THE LOWDOWN

“St Martin is a great base from which to explore – offering an attractive village and better value for money than big-name neighbours Courchevel and Méribel. It’s a lived-in, unspoiled village a few miles down the valley from Les Menuires. As a quiet, relatively inexpensive, attractive base for exploration of the Trois Vallées - it’s unbeatable.”

Ski travel guide, The Telegraph, December 2013 & July 2016

 

Saint Marcel is home to The Stone Shed. It is one of a handful of villages that make up the commune of St Martin-de-Belleville. The small village of Saint Marcel is a true slice of old-style alpine life with fantastic vista’s, real Savoyard architecture and uniquely boasts a 3 Michelin-star Restaurant!

The Stone Shed is a short walk, just over 1km, from the resort centre and all amenities of St Martin-de-Belleville. You’re just a 15 minute stroll to the Telecabine in St Martin, or you can hop-on the free ski-bus to Les Menuires or Val Thorens.

The centre of St Martin-de-Belleville is charming and traditional; with picture-postcard scenes, a good choice of services and easy access to extensive ski and walking areas. Today, it remains a lived-in, unspoilt place with a small square and lovely 16th century church. It has been carefully and tastefully expanded with new buildings of wood and stone in traditional Savoie style. There are a variety of good restaurants, even one or two in working farms where tasty Savoyard dishes are made from the freshest, local produce. Those seeking apres-ski have a choice of bars and regular live-music nights. Dotted around the village square, you’ll find a small supermarket, an excellent butcher, baker & delicatessen.

St Martin was a farming village until the 1980s, when chairlifts were installed to link it into the slopes of Méribel and Les Menuires. From St Martin, a gondola and the new ‘express’ lift whisk you up to Tougnète ridge, where you can explore all the pistes of Les Menuires and Val Thorens. Alternatively, you can drop over the ridge to discover the extensive slopes of the Méribel valley and ride the gondola to Courchevel.