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Chamonix Centre - Fireplace - 2BR Wifi - Central and Quiet - Apartment Kayla

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2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
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The flat is tucked back from the main street, facing the beautiful glacially fed Arve river. The private balcony has views of Mont Blanc and catches the morning and early afternoon sun. It sleeps 6 people. We are open to considering a seasonal winter rental from after 1 January for a period of not less than 4 months. Contact us before August if you are interested for the following winter season. Layout: There is a master bedroom with a double bed, a family bunk room with 2 bunk beds (4 single beds) as well as a double pull out sofa in the living room. Each bedroom has plenty of room to walk around and ample storage in closets and wardrobes. There are two WCs (separated from the bath facilities), one shower room (off of the master bedroom), and one bath tub/shower (off of the family bed...The flat is tucked back from the main street, facing the beautiful glacially fed Arve river. The private balcony has views of Mont Blanc and catches the morning and early afternoon sun. It sleeps 6 people. We are open to considering a seasonal winter rental from after 1 January for a period of not less than 4 months. Contact us before August if you are interested for the following winter season. Layout: There is a master bedroom with a double bed, a family bunk room with 2 bunk beds (4 single beds) as well as a double pull out sofa in the living room. Each bedroom has plenty of room to walk around and ample storage in closets and wardrobes. There are two WCs (separated from the bath facilities), one shower room (off of the master bedroom), and one bath tub/shower (off of the family bedroom). The open plan living/dining room has a beautiful closed fireplace which helps to heat the apartment on cold winter nights. The galley style kitchen features a tall fridge/freezer, oven and 4 burner vitro-ceramic stove top. There is no dishwasher and no microwave, as we prefer to give over space for storing food and dishes in our kitchen. You will be only a 5 minute walk to the popular Aiguille du Midi lift (and the famous Vallée Blanche ski run) or to the Brèvent lift station. You are also a 250m walk to the Cham Bus stop which brings you quickly to all the hamlets up and down the Chamonix valley ski areas, and a short 5 minute walk to the nearest train station. The Aiguille du Midi SNCF train stop is the closest, or the Chamonix main train station is an easy few minutes from the town center location of this apartment. Unlike other apartments in Chamonix town center, the Residence Anna Bouclier is very quiet (double glazed windows and 3 ft thick stone walls help). It is in a small building with only 2 other apartments, set back from the street level, and right on the riverside - you will not need to worry about getting good night's sleep before your ski, hike or climb. The glacial river keeps the apartment cool in the summer, and the enclosed cast iron and glass fireplace helps keeps it toasty warm and inviting during colder weather. There are additional electric wall radiators in the apartment. Skiing. Chamonix offers runs to challenge every level of skier from the beginner to the expert. It is best for skiers of a moderate ability and higher, though certainly there are several ski hills for beginners. The closest ski lifts to the flat are the Brèvent, the Aiguille du Midi and the beginner lifts at the Planards and the Savoy. All are walking distance. The off piste high mountain runs off of the Aiguille du Midi do require hiring a mountain guide before attempting these routes. We are also close to several ski rental outlets. The free Chamonix ski bus or the SNCF trains will take you quickly to the other ski areas of Chamonix, and the main bus stop is only a hundred metres from the flat, near the Office of Tourism. Most of the ski areas are unconnected, except the Brévent-Flégère. Free buses run between all the areas, and each area is big enough that normally it is best to pick one and ski there for the day, rather than switching between them. These ski areas are: Le Tour, at the end of the valley - with plenty of great wide blue and red pistes and lovely rolling off piste terrain. The groomed runs are great for carving and if you are trained in avalanche awareness, the off piste is heaven. The off piste is not avalanche controlled (anywhere in France) therefore a mountain guide or ski instructor are recommended to bring you off piste safely if you are not trained up on this. If you want to travel off piste on a glacier, a mountain guide is required, otherwise you can book a ski instructor to go off piste safely. La Flégère, on the sunny side of the valley - lots of rolling and steep off piste and easy couloirs to test your mettle along side a gentle green beginners area and many wide intermediate pistes. The Flégère can be accessed via the Brèvent ski area lifts as well, and so is also technically walking distance from the apartment if you use the liaison lifts . If you choose to descend the Flégère ski out run rather than return to the Brévent, a bus will zip you back to town centre in a few minutes. Les Grands Montets - the crown jewel of Chamonix off piste challenges rests in this ski area. This ski station boasts challenging intermediate runs and expert runs (this area has no green runs so is not recommended for beginners or timid intermediates) and is generally steep. The blue runs at this area may be labelled red runs in other places ! The off piste at the Grands Montets is what it is all about though, and many runs are left un-groomed but avalanche controlled so that you can build your off piste abilities without worry. Bumps abound in times without frequent snowfall, and when there is fresh, the powder runs are outstanding. You also can access many off piste glaciated ski tours and the famous off-piste 'Pas de Chevre' itinerary from this ski hill. These are not avalanche controlled and therefore a mountain guide is highly recommended for anyone not fully trained and qualified in glacier travel and avalanche awareness and search and rescue techniques. In fact, you will be out of fashion on this ski hill if you do not carry (and know how to use) your avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Fat skis are will feel at home here. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: no tourist licenses in ChamoniMore
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Rob and Gen F
Languages spoken:German, English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2013
Interaction with guests
We meet you to give you the keys and show you the apartment operations. It is very important that you communicate your arrival time with us. The building door is an electronic key, not a code, so we do not have a key drop box. We live year-round in Chamonix about 10 minutes away from the apartment. We will leave you to enjoy your holiday but we are available in case of any questions. If we are on holiday ourselves, we will leave you with a local contact in case of any emergencies.
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Reviewed 7 April 2019

We spent the entire month of March at Apartment Kayla and could not have been happier. It was spacious, with plenty of room for me, my husband, and our two daughters-- who LOVED the bunk beds. There was a wonderful balcony I used often to...More

Date of stay: March 2019
Thank jennalfree
Reviewed 21 October 2014

This charming apartment with loads of character is located in the town center. But despite this it's a very peaceful location. It's superbly equipped with traditional chalet décor and has all the modern conveniences you can think of. I was blown away by the fireplace...More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank billymac298
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Date of stay: July 2017
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Alarm Clock
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Waterfront
Iron
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Skiing: Property Is In A Ski Resort
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
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About the neighbourhood
Ski season starts normally in mid-December and ends in early May. Hiking season runs from mid June until mid September for hut to hut hiking in the higher mountains. Good walking weather can often still be found in October, though the mountain refuges are shut. Between the main summer and winter seasons many lifts in town are shut. If you don't mind walking uphill the mid-September to late October season can be stunningly beautiful in the valley, with fewer tourists and lovely colour in the trees. Chamonix is a year-round resort town, steeped in alpine history (the first winter Olympics were held in Chamonix in 1924) and is renowned for skiing as well as mountaineering, hiking and climbing with famous peaks such as Mont Blanc (4810m), Mont Buet, Aiguille Verte and the Drus. It ...
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The free Chamonix bus service runs year-round every 30 minutes from the main bus stop - only 2 minutes walk from the flat. In peak seasons, express buses run more. Service to all towns and lifts in the valley. If driving in winter, take a car equipped with snow tyres, not chains (chains are notoriously difficult to put on when you need them in a snow drift). Once you are in town, in winter we strongly recommend you park the car in the underground car park and leave it. Use our free ski buses to avoid crowded and icy sloping car parks. The vast majority of street parking in Chamonix is now pay parking.
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