Things To Do (Summer)

WALKING – CYCLING – MOUNTAIN BIKING – SWIMMING – FISHING – TENNIS – ROCK CLIMBING – SAILING – WINSURFING – WATER SKIING – CANOEING – SHOPPING – TABLE TENNIS – NOT DOING MUCH – ACCRO BUESCH – DOWNHILL SCOOTERING – HOT AIR BALLOONING – FLYING – GLIDING – MARKETS – HORSE RIDING


Walking

dsc01904There are miles and miles of marked walks which you can access straight from the chalet or further afield by car or bike. With gentle inclines, you can walk through forest trails, along river beds or, slightly steeper, to the top of the Chamousset or the lake on top of the mountain and just about anywhere else that you might want to go. Maps are available from the village tourist office and quite a few have now been translated into English


CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING

bmx-1Whether mountain biking or road cycling, you will be spoilt for choice. As you might expect in France it is a popular pastime and there are many tracks and routes with comprehensive directions/signs. Jerome Payot runs a cycling business in Lus La Croix Haute, where you can rent bikes as well as taking advantage of guided tours to suit all ability levels.


SWIMMING & RELAXING

The village open air swimming pool (10 minute walk from the chalet – open from mid June – end August dates vary from year to year) very clean, large and heated to around 25 degrees the last time we were there. It closes for lunch and on Mondays (typically French) so you only pay for a morning or afternoon session. Afternoons are our favourite, as we never seem to be up in time to make the most of the morning times…If you are a little more adventurous, there is a plunge pool 5 minutes walk from the chalet (on the road to La Jarjatte) fed by fresh mountain spring water, very refreshing…!

dsc01856There is also a large lake in Veynes (Plan D’eau) which we like. You can swim, hire pedallos, generally relax, have a picnic and the swimming area is patrolled by lifeguards in July and August. There is plenty of space and trees to provide shade if you need it. Best of all, it is completely free.

A little further away in Serres, about a 40 minute drive there is a huge reservoir and part of it has been cordoned off to form a large swimming area.

Once again there is plenty of space for picnics etc. although not as much shade, so, best to take a sun shade/parasol. There is a restaurant and from memory the entrance fee was not overly expensive.


FISHING – TENNIS – ROCK CLIMMING – DOWNHILL SCOOTERS

via-ferrata8You can fly fish on the river Buech which you can walk to from the end of the garden (5 minutes)

There is a tennis court in the village which you book at the Marie in the village unless it’s closed, in which case you book via the tourist office. (seems the wrong way round to us, but it is very quaint) There are four rackets and tennis balls at the chalet. edit.

Via Ferrata –  rock climbing, but for some of the time, fastened to permanently fixed steel cables. There are lots of local (within 5 minutes of the village) rock climbing areas and they can be accessed independently or via the local village guide Yannick who also runs  Accro Buech at La Jarjatte.  You can rent climbing equipment from Camping La Condamine  which is the campsite on the road out of the village (if you were going north to Grenoble) where it meets the N75.

The downhill scooters and bikes use the drag lifts at La Jarjatte (5 minutes from the chalet by car) to pull you uphill, then gravity brings you down. There are also duo scooters available so that young children can be accompanied by an adult. Open during July and August from 13.00 – 18.00 (except Saturdays)


ACCRO BUECH

Accro Buech is also at La Jarjatte and is described as a ‘playground in the trees’. Basically this is an assault course on wires that are strung between the trees in the forest about 50 ft up…! You are permanently attached via a harness and 2 safety ropes and the best part are the zip wires that get you back down…!


HORSE RIDING – CANOEING

horse-riding5Horse riding is available in the village during July and August and at other times by request. Not something we have ever done as horses don’t have any brakes, so, full details from the tourist office.

There is canoeing on the river at Saillans. We have done this several times and it is good fun. You can choose from a two hour gentle meander up to a day trip. The organisers take you from the centre for the two hour (approx) route with the longer trips starting from the centre. The organisers then collect you and bring you back. They provide water tight containers, so you can take a picnic and stop off on the way, have a swim and paddle back to the centre (2 hour trip) as fast or as slow as you like. The water is not deep in the summer and it is well organised. You need to book in advance, but Louise will help with this if needed.

