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Le Val Lachard Apartment-Style Guest House: Perfect for Winter Ski and Summer Holidays!

A breathtakingly beautiful escape in the French Alps!

Perfect for  both Winter and Summer holidays. A personal recommendation by Brian Franklin, Director Pure France Now.

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A visit to the picturesque alpine village of  Villard-de-Lans in early March this year for a few days skiing at the excellent local ski resort, revealed an absolute gem.

After a search for somewhere to stay we discovered Le Val Lachard – an ‘Apartment-Style’ Chambre d’Hote Guest House with contemporary flair and family-friendly service.

A recently and cleverly converted farmhouse, perfectly situated in a natural park and protected environment within walking distance of the classic alpine village of Villard-de-Lans.

The welcome my friend, Dale, and I received on our arrival, and during a few our days stay, was a delight. The owners, Jolette and Thierry Vaillant were perfect hosts, and let us into their inspirational personal story about the renovation and development of Le Val Lachard. An enthralling story and approach to creating their successful ‘dream’ business and home in a stunningly beautiful part of the French Alps.

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Simply, Le Val Lachard  guest house apartments meet your needs completely, whether for a family stay, ski-group, or couple. The apartment premises are cleverly adapatable to suit different party sizes and requirements, from spacious suites for 10 persons, family of 4, or single rooms for just 1 or 2 persons. Flexible, comfortable options are available, all with self –catering facilities.

Contemporary, high quality interior and stylish design furnishings. Exceedingly comfortable and peaceful accommodation. Perfect throught the year and especially for winter or summer holidays.

The remarkable story of Jolette and Thierry Vaillant. Jolette has said of their personal journey in creating the wonderful Le Val Lachard:

Hard to get, long to transform and lovely to live in : this is the story of our house affair with what has become Val Lachard

We fell in love with this old Vercors farm, the traditional fountain in front of the house and the numerous possibilities the building offered.

It took almost two years before the sale was effective, two years during which we dreamt a about the house and its future.

Thierry has many friends-speleologists who took much interest in the project. To study self-sufficient energy building as a past-time you must be somehow ingenious, dedicated, and a total workaholic. And to come for your holidays and to help carry heavy tiles up to the top floors you have to be a really good friend! (picture 83)

It took over fifteen years to finish the house during which we came along from Paris for busy week-ends. But arriving at night near the fountain to find the deers eating apples under the apple-trees made the 6 hour journey worthwhile.

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We now welcome guests in our comfortable Val Lachard, and the deers are still coming at night. If you do not see them (because you sleep so well) you might see in the soft light of early morning the pheasants or the fox.” Jolette Vaillant.

Contact Jolette and Thierry direct for more information about this remarkable place or to make a reservation for Summer or Winter in 2015 and 2016.

A Special Offer for each Reservation:  

Free breakfast or free hamper food basket with a selection of high quality, organic produce from the local region.  This offer is only available from Pure France Now, and to benefit for each reservation you will need to obtain a special PFN/VAL code number to pass on to Josette and Thierry at Le Val Lachard.

Request this special code for a special treat by emailing


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Le Val Lachard

chemin des Prés – 38250 Villard de Lans

Thank you for contacting us :

Tel 0033 (0)476 43 48 06 – email :


Le Val Lachard is situated in 5mn of Villard-de-Lans, in the regional natural park of Vercors (France) near Lans-en-Vercors, Corrençon, Méaudre and Autrans. The closest town is Grenoble.

Le Val Lachard is a big holiday cottage compound of 4 apartments of flexible hosts (rent separately or grouped) to constitute a very comfortable accommodation of big capacity. These apartments can be also praised in independent or grouped guest rooms. A big fitted out places are dedicated to the outdoor equipments : skis, bikes, speleology, mountain, paragliding, golf…

Le Val Lachard is ideal to spend holidays in family or between friends, but also for your seminars of company. You will have the pleasant setting of the Alps to take advantage of some snow the winter (cross-country skiing or Alpine skiing) on the ski runways of the resort Côte 2000 or to make beautiful rides from spring. You will discover the numerous sports activities offered by the region: walks, golf on a plan in the forest in the edge of the Nature reserve of Vercors.

The duration of rent of hosts ‘apartments and rooms’ can be envisaged for week, the weekend or the mid-week, following the availability of the calendar.