Read what our visitors say

Read what our visitors say

A wonderful fortnight in Vallouise! We have walked, climbed, cycled, mountain biked, swam, enjoyed Via Ferrata, and village markets, making the most of the stunning mountains. 
We have loved our adventures here and found Apt Eyrie a comfortable and well-equipped base with fantastic views. Thank you for sharing your apartment with us

Sean, Mandy, Jack and Charlie

August 2013

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Hi Jerry,  

I just wanted to write to say that we all had an excellent week out in the Ecrins, and it was great to meet you - the local advice and recommendations were invaluable, and we got alot more ice climbing and ski touring in as a result of your knowledge, being back at work came as a shock but the break was terrific.

Ric and I were both saying that it was great to meet and talk to someone whose values and visions of how life should be aligned nicely with ours, and the area is just beautiful.

Many thanks again for making the week excellent!

Cheers, 

Tom Moat

January 2013

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Fantastic week's cycling in the Alps! Nearly 350Km cycled and over 8000m. of ascent! Climbed Col D'Izoard and the Galibier. Beautiful weather and scenery. Great scenery and lovely chalet.

John Talbot

September 2012

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Thank you Jerry and Jackie for a warm welcome and all your advice. One week was way too short and we will definitely have to come back to explore this wonderful part of the Alps. Chalet Chabrand is beautiful and the surroundings even more so!

MERCI BEAUCOUP!

The Wroblewski Family

August 2012

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Hi Jerry,
Thanks so much for a great holiday. Dave King was a good recommendation for the rafting & the mountain biking was excellent. Sam & I met a local French biker & he showed us a fantastic red trail down from Puy St Vincent back to the village.
We loved the area and would appreciate if you could email us details of your properties to rent as we would like to return.
Please let us have the options as we may have Sam's girlfriend along next time. We may also be tempted for a skiing week as well.  

The Watteau Family
August 2012

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Hi Jerry,
Our break simply wasn't long enough! The apartment was perfect, second to none, funny thing was seeing Dave actually doing some 'house cleaning'. What ever next!!
We are planning another trip to the Ecrins, however we would like to look at doing some alpine or maybe even go up the barres de ecrins, could you advise on guides and assist ? Need more blood pumping epics :-)!!
Jerry, we wouldn't hesitate in recommending AlpBase and I know we'll booking with yourself again soon!!
Thanks again,
Paul and Dave
June 2012
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Dear Jerry & Jackie,
Sitting on a green and sunny (if a little parky) Cumbrian Fell waiting for a D of E group to rock up, I find myself drifting back, as I frequently do, to our recent fortnight of fun in Apt. Meleze (no idea where the accents are on this xenophobic iPhone!).
We loved it so much we are moving out tomorrow...haha, not quite, but I'll leave the details of our future plans for Kim to explain.
I just wanted to write and thank you for your kindness, generosity, professionalism and great company during our Easter trip to Vallouise. The village is uniquely located and serves as an ideal base for just about everything we could imagine wishing to do (and many things that probably haven't even occurred to us yet!). No distance from the Alpine majesty of the  Vallees Blanche et Noir, and the woods and meadows of Ailefroide, and closer still to the delights of Puy-St-Vincent, where we regularly found ourselves the exclusive occupants of great wide sweeping red runs through the trees and Kim's famous 'bonkers' powder. We set a tiny scratch on the surface of the valley's cragging potential, and failed this time to even get our Via Ferrata kit unzipped, so busy were we with everything else.
There was no toy/bit of kit that could not be borrowed, hired or acquired very reasonably within the village, and your evening lecture and the seemingly endless supply of local knowledge from both of you proved invaluable. How ultimately thoughtful of you to even have a dog you could lend us!
Meleze itself has a great chalet feel for a cutesy apartment, all wood and tiles and warmth. It was perfect for a pair of friendly adult couples and the matching east west balconies guaranteed both morning coffee and aperos in the sunshine.
Sunny evening beers were drunk in alongside alpenglow views of the Narreyroux which I remember particularly fondly.
And all this a hop and skip from the bread lady and the bar!
Everything worked perfectly, except when Jerry turned our hot water off (revenge for my QuickDraw faux-pas I expect...) :-)
We loved it. All of it. You have a super slick, friendly little set up out there, and you certainly made us think. We will be back, not soon enough for me, and this time hopefully for longer. We might even bring a dog to play with Bertie, so don't move to the beach yet!
Thank you. For everything. We had a hoot. And you Gores provided so much for us than just an alp base.
Keep in touch. Come and stay.
Love,
Gwynie & Kim
April 2012
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We have just returned from the most wonderful week at Alpbase in Valllouise, France.  We cannot thank Jackie and Jerry enough for being the most attentive and friendly hosts.   Our chalet was just perfect for the 6 of us - we loved the picturesque garden, the most spectacular views of the mountains, the charming village of Vallouise, the delicious meals cooked by Jackie, the best fire place we have ever seen, waking to the sound of the mountain stream and the smell of fresh croissants.... Jerrry and Jackie were so knowledgeable and so happy to guide us in our explorations of the area.  Jerry was the perfect guide on the day out on the Via Ferratta, and Jackie kept us busy with new hikes and visits to neighbouring villages.  The ski hills were minutes away, and again Jackie and Jerry gave us so many tips on access, ski rental (complete with discount), conditions and so much more.  The chalet was charming, spacious, clean, and perfect for week combining mountain activities and family relaxation.  We could have stayed another week, if our waistlines could handle it!  
Thank you Jackie and Jerry for one of our best family vacations ever. We cannot wait to come back!

