Les Iris is very large and fully equipped for up to 10 people and has great views. Based in Drouzin le Mont on the edge of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest ski area’s in the world, the apartment is ideally located for holidays all year round
Self-catering penthouse apartment Les Iris, is very large and fully equipped for up to 10 people and has great views.
With 3 bedrooms and a cubby hole, it has a combination of various sleeping arrangements. The apartment is based in Drouzin le Mont on the edge of the Portes du Soleil (one of the largest ski area’s in the world) in the French Alps, Haute Savoie, France (near the French/Swiss border) and it is just over an hour drive to Geneva airport.
Drouzin le Mont is a small villeage situated in the hamlet of the Col du Corbier. The apartment is especially suitable for groups and families - including families with babies and toddlers.
It offers a superb base for exploring the area and gives access to a wealth of outdoor pursuits all year round, such as skiing, snow boarding, hiking, walking, rock climbing (see below for more information), via ferrate, mounting biking, cycling, swimming, rafting, canoeing or hydro-speed and many many more. It is also a popular area for bikers.
The Portes du Soleil, one of the largest linked ski areas in the world with over 650km of prepared pistes, is only a 10-20 minute drive away and has opportunities for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
Portes du Soleil:
Based on the edge of the Portes du Soleil piste map, Penthouse Les Iris gives easy access to many resorts in the Portes du Soleil:
- 10/15 minute away from the old village of Abondance which has a great nursery slope with easy ‘step on’ lift for beginners.
- 15/20 minute to St Jean D’Aulps,
- 20 minutes to Chatel and Morzine
- 20 minutes by car from the Ardent lift.
The large car park at the Ardent lift is free (like most car parks near the main lifts) and from here you can take the 10 man telecabin up to Les Linderets to the beginner’s slopes.
You can continue to Avoriaz, which features spectacular snowboard parks, tree lined pistes that meander through dramatic cliffs; excellent skiing and boarding for all levels and in all directions including the Swiss resorts of Les Crosets and Champery. If you choose, you can go the other way towards Morzine and Les Gets with endless opportunities for a huge range of abilities.
And there are even more resorts in the area. Please contact us if you would like to receive more information.
The ski season in the Portes du Soleil is from mid December to mid/end April depending on the snow conditions and when Easter falls.
The apartment has great views over the opposite mountain which has a great sledging area for old and young as well as many opportunities for snowshoe walking and cross country skiing. We understand that the local council will organise activities such as a sledging, dog sledges, archery and other activities with the tourist office during the French school holidays.
For hikers, climbers and sports lovers it is an Eldorado! Within 5 minutes you can begin the most beautiful mountain climbing expeditions in the area (in total about 20 routes). Another well-known hikers route very close to Les Iris is the Tour de Monzon, with views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. There are also special nature tours for children.
Other sports in the area include mountain biking (for the real daredevils), hang-gliding, fishing and horseback riding. Or how about the adrenaline rush of rafting, canoeing or hydro-speed?
Lake Geneva and Montriond and many other lakes are a short drive for summer tranquillity, water sports and swimming.
There is easy access to the traditional alpine town of Morzine for shopping and evening entertainment.
Prices and availability:
Rental period is usually Saturday-Saturday (7 nights), prices from 500 Eur - 1,050 EUR per week. Please note that the hire of bedlinen and a final clean are not included in the price and can be booked seperately.
Depending on the season the apartment is also available for shorter lets (minimum of 3 nights) such as weekend and midweek lets as well as lets of more than 7 days (but less than 14 days). If you would like to stay 5 or 6 nights, please check the weekly price as you might receive a better quote.
Penthouse Les Iris:
The main living area is a large ‘L’ shaped room (floor area 40 m2) with a vaulted ceiling over the kitchen and dining area.
Kitchen area - fully equipped with fridge, freezer, microwave, electric hob with 4 rings , full sized electric oven/grill, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes airers, toaster, kettle and coffee machine, pots, pans, cutlery etc. Everything is provided for a convenient stay.
