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La Ruche - Samoens

A stunning conversion with garden and unique sauna, 100m from ski bus stop  (Français)

At a glance

Sleeps:

4

Bedrooms:

2

Sauna available all year. Wood burner.

Ski bus 100m. Village centre 10mins walk.

Wi-Fi. Private parking. Games console.

Large gardens and terrace.

La Ruche Samoens Main Image

La Ruche is a truly stunning and luxurious 2 bedroom barn conversion, sleeping 4 people across three cleverly arranged levels making a total of 62m2. Newly renovated, this spacious property is packed full of character features such as original exposed wooden beams, beautiful stonework and an impressive wood burner, cleverly mixed with bright and fresh furnishings throughout.  To create even more luxury for your stay, there is an authentic Savoyard Mazot in the garden which has been converted into a wonderful sauna, shared with another unit.

The property features an impressive open plan living, dining and kitchen area with double height ceilings, equipped with stylish and contemporary furnishings.  The clever use of floor to ceiling windows, offer stunning views over open farmland towards towering cliffs and peaks of the Grand Massif.  Surrounding La Ruche are large flat gardens, with a southerly aspect and terrace for you to enjoy long sunny days and benefit from the breath taking views in every direction.

Nestled in a beautiful part of the gorgeous hamlet of Samoens, called Les Vallons, La Ruche offers a very special space to play, relax, or take in the views of the impressive peaks which surround you. Just 100m from the property, a free and regular ski bus whisks you to the Grand Massif Express gondola in just a few minutes. Samoens village and all its amenities, is approximately 10 minutes flat walk.

This property is privately owned and has been carefully selected to be in Alps Accommodation’s premier portfolio. It has a Sunday changeover day, however in low season and for last minute bookings, flexible arrival day and length of stay may be available. Contact us for more information.

Description

description

As you enter La Ruche, into the spacious entrance area, you immediately feel the character and charm that fills this property.  The entrance hall provides great storage for outdoor clothing and footwear. Climb up the wooden staircase and you emerge into the first floor of the property hosting the stunning open plan kitchen, dining and living areas. This is a truly impressive area with double height ceilings, original wooden beams, and enormous glass windows providing outstanding views over open farmland to rocky peaks and mountains beyond.

Taking centre stage in the spacious living area is a huge and very comfortable corner sofa which sits in front of a large LCD TV. Warmth is provided by the unique log burner which can be swivelled to direct heat, surrounded by intricate stonework.

A superb contemporary kitchen with high gloss units and brightly coloured splash backs, plus an extremely generous work surface area, comes superbly equipped. This includes a full size electric oven, four ring ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, modern extractor unit and a large fridge freezer.  A large wooden dining table can comfortably seat up to 4 people and offers the perfect spot to relax over a leisurely meal.

Pets are not accepted in this property.  Please contact us for advice on pet friendly accommodation. 

 Bedrooms

bedrooms

Bedroom 1

Sleeps 2, 1 x Queen size bed (160cm wide)

Bedroom 2

Sleeps 2, 2 x single bed

A stunning master bedroom can be found on the lower floor of this property, with rustic exposed beams and wooden flooring, not to mention high quality linen and soft furnishings. Light floods into this impressive room through floor to ceiling windows which lead out onto a private south facing terrace, offering stunning views. Ample storage is provided by a built in wardrobe, with further storage just outside the bedroom. The bed is a larger than normal double bed at 160cm wide x 190cm. 

A second bedroom, a beautiful twin, can be found nestled in the eaves and overlooks the living area. This spacious area offers two full size single beds.  Again the bedroom comes complete with bright and fresh high quality linen and soft furnishings.  This bedroom is not recommended for very young children.  With prior request, 2 further pull out single beds can be provided should there be young children in the group.  These can be used flexibly in the master bedroom or lounge area.

A large family bathroom can be found on the first floor of the property and offers a shower, vanity unit with sink, towel radiator and WC.

Exterior

exterior

La Ruche benefits from large sunny gardens, peppered with ancient fruit trees and with a backdrop of stunning mountain views in all directions. An authentic Savoyard Mazot has been converted to host a large modern sauna – a truly unique and luxurious feature not to be missed! The gardens and sauna are shared with the adjacent Le Baptieux, however La Ruche boasts a secluded and private location within the gardens.

Back inside the property, a large south facing balcony, accessed from the first floor, offers stunning views over vast open farmland, to snow-capped mountains and rugged cliffs. A table and chairs are provided.

Private off street parking is available to the rear of the property. A garage below the property can be used as storage for bikes and outdoor equipment. A small car can also be parked here if required.

Contents

contents
  • Full size electric fan oven
  • Electric hob
  • Large fridge/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Large LCD TV
  • Second LCD TV with Wii and games
  • Selection of DVDs
  • Selection of Books
  • Selection of board games
  • Selection of cutting knifes
  • Cafetiere
  • Salad spinner
  • Tupperware boxes
  • Sieve
  • Glass serving bowl
  • Colander
  • Selection of frying pans
  • Selection of saucepans
  • Selection of baking trays
  • Whisk
  • Selection of serving spoons
  • Bottle opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Pizza cutter
  • Can opener
  • Quiche dish
  • Teapot
  • Hair dryer
  • Sauna
  • Cot
  • High chair

Location

location

La Ruche is located in the unspoilt hamlet of Les Vallons, nestled amongst an array of fine traditional Savoyard architecture. Located in a quiet area that is still only a matter of minutes from all the convenience of Samoëns village, La Ruche is an ideal year-round holiday destination.

