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Rebecca Watkins

Member since: 2008
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Speaks English, French
People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Rebecca Watkins

Member since: 2008
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Award-winning boutique ski chalet

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chalet in Samoens - CHALET CHOCOLAT

MINUTES FROM THE SKI LIFT, STROLLING DISTANCE TO BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Elevated on the sunny side of Samoens above the pretty village of Verchaix, Chalet Chocolat is an award-winning boutique chalet, less than an hours’ drive from Geneva. Chalet Chocolat was built with no expense spared and an attention to detail that sets it truly apart. Featured in Boutique Homes, this stunning property with its simple yet sophisticated interior, is ideal for discerning guests seeking a truly luxurious experience.

Nestled within its own alpine garden with breathtaking views from every window, terrace and balcony, the chalet is just a short walk to the charming village restaurants and bars. Below the property is the free ski-bus stop, transporting you in minutes, directly to the Grand Massif ski resort and its 265 km’s of varied, snow-sure pistes and outstanding lift infrastructure, ensuring the shortest queues in Europe.

This bespoke home accommodates up to twelve guests. As every need has been seamlessly preempted and attended to, so you have the time to relax and enjoy your holiday.

While soaking in the hot tub with a glass of champagne, counting the stars, you may like to have your very own professional chef cook you a fine meal, before sinking into our handmade buffalo leather sofas to watch a movie. Although self-catered, Chalet Chocolat offers a range of additional catered options, at highly competitive rates. Please browse our website below for further information.

Whether you wish to celebrate a special occasion, ski in style with business colleagues, or spend precious moments with your family, every holiday is unique at Chalet Chocolat. We are proud of our personal touch and the quality of our service. With so many repeat bookings and five-star reviews, our guests wholeheartedly agree. www.purealpine [dot] com

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Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Rebecca Watkins (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2015

About Rebecca Watkins

We are a family of five. My husband John and I are parents to three beautiful teenage daughters.My husband designs and builds unique high quality homes in the UK and has for the last 20 years concentrated on creating the most environmentally friendly homes possible, even when this was not as fashionable as it is today. His success is attributed to his attention to detail and Chalet Chocolat is no exception. Some of you may know him from the Grand Designs C4 TV show where he appears in the Green Dragon Barn creation in Devon (Series 2). We lived in the Samoens area for 6 years while creating Chalet Chocolat. It was an extremely happy period in our lives and we felt as if we were on a constant holiday! Two of our daughters became successful ski racers and one even raced for Great Britain!

Rebecca Watkins purchased this chalet in 2006

Why Rebecca Watkins chose Samoens

John had been an avid mountaineer and climber in his early twenties and this was initially what drew us to the mountains. We chose the Grand Massif area as we felt that not only was this ski region one of the most snow-sure in Europe, but also because within a very small radius there is so much to do and see all year round. We have travelled extensively around the world, but this valley really offers something very special that we have not found elsewhere. Its beauty is second to none, it feels remote although transport to the area is easy and Geneva only 1 hour away. We have one of the six classified areas of France on our doorstep, the beauty of which takes your breath away. The list of activities in the area is virtually endless and Geneva, Annecy, Chamonix and Italy are less than an hour away!

What makes this chalet unique

As John was fully responsible for the build of Chalet Chocolat, we were able to ensure that it was done to the very highest standard. We were also able to put the money spared by the self build in to the quality of the furnishings and equipment which more truly reflect that of a very top end chalet. Chalet Chocolat is very popular indeed with many repeat bookings, we know this is as a result of our commitment to quality. The area offers 265 km's of piste to ski with some of the best runs in Europe including the 14km Cascade Piste that takes you through some of the finest scenery seen anywhere with Mont Blanc as a back drop. The summer period offers endless activities: lake and beach, outdoor swimming pools, adventure park, mountain biking, paragliding, horses, 600 kms of hiking trails...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our holiday was a huge success and our base at Chalet Chocolat just completed a very happy time with my family. My memories of the chalet will be watching the stars form the velux window after retiring to bed and walking through the lavender bushes down the steps to the terrace-beautiful!
Jul 2010
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Reviews

4.8
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

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Award-winning boutique ski chalet
average rating of 4.76 based on 27 reviews
5

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CHALET, DEFINITION OF LUXURY

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over the new year and we couldn't have asked for a better chalet, or better hosts. We arrived after hours of delays due to transport problems but boy was it worth it! When we walked into the cosy, warm and stunning chalet with the shopping on the table, we completely forgot how tired we were. About the chalet: it was extremely well equipped, with all the kitchen utensils you could need, a great selection of DVD's, amazing home entertainment system, table football, very comfy sofas, charming bedrooms and of course; the hot tub! I can highly recommend the luxurious master bedroom, I never knew a bed could be so comfortable!

Regarding the location: just a 2 minute walk to the bus stop. We really didn't need a car at all as the free ski bus takes you to Morillon and Samoens. There was a supermarket at the top of the Morillon ski lift which is very convenient if you are cooking for yourselves. And the views from the chalet.. absolutely magical.