Sincerely, Kelley, Henry, Charles and Grace Johnson (Canada via Belgium) and Danny and Susie Plumpton (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada)  
April 2012
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We've had a fab holiday in your lovely apartment! Especially enjoyed the stunning view from the living room/balcony. Thoroughly appreciated the superbly equipped kitchen - all clean, modern and working well. Superb info on all activities with your AlpBase guides and Jerry and Jackie's recommendations. Despite late in the ski season we enjoyed visiting the local ski resort of Puy-St-Vincent, Monetier Les Bains and Montgenevre. Couple of nice walks, hot baths in Monetier, and even a day trip to Turin!
Thank you again and we will definitely be back!!
The Lowe Family 
March 2012
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Dear Jerry and Jackie,
We had a wonderful time. Really great sunshine, lovely skiing and a great apartment that suited us fine!
Thank you for your help and we hope to come back again next year.
Best wishes,
Rav and Anne, Frances and the boys!
Feb 2012
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Another great ice festival! Must be our 4th with you guys by now!
Great hospitality, great accommodation and a great talk! The ice conditions were'nt bad either!
Tommy who was on the trip wrote about your inspirational talk on his blog, http://tscoobydoo.blogspot.com/  (see Wednesday 25th). See, you have real effect with your enthusiasm.
Thanks again Jerry - great trip!
Dave Pegler Ice Fest 2012
Jan 2012
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Thanks Jerry for all your help and support. Great service!

We made it up in to the Massif des Cerces and did Feu Sacre on the Tour Termier on Saturday afternoon.  What a place! Great rock and delicate exposed climbing all 1 hour from the road.  Really impressed.  Back to work now though but hopefully back to the Ecrins soon, possibly in the winter.
I hope the weather stays good and the bookings come in.
Max Folkett
June 2011
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Hi Jerry,
I just wanted to write on behalf of my canoe club to thank you for the
accommodation you supplied us for our annual Alps trip last week. We had a
great week; the accommodation was excellent and in a wonderful location,
and the warm welcome was much appreciated.

We have already started to plan for next year, and would be very keen to
return to your accommodation in Vallouise. To that end, is it available
over the last two weekends in June 2012? We need to determine which week we
can all make, but it would be good to know the availability your end so we
can plan.

