Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Chatel
2 bedroom self catering apartment in Châtel, Portes du Soleil, near Avoriaz
South facing, two bedroom first floor apartment in Petit Châtel (1280 mtr altitude, approx. 2 km from Châtel centre) sleeps 4 adults or 2 adults 3 children. Accommodation comprises: Lounge/kitchenette, 1 twin bedroom and 1 bedroom with 2 bunk beds and pull out bed, shower room with WC, separate WC, balcony with glorious views of Châtel and across the valley. Parking space, garage for mountain bikes, and a large external cupboard (Cave) for skis as well as ample cupboard space inside the apartment. We have WiFi, English Satellite TV as well as French TV. There is a frequent free bus service to Châtel lift stations that stops right outside. The nearest lift is a few minutes bus ride away and, in good snow conditions, you can ski almost to the door - off piste!
Châtel is within the Portes du Soleil giving access to over 600km of ski runs. In the summer the village is a Mecca for mountain bikers with an excellent bike park, permanent downhill runs and plenty of cross country routes, if needed I could give you the name of an English speaking guide.
Location: Châtel has a good selection of bars and restaurants and a good après ski atmosphere.
Our apartment block is located in a quiet position in the Petit Châtel area, just above the town centre. It is walking distance to the centre, but during winter/summer seasons, there is a restaurant and Bar in Petit Châtel along with Sports shops and News Agent/Laundrette, and central facilities are accessible via the free bus service (seasonal).
Some of the bars located in the centre of Châtel offer customers the use of their complimentary bus service.
A rental car is recommended, or you can arrange airport transfers with local companies (contacts can be provided).
Summer: Why not just sit on our balcony taking in the superb view while having drinks or eating your meal?
For the energetic, this is superb walking country with many marked walks in the area into Switzerland. Use the Ski Lifts to reach the mountain tops to simply admire the wonderful views of the Alps and Mont Blanc in the distance, then perhaps walk down. During July and August some of the ski lifts are open and there is a regular free bus service from the stop outside our apartment.
Ideally located for the many mountain bike trails and the Bike Parks at Super Châtel and Pré-la-Joux. The Pre le Joux lift usually opens in mid June to provide access to Morzine, Avoriaz and Le Gets for mountain bikers and walkers.
Other activities include: fishing, climbing, horse riding, paragliding, swimming in the aqua centre (due to open Summer 2014), tennis, Luge, Devil Carts and junior bike park. There are some excellent mineral spars a short drive away, where you can relax after a days walking or skiing.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Chris & Jan Paul
My wife and I are retired and live in Horsham, West Sussex, UK. We rent out our apartment in Chatel when we, or our family, are not using it.
Chris & Jan Paul purchased this apartment in 2005
Why Chris & Jan Paul chose Chatel
The property is maintained to a very high standard. Money earned from renting is used to update furnishings regularly, including annual clean or replacement of quits, mattress covers and pillows, as well as contributing towards the annual running costs.
We now employ a local property manager who:
- regularly inspects the apartment to ensure the high standard is maintained
- can switch heating on before your arrival
- provides a local point of contact
- as well as linen and cleaning services, if required.
What makes this apartment unique
We think Chatel is one of the most beautiful villages in the French Alps, unspoilt, no ugly buildings, fabulous location, and is very well maintained by the local council, thereby retaining it's alpine charm. It is also superbly located for touring in the French Alps, western Switzerland and northern Italy.
In winter the Portes du Soleil is probably one of the best ski locations in Europe, with so many runs for all abilities. We always try to find new runs that we haven't skied before.
In summer there is nothing better than sitting in the warm sunshine on the balcony eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, taking in the fabulous view over Chatel and the Abondance valley.
New for 2014/15 Winter Season: 2 new chair lifts and ski run to link Super Chatel and Linga ski areas to avoid the need to use the ski bus.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Following on from our wonderful stay in your Apartment over Christmas, we are looking to slip in a few long weekend trips!