As we were a mixed group of beginners and intermediates, we loved Samoens and Morillon, which had a great range of green and blue slopes, with the reds of Flaine not far away. We unfortunately didn't get to ski the Cascades, a 14km long blue run from Flaine down to Sixt, as the snow wasn't good enough, but would have loved to try it if we'd gone later in the season. But we did enjoy the many authentic French café's and restaurants on the slopes.. just don't expect an English menu!

Overall, it was a once in a lifetime holiday, improved even more by the incredible helpfulness of John and Rebecca, and we will remember it warmly.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when our guests take the time out of their busy schedules to write a review. Moreover, we appreciate it enormously when a review comes in as beautifully written as this one. Thank you!
5

Chalet Chocolat is a work of art.

  • 5 of 5

Set above a peaceful hamlet facing the ski slopes, from the outside it’s a chocolate box chalet but inside you find a wonderland of contemporary design. Wooden ceilings soar with intricate carvings on the beams, the windows frame the snowy peaks, and logs crackle in a beautiful granite fireplace. We catered for ourselves and dined on the balcony with glorious views over the Mont Blanc range.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and I are delighted you enjoyed your stay and love Chalet Chocolat, thank you.
5

Beat this chalet? I don't think so!

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to think of anywhere better! Breakfast was fabulous. Ski shuttle and storage perfect. Dinner was wonderful. Great skiing and snowboarding! All in all just a great place. Will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back.
5

C Chocolat is Unmatched!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at Chalet Chocolat, each time has been brilliant! The chalet is fantastic value for money, whether you ski or not. John and Rebecca can't do enough for you. Every room is clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. There were 12 of us staying this year, with more then enough room for us all! Chalet Chocolat is fantastically well equipped with every last detail thought through and is by far the most desirable property we have ever stayed in. We can’t imagine ever going anywhere else for our annual ski holiday now.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and I are delighted that you think Chalet Chocolat is unmatched! Whether it’s to mark a special occasion, an activity holiday or simply to spend some quality time with your family, every stay is special at Chalet Chocolat and we promise to keep it that way.
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5

Luxury living amidst pure beauty

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous chalet. Perfection is in the details and Chalet Chocolat has it all: beautiful amenities, luxury accommodation, stellar location and responsive hosts. From the thread count of the linens set atop divine beds, to the well stocked kitchen; from the elegant and comfortable couches to the foos-ball table, our whole group was happy even on the few days that rain storms kept us indoors. And on good weather days, the area around didn't disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Chalet Chocolat.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are totally delighted that all our hard work in the building and setting up of this magnificent chalet has paid off. If our guests leave with a sense that the chalet has matched or exceeded their expectations, then we are doing the right thing in every way and that is total job satisfaction! In the current financial climate, with money tight and jobs uncertain, It has never been more important, to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the holiday you book, is going to be everything it is advertised as being! With these great reviews from every guest so far, we want to ensure this contentment continues.
4

Very attractive, well~equipped and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

The description was accurate, the property was very well maintained and the owners clearly have very high standards and make every effort to ensure that their clients have the best possible holiday. However there were one or two features that could be improved.

* The cabin room described as a double would have struggled

had it been occupied by 2 people. It is very small and hardly

enough storage space for 2 people.

* The chalet is for 10 to 12 people but sociable conversation,

game playing, or TV/DVD watching together around the

fire was only comfortable for 5 people at the most because

of the arrangement of the sofas which we are specifically

asked not to move.

For many groups these would not be problems and overall I would highly recommend Chalet Chocolat.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you and your extended family enjoyed such a wonderful week at Chalet Chocolat! We really appreciate when our guests take the time to review their holiday experience with us. Regarding the two issues you mention above: we chose this highly responsive layout deliberately, so that the chalet would appeal to single families as well as the needs of larger groups, who almost always prefer a selection of activities to enjoy, and rarely do them simultaneously, unless when dining. * The 'cabin' bedroom you mention is almost always used by a single adult or a couple of children, and we provide a double mattress, to make the cabin room as comfortable as possible. The cabin room is light and airy with three windows, but has a smaller floorspace. Chalet Chocolat has permanent beds for 12 people, and in addition we offer 2 portable guest beds, a travel cot and a double sofa bed. This responsive design offers every permutation conceivable for the differing needs of every group. In addition to this, on our website we provide a floorplan which details each room in the chalet (to scale) and the sleeping provision available, so that guests are able to plan where they wish to sleep before they arrive. *Chalet Chocolat has 2 spacious living rooms. The first floor living room has generous 4 seater sofa and armchair around one cinema system, and another generous 4 seater sofa for those who wish to read or play board games. Downstairs, we have another living room with a sofa seating 5/6, with a second cinema system, a games console, a piano and football table. Of an average evening, a single family can do any one of these activities together, but larger groups almost always fragment: some will chose to enjoy the 7 seater hot tub, others might watch an action film upstairs, perhaps a cartoon downstairs, or a game of table football, a board game, a game of table tennis, piano...etc We offer dining provision for 12 persons both inside and outside which we feel is a necessity. However, we thought it unnecessary to provide every activity for 12 people simultaneously, without compromising massively on space. We always welcome feedback, but have no plans to make changes to our current layout, as up to now it has met the needs of most.