It takes about 80 minutes to drive to Saillans which is just on from Die (very good market and worth going). The route from Lus takes you over the Col de Grimond which has some spectacular views. A little bit further away, but a really good day out.


SAILING – WINDSURFING – KITE SURFING – WALKING

windsurfing1Lac du Monteynard is a huge reservoir and is home to any number of watersports including windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing.
You can rent windsurfers and sailing boats and take a boat trip around the lake. Lac du Monteynard is close to Monestier-de -Clermont which is a 45 minute drive from the Chalet back towards Grenoble on the N75. There are walking and cycling trails around the lake together with 2 spectacular pedestrian bridges that span the water allowing unrestricted access.

If you get a chance, take a look at the dam and hydro electric station itself from the viewing platform, it is an impressive piece of construction work..!

The videos below give a good overview. The last one goes on a bit, so you might want to cut it short once you have the general idea.

In the summer, there are two markets a week in Lus, on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Nearly always something different to have a look at, from food to clothes to jewellery.

The village has a huit a huit general store, butcher, bakery, post office, doctors and you can buy regional produce and wine at la Cave. In addition to the markets, you could get everything you needed without leaving the village. However, if you want a wider choice, head to Veynes.

There are three restaurants in the village, although we think that the best one is Les Pervenches. It is a 5 minute walk from the chalet. Most of the ingredients are grown in their garden and it is just very good, home cooked food at very reasonable prices.

We also have two BBQ’s at the chalet and a proper, fully equipped kitchen with just about everything that you would need to prepare, just about anything…..should the mood take you…

Veynes is the nearest town which is about 20 minutes drive and has two good sized supermarkets. There is also a large lake in Veynes (Plan D’eau) which we like. You can swim, hire pedallos, generally relax, have a picnic and the swimming area is patrolled by lifeguards in July and August. There is plenty of space and trees to provide shade if you need it. Best of all, it is completely free…..

If retail therapy is needed then head to Gap which is about a 50 minute drive. Just drive through Veynes and keep going. Sarah, Lucy and Emma have spent many hours here wondering around the shops (most of which are independently owned). I tend to find that a coffee or two and a good book works for me…There is also a large Decathlon (sports equipment/clothes etc) which I am sure we must have bought shares in by now. Several large supermarkets and all sorts of other shops, garages, builders merchants etc etc. completes the line up. There is also an ice skating rink which is good fun and the weekly market is well worth a visit.

The local train station is also just outside Lus. You can catch a train to Grenoble or Gap or head down to the Med coast (you will need to change trains for the south coast in Veynes, I think)

There are lots of other things to do from hot air ballooning to hang gliding (haven’t tried these yet) but hopefully the above will give you some idea of the range of activities available.

Although Lus la Croix Haute has everything that you would need, it is not commercialised, it is typically French, hence the charm of the village and the local people.

Louise, (English but lives permanently in the village and speaks fluent French) who looks after the chalet for us, is on hand to help with any questions or advice about local events, attractions etc.

Guest Comments

Cracking chalet in a great location. Well equipped and very comfortable. Nice and clean with everything we needed to make the stay pleasurable. No snow at Jarjaratte, but good skiing on Super Devoluy which was less than an hours drive away with some breathtaking scenery. The chalet was always nice to come back to, especially with the fire and the logs which are provided. Some lovely walks around, and a wonderful restaurant in the village where we went twice because it was so good and Marie looked after both of our familes so well. Many thanks to Duncan and Sarah and Louise for making our stay so enjoyable...we have already booked again for next year!

Stuart Irwin & Family – Kent (January 2017)

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in the chalet. The area surrounding Lus la Croix Haute is truly breathtaking. The chalet itself has everything you need for a relaxing holiday and was very clean when we arrived. The beds are very comfortable and though on several days the temperature reached 30 degrees we were never too hot in the evenings as the chalet (as long as the shutter are shut in the day when we were out) keeps nice and cool, though fans are available if needed. We especially enjoyed walking up to Les Pervanches restaurant in the evening and sampling local produce cooked to perfection, and with a four course meal for 18 euros we could not have asked for more. We visited Gap and Die and especially loved the lake at Veynes and the natural plunge pool just a ten minute walk away. There is more than enough to keep you occupied in the area but if you are just feeling lazy then the chalet has 2 acres of grounds, a table tennis table and sunbeds. The chalet was everything we were hoping for and Duncan could not have been more helpful, always replying to queries however trivial within just a few hours in many cases. We will certainly be recommending the chalet to family and friends.

