Sleeps 6, WiFi central location yet quiet and calm with fireplace, 2 WC
Robert and Gen Farwell
- english, french, german
About Robert and Gen Farwell
We are an Anglophone couple who enjoy many mountain sports, including skiing, trail running, hiking, biking, climbing and mountaineering. We also run Alps Adventures hiking guiding service. We both speak fluent French and one of us speaks German. We met in Chamonix in 2000 and moved here permanently in 2001. You can find Alps Adventures on Facebook !
Robert and Gen Farwell purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Robert and Gen Farwell chose Chamonix City Centre
This is a unique small stone building in Chamonix - around 300 years old and it was also our first home in Chamonix for two years while we renovated it. We were attracted by the centre riverside location, the sense of having a quiet oasis in the busy town centre - close to everything yet private and hidden from noise. We also loved the intelligent room layout, the fireplace and the naturally insulated metre thick stone walls as well as the quality of the original construction. We renovated the interior to add Italian tiles, ceiling lighting, replaced the old open fireplace with a more efficient closed glass door model, and replaced the old kitchen as well as adding a new WC and storage room with a large modern water heater to the back bathroom in 2017.
What makes this Apartment unique
The unique location of our apartment at the river's edge, tucked behind a larger historic small building means that street noise is non-existent yet you retain all the advantages of being in town centre. The rooms are not sterile square bricks, but in a building with built with stone, wood and character. It is an oasis of peace, and stays cool in summer thanks to the glacially fed river and original thick stone walls. The cast iron and glass fireplace also serves to ecologically heat the apartment while being better for the environment than an open fireplace.
Children allowed - Children must be monitored while on balconyChildren must be monitored while on balcony
Pets allowed - There is no garden, only a balcony. There is no garden, only a balcony.
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - Contact us if you are not of minimum ageContact us if you are not of minimum age
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
This apartment was perfect in every way for our family of four + 2 dogs. It is right downtown Chamonix, close to a ski bus stop and many fantastic restaurants, including being right next door to the best burger place in town -Poco Loco.
Thank you ! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and the pups. We hope to see you another time when you visit Chamonix !
My family and I had spent a wonderful week in Gen and Rob's apartment. We felt blessed to have arrived a day after the first snow falls of the season. The town was blanketed in snow and was drop droppingly beautiful. So our first stop after we had unpacked was to Snell sports (a 30 second walk from the apartment buildings front door) to hire waterproof walking boots. As the apartment building faces onto the pedestrian main street, everything we could need (or covet) was very close by. The apartment is at the back of the building and noise was not an issue. The changing view from the balcony, over the Arve river to Mt Blanc was an absolute delight to watch. The apartment is as in the website photos, and was clean and tidy on our arrival. The apartment ticked all our boxes; a functional kitchen, laundry facilities, 2 bedrooms (with single beds in the 2nd) and close to the town centre as we were without a car. I highly recommend this apartment, and would love to return again one day.
Comfortable apartment, beautiful view
We are a family of 5 and spent 2 weeks in this stunning location during the summer. Friendly owners who made us most welcome. If you want a holiday and don't want to have to use a car, this is an ideal location as everything is in easy walking distance and to travel further there is excellent train and bus services. The apartment is spacious, well equipped and comfortable. Shopping, restaurants, cinema all near the apartment. Marvelous view of the mountains, what a great way to start the day, enjoying the view with a mug of coffee!
Excellent x 3
The most fabulous position and accommodation.
the owner could not have been more helpful.
I will be booking this again.
it's beautiful, lovely and very, very complet (you can find in the house all that you need). from the balcony, the landscape is wonderful, the mont-blanc, the bossons, midi... it is in the center of chamonix, and there are a lot of shops near. my family and me enjoyed our holidays there. this year is the second time that w were in that house, and we were very happy there. it's a wonderful house.
Chamonix is a year-round resort town, steeped in alpine history and renowned for skiing in winter and alpine mountaineering, hiking and parasailing with famous alpine peaks such as Mont Blanc, Aiguille Vert, Les Grands Jorasses and the Drus.
It is accessible to hikers and mountain walkers of all levels. Lift systems in the valley bring you up into the high mountains quickly, and numerous well marked walking paths exist to explore, all the while enjoying gorgeous mountain views.
Please be sure to check lift opening schedules during your intended visit with the "Mont Blanc Natural Resort" site who run the lift system. The months of May and November are usually considered "low season" with some lift closures. Skiing is weather dependent, so plan your holiday after research.
By car you can also make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to nearby Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner.
Local SNCF trains and free Chamonix buses bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley.
Also an easy drive to Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre or to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland (train service available) for museums and art.
Other Activities: ice climbing, glacier walking, ski touring, rock climbing, thermal baths
Golf: Chamonix has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. It has beautiful views of the Mont Blanc range. Details in English on the Chamonix golf club website: http://www.golfdechamonix.com/index-en.php The golf course has a very good restaurant on site available for lunch or dinner (reservations strongly recommended).
There is another nearby golf course above Courmayeur Italy in gorgeous the hanging alpine valley of Val Ferret (car required to access from Chamonix). Several wonderful traditional mountain restaurants are available to visit in that valley for a typical northern Italian lunch or dinner after your day out on the course. Details available in English on the Courmayeur Golf website : http://www.golfcourmayeur.it/
Ski: The local Compagnie du Mont Blanc (http://www.montblancnaturalresort.com) operates the ski lifts in winter and summer.
The 'Unlimited' ski pass includes all the lifts in the Chamonix valley and Les Houches, nearby Courmayeur Italy, St Gervais, Les Contamines and Megeve. The "Le Pass" includes all the main Chamonix valley lifts, but not the highest lifts accessing off piste black runs and is suited for beginner to intermediate skiers.
If you would like to rent our apartment for a full month or longer, please contact us for rates.
Note that we do not rent for more than 3 months at a time and we will not cancel existing reservations to accommodate your request. The most likely time we are likely to grant a long term rental request are the spring, summer or autumn months.