The front door is situated at the bottom of the driveway. Leading off the main entrance are the family guest bathroom and bedroom, laundry, games room/garage and storeroom.
Family-sized guest bedroom
The guest bedroom can comfortably sleep a family of five (or six, with a baby). There are three children’s beds (a bunk-bed with a trundle bed), a king-sized double bed and a travel cot. Traditional white cotton bedding is used.
The cupboards in the guest bedroom contain spare bedding and hot water bottles, toys and picnic equipment. There is a high chair and a baby/toddler backpack-carrier.
The downstairs bathroom is light and airy, with a bath and separate shower cubicle. For families, a child step stool and potty are provided.
Guest toilet (lower ground floor)
The guest toilet is separate, next to the stairs. There is room to store suitcases behind the toilet.
Laundry/drying and boiler room
In the laundry room beyond the bathroom, there is a washing machine and a tumble dryer. There is also a drying rack which you can put up in the bathroom or out in the garden (only in the summer, however, unless you want frozen socks!). The laundry room is the most suitable place for drying ski boots.
In the winter, the boiler provides hot water for radiators throughout the house and under-floor heating. The house is generally warm and if using log fires you may not need the under-floor heating. There are radiators in all rooms except the main living area.
We have converted a once cold and dingy garage into a bright, fun recreation room. There is a widescreen TV with DVD player and Sky TV, a dart board and table football. There is a double sofa bed which can, if necessary, be used for unexpected visitors, or teenagers wanting some privacy from the family bedroom. However, keep in mind that this is a converted garage and can get cold at night, even with the radiator on.
At the back of the garage is the door to the storeroom, containing an extra fridge and a chest freezer, as well as a wine rack and plenty of space to keep skis and bikes. Some children’s toboggans are there for winter use and there are bikes available on request. There is also a bin of salt in the extreme case of ice freezing on the driveway.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area
The stairs from the hallway lead up into the main living area. This is a large open plan space, pine panelled, with two sitting areas, a dining area and kitchen. There are shutters on all the windows for keeping the cold out at night.
To the left of the staircase is a reading area with two comfortable leather armchairs and plenty of novels, guide books, wildlife books, maps and children’s books. The sliding cupboard contains spare china, glassware, a raclette kit, spare candles and board games.
The dining table can seat up to ten adults and a highchair is available for toddlers. For large parties eating indoors or out, there are extra wooden trestle tables and benches stored downstairs. Crockery can be found in the kitchen island and in the dresser. Napkins and tablecloths (including a plastic one for children) are in the drawers in the dining table. Cups, bowls, bibs and cutlery for toddlers are stored in the kitchen.
The kitchen is well-stocked with equipment and utensils. There is a kitchen fridge-freezer and plenty of extra space in the storeroom fridge and freezer.
The log fire can really warm up the living room and adds a lovely, cosy atmosphere to your evenings in. There is a large woodpile for the open fire outside under the terrace.
Guest toilet (ground floor)
On the ground floor you will find the guest toilet next to the master bedroom.
BBQ & garden furniture
The house has an open terrace down one side and a covered terrace leading off the open plan kitchen and dining area. An outside electricity point means you can have a night of raclette under the stars; alternatively there is a large gas BBQ with a griddle.
The tap and hose can be used to fill up the paddling pool, which can be found (alongside other outdoor games) in the store room.
The garden is a beautiful and relaxing place to kick back with a book and a drink and as well as the large outdoor dining table and chairs, there are two sun-loungers, deckchairs and a drinks table.
Ground floor bedroom & en-suite shower room
The master bedroom is beautifully wood-panelled, with handmade local artisan furniture. A door leads onto a small separate terrace. There is an en-suite shower room.
Up the wooden staircase is the mezzanine living area, with two twin bedrooms and a family bathroom. A desk sits in one corner and wifi is available throughout the house. The sitting area is a large, airy open space with two double sofa beds, centred around a coffee table and television with a DVD player. There are plenty of DVDs and a large toy chest.
Pine-panelled walls and beamed sloping ceilings, along with the simple pastel décor, make these two bedrooms charming and cosy. Each sleeps two people in twin beds, which can be pushed together if preferred. The right-hand bedroom and the bathroom both have built in wardrobes.
A second family-sized bathroom upstairs consists of a toilet, double washbasin and bath/shower. Large cupboards provide ample storage.