Thanks,
Regards,
Steve West

Chalet Chabrand
June 2011
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Hi Jerry. Thanks for your email, we had a wonderful time in Vallouise which was in part a result of the excellent service you and Jacky offered us. We have no complaints about your service and will be happy to spread the word on our travels.
 
Yours
Sandra & Paul
Apt. Sylvestre
May 2011
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Hiya Jerry,
Where did that 2 weeks chilled out holiday go, we love Chalet Chabrand and Vallouise, it's like home from home and instantly relaxes us....... We are full force back into the rat race here in the UK, but I suppose we have to keep going as it pays for the great trips we have.  Thanks again to you and Jackie for inviting us round for drinks and nibbles, it was really lovely.
I spoke to Chris about coming out mountain biking with you in May, so I have cc'd him on this email as a reminder. He's having drinks down in the big smoke tonight, I'm sure he said he was going to the Ritz hotel with one of his lawyers.....how the other half live hey!?
We are also trying to work out a  late summer trip with the 'boys' (and me!). I said they can't come out to see you guys without me tagging along.
You take care of yourselves and thanks so much for making our ski trip really one to remember!!!
Love to Jackie

Cheers,
Cath (and Chris) Highton
Feb. 2011
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Hi Jerry,
Thanks so much for a great trip. First of all, we all of thought the apartment was excellent and superbly located.  It's so rare in France to find an apartment with a kettle and a teapot!
For us what really added value was your expert knowledge, giving us invaluable advice as to where to climb/ski . . .
We had a fantastic time, climbed ourselves sore and hope to return as there is still so much untouched.
It is very hard to give any critical feedback when you are already doing such a great job - except keep it going!
Thanks again,
Anthony Bezencon
Jan 2011

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ST PAULS SCHOOL ALPINE EXPEDITION 2010
Hi Jerry,
The feedback that I had from the boys was all very good, they all seemed to really enjoy it, and the combination of the boys that came along and the activities arranged fitted very well, and I had good feedback from the parents too. On top of that both Rufus and I really enjoyed ourselves too as it was a really good trip.

Many thanks and hopefully see you again next autumn!
All the best, and a Happy New Year.
Dan Eves
St Paul's School
Oct 2010

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Hi Jerry and Jackie,
Just to say a huge thank you for such a lovely week.  We had a really enjoyable time and loved all the activities and walks that you provided for us.  The Chalet was just lovely and fully equipped with all that we needed for the week.  All contact with yourselves throughout the week and beforehand via email was all fantastic and informative.  Vallouise itself and the surrounding area was lovely and a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of London life!  Leo thoroughly enjoyed the 'Climbing Chats' with Jerry!

Many thanks again,
Zoe and Leo
Multi-Activity Course
October 2010

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Hi Jerry,
We had a fab time in Vallouise, so many thanks.  V brief feedback the apartment was great and very well equipped, and well-positioned. The info and maps you provided was really useful. We all had a great time, even the older ones said there was plenty on offer. We will be recommending to friends etc

Just to say we are returning your two maps that got caught up in our luggage in the clearing-up. Sorry about that.

Best wishes and hope to get back to Vallouise again soon
David Wainwright
August 2010

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Hi Jerry,
You may remember us - you gave us the recommendation that Cat I are have a go at Les Beaux Quartiers on the Aiguille De Lauzett.  I've been meaning to drop you a line since we got back just to say thanks for a brilliant recommendation, we really enjoyed the route.  We did it on the final day of our trip (Sat 21 August) and whilst we were unsure of the weather the day before it was glorious on the Saturday.  The long drive home the next day was exhausting but we had smiles on our faces!

All the best
Ian Bryant
Mountain Instructor
August 2010

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Hi Jerry,
True to my word and with great excitement I have managed to have annual leave approved and would therefore like to book a couple more weeks with you.  This time, in August, 14th - 28th to be precise.  We're going to drive down again but take our time stopping en route and bring bikes as well as climbing stuff.  Also, we want to have a go at kayaking. 