Location

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Geneva Airport
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Nearest Ferry
550 Miles
Calais
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Cluses
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Cluses junction18
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Ski
1 Kilometres
Morillon- Grand Massif
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Lac Bleu
Car: recommended

Less than an hour from Geneva,  Chalet Chocolat sits within its own landscaped alpine garden above the pretty village of Verchaix, near Samoens. Facing due south with sensational views from its balconies, terraces and hot tub spa, Chalet Chocolat boasts a stunning location over one of the most beautiful mountain areas in France, the Grand Massif. Only 2 minutes by ski bus from Chalet Chocolat, the Grand Massif is one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps, typically seeing several metres of snow hugging its north facing slopes throughout the season. The pretty alpine villages of Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz, Sixt, and the purpose-built Flaine Village, with its enormous snow bowl are interconnected by 265 km’s of tree-lined pistes and larger, open high mountain vistas. The Samoens valley enjoys an almost perfect micro-climate and with it, and some of the best skiing in the Alps to enjoy. We also offer an awesome selection of winter and summer activities to keep the whole family occupied year round. Welcome to our very special corner of paradise. http://www.purealpine.com

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Prices & Availability

From £1,380 Weekly

Prices for this holiday chalet in Samoens, Flaine - Grand Massif

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring Hike and Bike
25 Apr 2015 - 22 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 7 nights
£1,380
 
 
Summer Half Term
23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,480
for 7 nights
£1,480
 
 
Early Bird Summer
30 May 2015 - 17 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,480
for 7 nights
£1,480
 
 
Summer
18 Jul 2015 - 24 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,580
for 7 nights
£1,580
 
 
Summer Peak
25 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,980
for 7 nights
£1,980
 
 
Hiker's Value
5 Sep 2015 - 23 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 7 nights
£1,380
 
 
Autumn Half Term
24 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,480
for 7 nights
£1,480
 
 
Hiker's Value
31 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 7 nights
£1,380
 
 
Christmas Week
19 Dec 2015 - 25 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£4,845
for 7 nights
£4,845
 
 
New Year Week
26 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£5,845
for 7 nights
£5,845
 
 
January Special
2 Jan 2016 - 29 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
Bluebird Ski
30 Jan 2016 - 12 Feb 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,845
for 7 nights
£2,845
 
 
Spring Half Term
13 Feb 2016 - 19 Feb 2016
7 night minimum stay
£6,845
for 7 nights
£6,845
 
 
Bluebird Ski
20 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,845
for 7 nights
£2,845
 
 
Sunshine Ski
27 Feb 2016 - 25 Mar 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
Easter
26 Mar 2016 - 1 Apr 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,845
for 7 nights
£2,845
 
 
Super Value Ski
2 Apr 2016 - 22 Apr 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £100
Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Notes CATERING OPTION AVAILABLE DURING THE WINTER AND SUMMER SEASONS.

*PLEASE SEE WEBSITE WWW.PUREALPINE.COM FOR FLEXI-CATERING OPTION AND MAGAZINE ON THE AREA, DETAILING ALL INFORMATION NECESSARY TO COMPLETE YOUR HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE.

We have kept our prices down despite our popularity, as we wish to remain the chalet with the best quality for the price in the area.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Samoens in Flaine - Grand Massif

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 210 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , wet room
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , wet room
    Bathroom 6 - wet room
  • All the bathrooms have top of the range fittings and are beautiful and luxurious, two of them have 'Hansgrohe Raindance' showers where air, combined with a strong water flow creates a sensation of rainfall and is delightfully relaxing and invigorating. One bathroom has a jacuzzi spa bath with interior lighting and jets to relieve aching muscles. Guests are provided with soft towels, spa slippers and complimentary organic bathroom products.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , single pull out bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , single pullout bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , no bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , family bathroom
  • Four of our bedrooms have panoramic views and are spacious with a giant balcony and southerly panoramic views over the Giffre valley to the mountains of the Grand Massif. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 have access to the private balcony where there is a Concept 2 rowing machine. Bedroom 4 has no bathroom. Bedroom 5 has an alpine double bed bunk and sofa bed with a family wet room. The bedrooms are extremely comfortable and no expense has been spared in providing all creature comforts, soft headboards, natural latex mattresses on the beds, high thread -count cotton, sateen sheets, goose down pillows and duvets (synth. option avail.)and the softest of faux throws. Bedrooms 1 and 3 have additional single pull out beds and a cot is also available. The chalet boasts a host of eco credentials and with its superior insulating qualities, the bedrooms are kept deliciously cool in the summer and warm in the winter. CHALET CHOCOLAT IS A LOW ALLERGEN HOME.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Security Deposit: £500 Extra Cleaning: £200 Check-In: 4:00 pm Check Out: 10:00 am Size of property including balconies: 270/m2

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