Alp-Apartments is a small family business run by Dorothy and John Clinch.
We have ski-ed for 30 years, initially in Austria and then in France. At first we took package holidays to pretty chocolate box villages in Austria with plenty of atmosphere, extremely limited low level ski-ing, often icy, horrendous queues and pushing!!
As we could not contemplate trying to get young ski-ers on and off the ski bus in one piece, and because a self-catering apartment was more convenient, and cheaper! - and we turned to France, the mecca of self catering accommodation..
The ski-ing was a revelation - miles and miles of wide, well-groomed, flattering pistes!! Virtually no lift queues!! Accomodation near the pistes, ski school of 2 hrs which recognised that you may want to meet up and ski with other members of your party.(in austria it was 2 hours in the morning, a break for lunch with the class up the mountain, and 2 hours in the afternoon - what did you do with young children?)
We were hooked on French ski-ing, but a few niggles remained. The purpose built resorts were ugly, with little variety of shops, restaurants etc. and the apartments so frugal that even the French call them 'rabbit hutches'.
We tried package ski drive holidays but found many disadvantages: - there was a price penalty if we chose to fly with a low cost carrier, rather than drive
- the apartments were rather uncomfortable, drear and spartan. We found out later that the un-named apartments were usually in the 'budget' category.
- the apartments were scattered about the villages so that it was 'pot luck' whether your apartment was well situated
- it was nigh on impossible to get meaningful information from the tour operators about the resort or the apartment.
- we found that there was no representation or help in the resorts, we had to find and arrange ski hire, schools etc. We began to wonder what exactly we were paying for.
So we decided to take the plunge and book the holiday ourselves from private owners over the internet. This worked much better, accomodation was generally of a much higher standard and information was better
........then we found Les Gets.
The ski-ing was fantastic, with easy access to the whole of the Portes du Soleil. Undiscovered by major package operators, the traditional village oozes with character. We loved the ease of access to the slopes and the way that the pistes began actually in the heart of the village. It was great to see all the grandparents pulling toddlers on sledges at the bottom of the nursery slopes. Our snowboarding son was treated as a human being, welcomed both in the designated snow park and on the main slopes. Les Gets is one of the easiest alpine resorts to travel to - an hour from Geneva now served by Easyjet and Buzz, and only 8 -10 hours drive from the channel ports.
Having decided that Les Gets was the perfect ski resort for us it was a short step to buying our apartment and beginning to rent it to other holiday makers. We thought we had sufficient experience of the shortcomings of rental properties and the practicalities of ski-ing with children to know what to provide.
We had a shock, however, when we visited Les Gets in the summer - we found a fantastic bathing lake we didn't know existed a few minutes stroll from the apartment and realised its tremendous attractions of Les Gets - glorious scenery, super weather, premier mountain biking, great walking, golf with views of Mont Blanc, adventure park, pony riding and the bathing lake and nearby outdoor swimming pool in Morzine- not to mention white water rafting, canyoning, paragliding etc. etc. Add to this excursions to Chamonix, Annecy, Geneva,Switzerland and Italy and the possibilities are endless.
Alp-apartments offers 3 adjacent holiday apartments:
- in a superb location in a great village with fantastic ski-ing
- comfortable and well equipped apartments
- a personal service available at evenings and weekends as well as weekdays.
We gave up our jobs in 2001/2 - Dorothy - lecturer in economics at University of Central Lancashire, Preston and John owner/ manager of family dry cleaning firm, Clinchs the Cleaners, and have spent the last two winters in the alps running our apartments, catered and self caterd chalets and hopefully improving our skiing!
We have developed a successful summer holiday programme in Brittany, Dordogne and the Algarve and are now developing the ski side to include chalets and apartments in the well known resorts of Meribel and Courchevel and quieter La Tania. We are also offering apartment in touriat residences with facilities such as swimming pools in family resorts of St Sorlin d'Arves and St Jean d'Arves - ideal for young families or those who just want to ski/board.
We have tried to make the website as informative as possible, but please contact us by phone or email if you have any queries. We don't guarantee to be able to answer every question but will do our best to find out!
We are a small family business specialising in bringing you good quality holiday accommodation and associated services in areas we know and love.
Holidays have always been our passion and we know from experience how difficult it can be to arrange them, trying to suit all members of the party from young children to active or easily bored teenagers to the more mature and the elderly; to keep to a budget and still have a good time yourself!!
We also found that it was almost impossible to find information on both the detail of the accommodation and what there was to do in the surrounding areas, and yet the success of the holiday depended on that.
We have tried to plug some of the gaps so that your holiday will be less hassle to arrange and less of a gamble..
The areas we offer are in the main, those where we have often holidayed as a family, such as Brittany, and, in the case of Les Gets in the alps and in Vila Senhora da Rocha in the Algarve, areas in which we own property. or areas we have extensively researched because we would have liked to have spent holidays there but never quite got round to it!
We visit all our featured properties and take the photos ourselves - so please excuse us if they are not of professional standard - but they are honest! There are occasions (late availability), when we are offered good quality properties, at the last minute, from trusted sources, for which we are not able to take photos and have not visited.
We also provide you with information and photographs of .the locality, so that you can judge whether the area is suitable for your holiday..If, however you have doubts, questions about the suitability of a property or an area we are only too pleased to try to answer your questions - or to find the answer for you.
We started in 2000, renting out our own ski apartment in Les Gets - see below for the history of our business, progressing to renting apartments and villas and in Vila Senhora da Rocha in the Algarve, where we have owned a timeshare apartment for 20+ years, to offering holiday rental properties in Brittany and the Dordogne. The holiday areas we now cover and the list of resorts and the choice of accommodation in those resorts, increases each year, To see the detail of what we currently offer, click here please.
In addition, we offer airport transfers, insurance, special offers on ferries, airport parking, as well as the ski specific ones of ski hire to the accommodation, catering, childcare and ski school and pass advice etc..
For 2005/6 we have added:
- additional self catering ski chalets in Les Gets - chalets Glisse and Mure.
- Ski chalets in Alpe d'Huez, ski chalets and apartments in Plagne Soleil and ski apartments in Meribel/Mottaret
A Winter Sun/Short Breaks/Late Availability programme to Algarve, South of France and Ile de Re on the Western Atlantic coast of France.
We are planning a major expansion of our summer programme to seaside resorts in Brittany, Western Atlantic France, and south of France. We are also pleased to be able to offer an increased choice in the Algarve, with budget apartments by the beach and with luxury villas with pools.
We now have two members of staff, Helen and Jacqui working with us on Bookings and Administration as well as our children Joanna and Simon, in their breaks from University, where they are both studying French.
We are developing on line availability and booking and now take debit and credit cards.
We are continuing to spend most of the winter in the alps, searching out new accommodation/resorts and hopefully doing some more skiing.!
The rest of the year we are based in the UK, but frequently travel to France, looking for new accommodation.
We would be pleased to hear from you if you have an area you would like us to feature. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0044 (0)1626 862 763
Alternatively, if you are a property owner and would like us to manage your property rentals and feature your property on our websites, or if you are a property letting agent, and you would like to work with us we are always on the look out for good quality accommodation and would be pleased to hear from you.
Superb Locations now encompasses
Brittany 4 Beaches
Dordogne 4 Holidays
Algarve 4 Beaches
and Superb Summers.