Dining area - table, 6 chairs & bench, normally seats 8, but can be extended to seat 12 (3 child high chairs available).
Living area – sofa bed, sofa, benches, TV & DVD player (region 2), CD & Ipod player, coffee table and assorted stools and large pillows, access to large balcony.
The sleeping arrangements are very flexible:
Bedroom 1 – family sized room (floor area 18.5 m2) with 2 meter long double bed (can be split into 2 single beds) & additional single bed, wardrobe, cupboards and sink, access to balcony. This room also has a screen and DVD player that can be used.
Bathroom - bath with shower, wash basin, w.c.
Bedroom 2 - family sized room (floor area 13.5 m2) with double bed (can be split into 2 single beds) & two single beds, fitted wardrobe and sink.
Bedroom 3 - (floor area 7.6 m2) double bed and wardrobe.
Shower room - shower, wash basin, w.c.
Cubby Hole - cosey low roofed area with large Velux window, fitted with futon type beds (2 beds of 1.90m x 0.80m), ideal for youngster or adventurous adult.
Living area - double sofa bed.
Extra’s for the little one:
Three baby travel cots, 3 high chairs, play pen, change mat, microwave steriliser and nappy bin are available on request, no extra charge (no linen provided).
Pillows, duvets & bed linen:
There are pillows and duvets provided. Guests are responsible for providing their own bed linen, kitchen linen and towels (sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels). There are local arrangements for hiring linen and towels for €14 per person per week (please ask for more details).
Clients are asked to leave Penthouse apartment Les Iris in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the rental period. If you wish, the key holders can provide a full clean of the apartment for €50 (pre-booking only).
You can send your shopping list and our keyholder will arrange your full shop to be delivered to the apartment for just €15-€25 + the costs of the items.
Garage, parking and storage:
There is ample onsite parking and for those guests who need a large secure storage area there is the possibility of using a full sized garage. There is also a lockable ski cave for guest use.
Heating and lighting:
Les Iris is energy efficient having a very high level of insulation. In addition to the underfloor heating in the main living area, each room has an electric radiator with individual controls; this allows guests to control the temperature in their bedroom by simply turning down the radiator rather than having to open windows and doors. Energy efficient lighting is standard and the cost of the electricity is included in the weekly rental.
Food and restaurants:
Nearby in Le Biot and St. Jean d’Aulps there are bakeries, a little supermarket, more shops and eateries. For the large weekly shop, there is a large Carrefour as well as a petrol station with one of the best prices in the area on the D902 just outside St. Jean d’Aulps, between St. Jean d’Aulps and Morzine. For those using Sat Navs the coordinates are: N (phone number hidden), E 6.65633.
Internet access & wifi
There is wifi available in Penthouse Les Iris. 8-days usage vouchers can be bought through paypal at the apartment. You can connect up to 3 appliance per voucher. An unlimited amount of vouchers can be bought.
Please note that the internet is through a satellite and speed can vary.
Locally you can get access to the internet in:
Le National – Bar, Pizza’s & Paninis (eat in and take away)
Saint Jean D’Aulps
(about 10 minutes drive from Drouzin le Mont)
Le National has free wifi.
There is also free wifi, internet access available at Café le Franco-suisse in Abondance (also about 10 minutes drive away from Drouzin le Mont).
There is free wifi available in serveral shops in Thonon Les Bains.
Entertainment in Penthouse Les Iris
For the evenings or when you just fancy being at the apartment, there is a range of games available for all ages to play. There is also a good choice of DVD's and a TV where you can hook up your own game consoles and some books available for you to read.
The TV has 20+ French channels and there is an extra TV screen and DVD player in the family bedroom.
