La Grange is a renovated barn superbly situated in the heart of the Chartreuse Nature Park 25km south of Chambery. It's a paradise for summer/winter Alpine sports. This is a 3-star gite sleeping 8-12 people in full comfort and authentic alpine style.
The total area of the living accommodation is about 114 square metres. Apart from the ground floor kitchen, all of the rooms have been constructed almost entirely with wood. By contrast, the kitchen and dining room retain the original stone walls and vaulted brick ceiling. The situation is South facing and very sunny until late afternoon. There's a large wooden terrace on the first level for dining outdoors. The views from La Grange are breathtaking in all directions. Les Claret is situated on a pass ('col' in French) between St. Pierre d'Entremont and Entremont le Vieux. Consequently, the views from here are absolutely stunning with Grand Som and Chamechaude to the south and Le Pinet dominating the northern view. The Parc Naturel de la Chartreuse is also 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. Little known to English tourists, La Chartreuse offers the authentic alpine experience. The local town (5 km) boasts a good range of shops, banks and restaurants plus a pro-active tourist office.
The garden can be use by our guests. It's mainly laid to lawn and flower beds and there is a barbecue available. There is also a parking available just outside the gite. It's suitable for two smallish cars or one large one. There is also a large village parking 25 metres away.
We are living next door and are usually available to give advice about local shops, visits, walking trails, skiing... we've been here for a few years and know the place very well. We can also cover local wildlife, alpine flowers, mushrooms, local history and traditions.
There are many fascinating visits available nearby such as the Chartreusian Monastery; the historic cities of Annecy, Grenoble and Chambery. Children love the 'Indian Forest' Adventure Park in Sappey en Chartreuse or St Pierre de Chartreuse. The museum of prehistoric bears is close by, as are the 'Caves de Voiron' where the world-renowned Chartreuse liquor is made.
La Grange is a quiet and tranquil retreat at the heart of Nature. There are busy farms and farm animals all around this rural hamlet. Rowdy outdoor parties, fireworks and uncontrolled dogs will inevitably cause problems.
We're a French-German-Austrian family and we have lived and travelled in many places of the Alps and the world. We've chosen to settle in Les Claret, a joyfull hamlet in the Chartreuse, a beautiful part of the French Alps. We enjoy outdoor activities, meeting people from around the world, cooking (and eating), playing and many other things. Besides taking care of the gîte, I'm a consultant in environmental and local development projects and Wilfried, my partner, works in the field of forestry and the commerce of wood. Our two sons go to the local primary school. We'd be happy to welcome you in this great place.