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A Summer Break in the Village Arc 1950

August 22, 2011 3:31 pm
posted by Rebecca

In this post, Paul Harvey experiences summer in the Alps as a guest of Pierre & Vacances at the Le Village Arc 1950 Premium Residence:

We, stayed at five star Pierre & Vacances Premium Le Village Residence located in the centre of the car-free village of Arc 1950 (metres), under the gaze of Mont Blanc. More about the superb apartment in this Residence and what a five star package offers, a bit later…

The village is delightful –  built of stone and timber under stone roofing slabs. We thought it nicer than Arc 2000 above us for sure. Good to get to the mountains for a summer break, which I haven’t done for many years. Very relaxing to be back in vast Alpine meadows with the unmistakable cow bells to be heard over seemingly huge areas. No other nasty sounds to break an otherwise silent scape. The landscape is green wherever you look, broken by the occasional white patch from 2500 metres upwards.

We drove to the resort, crossing the channel with SeaFrance to get into the French mood as soon as we left Dover, then straight down to Troyes on those amazing French roads in four hours (not one set of roadworks). Troyes made a perfect stoping point. A delightful town to explore in more depth time allowing,  Champagne country of course…Allow for about £100 in toll fees in total for the trip by the way.

Taking the car is a good move – with the Alpine weather being what it is, with the occasional threat of low cloud and rain, you can drive off to find sunshine somewhere else on the mountain, explore Arcs 1650 and 1850, or go down to Bourg -St – Maurice and browse the shops. The market is a good one on a Saturday.

We didn’t take kids, but clearly this resort appealed to many young families with a healthy outlook! Great walking country, gentle and serious.  Our images show how stunning the views can be once the sun shines, making these clearly defined walking routes very enjoyable. Mountain biking being another option of course..very tempting!

The 1950 village had a programme of activities organised with P&V, so if you found yourself back in the village in the afternoon, you could be playing golf, tennis, archery, biking etc . Well organisd, with many prizes to be won!

Going back to the apartment was something we really looked forward to. It had a very comfortable, open plan kitchen, dinning and lounge area, alpine wood decor with the large bedroom in a similar style, views to the mountains with our own balcony also justified the five star stamp. The bathroom was also spacious. We enjoyed self-catering here as you can imagine with all the amazing local produce available. The kitchen was well stocked with all the mod cons, and everything you could need in terms of cutlery, china etc..

We also rated the pool and  related facilities, and we were spoilt for choice! In our building we had a small heated outdoor pool, with a great steam room and sauna, and with a quick dash over to the opposite Pierre & Vacances Premier building, we enjoyed the larger indoor /outdoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym. Quite an experience swimming outside and peering  up to the mountain peaks above you!

You then realise just how relaxing this type of holiday is, and for a moment I imagined being in this superb Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence in the Winter, with the region opening up to 425 kms of slopes, doorstep skiing right up to the apartment building, fires burning in the reception bar areas, with even some apartments having their own fireplaces I believe!

I will be back…

To find out more about the Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Le Village Arc 1950  and other accommodation in the same area visit – the Pierre & Vacances website: