excellent local swimming pool + long slide (5 mins), swimming lakes, Italy (15 mins), hiking, cycling valleys or Tour de France passes, kayaking, climbing, BBQ/ relax in large garden, safe bike storage.
  • Facilities - feather pillows and duvets, great games cupboard for all ages, toys + Wendy house for children, everything for children and babies, wifi throughout, excellent showers, optional chef prepared main meals - highly recommended!
  • Travel - Gatwick Turin with BA, 2 hours drive to here, other airports too, or overnight train from Paris, or TGV to nearby Oulx with connecting bus to bring you to Briancon
Points of interest
Guest feedback
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"Snowgums was a wonderful place to stay to explore Briancon - the apartment was spacious and very comfortable. Charming hosts were very welcoming and knowledgable - we had a wonderful stay and could not recommend Snowgums highly enough. "
July 2014
"We came for the Alps, the mountains and the biking, but what we found was much better - the two of you! What a joy to have been able - no lucky! - to experience the welcoming atmosphere you have created at Snowgums. We hate to leave, but wait, we get to come back in two weeks! Yahoo! Becky & all the puppies were such a bonus!"
July 2014
"Boy, were we lucky to find this place! At the center, but off the road and away from crowds. We came to hike, and Pippa was the perfect guide - where to go for a variety of scenery, what were the best trails – even pointing us to a side trail through wildflower meadows instead of a far less dramatic main trail – as well as lending us the needed jackets, hats & gloves when we weren't prepared for the cooler weather. Pippa lives downstairs from the apartment we rented, and chatting with her at the end of the day (and getting advice for the next day) added a personal touch to our accommodations."
July 2014
"My 5 yr old son and I had a truly wonderful time at Snowgums. The accommodation within Pippa and Becky's beautifully renovated farmhouse is homely, authentic and practical. The love, thought and huge amounts of energy and determination it has taken to create 'Snowgums' has achieved a unique and very special holiday retreat. Pippa's knowledge of the area is bountiful and even without a car we were able to experience some of the activities on offer. Five mins walk to the bus stop and then a free 10 mins bus ride to the ski slope. My 1st visit to the Alps & I am uplifted by the experience :-)"
March 2014
"A wonderful week walking up high in the mountains and staying at Snowgums - great advice from Pippa allowed us to manage without a car and do everything we might have wished. A fantastic week to clear out all the cobwebs, I hope we can do it again, maybe in the skiing season next time."
September 2013
"We spent a wonderful two weeks at Snowgums. It's in a fantastic location with easy access to stunning mountain walks and to the thermal baths in Monetier. The apartment was bright, cosy and comfortable, and Pippa was exceptionally welcoming and full of helpful advice and tips about the area. We would definitely recommend it!"
August 2013
"The apartments are full of character with a large garden full of toys for the children. The skiing is incredibly extensive and easily accessible and Becky and Pippa make every effort to make you feel welcome, and to offer help and advice."
March 2013
"The apartment was great. We needed to do a bit of work while we were away, and there was adequate wifi and plenty of table space to set up our laptops. Halfway through the week a couple of friends joined us and there was certainly plenty of space for the four of us. The kitchen was well equipped and we felt completely at home in the place. We are snowboarders and had a brilliant time on the slopes - there were no queues, the snow-park is a lot of fun, and there is plenty of fun, off-piste riding. "
March 2013
"We loved our stay here so much we are already planning a return trip. Pippa and her daughter Becky were welcoming and made us feel at home the minute we arrived. The accommodation is charming, clean, well equipped and warm despite the minus temperatures outside. Don't miss out on a visit to the thermal baths at Montier les Bains swimming in the dark with the snow falling was amazing and try out the Ski Nordique in the nearby Vallée de Clarée. Great walks down by the river from Snowgums and ideal for dog owners. Merci Beaucoup Pippa et Becky !"
December 2012
"We love staying here - it is beautiful, easy to get around, the skiing is great - either end of the season! and the kids are made to feel totally at home by Pippa!"
December 2011
"My 2 young daughters (5 and 7) and my husband had a wonderful stay at Snowgums. It was just what we were looking for - quiet, cosy and charming. The appartment is in the lower section of the building with it's own entrance. We could hear the sound of a trickling stream and it was within walking distance to Briancon. There were lots of things for the girls to do there - beside playing in the wendy house, we went hiking, swam in the beautiful lake nearby and my husband got to do some amazing cycling through the mountains. Pippa's welcome was also lovely - we had some lovely food and wine to set us up when we arrived. All in all, the perfect place for a small family wanting a mountain get-away."
July 2011

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Booking enquiries: Pippa Curtis www.alpsholiday.com
+33 (0)4 92 20 44 26 (landline)
+33 (0)6 78 39 65 73(mobile)

Accommodation:
  • 3 Apartments for 4
Price:(i) 425 to1330 per week

From €330 for 3 days (min stay).


Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.

Closed:

Never.

Address:

36 chemin de Mas de Blais, 05100 Briançon, Hautes-Alpes

Accommodation:(i)
Self-catering Apartment One (self-catering)
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Details
Apartment ~ Sleeps 2-6: 1 quadruple & 1 sofabed.
Price: (i) 470 to 1330 per week
Self-catering Apartment Two (self-catering)
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Details
Apartment ~ Sleeps 2-4: 1 family room.
Price: (i) 475 to 1330 per week
Self-catering Apartment Three (self-catering)
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Details
Apartment ~ Sleeps 2-4: 1 double & 1 bunk room.
Price: (i) 425 to 1065 per week
Booking enquiries: Pippa Curtis www.alpsholiday.com
+33 (0)4 92 20 44 26 (landline)
+33 (0)6 78 39 65 73(mobile)