Briançon, Hautes-Alpes

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


2 places


Each sleep 4


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 two 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


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Special last minute offer for Christmas week, 22 - 29 December, in Apart. 2, and New Year long weekend, 29 Dec - 3 January, in Apart. 1: 25% off full price - for Sawday's customers only, be quick

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from €100
Weekly price
from €700
Damage deposit
From €550 for 3 days (min stay). Extra sofabeds (2 double, 1 single) available at no charge.
1 Apartment for 4
From €1001 bedroom
1 Apartment for 4
From €1261 bedroom


A fantastic, lucky choice for our first Alpine adventure: a cool, restful home to return to after a hot day out exploring. We had a lovely week, arriving and getting around by public transport (although next time we'll hire a car too). It's been the perfect compliment to our preceding four nights in Turin and we now have so many ideas for what to do on our next visit.

Tamsin, Cambridge

Pippa is an exceedingly welcoming and likeable host. She listens well and takes a great deal of time and effort helping you get the most out of your stay at Snowgums which is such a helpful addition. Snowgums is a quirky older building which is a treat to experience; and the surrounding nature trails are an outdoor lover’s paradise. Snowgums is a tidy and clean self-catered apartment with all the necessities. Local chef Carol can provide super meals for a reasonable cost to enjoy at the apartment which makes life simple; and our dog, Jasper, was welcomed as well as us with no fuss at all.

John, Richmond, north yorkshire

While part of a group organised by 'France Walks' to visit the Hautes Aples, I and my two singing and walking companions stayed in the Snowgums apartment, hosted by Pippa. The accommodation was very comfortable, very French and made us feel very much 'at home' with lots of little touches like wild flowers in vases, suppress in the orchard garden, getting to know Pippa's family: daughter, dog and pussy cat! A beautiful area to visit, Pippa is the perfect guide as well as the perfect host. Pop over from Italy or come down from Paris.

Marjory, Sydney

We came for just three nights - not nearly long enough to experience the wonders of the area (although we packed in what we could!). THANK YOU for the use of your wonderful house and also for your hospitality, not to mention your advice and tips. We had a lovely time at Pippa's quirky, homely place in the magnificent Hautes Alps. Our host was charm itself and gave us so many helpful tips to fully enjoy the area - it made it feel like a home from home. We loved it here and are already planning our return.

Kathryn, London

We had a delightful stay at Snowgums - skiing and enjoying the apartment, its garden and wendyhouse, the dog and cat and Pippa's company (and her child care when we needed it). Natalie (chef) home cooked meals were also terrific. We loved the fact that skiing was made easy - with the shuttle bus running pretty much straight outside the house; the sports shop "Outlands" allowed us to just kit up and drop off clobber on a daily basis and the slopes, ESP ski school and French bakery were just 3 minutes walk from the sports shop. This makes all the difference with 3 quite young children.

Tania, Basel

A very lovely apartment, that was well equipped and clean and so very cosy. Pippa was very helpful and the perfect host. Our children enjoyed the stay very much and we hope to be back for another visit soon!


A wonderful apartment! We had a great time thanks to Pippa's hospitality and her advice to make our stay comfortable and exciting. We enjoyed all the activities that we did in such amazing scenery! The children at first did not want to have a mountain holiday, but in the end they liked the week at Snowgums the most and it won the prize for ‘ the best week’ of our summer holidays!

Corry, Sint pancras

A haven of peace in an idyllic spot. We were made very welcome, the apartment itself was perfect, and just the right distance from Briancon to afford a tranquil experience without being too far away from amenities. Thoughtful provision of cheese, milk and fresh bread was waiting for us on arrival, and would definitely recommend the specially prepared 3 course meals from local chef Nathalie to eat in.

Sarah, Moulton, northampton

Pippa and her daughter gave my daughters and me a very warm and generous welcome.. A chocolate box, breathtaking view at every turn and then such beauty both in the streets of this wonderful area, but also here inside wonderful Snowgums. Pippa, your eye for charming detail is superb. We have loved this cosy apartment, a refuge after venturing out to explore. It was an easy 10 minute walk through the village to the free shuttle bus that takes you to up to ski at Chantmerle. A trip to the Thermal Spa is not to be missed and Natalie's food is delicious. All highly recommended!

Belinda, Sydney

It must have been quite a gamble, but Pippa Curtis has created a characterful apartment that is entirely in keeping with the traditional farmhouse it occupies, and with all the necessary facilities. She and daughter Becky are fabulous hosts and have deep knowledge of the famous skiing, mountain biking, hiking and climbing that makes Briançon such a draw, and much of the cultural history too. She pointed me at the wonderful Vallée de la Clarée and even left a copy of Emilie Carles' book A Wild Herb Soup by my bed! A wonderful experience.


A year on I am thinking back to our lovely holiday last year and wanted to wholeheartedly recommend Pippa's lovely Apartements and amazing welcome. Myself, husband and 2 girls, 13 and 8, had a lovely relaxing stay .. Lots to do in the area .. Briancon old town, an amazing walk up to the glacier, white water rafting; lovely food in the local restaurants; quiet times spent reading ... And I padding! In the apartment ... So nice I struggled to drag them all out at times! Pippa and her daughter are lovely company and so helpful. We had a lovely week to remember.

Lucy, Tring

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.


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.


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 :-)


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.


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!


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.


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.


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 !


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!


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The neighbourhood

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, direct Eurostar London Lyon (then train or hire car), or overnight train from Paris, or TGV to nearby Oulx with connecting bus to bring you to Briancon