Family house with big garden in a picturesque village in the French Alps

Family house with big garden in a picturesque village in the French Alps


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3 chambres
Couchages 8
2 salles de bain
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A recently renovated family house with a big garden, situated in a picturesque village in the French Alps, just fifteen miles south of Grenoble. The house was built only twelve years ago, and has all modern conveniences - three bedrooms upstairs, a very large living room with dining space, a main family area, a piano room (which is just to one side of the main living room), kitchen, washroom, and then a recently completed extension, which has two studies (with convertible beds in each one) and an adjoining bathroom. There is a large garden front and back, and all the houses nearby have spacious gardens, and we are very close indeed to magnificent 2000 metre mountains (but our house is only at 450 metres above sea-level).

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  1. We are an Anglo-French couple, with two children (aged 12 and 13); I am a Professor of history and cultural studies at the Universities of Grenoble and Chambery and my wife Isabelle is a high school teacher of English in Grenoble. The link with Canada is a very strong one - since I completed a Ph.D. at UBC (over thirty years ago!) and I have two "grown-up" children living in Vancouver - one of whom is getting married next August! It would be our dream not just to fly out to the wedding (which we will surely do) but to spend about three weeks in Vancouver so that my French family can share fully in the delights of my Canadian family and beautiful British Columbia. In order to do this, we really need to arrange a "swap" of houses - I was thinking ideally of a month, but less would be considered also. We would also be in a position to swap cars, if you so wishes - here we have a Ford estate car (hardly as big as North American station waggons, of course!) and a small Ford Fiesta. The only condition is that you would have to care for my few thousand books (and read as much or as little as you like) and our new grand piano (ditto, for playing).
    Needless to say, we would be EXTREMELY respectful of your property, which certainly does not need to be very big.





Reaching Grenoble is easy, since a freeway comes almost to the entrance of the village. The village (Saint Paul de Varces) is nestling in a small valley in the Vercors range of mountains, but all the mountain ranges which dominate this part of France are within easy access. It takes a little under two hours to reach Geneva in Switzerland; Lyon is one hour away; and if you continue on the major highway which comes to the entrance of the village, you will be in Provence, south of here, within two hours. The Mediterranean is three hours away, and Italy and Switzerland can be reached in two hours.

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