Murray Hamilton

Mountain Guide

Accommodation at Murray's house

The house, which can sleep 7 people, is situated on a sunny south-facing slope at 1140 metres in an area known as Le Pey on the west side of the village of Les Vigneaux. Built in 1996, it takes in the spectacular views of the Ecrins Massif and makes the best use of the abundant sunshine. The high insulation values of the building ensure both warmth in winter and coolness in summer. The house has three bedrooms and is equipped with a normal range of domestic appliances (fridge, freezer, washing machine, dish washer etc). WiFi is also included.

The village itself has historic monuments in the form of the church and an ancient wall built to protect the whole valley of Vallouise. The commune of Les Vigneaux is extensive in area, though two settlements house the majority of the 350 inhabitants.

The village now boasts a bakery, two bars, two gites, two carpentry shops and a cabinet maker. About a dozen mountain guides and an almost equal number of ski instructors live in the village. There is a post office (part-time) and a primary school in part of the "town hall" building and ocasional public transport links the village to other settlements along the valley and to the ski resorts in the winter season.

Murray's House: photo gallery.

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Image 1 - Murray's House - View North

Accomodation In Detail

The accommodation outside provides to the front parking for two visitor's cars and a small lawn with a children's play frame. On the South East side is a wooden patio area of more than 20 m² suitable for breakfast in the morning sun or a shady afternoon. Behind the house is another small shady secluded lawn.

Inside, the first floor accommmodation comprises: a front entrance door protected by the roof; an entry vestibule fitted with ample hanging and shelving space for clothes and shoes and a small hall space. This provides access to the stair case and the first floor, to a small understairs toilet and to the open plan living room and kitchen combined. This last space is large (34 m²) and gives access to a utility area which houses storage shelving and the dishwasher. This also leads to a washroom with the washing machine and a ceiling drying facility.

The first floor accommodation provides for three bedrooms and the family bathroom. Bedroom 1 is a double and is 14 m² with window and patio doors which face South West with spactacular views towards Les Bans (3600m). Bedroom 2 is a small double, 10 m², with views NE towards the Tete d'Aval. Bedroom 3, the smallest (7 m²) has the same view as Bedroom 2. The bathroom (5 m²) is fully equipped with bath, modern WC, wash hand basin and towel rail, and benefits from light through a Velux window. On the landing there is also the possibility of sleeping young children in a 'coin montagne'.

Rental fees are as follows and based on a weekly rental Saturday to Saturday: June 800€, July 950€, August 950€ and September 750€. There are two additional charges, both optional: 10€ per person for linen and 70€ for cleaning.