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Serre Chevalier acommodation

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Hi. All.

Daughter is going out to work the season in serre chevalier. We (the parents) are looking to go out in late Jan for a 7 day hol (driving as normal).

Only skied there for one day about 30 years ago but cant remember much.

We are looking for a good place to stay either a hotel/apartment or chalet close to the lifts.

Anybody got any contacts or ideas it would be a great help.

Cheers

Paul
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@nt.farmer, not sure i will have the dates you want but have a look on my website. Address in my signature.
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Thanks. yes you are bookwhen we wanted to come at the end of jan.
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@nt.farmer, sorry, we have some guests returning for a third visit at the end of January. You can contact Melanie, who looks after our apartment at melanie @ eurekaski dot com , she may have something available.
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I can recommend the Hameau de Rocher blanc in Chantemerle as a self catering apartment. Chantemerle is in the middle of the Serre Chevalier so you have options every day to go towards either Briancon or Monetier. Having stayed in a lot of places this was at the top end and not overly expensive.This was the Tripadvisor review I left

We stayed here as a family for the new year in the building which does not house the pool but is closer to the slopes.The room faced the valley not the road so we ate lunch on the balcony overlooking the snowless slopes.

This type of accommodation is very continental. It is self catering and geared to people who are driving and will arrive with a box of cleaning materials, their own groceries, toilet paper, and towels and go home with them at the end of the week.The cleaning thing is as French as garlic and if you are uncomfortable with the previous occupant doing the cleaning prior to your arrival and you doing the same this is not the style of accommodation for you.

The reception does not operate as a hotel reception and is really only there for you to check in and check out. It helps to be polite and speak some French.Having stayed in a couple of the MGM blocks and some other this is a high standard for such accommodation.

The cleaning thing is well flagged but it is easier just to pay the cost for them to clean the apartment after you go as it takes the stress away. You don't have to be present when the inspection is being done.It takes 10 minutes to strip the beds and throw the lot into the bath,

The cost is relative. Over the new year you will pay approximately 50% less than staying in a hotel or chalet of equivalent standard. If you can bring some towels, and basic stuff such as dishwasher tabs, dishcloth,cleaning stuff and toilet roll it will make it easier.

We have stayed here in the summer as well as winter and found it particularly suited to families with small children as everything is close.

We liked:

-Traditional Savoyard-lots of wood in the building.
-Rooms are small by UK standards but normal to large by French resort standards.
- Pool and sauna are great for a relaxing dip after a days skiing
-300m to the lift.
-The Skiset shop with very helpful staff is half way and while not ski-in ski out is close enough to return for lunch. If its sunny you can have lunch on your balcony.SkiSet prefer that you leave your skis and boots in the shop on the way back to the apartment which is very handy.
- Good bakery in the village 500m away open from before 8am.
- There is a sherpa convenience store in the shopping complex beside the ski lift and a carrefour accross the road in Chantelmerle. Bring some shopping bags and do a big shop as soon as you get there.
- The kitchen is not great. The oven-microwave is weird. You can however order take away rotisserie chickens/ raclette / tartiflette/pizzas from the shops beside carrefour, Get your patisserie and bread from the bakery and voila you have great French food for when you don't feel like going out.
- Heating is set at high. This place is not cold. Open the windows at night or leave a glass of water beside the heater to put some moisture in the air.

Dislikes
Wifi €30 for the week for the first device. 3 devices for €25.
Small tv.
Towels are small. ask for more- they don't always charge.
- Rooms are tight by UK standards for 5/6 people.
- No games room for kids in our building. They can go over to reception when it is open where there is a pool table
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Just for future reference and in case anyone is wondering. My apartment ( and most other Chamoissiere apartments) provides linen, towels (bath sheets), dishwasher tablets, a selection of cleaning materials, and has a proper oven and 4 ring hob. There will be a couple of toilet rolls provided, but do remember this is meant to be a self-catering apartment and not a hotel. Wifi is free of charge, and cleaning at the end of your stay is included, although we would expect you to empty out rubbish bins and leave the kitchen clean. We are all independent owners as opposed to being part of a large group.


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Thanks GarryC.

our daughter is working in on of the hotels in Chantemerle so that's the village we are looking at. I found this small place called Gîte le Passe Montagne which looks nice and close to the lifts. Was going to contact them and also ask about car parking as we will be driving because we need to pick up skis and boots at a friends chalet in montalburt.
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@nt.farmer, we stayed at Gite Le Passe Montagne quite a few years ago when we first started looking for an apartment to buy. It is in the old part of Chantemerle, but just a short walk from the ski lifts, and there's parking close by too, although not reserved for the gite. Very French, so communal dinner round the table, although I think it is under different owners now.
There's also the Chalet Marmottes close by, which is run by an English lady and her French ski instructor husband. https://www.chalet-marmottes.com/en-gb
Both are really nice places to stay.
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Have a great time in Chantemerle no matter where you stay. I think it is a hidden gem. Easy access to a great ski area, some nice restaurants and bars ( not too hectic), bakery and Sherpa all easy walking distance and a good ski shop beside the lift.It does not have big resort prices and has a nice village feel. If you want a day off Briancon is a proper town to visit. If you have good snow I would nearly put it up there with Tignes VC or 3V for an enjoyable week.
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Again thanks both of you. will indeed have a look at Chalet marmottes.
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