We have been spreading the word about how wonderful our holiday was in Jan/Feb '10 and I think a friend of ours may be interested.  He did say he'd contact you but I don't know if he has.

Hope all is well with you and your family.  Look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Regards
Jean

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Dear Jerry & Jackie,

We cannot thank you enough for looking after us so magnificently. We really, really loved our holiday in Sylvestre and it was a special treat to have so much of Jerry's time on the Via Ferrata.  The photos are spectacular! 

Yet two more thank-you's:  Firstly, for helping Tom out with his rental and providing fax and email back-up during our holiday.  Luckily and just in the nick of time it all got sorted out.  The others moved in on the Thursday that we were with you and Tom moved in last weekend.  Secondly, for offering to talk to Guy's school about your climbing expeditions Jerry.  

Thank you all again for a great fun time!
Best wishes,
Shelly, Richard, Tom and Guy
The Peat Family
August 2009

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Dear Jerry,
We have had a great week. We managed to do plenty of hill walking, a bit of climbing, and some swimming at Roche De Ram.
Still we only just scratched the surface of what's to do around here.
Apartment Les Valerianes was perfect.
Thanks a lot, it was a great holiday.
Mike and Rowa Hodson

August 2009

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Hi Jerry,
Thanks to you and Jackie too for making us very welcome - we all really enjoyed our climbing and Via Ferrata holiday and can't wait to come back sometime. You're very lucky to live in such a great place.
The apartment L'Acacia was ideal for our needs and the information and guide books you provided were really helpful. I can't really think of any major improvements you could make.

All the best and I hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future.
Kind regards,
Mark Fitzpatrick
August 2009

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Eton College Summer Alpine Expedition 2009
Hi Jerry,
Just wanted to say many thanks for a superb week for me and the boys. The combination of activities worked really well, I thought, and everyone really enjoyed the superb level of guided instruction from your team of world-class instructors Francois as ever was exceptional.

Thanks again and hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.
Best,
Neil Jeffery
Eton College
Windsor
July 2009

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Dear Jerry and Jackie.,
Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful apartment Sylvestre.
We've had a sensational 3 weeks and never done so much climbing!
On our days off we've been more than happy just to relax in your apartment.
You've found yourselves a piece of paradise here in Vallouise and we hope to be back in future years to share it with you again.
Best wishes
Andrew and Susan Whitehead
June 2009

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Hi Jerry,

It was a long haul from Australia but we just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our week with you, for me it was definitely the best part of our holiday in France. You live in a glorious part of the world.

We were very pleased with the level of service that you guys provided. I don't know if the information sheets that you provided at the apartment are part of your website but we found them really useful when planning our family activities for MTB, rock climbing and hiking.   

Hopefully see you again in 2010!
Garrath Evans
June 2009

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Hi Jackie and Jerry

Thanks for a fantastic stay - we have had a really good holiday, and are very sorry to be going home! Apt. Les Valerians was really good - perfect facilities.
Thanks again for letting us stay an extra night, as we are having to leave at 5am tomorrow, so it is very useful. We've given it a good clean.
Have fun cruising in the Autumn Jackie!
Thanks again,
Take care
Chloe and Robert Reed
June 2009

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Hi Jerry,
Thanks again for all your help during the week we'd have struggled without it, especially with all the ice conditions info and local avalanche warnings and risky areas. I am looking to get back out skiing somewhere in March but not sure on the plans yet so watch this space I may be in touch!?! Pass on my e-mail to Kev as we have various trips to Scotland going on so if they're up there then we could grab a beer but already have the climbing teams sorted.  Just got back from the Cairngorms where we had over foot of fresh snow and temps down to -14 so could get close to the northern corries without skis or snow snows (I really must buy a pair of them!) over 3 hours to get Fiaciall ridge - very un-sporting and lots of avalanches in Shneacda.

Hope you guys are well and enjoying the great conditions.

