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“A very special place”
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Snowgums and mountain on a typical winter's day
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Snowgums and mountain on a typical winter's day
beautiful vaulted ceiling in the bedroom for 3-4 sledging away from it all
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22 reviews
Snowgums and mountain on a typical winter's day
beautiful vaulted ceiling in the bedroom for 3-4
sledging away from it all
magnificent beamed ceiling in the living area
thermal spa, 15 minutes away
spacious bedroom with lots of storage
main room with double sofabed, and child-size single sofabed
Snowgums' garden under snow
cool in summer, and warm & cosy in winter
snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding - lots to do, on and off piste
lovely vaulted ceiling bedroom for 3-4
husky sledging nearby
sleep under feather duvets and on feather pillows
Snowgums in winter sunshine, 2 minutes to the slopes
cool cotton and feather filling for beds
Snowgums and Serre Chevalier under snow
open kitchen-living area
Snowgums under snow
open kitchen-dining area
field play, in front of Snowgums
well-equipped large kitchen, large fridge, dish-washer, micro-wave and high spec oven
Snowgums' games cupboard
vaulted ceilings, even in the shower rooms!
snowshoeing from the door
easy access to garden and plenty of room at the table
summer in the garden at Snowgums
fantastic thermal spa just 15 minutes away
great walking
Briancon old town looking towards Serre Chevalier Valley
wildflowers in spring and early summer
great views in all directions
hikes for all ages on our doorstep
the field in front of Snowgums
BBQs in the garden and tables and benches for all eating together
Briancon old town
the next valley, only half an hour away
plenty of shade for those hot days
Snowgums' wildflower meadow in early summer
Snowgums' wildflower meadow
Go Ape!
Snowgums' garden in spring
lots of lakes for swimming
medieval festival nearby
walking with llamas
playing in the Wendy house
a spot of fishing
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Briancon, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Sarah P
Rushden, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A very special place”
Reviewed 26 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We thoroughly appreciated our very relaxing stay at Snowgums. The sense of history in the house with the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings gave a real feeling of timelessness. We struck on a week of sunshine and unexpected heat, so the haven of the house as a retreat from the sun was very welcome.

We took up the offer of meals provided by Nathalie, as recommended by Pippa who owns Snowgums, and can really recommend that others do the same; as vegetarians, eating out can be hit and miss, but having a very well prepared three course meal waiting for us was just wonderful. Special touches that were just as appreciated - towels to go swimming, slippers, flowers, and milk, cheese and bread - very thoughtful. We came with our bikes, and there was plenty of space to store these securely. Pippa very helpfully pointed us in the direction of beautiful rides which exceeded our expectations.

Briancon centre is about 20 minutes' walk away, but supermarket and boulangerie half that. The old town definitely worth having a walk to.

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Liked best: The location and peace
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Jun 2016
We were delighted to have you both stay with us Sarah, and to help you make the most of your visit to this special part of the Alps. We look forward to welcoming you another time in the future. Best wishes, Pippa
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Jo C
Queanbeyan, Australia
2 reviews
“Superb value - beautiful space - great host”
Reviewed 20 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Total pleasure to stay at Snowgums. Pippa our hostess was so informative and helpful about the region and our stay. She also organised a great local cook Nathalie to create some meals for me and my friends - they were all completely delicious. As Australians it was also great to meet a kindred spirit. The 2 apartments we used were beautifully set up aesthetically and practically.

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Liked best: The beauty and comfort of our accommodation
Liked least: No problems
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
27 Mar 2016
It was great to have you guys with us Jo. We look forward to your visit next summer!
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Chinabell...
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“a Special Place to Stay!”
Reviewed 26 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

It felt as if Pippa had been looking after us for months with all the lead up to our stay. Pippa and her daughter gave my daughters (aged 14 and 6), my cousin and her partner, and me, a very warm and generous welcome to her amazing chalet! What an adventure we had here over this week. We were greeted with lots of snow which is what we came to experience - the girls for the first time. And what a fabulous place to experience it. A chocolate box, breathtaking view at every turn and then such beauty in the tiny details both in the streets of this wonderful area, but also here inside wonderful Snowgums. Pippa, your eye for charming detail is superb. We have loved this cosy apartment, a refuge after venturing out to explore.
The skiing at Chantemerle was a great success. We were visiting without a car. it was an easy 10 minute walk through the village to the free shuttle bus that takes you to up to Chantmerle. We also used Taxi Ben for trips into Briancon including a marvellous dinner in the old town and on another day a trip to to the spa.
The thermal spa is not to be missed - a wonderful way to end the week of skiing, wallowing in steaming water surrounded by snow and looking up at the mountains.
We loved Nathalie's superb food too. All delicious and interesting. (Her chocolate fondant cake was demolished in minutes).
Snowgums is definitely to be recommended as special place to stay.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
27 Jan 2016
Great to have you here for introducing your Aussie kids to a European Alpine winter, with all its delights. So pleased you enjoyed it all.
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EdDouglas...
Sheffield
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Rustic charm, inside knowledge and a warm welcome”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

It must have been quite a gamble, but Pippa Curtis has created a characterful apartment that is entirely in keeping with the traditional farmhouse it occupies, and with all the necessary facilities. She and daughter Becky are fabulous hosts and have deep knowledge of the famous skiing, mountain biking, hiking and climbing that makes Briançon such a draw, and much of the cultural history too. She pointed my at the wondeful Vallée de la Clarée and even left a copy of Emilie Carles' book A Wild Herb Soup by my bed! There was also a basket of local goodies to get us started. Snowgums and Pippa really made our visit.