Jo Carney and Family – Lincolnshire (August 2016)

“Just a short note to say that we all had a great time in your beautiful home. From start to finish, we had a relaxing and stress-free time, even with a 2yr and 3month old in tow.! The chalet is gorgeous and the village is really sweet, as are the locals. The surrounding area is great for walks & activities. Louise was really friendly & helpful as well. Loved it.”

Gary & Janette O’Hagan – Northern Ireland

We had a wonderful weeks stay here at the end of June. The weather was fantastic. The house has everything you need and more. Very spacious inside and lots of outdoor space too for relaxing, playing games or enjoying a BBQ. The kitchen is fully equipped. The location gave us easy access to local attractions as well other attractions a short drive away such as Grenoble which has a lake you can swim in. Remuzat, a great place to watch vultures from the top of the mountain, which you can drive most of the way up if you don’t fancy the walk. Visited The Citadel in Sisteron, lovely panoramic views from the top, the town is lovely too. From the house it’s a short walk into the village where there’s a local supermarket to buy your essentials. A butchers we used most days that also sells bread, cakes and wine. There are also some nice restaurants if you’re looking to dine out. Didn’t use the nearby outdoor swimming pool but it looked very inviting. Also nearby is a plunge pool which we visited a few times, once after climbing one of the mountains opposite. Very cold but great to dip your feet in after a long hike. If you like walking, nature, exploring or simply just relaxing then this is the place to stay. Booking was made very easy. The owners provided lots of info on the local area and places to see and things to do. We will definitely be booking again. Highly Recommend!

Matt Powell - Buckinghamshire (June 2018)

We've just had the most amazing time here. The house is splendid and fully lives up to the description, roomy and well laid out with just about everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Very relaxing and a real home-from-home when you add in the freesat capability for the TV and broadband that satisfied our teenager. Our boys also loved the table tennis table in the basement and the garden plenty big enough to play frisbee in. We found that the nearby river was a great source of fun, with lovely plunge pools that you can almost swim in, and plenty of places to sunbathe. Further up the valley, our youngest loved the high-ropes course at Accrobuech. We also had a couple of day trips out to the lakes at la Germanette. The spectacular mountain road to Die is worth the drive as is the walk to the suspension footbridge at Mayres-Savel. Our hidden gem of the holiday (not to be found online) was the pottery of Michel Cohen, about halfway between Aspremont and Serres. Only a small roadside sign to point the way off the main road, but a treasure trove of wood-fired pottery from a friendly and English speaking artisan. The owners are very helpful and responded quickly to our questions when we were booking, making the whole process very easy. There's no question that we will book again if we return to this area.

James Cornah & Family - Cheshire (August 2018)

Fantastic holiday, which ticked all our boxes: Spacious, well maintained, good quality accommodation Beautiful mountain area with well marked footpaths Amazing mountain biking up to 5,000' from the doorstep (XC) Challenging road bike hill climbing area Convenient village shops Local outdoor swimming (both the heated village pool and the river) Local English speaking assistance available Well worth the drive. We only used the car for a supermarket shop and to swim in the lake at Veynes. (Don't miss the inflatable aqua obstacle course at Veynes - children and adults. Brilliant fun) We loved it - adults and teenage children

Diane Henderson & Family - Lancashire (August 2018)

A very comfortable, clean and well equipped chalet located in a picturesque setting. The description of the property given on both the Holiday France Direct site and that of the owner is accurate and honest. We travelled between the summer and winter seasons therefore some of the restaurants in the village were only open on odd occasions, no problems, the chalet has a very well equipped kitchen enabling us to practice our French Cuisine from the produce purchased in the local market. The village is quite isolated so be prepared to travel a bit if supermarket shopping is your thing. The booking process was easy and the owner Duncan responded very quickly and provided extensive details of the property and things to do in the local area. I particularly enjoyed mountain biking near the property. A local bike shop was able to complete running repairs on a buckled wheel, some of the terrain is quite rough but easier tracks and quite roads are available. We will go back to the area and would have no hesitation in recommending this property to family and friends.

James Tucker - Wiltshire (October 2018)