Tucked into the wooded hillside under the village’s 17th century church, Maison Caramel is a friendly boutique B&B with bags of relaxed rustic charm. It has terraced gardens from which to soak up the views on lazy summer afternoons – and thick stone walls, log stoves and feather duvets for those chilly winter evenings.
|The farmhouse is in a lovely setting with forests at the back and the village dropping away in front. Stylishly renovated to combine alpine charm with modern comforts, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax.|
Maison Caramel is conveniently situated in Landry, just off the N90, only 7km from Bourg St Maurice and the famous Route des Grandes Alpes (an epic Alpine trail for motorists, bikers and cyclists), and just across the road from the GR5 long distance path. Awarded the Rando Accueil label in 2012, the farmhouse is a great base or stopover for those touring the Alps on foot, by car or bike.
For skiers, the slopes of the massive 420km lift-linked ski resort of Paradiski (les Arcs + la Plagne) are just a short drive away - and you're within 20 mins to an hour's drive of other top class resorts too, including Val d'Isere, La Rosiere, Tignes, Three Valleys and Sainte Foy. We run a shuttle service to the lifts and back in Montchavin-Les Coches (La Plagne side of Paradiski) for catered and half board guests in winter. There's also a free village shuttle bus to Plan Peisey (Les Arcs side).
On the ground floor there’s a winter entrance hall with old painted benches and a trap door to the cellar and laundry. Outside, there’s a large ski/bike store with heated boot room and a small workshop area. On a sunny day, the flagstone terrace in front of the house makes a lovely spot to relax and listen to the rushing of the Ponturin river across the road. Piano and the Studio are on this level.
On the first floor there’s the old stone stable, now home to the infrared sauna. Riviere and Bois are on this floor. There’s also a library area with books and our DVD collection. An old stone hallway, panelled in the original roof timbers, runs the length of the house from the garden grotto to the summer entrance hall.
The second floor is split-level – Montagne and Village are down a short staircase off the sitting room. The spacious guest sitting room has kept the exposed stone wall of the original barn. It has a log stove and lovely mountain views. Along the hall is the dining room with doors opening out onto the garden and terraces - where breakfast and dinner is also served weather permitting.
The top floor penthouse has four ensuite bedrooms (Abri, Rose, Bateau & Alpage) and is accessed by log steps cut into the hillside at the side of the house. It backs on to woodland and has a garden with lovely mountain and valley views. There's a large living area with vaulted beamed ceilings and a massive window framing a wonderful view of the north face of the Bellecote. The penthouse can be rented self-catered, or the bedrooms can be taken individually on a B&B basis.
In summer. enjoy a thick slice of cake or buttery biscuits at one of the bistro tables scattered around the garden and terraces. Or relax with a book and a glass of our organic cava in the shade of the old stone arch (formerly a bread oven). Looking up, you’ll catch glimpses of the church’s lovely copper cupola rising up above the trees behind the house. Wander up the rustic steps towards the church past our terraced herb garden and take a peak at the small organic potager. Although the grounds aren’t large, there are plenty of quiet spots to relax and unwind.
Landry is an old alpine farming village (800m altitude, 716 inhabitants) surrounded by ancient apple orchards and beautiful wild flower meadows. It has two bars, a grocery/butchers, restaurant and a TGV railway station with trains direct from Paris and Lyon.
There are lots of walks you can follow from the farmhouse off along the valley or up into the forests and high pastures. We can provide maps and route suggestions, or you can upgrade to one of our self-guided walking tours.
The fast flowing Isere river also passes close to the village – it has a lovely 15km cycle/walking path and is great for white water rafting and canoeing in summer (there's a river base just down the road with an excellent outdoor cafe). One of its tributaries, the Ponturin, flows by close to the house, just across the road.
There are lots of other outdoor activities and amenities within easy walking or cycling distance of the house and village. You don't need a car. See outdoors for more information on things to do in the area.