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Sep 2015
It was great having you and your family here, and to help you make the most of your brief visit to Briançon. We look forward to welcoming you all back another time.
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Happyvall...
Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Something Special”
Reviewed 15 September 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Our trip across France to Briancon came in a "perfect storm" - the start of French school holidays, a massive snowfall, frozen tollway gates and closed motorways resulting in a three hour trip taking eleven hours! Once we finally arrived exhausted sometime after midnight, Pippa popped out and greeted us cheerfully like long-lost friends. This travel-weary Aussie family felt instantly comforted and at home!

Waiting for us in our comfortable apartment were lots of essentials and treats. During our five week stay Pippa and Becky helped us with every request to the utmost degree and showed us things, places and events that only a local would know about. "Chine" the dog and "Luc" the cat (named after a famous local skier) were lively company, especially for our kids missing their pets in Australia.

Snowgums is much more than one of those "luxe", corporatised, impersonal ski "condos" so common these days. It is a house with a living history still being written today. We came to Briancon - Serre Chevalier as skiers but also as lovers of history, literature, architecture and culture. You will find all of these things in the house and its surrounding environments. The house is, as advertised, a converted age-old farmhouse with all of the appealing eccentricities you would expect from such a building. It is certainly the most memorable alpine house I have ever stayed in.

Pippa and Becky are lovely people and excellent hosts. This kind of place is about love, not money. You can't pay for that.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
16 Sep 2015
We really enjoyed sharing our home, Snowgums, and this very special part of the world with you. It was very warming to hear that when asked by friends what was your favourite place in Europe, that you said it was your stay with us in Briancon that came to mind. We hope to see you, and/or your girls, back here another time. Cheers
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SusannahS...
Byron Bay, Australia
1 review
“Rustic charm in the high alps”
Reviewed 3 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Our family of four spent five weeks in the downstairs apartment of Pippa's in Feb/March and were able to settle in and make ourselves at home with everything we needed in the two rooms. Pippa was a fabulous host, welcoming us warmly at midnight despite the hour and giving us a wonderful hamper which introduced us to the delights of the local produce: wine, patés, cheese, bread etc.
Pippa also gave us many great tips for local daytrips, overnight walks, and good restaurants. She was also a wonderful guide, taking us to a nice restaurant up a valley opposite a tobogganing slope, which the kids loved, and also a fabulous cross country skiing festival complete with free husky sled rides! We would never have know about all these things to do if it wasn't for Pippa's local knowledge. Our two girls also enjoyed the company of Pippa's daughter Becky who was generous in sharing her garden, cubby house and games with them. They also loved the company of Becky's dog in the garden and also her friendly cat who would come in the window every day to make himself at home!
We spent a couple of weeks skiing while we were there, catching the regular free bus from a few blocks away to the ski slopes of Chantermerle (which worked well for us) and also driving up to Montgenevre which was only twenty minutes by car. Despite the beautiful warm spring weather, the snow just kept on coming and we enjoyed some wonderful skiing conditions throughout our stay. If we come back to this lovely wild part of France we would certainly come back and stay with Pippa and Becky again. I hope some day we will!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
4 Apr 2015
Thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure having you all with us, and to help you really get to know and experience the area. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Safe travels.
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jjngsusse...
Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Welcoming and helpful host”
Reviewed 24 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Travelled with the young family for their first week of skiing and Snowgums worked very well for us. Pippa was happy to collect the children after ski school which was hugely helpful - fed, watered and looked after them brilliantly. Apartment 1 had all we needed and Pippa arranged for a meal for our first night which was very helpful. Becky was charming and our boys enjoyed sledging with her. Snowgums is slightly away from the slopes, so we drove (you could use the bus) as we had booked ski school at the other end of the valley. There are closer ones, but we knew this part.
Living in an old house ourselves we appreciated some of the quirky, rustic elements of the building.. Lovingly restored, some work in progress as all buildings like these are.
We were welcomed warmly (even when we arrived v late due to ferry issues!) and Snowgums was perfect for the first family skiing holiday. Thank you Pippa and Becky,

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
27 Feb 2015
Thank you for your comments. It was lovely meeting you all, and a delight looking after your two young boys each afternoon after ski school. We look forward to welcoming you back another time. Best wishes
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