This is a spacious traditional alpine apartment situated in the pretty village of Les Bossons which is 5 minutes drive from Chamonix centre.
The living area has a kitchenette which includes a fridge, oven, four-ring induction hob and electric kettle. Two large picture windows offer stunning views of the Chamonix valley and a woodland corner where you can often catch sight of deer in the early hours of the morning.
You'll have access to a large communal terrace and open meadow where in winter children and grown-ups alike can be found sledging down the former piste. As soon as the snow has melted away a BBQ and outdoor picnic tables are provided.
The apartment features a boot dryer so you won't have to struggle with pulling on cold hard footwear during you ski holiday and it also has a private ski locker.
WiFi access is available throughout the property so you can easily keep up with friends and family at home. There is also an on-site chalet manager in the building who will be able to help you with any queries throughout your holiday.
The apartment sleeps up to 6 in 1 quad room with two single beds (mattresses can be zipped together to make a double) and 1 bunk-bed and a two single sofa beds in the living room.
Arnica can combined with Anémone via two internal doors, creating a delightful three-bedroom apartment sleeping up to 12. Sound insulation in place when the apartments are not joined.
The apartment is let on a self catering basis and the company do offer to do a preliminary grocery shop on your behalf to get all the basics in before you arrive.
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Families & Kids
If you are travelling with young children, the company are able to provide you with cots, high chairs, a bath mat and a box of toys - all free of charge.
You’ll need to book your own childcare, when staying here. There is a great choice of childcare options in Chamonix from full-time nanny services to the odd night of babysitting. In addition, during the winter season, many of the ski-schools operate creche services. Booking in advance is always recommended and strongly advised for the school holiday periods.
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You’ll need to book your own transfers when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination.
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You’ll need to organise your own bike hire when staying here. Things to consider are the type of bike you want to rent such as road, mountain, hard trail and/or an electric bike; and whether you’ll need helmets and protective clothing with your rental. You’re best off choosing a shop that is close to your accommodation for ease of access, and making it quicker to return the bike and pay at the end. Some companies may also deliver so it’s worth looking at all the options.
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You’ll need to book your own ski hire, when staying here. There are many choices for hiring equipment. Generally, you’re best off choosing somewhere close for ease of access, & less far to carry your kit, easier to make changes, and quicker to return and pay at the end. Nevertheless, many suppliers will deliver and some snow-front rental stores offer ski lockers, so it’s worth checking out all the options.
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Lifts & Passes
You’ll need to buy your own lift pass, when staying here. Lift passes can be booked online or bought in resort on arrival. There are many types of pass available, suited to different levels, length of stay and budget. It’s worth reading up on the options to get the most from your lift pass in summer & winter.
Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France
Instructors & Lessons
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.
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Guides & Tours
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover Chamonix whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.
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Private parking is available on the property.
Les Bossons is a quaint little village on the outskirts of Chamonix centre with a peaceful atmosphere and old fashioned charm. It has no shops or bars whatsoever, but if you like the quiet life then you'll love Les Bossons!
Les Bossons only has a handful of restaurants but they are all worth a visit. La Cremerie du Glacier is the most rustic, a cosy little place under the Glacier des Bossons serving calorific dishes laden with cheese, ham and wild mushrooms. Le Tremplin, near the bottom of the Les Bossons chairlift serves lots of local specialities including raclette and fondue at very reasonable prices, it has a lovely outdoor terrace with great views of the glacier too. Hotel Aiguille du Midi is a more sophisticated affair, without being at all stuffy; gourmet food prepared with seasonal local ingredients and a legendary dessert buffet make it popular with locals as well as hotel guests. A short walk towards Chamonix brings you to Hotel Le Vert, just after Gaillands lake, which serves good contemporary food as well as bar snacks.
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Les Bossons has only one attraction to speak of but it's pretty special - the glacier. During the summer you can hike right up to it by following signs for La Jonction, a steep hike going up to 2589m, or you can take the jolly little multi-coloured chairlift up to 1400m and follow a short trail that has pictures of how the glacier has changed over the years. Other than that, you can hop on a train or bus to Chamonix and visit the main attractions such as the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace.
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Things to Do Nearby
Les Bossons is a great base for summer hiking, there are a number of trails that lead up into the forest beneath the Aiguille du Midi and on the opposite side of the valley you can access the incredibly beautiful Aiguillettes des Houches. It is conveniently placed on the bus and train links that connect Chamonix to Les Houches, so it is well placed for accessing all the activities that you can do in other parts of the valley. It does not have its own ski area, but all the resorts in the valley are easy to reach on public transport.
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The nearest golf course to Les Bossons is the Golf Club de Chamonix, an 18 hole course in Chamonix Les Praz, near to the Flegere lift station. It has a driving range, club house and pro-shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They hold regular competitions throughout the summer, the course is closed in winter.
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Les Bossons has no ski area but there is one chairlift that operates in summer to take sightseers up to the glacier.
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France
Bars? Nightlife? That's not what Les Bossons is all about, you can enjoy a quiet drink on the terrace of the Hotel Aiguille du Midi but that's about as wild as it gets. There is a nightbus that connects Chamonix to Les Houches, passing through Les Bossons along the way but check the timetable so you don't miss the last one!
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Location: Chamonix - Les Bossons
Catering Basis: Self-catered
Property Style: Apartment
Run By: Owner Directly
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional & Modern mix
Sleeps: Sleeps 6
Bedrooms: 1 bedroom
Access: Children welcome
Room: Hair dryer | Ski Locker
Car-parking: Parking on property | Public car-park (outdoor)
Entertainment: BBQ | WiFi / Internet
Kitchen/Laundry: Cooker / Oven | Fridge | Iron & Board | Microwave | Tea / Coffee Maker
Outdoor: Garden - Shared | Terrace
Spa & Fitness: Sundeck
View: Mountain view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 674 Route du Mont | Chamonix - Les Bossons | 74400