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Hotel Le Valombré Hotel 4 star
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Chemin du Grand Logis Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, France -
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At the heart of the Chartreuse Mountains, in the town of Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse and on the Chemin du Grand Logis, the ValOmbré is a charming wooden guest house with a cat, a cosy fireplace, a copious breakfast, local cuisine and a very friendly host, Jean-Pierre, who will give you the best advice for making the most of the region. It is truly one of our favourites!

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The ValOmbré is located on the Chemin du Grand Logis in the town of Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, the main town in the Chartreuse Mountains, which are classified as a Regional Natural Park and stand at an altitude of 890m. The house is located on the mountainside facing the summits of Chamechaude, Grand Som and La Scia, the place to go for skiing and mountain biking. It is also the starting point for hikes leading to the Charmant Som, a peak that overlooks a large part of the Chartreuse Mountains and from which the view is fabulous. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Grenoble from here.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The five guest rooms, measuring 12m² to 16m² and all different, are cosy little wooden-clad nests with a view of the magnificent Chartreuse landscapes. After a long day out in the nature, you will really appreciate the warmth of your room and the bathroom. It includes a shower, a toilet, toiletries and towels presented in such a way that you might mistake them for a present, tied as they are with a red ribbon! The bed is absolutely lovely and the sitting area, with its sofa and coffee table is wonderfully cosy. Forget the television (there isn't one anyway!) and take out a book.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Be it summer or winter, you will love this guest house (ranked '3 épis' by the Gîtes de France organisation) at the heart of the Chartreuse Mountains Regional Natural Park, a great place for recharging your batteries and ideally located at the foot of the slopes, near the famous Grande Chartreuse monastery. This former stable once used by the Carthusian monks has been around for many centuries. Entirely renovated using solid and natural materials, this 18th century Carthusian structure became the ValOmbré in 2008. All year round, Jean-Pierre and Eric welcome guests to this welcoming house where everything is organic. The five different personalised guest rooms are both sophisticated and comfortable. It really is the ideal place for relaxing after a day full of activities.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The day begins with a copious and delicious breakfast by the fire in winter accompanied by the cat, and on the terrace overlooking the Grand Som in summer. There really isn't the slightest space on the wooden table to place absolutely anything else. It is true, though, that you do have to fill up in the morning if you're planning on heading out and tackling the mountains! Warm croissants, fresh bread, freshly squeezed orange juice, eggs, cooked meats, crêpes, cakes, tasty homemade jams... You're never going to want to leave the table! In any event, make sure you plan on spending a good half an hour at breakfast to really enjoy this meal, it would be a shame to just eat and run! In the evening, Jean-Pierre cooks some amazing dishes using local products and served with wines from the region. In a pie, as a crumble, with cheese: blueberries can be enjoyed in a hundred different ways for dessert. You should give some Chartreuse a try for a pre- or after-dinner drink!

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    A computer is available with free Internet access in the room with the fireplace and there is a free Wi-Fi connection in all of the rooms. There is also a small car park. The ValOmbré is a bit setback from the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, which gives it its charm, that and the fact that it is far from everything: you'll have to walk to get to town and the grocery stores, newsagents and other shops, as well as the bars and restaurant. There is no television.

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    • Animals allowed

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