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“Friendly welcome in a spectaular location”
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27 reviews
spring in the garden at Snowgums
great views in all directions
Snowgums' wildflower meadow
fantastic thermal spa just 15 minutes away
hikes for all ages on our doorstep
lovely vaulted ceiling bedroom for 3-4
Snowgums' garden in spring
walking with llamas
Snowgums in winter sunshine, 2 minutes to the slopes
great walking
open kitchen-dining area
a spot of fishing
medieval festival nearby
playing in the Wendy house
Briancon old town looking towards Serre Chevalier Valley
Snowgums' games cupboard
Snowgums and Serre Chevalier under snow
Snowgums under snow
Snowgums' garden under snow
husky sledging nearby
snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding - lots to do, on and off piste
thermal spa, 15 minutes away
sledging away from it all
field play, in front of Snowgums
snowshoeing from the door
Snowgums and mountain on a typical winter's day
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Briancon, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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SarahGDLW
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Friendly welcome in a spectaular location”
Reviewed September 29, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

This was our first visit to Snowgums and we were blown away by the gorgeous location in the Haute Alps with beautiful walks in a range of valleys and mountain paths all within a short drive away. There are buses I believe but we didn't use them and would recommend a car to get out and explore the fantastic landscape. The lovely old walled town of Briancon is only a short drive away too. There's a good patisserie and supermarket just a 10-15 minute walk away for fresh croissants every morning too. Snowgums itself was a treat. Pippa, the host, was warm and welcoming and helped us with advice and suggestions for our day trips out into the mountains. She provides good detailed maps we could borrow too so no need to buy these. The 200 year old farmhouse is stylish and cosy and it stands out from many I've been in by all the little decorative touches that make it feel more like a home than an anonymous apartment. If you have never been to this part of France before I definitely recommend Snowgums as Pippa will be able to give you loads of advice and suggestions on the best way to explore the area.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Liked best: Excellent location and very friendly and helpful host
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Oct 1, 2016
Was fabulous having you here and that we could tip you off about our favourite spots to explore. See you soon! Pippa
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Andy H
1 review
“Great holiday, wonderful host and great value”
Reviewed August 29, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We've had a lovely couple of weeks' holiday in Briancon. We've been mountain biking, walking, swimming and even tried via ferrata. The apartment is lovely - very comfortable and well equipped. The farmhouse is in an idyllic location. Thank you for all your helpful suggestions - we have lots of happy memories of this holiday!

Date of stay: August 2016
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 31, 2016
You're welcome - so great having families stay who get out and explore, try different things, and relax too!
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SallyB219...
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“A wonderful retreat with huge character and a welcoming host.”
Reviewed August 18, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We fell in love with the beautiful apartment, with it's quirky features, careful attention to detail and welcoming feel. It is such a restful place; we so enjoyed having time as a family here and really appreciated Pippa's guidance and hospitality. We have certainly fallen in love with this part of the world and feel like there's so much more we need to see and do here. We'll be back.

Date of stay: August 2016
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Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2016
It was a real pleasure to have you with us for your stay here in the sunny southern French Alps. It is always a delight to host families such as yours, who enjoy exploring and relaxing together, and we hope to welcome you back again soon, summer or winter.
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Sarah P
Rushden, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A very special place”
Reviewed June 26, 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.

Date of stay: June 2016
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Liked best: The location and peace
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
Jun 27, 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 March 20, 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.

Date of stay: March 2016
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Liked best: The beauty and comfort of our accommodation
Liked least: No problems
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Mar 27, 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
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9 reviews
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“a Special Place to Stay!”
Reviewed January 26, 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.

Date of stay: January 2016
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 27, 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
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12 reviews
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“Rustic charm, inside knowledge and a warm welcome”
Reviewed September 21, 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.

Date of stay: September 2015
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 22, 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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