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The History Behind Chalet Vauban

The History Behind Chalet Vauban

If you’re looking to stay in a property with a difference this summer, you might be interested in a Serre Chevalier chalet with some real history behind it, Chalet Vauban. For those who have not visited Briancon before, it is a beautiful fortified town located in the Hautes Alpes (High Alps) region of France. The town, a UNESCO world heritage site, attracts a steady stream of tourists in summer months and benefits from some of the best, snow-sure slopes in France in the winter season.

The Vauban fortifications catch the eye immediately on the approach to Briancon. The forts tower above Briancon old town with its narrow streets; both are the work of Sébastien Le Prestre, Marquis de Vauban, more commonly referred to simply as Vauban, King Louis XIV’s architect.


Vauban was the foremost military engineer of France, not only during his lifetime, but also throughout the 18th century when his legacy and methods remained in place almost unchanged. He was responsible for the upgrading of fortifications in around 300 cities and directed the building of 37 new fortresses all around the coasts and borders of France. He was also one of King Louis most respected servants, until he fell out of favour with the King just a year before his death in 1706.


Vauban fortsChalet Vauban, as the name suggests is Vauban’s former home, built especially for the Marquis. The spacious property has been beautifully restored to retain its original grandeur. Guests can absorb a little bit of history during their stay in this Briancon chalet, as well as profiting from all the amenities that the property offers.


Chalet Vauban’s guests are able to benefit from all the luxury features to make their Serre Chevalier holiday complete, including a hot tub, sauna, a fantastic eating and entertaining space and even a stone pizza oven! Discover Briancon also include extras to ensure your holiday runs smoothly such as a complementary shuttle to and from the slopes in winter. The friendly team are happy to organise every aspect of your holiday including childcare, catering or shopping and ski hire. They can even arrange your Turin or Grenoble transfersat a discounted price. So why not go for something a little bit different this year and stay in a remarkable Serre Chevalier chalet with a story!

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