As the new owners of the Refuge du Lautaret since december 2015, we’d like to welcome you into our family home. Mike, from England, Maria, from Denmark and their two children Alex and Emilie who were both born locally in Briançon now live here all year round with their cats and Border collie Lili.
Mike has been living in the region since 1990 and also works as a fully qualified hiking and trekking guide (International Mountain Leader). Maria has been living in Serre Chevalier since 2004 and working in the local hotel trade ever since.
Situated a 1.5km before the Col du Lautaret pass and at 2000m altitude the gîte is a mere 10 minute drive from the ski resort of Serre Chevalier and 15 minutes away from the internationally renowned off piste resort of La Grave La Meije. The nearest town is Briançon, a UNESCO world heritage site on the border with Italy and only 25km away.
On our doorstep we have access to ski touring, snowkiting and snowshoeing in the winter and numerous famous, or infamous, cycling routes in the summer such as the Col D’Izoard, Col du Galibier, Alpe D’Huez and the Col de La Croix de Fer. Hiking in the local area is enriched by the proximity of the National Park des Ecrins which is on our doorstep and ensures a wealth of alpine flora and fauna.
The gîte also boasts a locked garage/workshop for motorbikes and a secure inside room for cycles with workbench and tools. We can organise guides for all other mountain activities and if you use a guide from the Horizons team you’ll get a preferential price! For those who wish to simply relax, we have a south facing terrace with a panoramic view of La Meije, a garden with barbecue in the summer and children’s play area. In the winter you can sit by the fire in the living room with a mulled wine...or go to the local natural hot baths and spa in Monêtier les Bains 10 km down the road.
We have three family rooms (available to book privately) with double beds and bunk beds for 4 to 6 people and three dormitory style rooms for up to 9 people for a total of 39 beds. There is a dining room with a kitchenette for those who wish to prepare their own food. We offer accommodation to suit all budgets ; full board with a picnic, half board, bed and breakfast or simply a bed for the night!
Look forward to seeing you soon! Mike and Maria.