The snowy peaks, the clean, fresh air of the land around Briançon, and traditional food. The tranquillity of a stay in the heart of the French Alps. Nicole Sanchez-Ventura is looking forward to your visit.
“An old 17th-century farmhouse which is full of soul and authentic charm.”
This ancient farmhouse was built in the 17th century, and is still full of the same soul and authentic charm today. Listening to Nicole - who heads up the 4-star establishment - talk about the elegant building’s past is almost like poetry. For the Chalet-Hotel L'Auberge du Choucas, The Originals Relais has watched the centuries pass and, like a fine wine, become even better with age. The charming hotel is in Monêtier-les-Bains, right in the heart of the French Alps in the Serre Chevalier resort, where guests are greeted with a cosy atmosphere, elegant décor, a personalised welcome and attentive hospitality. With their exposed beams and oak, Alpine-style furniture, the 12 rooms and duplex mini-suites are flawless, as is the perfectly-positioned gourmet restaurant. This is a warm, welcoming boutique hotel, where guests can really enjoy their holidays in the mountains to the full.
“Décor, ambiance and hospitality are what it’s all about. Staying with us is an opportunity to get away from it all in cosy, elegant and restful surrounds in a place like no other,” says Nicole. Woodwork and luxurious fabrics take pride of place in the 12 Alpine-style rooms and mini-suites. They are south-facing, and most have a balcony or terrace. Delightfully comfortable, they can accommodate between 1 and 5 people.
- Non smoking room
The Chalet-Hotel L'Auberge du Choucas, The Originals Relais is home to an excellent gourmet restaurant, with cuisine based around fresh produce. The 4-star hotel also showcases top-quality products at the breakfast table. To get the day off to the right start, Nicole offers healthy breakfast options, either as a buffet or a continental breakfast served in the restaurant or in guests’ rooms. You'll have the chance to try delicious fruit juice and artisan cheeses as well as fruit, yoghurts, eggs and local cured meats, not to mention cakes, compotes and home-made jams.
THE AUBERGE DU CHOUCAS
Up in Hautes-Alpes, this authentic 4-star hotel immerses guests in a place like no other: the unspoilt and majestic natural surroundings of Monêtier-les-Bains.
RELAXATION AND WELL-BEING
At 1,500 m above sea level, the village of Monêtier-les-Bains in the Hautes-Alpes department is full of Alpine charm. The village is also home to the Grands Bains thermal resort, with around 4,500 m² dedicated to rest and relaxation, with natural hot springs (44°c) full of active ingredients, indoor and outdoor pools, hydrotherapy bubble loungers, swan neck waterfalls, volcano jets and sheer waterfalls, a Jacuzzi, mineral bath and musical grotto, three traditional Roman bath features and a hammam. There are also a variety of activities on offer there, including yoga and aqua aerobics.
BRIANÇONAs the highest town in Europe at 1,326 m, Briançon sits at the meeting point of valleys, under the Montgenèvre mountain pass which leads to Italy. With the Serre-Chevalier resort and Écrins National Park making it a paradise for lovers of winter sports and sunny hikes, the city - which was designed by Vauban and has its fortifications listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - retains the delightful old-world charm of a medieval village, with its maze of narrow streets and little gardens.
EXPLORING THE BRIANÇON AREAThe Briançon zone, or Briançonnais, is fantastic to explore. The region stretches out over 1000 km² along four different valleys bursting like rays from the central point of Briançon. Strewn with majestic mountains and gleaming glaciers in wild, unspoilt, natural surroundings, the landscape is littered with hiking trails and home to architectural heritage like no other. With its renowned passes, such as the Col du Galibier and Col d'Izoard, the Briançon area is a land of legends - and one that you just can’t help falling in love with.
Right in the heart of Monêtier-les-Bains, the Chalet-Hotel L'Auberge du Choucas, The Originals Relais has an excellent room available for business meetings or seminars.