During the winter months, the free and regular ski bus leaves from just 100m away and provides quick and easy access to the Grand Massif Express lift. The lift takes only 8-minutes to reach Samoëns 1600 from where you can link to our vast skiing domain. The village itself is around a 10-minute walk from the chalet. Grab a refreshment at one of Samoëns' many bars, cafes and restaurants, stroll through our picturesque botanical gardens, or admire the stonework of the medieval buildings in the historic town square. For another favourite winter pastime, Samoëns also boasts an impressive 600m2 ice-skating rink, situated just a few minutes' walk from the town centre.

La Ruche is also the perfect base for your summer holiday. A number of fantastic hiking and biking trails can be accessed direct from the chalet, including the famous Le Criou hike. This accessible yet at times challenging alpine hike is about a 7 hour round trip, so remember your packed lunch! If a relaxing stroll is more your thing then you are spoilt for choice at La Ruche. Amble through the sleepy and stunning hamlet of Les Vallons. Here you can admire ancient chapels, water fountains, authentic, unspoilt architecture and lovingly restored farmhouses.

The Grand Massif Express lift is also open throughout July and August, providing guests with access to a number of higher mountain walking trails, excellent downhill mountain biking terrain, and of course beautiful summer scenery. The Grand Massif Express lift is only a few minute's drive from La Ruche. Alternatively, you can walk to the lift via the riverside path, which takes about 12-minutes.

GPS Co-ordinates:  46.076334, 6.738182

Reviews

Ash and Mike (property managers) were very pro and also had some great suggestions for us. Really made us feel welcome, alerted us to everything, and also gave us some tips on what to do if we come back in the summer. A beautiful and super comfy chalet.

Steven Chiu, La Ruche, February 2018

A beautiful chalet in a lovely Alpine village which is a brilliant location for holiday with a 5 year old. So many things to do.

The Finning Family, La Ruche, August 2017

A beautiful chalet in a fabulous location. Have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Will be back but for 2 weeks next time. Thank you!

The Hounsell Family, La Ruche, August 2017

This is a truly beautiful chalet in a lovely location - it provided everything we needed. We spent the week walking all around Samoens, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval and along the many excellent well-marker routes. Wonderful holiday, thank you very much!"

Bean party, La Ruche, June 2017

We have had a wonderful time this week in Samoens. The weather was excellent. We enjoyed the shade on the balcony. The lake in Morillon and the rivers at Sixt were very refreshing! We have enjoyed the house.

Kawaler, La Ruche, May 2017

Such a lovely chalet and a stunning corner of the world. Gaelle and Graham [the property managers] have been amazing. Merci.

Hanly party, La Ruche, May 2017

We have enjoyed every minute of our stay in this beautifully designed and perfectly decorated holiday home. Comfort and function in every detail. We wish we could stay and definitely hope we can return. We will share our high praise with friends and recommend on the travel website. Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us.

The Ambrous'. La Ruche, September/October 2016

Stunning scenery and a very comfortable chalet. The weather has also excelled - warm and sunny everyday. We will be back!

Lightfoot party, La Ruche, September 2016

La Ruche was selected as our road biking base for the week. Gaelle met us and was a fantastic host - available but not intrusive. The chalet is beautiful, as are the surroundings. Waking up to peaceful mountain views each day was priceless. Great base for road biking with the Col de Joux Plane around the corner.

The Robinsons, La Ruche, September 2016

We have had a wonderful time here, great chalet and location. Recommend taking the cable car and chair lift up to the top of the Tete de Saix with fantastic views of Mont Blanc! Wonderful scenery at Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval and the Cascade de Rouget.

The Hardy family, La Ruche, July/August 2016

Seb (8) and Leo's (7) first ever ski holiday! Don't think we'll ever beat this experience. We loved the walks in the little town square with 'les petits animations' and lovely little shops. Thank you for your hospitality!

The Dorricotts, La Ruche, April 2016

Just to say thank you for a lovely holiday. We were sorry to leave Samoens and the beautiful La Ruche is so comfortable with magnificent views - just amazing. Hope to see you again next year - it will be our 6th visit to Samoens with Alps Accommodation.

Slimm party, La Ruche, April 2016

Fantastic chalet, we are the first guests to stay in La Ruche. Very comfortable, love the fire, very homely, very cosy. Had a great trip, thank you KPS and Chalet La Ruche.

Mills, February 2016.

Premier Services - What's included?

This property is booked directly with the owner and their pricing includes:

¤ Towels and linen provided ¤ 5 - 20% off ski passes delivered on arrival
¤ Beds made for your arrival ¤ 20% discount on ski hire, 10% on lessons
¤ End of stay cleaning included ¤ Welcome basket of food and drink
¤ Meet and greet service ¤ Sample selection of toiletries (often Eco)
¤ In-resort assistance ¤ Utility bills and Tourist Tax included
¤ Payment by card or bank transfer ¤ Provision of cleaning products
¤ Firewood included in properties with fires ¤ Washing up liquid, and a starter pack of bin liners and dishwasher tablets

At a glance

Sleeps:

4

Bedrooms:

2

Sauna available all year. Wood burner.

Ski bus 100m. Village centre 10mins walk.

Wi-Fi. Private parking. Games console.

Large gardens and terrace.

Services

Ski lift

Discounted Lift Passes Hand Delivered More

Ski

Discounted Ski and Equipment Hire More

Bus

Airport Transfers More

Ski

Discounted Ski Lessons More

Plate

Flexible Catering More

About the owner

We live in Oxford with our two sons. We have been holidaying in Samoens since 2005 at all times of year and really love the area. We enjoy skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and cycling and hiking the rest of the year. Le Baptieux was built in 1880 and was a functional farm until around 1980. Since that time it provided a happy family home. We renovated Le Baptieux and La Ruche in 2015. A lot of thought and energy has gone into the renovations and the interior design, which hopefully future generations and guests will enjoy! Diane and Paul