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A year-round delight TEXT: MARTIN PILKINGTON  |  PHOTOS: WILLIAM DIEUDONNÉ

With stunning mountains and lakes almost on its doorstep, the stylish Chalets de la Trinité in Gérardmer attract visitors all year round, whether that’s to exploit the landscape’s sporting opportunities, or just to bathe in its beauty (and eat patisserie!). Easily reached from the Benelux nations thanks to its accessible location and excellent motorway links, Gérardmer in the Vosges area of France’s scenic northeast is a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts in the cold months; and in the warmer ones, it’s great for discovering villages, vistas – and vineyards. It’s hard to imagine a better base for such breaks there than Chalets de la Trinité, four kilo30  |  Issue 73  |  January 2020

metres from the nearest ski station, and one kilometre from Gérardmer’s facilities. Family run When manager William Dieudonné says the chalets are a family affair he isn’t kidding: “My grandfather started the business in 1997,” he says, “and my mother has been running it for 20 years now. She’s also behind the design and décor of each of the chalets, which my father builds!” M. Dieudonné senior is being kept busy: two new chalets were added in 2019, and three more are planned for 2020, which will make eight in all. Mme Dieudonné has created an uncluttered contemporary look and feel to the

chalets, each with its balcony and/or terrace from which to take in breathtaking views: great places for a family to relax, or friends to meet up – for a short break or a long one, no matter the season. “People tend to associate this area with the mountains, but we’ve got fabulous lakes, too, like Xonrupt and Gérardmer’s own, great places for learning to sail and to rent motorboats. They’re wonderful spots for walks in the surrounding forests, too,” says William. “But in the winter it’s the skiing that’s the biggest draw – and skiing is a great way to take in the best of the scenery at a beautiful time of year – it’s no coincidence that this area has produced some of France’s best cross-country skiers.”

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