Located in the centre of Morzine, The Barn offers a superb location with everything this wonderful town has to offer right on its doorstep. Morzine is a traditional family town set within charming picturesque surroundings. The architecture is distinctly Savoyarde, with beautiful old farmhouses and chalets throughout, clustered around the church of Sainte Marie Madeline.
Situated in the middle of ‘Les Portes du Soleil’ – an area of outstanding natural beauty – Morzine retains all the charm and character of an old fashioned Alpine village, and for those who to step back in time, there are horses and carts for hire.
If you’re looking to sample some local food whilst staying in Morzine, head to the weekly market, where you can enjoy regional cheeses or charcuterie. Or for the enthusiastic shopper, wander around the wide range of shops and boutiques that the town has to offer.
Morzine in Winter
Les Portes du Soleil area is one of the two largest international ski areas in the world, encompassing 13 resorts. With an incredible 650km of slopes stretching all the way into Switzerland, it is an ideal location for a keen skier. The Super Morzine high-speed lift which also takes you to Avoriaz is only 2 minutes’ walk from The Barn.
From pretty treelined runs to high altitude skiing, there’s a fantastic range of black, red, blue and green runs, offering vast and varied skiing for all. Morzine/Avoriaz is also famous for its snow parks with rails, jumps and bumps for kids and adults alike.
Ski school is easily accessed from The Barn, either via a ten minute walk or a quick ‘mini train’ shuttle to the Pleney lift which provides access to Les Gets.
For the non-skiers, Morzine offers indoor and outdoor ice skating, tobogganing, sledging, snow shoe hiking and an incredible indoor swimming complex with relaxation area and smaller pools for toddlers. Note that boardshorts are not allowed in the swimming pools in France.
For the adventurous there are many activities within the area. These include snow-mobiling tours, helicopter flights with heli-skiing offering drop offs in Switzerland or Italy, ice diving in Lake Montriond, Ski Joëring (where you are pulled on skis by a horse, dog(s) or a motor vehicle), Yoonering (a sledging technique that involves sitting on one ski), mountaineering and ice climbing sessions, where you can explore temporary ice-falls or ridge routes, and discover the thrill of mountain climbing in winter.
For après-ski you will find a number of great bars and restaurants in Morzine. For those looking for a more chilled evening, there is even a cinema, showing movies in both English and French. The Tourism Office also puts on regular events and activities, including a fantastic outdoor extravaganza over the Christmas holidays.
Morzine in Summer
In the summer, the climate is hot during the day, cooling off in the evenings, making it easy to sleep at night.
Guests can choose from an enormous range of outdoor activities to ensure the perfect alpine summer holiday. Whether your idea of fun is relaxing in the sun next to a beautiful lake surrounded by breath-taking scenery or hurtling down a challenging mountain bike trail – there are lots of activities to keep you entertained here.
Morzine has the biggest mountain biking area in Europe, with a specially adapted lift system in operation to take the uphill struggle out of mountain biking. 100 metres from our door, the Super Morzine bubble will whisk you up to the heart of the area where you will find a wide range of exciting trails for all levels.
Kids will enjoy the trails around Les Get, whilst experts will find the championship downhill courses in Les Gets and Morzine a true adrenalin rush. For the seriously fit there is Les Portes de Soleil circuit to Switzerland and back. The Barn has a secure garage for your mountain bikes, alongside a power hose for cleaning them.
A short walk from The Barn is the water park with its Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool and play area, lawns, volleyball, bar and restaurant and a huge water slide. It’s the perfect place for the whole family to unwind on a hot summer’s day. Within the same complex is an indoor swimming area complete with more children and toddler pools.
Next door to the water park is the Palais de Sport with 15 tennis courts and an indoor skating rink. There is also the Treetop Adventure Park where you can push yourself to the limit in a challenging tree top adventure course. There are courses for kids, beginners, intermediates all the way up to advanced level. Terrifying but completely safe, this should prove a real test of courage for all ages!
There are also several idyllic mountain lakes in the area for swimming, sunbathing and fishing and, within walking distance of The Barn, guests can enjoy mountain boarding, paragliding, horse riding and the summer toboggan run
Local Summer Activities
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Evian (40 mins) – fill your bottle from the Evian spring, wander the cobblestone alleys with quaint shops, or take a paddle steamer to Switzerland.
Yvoire (45 mins) – A beautiful medieval town nestled on the edge of Lake Geneva.
Samoens and the Sixt Fer a Cheval (30 mins) – In the next valley from Morzine discover this medieval village with a breath-taking horseshoe gorges. Take the summer pass road over there if you are feeling brave.
Lausanne- reached by paddle steamer from Evian.
Annecy (1hr 15 minutes) – famous for its gorgeous old town, experience a network of canals and its stunning lake setting.