The Haute-Savoie boast a large number of rock climbing areas, whether for bouldering, single-pitch cragging, multi-pitch routes, big walls or ridge climbs. Near the apartment are several climbing opportunites and the cliffs of Biot will enchant the rock-climbers, as much for the beauty of the places as for the quality of the escalation.
5 minutes walk from Penthouse apartment Les Iris
you will find the rock-face at L’Arblay, with 20 bolted routes (from 7B) a rock-face for experts looking to work on their technique.
10 minute drive from Penthouse Les Iris are:
- The “Pas de l’Ours” cliff, with some routes up to 80 metres in length, 78 beginners, intermediate and hard routes from level 3/4 up to level 8A, 8B.
- The “Touvière” beginners rock face, with routes up to 30 metres in length (3/4 to 6B).
and only a few minutes further:
- The Chauxvu de L’Abbaye in St Jean D’Aulps (next to the Abbey). There are a range of bolted routes at all levels with 93 routes from 4 to 7.
There are many more routes in the area.
Guests have access to the full apartment including a ski-locker in the basement and a full size garage.
We welcome any questions, before, during and after your stay and will provide all information to make your stay the best possible.
There is a local key holder who can also be contacted during your stay and who will make sure that the apartment is ready for your arrival.
As we found that many guests arrived out-of-hours we have an agreed location at the apartment where the key can be collected from at any time of the day/night.
If this is your preference guests can be greeted by the key holder.
Drouzin le Mont is a small rural village near the French / Swiss border.
The closest airport is Geneva. The drive from Geneva airport is about an hour.
During part of the winter months there is a bus service (4x per day) from Drouzin le Mont to St. Jean D’Aulps connecting the apartment to the local ski resorts. There are more buses available from Le Biot, which is 5 kilometres down the mountain from Drouzin le Mont.
To get around during your stay we advice clients to arrange transport before departure.
If you do not wish to hire a car / bring your own, we can arrange for locals to transport you around (subject to their availability). Please contact us to request about availability and a quote for the trips that you would like to make as early as possible.
Les Iris is a wonderful apartment with spectacular views on the mountains. It is in perfect condition and exactly as decribed by Judith.
Well done and thanks, Judith
We had a good time at that apartments. It is very spacious. Good choice for big companies. Judith gave us an answers for all our questions. High recommend to stay.
Very nice place, almost in the middle of the mountains! :)
The house is very nice and has a nice view on the mountain. Very well furnished so it's easy to feel at home!
Judith and Suzie (the keyholder) were very helpful and reactive, giving tips, advicing to bring the chains for the car, arranging the time to fit our schedule, .. Thank you for everything to them ! :)
Well, it started with letters to Judith. It was my first trip to Europe without booking a hotel, so I was rather excited and worried. And naturally I had a load of questions that I could ask only one person. And Judith answered all of them, properly, deeply and with enthusiasm. Thank you, Judith, so much!
Then we came to the place. The view is just amazing! We enjoyed it all throughout the journey and I was extremely sad to leave the apartment! And it is like expecting people coming - there is just everything you could need for the stay!
The location of the apartment afforded us ti visit lots of placed - we went to Annecy, Montreux and Vevey, Geneve, Losanne and wonderful villages around.
I would recomment to rent a car as public transport there is really bad.
And internet would really be good to have.
Apart from that it was a great holiday!
Our stay was a very relaxing experience chilling out ,hiking and generally having a break in our 3 month round world trip.People who book this in summer should be aware that you are in a remote but beautiful area of French alps and a car is (website hidden) bus service are available to local (website hidden) internet is available locally (ie walking distance) and tv was not working during our 7 day stay(digital had just been installed but had not been tuned in).Overall accommodation is excellent and provided you are well prepared we would recommend it to couples/groups who are really to make their own (website hidden) would be an unbelievable experience during winter months.
We had a wonderful stay. This was a great place with outstanding views. It was very tough to leave and come back home. The house is located in a nice quiet area, but close enough to all kinds of beautiful villages, both large and small.