Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday chalet in Chatel - Chalet Les Clarines
Detached chalet, 3 floors - 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 8 to 10
Chalet Les Clarines is a traditional alpine chalet, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious living area. The first floor boasts a modern open plan kitchen, dining table and a large sofa in front of an open fire. Two sets of double doors open onto a large L-shaped, south-facing balcony - which skirts its way round two sides of the building. You’ll see the breathtaking views for yourself as the sun creeps up over the valley in the morning.
On the second floor are four bedrooms - two with double beds and their own balcony, and two with 3 x single beds in each. There’s also a bathroom on this floor with a toilet, sink and bath/shower.
The ground floor has shower room (with a toilet), as well as plenty of storage space for skis, toboggans and other equipment. If a day in the mountains hasn’t worn you out enough, there’s even table-tennis to pass the time while the fondue's on the stove upstairs.
Winter: Châtel has an extensive ski area with runs to suit skiers and boarders of all abilities.
The whole village is served by a free ski-bus which gives easy access to ski lifts.
The resort is also part of the vast Portes du Soleil domain - the largest international linked ski area in the world with over 650 km of varied terrain spread across eight French and four Swiss resorts. This gives skiers and boarders an almost endless choice of runs on their doorstep
Summer: Although famous as a winter destination, Châtel is also a very popular mountain bike resort with the ski lifts opening between June and September for cyclists. Other attractions over the summer months include numerous activities such as windsurfing and sailing (on nearby Lake Geneva), white-water rafting, kayaking, paragliding, walking or simply relaxing in the sun.
More activities also include the Fantasticable, a zip-line extending between two mountain peaks, spanning the valley of pre-la-joux, over the ski lifts and the restaurants at Plaine Dranse.
In August, Chatel celebrates both the Fete St Laurent and the Fete Belle Dimanche. St laurent is the patron saint of Chatel and the village assumes a carnival atmosphere with floats and live entertainment. Belle Dimanche is the farmers tribute to the 'beautiful Sunday' and is held up in the Plaine Dranse area up from the ski lift Pierre Long.
Trips out and about: Situated between Paris and the Côte d’Azur, on the border with both Switzerland and Italy, and offering access to two international airports (Lyon and Geneva), impressive rail connections and a vast motorway network, the Rhône-Alpes region is at 'the crossroads of Europe'.
From here you have a choice of two international airports - Geneva and Lyon. Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman as it's called by the French is less than an hour away. You can visit the spa town of Evian and sample the famous water direct from the mountain source and maybe take a boat trip across Lale Geneva to the north side of the lake to Lausanne, a medieval town with Gothic cathedrals, Musée de l'Art Brut and the Olympics museum. At one end of this vast expanse of water is Geneva, one of the worlds most chic and cosmopolitan cities. Home to the world's tallest fountain, hundreds of world headquarters and some of the best Gastro experiences available. At the other end can be found Monthey and it's famous jazz festival.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible