4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sleeps 8 adults
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Why Lynne Goulding chose Châtel
We bought the chalet as we wanted somewhere we could have holidays with our children when they would normally not want to holiday with their parents; skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer was a perfect solution (and it worked!). We chose Chatel as it is still a working mountain village and not solely focused on winter sports. The local farmers still make wonderful cheese and other produce which mean the sounds of cowbells in the summer!
What makes this Chalet unique
The chalet is light and airy, with amazing elevated views around the valley and being south facing, lots of sunshine! Both bathrooms have been replaced recently using quality fittings (Hansgrohe). A welcome pack is provided for week long renters so you can enjoy a bottle of red wine, coffee, tea or hot chocolate before you head to the supermarket!
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Very nice chalet overlooking the valley and mountains
Individual chalet which is very nicely furnished and well-equipped. It is spacious inside (we were a party of 6 adults) and the outdoor terrace area gets the sun all day long. The heating is very effective, there is ample hot water and the beds are comfortable! The kitchen area is well-appointed and the supply of board games and DVDs is extensive.
The reservation and access arrangements went very smoothly and pre-booking ski passes at a discount price was a bonus.
Located up in Petit Châtel it is away from the noise of the resort. It is near the ski shuttle bus route which takes you into the village or as far as Linga but good skiers can access the Portes de Soleil area from the Petit Châtel chair-lift which is within walking distance.
Please note that access to the chalet is up steps from the garage and parking area so would not suit anyone with mobility issues.
We are definitely considering returning in the future.
Dear Carolyn - many thanks for your very kind and lovely review; we are so pleased you liked the chalet and trust you enjoyed the skiing too! You were a perfect guest and we would be delighted to welcome you in future years.
Amazing Chalet - Wonderful Home from Home
Stayed 1 week 16th Feb, 2 families. We had a wonderful holiday. Chalet is well furnished, everything you would need. Showers are good, plenty of hot water, there were 7 of us. Living area has amazing views, lovely open fire, comfy sofa after a hard days ski. Kitchen well stocked with appliances. The only reason it does not get 5 stars: 2nd double bedroom is very small + car parking - 2 spaces, 1 outside is large, the other in the garage is designed for a small car, so the car stuck out (other one would not fit width). Also it is 1.3 miles from the town, so a fast 25min walk down hill, longer back! Plus the last road up to the chalet is a steep 300m lane, which if it snowed you would not get up, unless have a 4 wheel drive, then you have 50 steps to reach the chalet from car park.
Ski lift Barbossine near the chalet is not busy, but this area is for beginners. We preferred to drive to Pre la Joux where you have the option of 2 chairs & ski back to your car!
We are so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday and loved the chalet; we never tire of the views at any time of the year (and are always pleased to see how much quicker the steps become after a couple of days!) This and the open fire & comfy furnishings all contribute to the cosy feel.
The free navette service, which stops by the end of our drive, covers the 1km to the town centre every twenty minutes during the day (less frequently in the evening) and then on to the lifts at Linga which lead to the higher altitude skiing and this is how we access the area. The closest lift at Petit Chatel is, as you rightly say, close to the chalet, not busy, and leads to some very quiet and attractive red and blue runs with wonderful panoramas, and with the new link at Vonnes, mean it's now possible to easily ski around and into the main ski area - a godsend during peak weeks in any ski resort!
There is a contract to have the drive leading to the chalet cleared every time there is snowfall, and we have found this to be very promptly and efficiently undertaken, but as in any mountain area, snowchains or winter tyres may be needed when the snow falls faster than it can be cleared, and most definitely should you have a rear wheel drive vehicle (as we did for our first ever ski trip - never again!)
Thank you for your very kind personal note; you were great guests and we'd love to welcome you again.
Lovely Chalet in Châtel
My second stay at this lovely chalet. There are wonderful views over the valleys. At night I could see the lights in the sky - piste bashers!
The accommodation was fine and the facilities ample. The good thing about the Chelet's position up in petitchapel is that you are away from the bulk of tourists yet close enough to enjoy the village. Looking forward to next year.
Have rented in Chatel over 15 years - this is the first time we have been disappointed
We love Chatel and have rented chalets here for over 15 years. We have loved every holiday and every chalet. Until now.......
From the time of arrival there were a number of points:
1. Because things are stored in the garage you cannot get an estate car in the garage - we had two cars and only space for one
2. None of the beds were made up
3. The duvet in the main double appears to have mouse/rat damage to one corner (photo available)
4. Not even milk left so you could have a cup of tea on arrival - all other chalets have left some form of arrival pack
5. The agent was supposed to come and check that everything was ok. They did not come and made no attempt to contact us
6. Instruction booklet states that you have to do the final clean. We have always left rental properties clean and tidy but have never been expected to do the deep clean requried before next party moves in. This is required apparently as cleaners are 'expensive' on change over days. Yes, that is what we are paying for.
And finally.... So on our final evening having completed cleaning the toilets, hoovering and mopping the floors, we went to bed early as we had an early start. However no sooner than we had retired than the door bell went at 10.30pm. It was a couple who were friends of the owners and wanted to know what we were doing in their car space and indeed their chalet. We explained that we were renting. They wouldn't take no for an answer and implied we had made some mistake as the owners had said they could come out on Friday. This went on for some time until they reluctantly left asking us when we would be gone the following day and implying it was our fault that after a long journey they had nowhere to stay.
We had taken friends with us on this holiday who had not been to Chatel before and although (as usual) the skiing was great the experience at the chalet was an embarassment to us.
The chalet itself is good and the views lovely. However if it is going to be rented out at this level then the level of service needs to be improved. I am giving 2 stars for the actual chalet but the other 3 are lost due to the above
I am so sorry you had such a negative experience and whilst reasons don't make it better there are some extenuating circumstances here - most of which are extraordinary. Firstly the garage contains bathroom fittings as the local plumber engaged to replace one of the bathrooms died unexpectedly just days before he was due to do the work and it became impossible to find an alternative at short notice, or to find storage. Secondly, my husband was whisked into hospital where he remained for over 3 weeks in late February with me daily commuting over an hour each way and I took my eye off the ball which included telling our friends (who were due to arrive Saturday) that they couldn't arrive Friday. This is entirely my fault as we were due to arrive on Saturday ourselves.
However, there are some issues here that most definitely should not have occurred and I will be taking them up with our local agent. All beds are always made up, a welcome pack should have been put out and the agent should have called on you to check everything was ok. Cleaning is also always included and this was clearly stated on the website as are the local agents contact details in case everything is not as it should be. The agent does try to visit every renter but sometimes guests are not always in, even if he returns more than once. Clearly we need to ensure guests know he has called and to leave contact details for them to call him, particularly when something goes wrong as it clearly had with your stay.
We have been renting our chalet for nearly 20 years and we receive very positive reviews. I never want anyone to be disappointed and as a result pay considerable sums to ensure the guest experience is a positive one , but can only address issues when I am made aware of them. I am therefore grateful you have done so in order that I can put them right and would like to assure you this is not how it usually works! Please contact me directly via email so I can offer redress.
Chalet gwych yn Châtel. Golygfeydd hyfryd o'r balconi. Lifft sgïo yn agos iawn i'r chalet ond ddim yn addas i ddechreuwyr felly rhaid dal bws (am ddim) i gyrraedd lifft sy'n addas. Odd ein grŵp ni yn 5 oedolyn - bydde hi bach yn dynn i 7 fel sy'n cal ei hysbysebu. Ond ar y cyfan, lle ffantastig - Diolch.
Diolch i chi am eich geiriau caredig ac rwy'n falch eich bod wedi mwynhau eich gwyliau yn ein chalet. Mae gennym 2 ystafell wely ddwbl a 2 ystafell wely ddwbl, felly Rwy'n synnu nad ydych yn credu ei fod yn ddigon mawr ar gyfer 7 o oedolion, o gofio y gallwn yn hawdd darparu, ac yn wir yn aml yn cael y rhif hwnnw pan fyddwn yn defnyddio ein hunain!
No idea if this makes any sense as used google translate!
Wonderful self-catered chalet with great views!
Such a fabulous self-catered chalet. We went with another couple in January and had a truly wonderful holiday, to a great deal due to the chalet as the snow and weather partially let us down!
We usually try to go for ski-in-ski-out and were initially a bit worried about distance from pistes, but to be honest, almost nowhere in Chatel has direct access as the best skiing is at the end of the valley away from the main village, which was incredibly easily served by a very regular free shuttle that goes from almost outside the chalet. We had a car anyway and parking was not an issue on the days we decided to drive to the pistes. We were rather surprised by how easy logistics were to be honest! We enjoyed the short 15 min stroll down the road into town for dinner one night.
Owner and agent both very responsive, and it felt rather luxurious compared to most self-catered places we have stayed - high quality matching linen, beds made up, lovely welcome pack, and we loved that the kitchen comes stocked with all the basics for cooking like olive oil, salt, stock cubes, herbs etc.
The chalet in general did a great job of balancing neutral and stylish, good quality decor with rustic authenticity - we ski multiple times every year, have done for many years, and find many chalets are either too modern and cold-feeling, or too cluttered, especially in France. Especially given the very reasonable price, the absolutely stunning views (we wrapped up for beers on the balcony most evenings), very comfortable beds and wonderful log fire really made our trip one of our best yet. Will definitely return next season!
ALL PRICES INCLUDE ELECTRICITY, BED LINEN, END OF RENTAL CLEANING, TOURIST TAX AND LOGS.
Set in the heart of the Portes du Soleil and minutes from the village centre, Les Fleurs des Montagnes is a detached chalet enjoying stunning mountain views from its' terraces and is perfectly located for both winter and summer holidays. The Portes du Soleil comprises 650 km of linked ski runs, which cross the border into Switzerland, yet is only a 40 minute drive from Evian on the banks of Lake Geneva, with its casino, beaches and spa.
Other Activities: Sailing, water skiing & diving available on Lake Geneva plus golf at Evian - 40 mins by car
Ski: The chalet is situated a short walk from the nearest lift with the free bus stopping near the bottom of the drive to take you to others. Beginners and experienced skiers/boarders are well catered for with great skiing available for everyone until late April/early May.