Cheers

Richard Fieldman

January 2009

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Hi Jerry,

I was going to drop you a line last week but the four days back in work were mental! We spend the week before getting everything sorted so there's no problems whilst we are away and the week after catching up.  Chris has been out in the states on business since last Tuesday and he's back in the UK tomorrow so I think I'll be glad of a rest this weekend. 

Anyway the good news is that we thought the Chalet was stunning and so well equipped, we look forward to getting back out there when we have the opportunity. We are trying to plan a trip in the summer but fitting everything in at the moment is proving difficult.  We are also looking at bringing my nieces out skiing next year as they have been nagging to join us for a while. 

Also we wanted to say a Big thank you for the slide show we thoroughly enjoyed it, please let us know when your DVD is available.

Thanks again for being great hosts and pass on our regards to Jackie.

Take Care
Cath Hayton
February 2009

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Hi Jerry,

We had a great week and the Chalet was excellent. Thanks for the slide show and ice route information, We went up to do Double Scotch but the left hand side was running so Dave went up the right hand side to do a harder variation on the right, probably a 6 but 20 ft up it had a 6 inch fracture/horizontal gap all the way through, so we left it for another day.

Hopefully, we will visit soon as there is so much Ice to climb in the area, we didn't even touch the surface. Upper section of Fournel valley looks great, though too much snow at present. But we will be back, plenty unfinished Ice in the Ecrins.

Good luck with your 7 summit challenges and raising awareness with the diabetes.

I will send you a copy of our meet report, when I have written it. Should amuse you and you can send it out to any other clubs who show an interest in stopping with you. Give them an idea of what can be done in the area.

Many thanks again for organising a great week for our Club.


Will Wheale
Lancashire Mountaineering Club
Feb 2009

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Hi Jerry,
Thanks again for the great few days in L'Acacia, a wonderful host as ever. Beware the taxi ride to Briancon as its 50 Euros on the meter!!  No problem on the trains home, everyone on time, even the last from St Pancras to Leicester surprisingly.

We have been chatting about our Matterhorn jaunt and the lads don't fancy the winter room at the hut and we can't move the dates due to the guys' holidays and so we have decided to check out the sun kissed huts of the Ecrins for early June.  We figure there's some great fun to be had round your neck of the woods which whilst might not be the Matterhorn would be equally if not better climbing!  So see you in June!

Thanks Again,
Richard Fieldman
March 2009

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We've all had a wonderful week here in Apt. Les Valerianes. There are some wonderful ski slopes that we visited, Puy-St-Vincent and Montgenevre had amazing views from the tpos. It's a shame to be leaving, but hopefully we will be back!

Thank you for making us feel so comfortable and for al your help and advice.

Kind regards
The Taylor Family - Mark, Lin, Hanna and James
Wilts
England
03 Jan 2009

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We've had a lovely week here - ice climbing, XC skiing and just walking around in the snow! Jerry's advice was invaluable in choosing the right ice routes for difficulty and in terms of safety and conditions. Super psyched to come back with even more friends next year.

Audrey Seguy and Adrian Berry
London
January 2009

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Dear Jerry and Jackie,
Just a quick note to express our thanks for last week. The accommodation was excellent and everyone was grateful for the help and advice received on the ice climbing, skiing and local conditions. It made for a great holiday. So good in fact that a number of people are already talking about next year.
Our concerns about the Col de Montgenevre proved unfounded and we didn't even stop to put chains on!
When do you start taking booking for 2009/10?
Many thanks again,

Rob Lillywhite
Trips Secretary - Warwick Climbing Club
January 2009

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Hi Jerry,  

I just wanted to write to say that we all had an excellent week out in the Ecrins, and it was great to meet you - the local advice and recommendations were invaluable, and we got alot more ice climbing and ski touring in as a result of your knowledge, being back at work came as a shock but the break was terrific.

Ric and I were both saying that it was great to meet and talk to someone whose values and visions of how life should be aligned nicely with ours, and the area is just beautiful.

Many thanks again for making the week excellent!

Cheers, 

Tom Moat

January 2013


 

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