Our ‘apartment’ is the size of a budget hotel room, not even space to swing a budgie! When we were shown to our accommodation I struggled to squeeze in; my suitcase is wider than the kitchenette area which occupies the corridor. The main room seemed tiny, even though the bed was still in settee mode and the table was folded down against the wall. 2 high stools stood either side of the dropped table top, a corner unit, sporting a TV and small sound system, nestled half way up the wall between one stool and the window on the not-so-far wall which displayed the darkened main street of 1650. The opposite corner held a larger unit with 4 drawers and a shelf, a filter coffee machine perched on top of a microwave. The grey-covered 2 seater sofa took up the remaining floor space.
How would a bed fit in this space was my first question. Where would we sit was my second. After Emylee left we explored our home for the coming five months. Fifteen seconds later we began to pull out the bed. By turning it 90 degrees and shoving it into the corner an area of floor was liberated, sufficient to walk past each other without breathing in, unlike the kitchen which is less than the width of my shoulders, as I discovered during a visit to the loo on our first night. We will be good at side stepping by the end of this period.
The L-shaped bathroom is both spacious and cramped simultaneously. The sink and restricted shower are adequate for one person, if a little cramped for two to undertake morning ablutions but the 12 inch gap to be negotiated, sideways again, to access the toilet is fairly restrictive. The basin stands on a wooden plinth which juts out in front of the toilet at just the wrong height for dealing with the aftermath of usage! There isn’t even space for a loo roll holder but the water pipes provide a narrow ledge on which to balance it, but woe betide if you knock it off mid-function!
There is a full length cupboard just inside the door for hanging garments and extra storage although I would have sacrificed the iron and ironing board for a few more inches. We keep our boots and shoes on the lower shelf of the kitchen unit but need to take them into the corridor to allow sufficient space to bend down to lace them up.
The bed is our only comfortable seat so during the day the sofa cushions are arranged down the long side, facing the TV and pillows are maintained at the head end for the alternative function of actually sleeping. We eat at the table which we have enabled to stay horizontal but the stools are not too comfortable for any duration. The kitchenette has a small sink beside 2 halogen rings which leaves a very limited area for drainage. We are having to be exceedingly tidy, no leaving washing up until later as the rings can’t be used if there are any dishes on the skinny plastic drainer.
However, our view is stunning. We face north, towards the back side of La Plagne, another ski resort where we have holidayed previously, and enjoy the pinky hues lighting up the sky and snow during both sunrise and sunset, weather permitting. And the building is ski-in/ski-out which, as mentioned previously, minimises the need to walk in cumbersome and uncomfortable ski-boots.