Chandon chalet rental - Real Alpine Chalet Nikita
Real Alpine Chalet Nikita
 
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
 

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chalet in Chandon - CHALET NIKITA
Cosy and spacious chalet, well furnished with parking and good location **** FTA

Old chalet in alpine village square surrounded by old barns, but with frequent free shuttle bus that stops just outside us, and takes 10 min max to reach Meribel lifts centre (in car, 4 min) or 4 min to Meribel Village lift. During season, you can normally ski in to village. Characterful Family home in good taste, roomy and cosy with pictures, maps and nice things around. Garage. Underfloor heating. Great views from windows and balconies. Open fire (logs supplied). STOP PRESS. French Tourist Office have just awarded us the coveted ***** FIVE star rating.

More Photos of Nikita and Surrounds: Meribel is the middle valley of the justly world famous 3 valleys - 'le plus grand domaine skiable du monde' is the claim, and judging by the fact that every year we discover new pistes and lifts, this is surely the case. Not to mention the legendary off piste... This resort has everything, except big lift queues. And it is truly international, with a major British presence. So much so that the even the french part of the french ski school usually seem to speak ski English. And unlike other resorts, such as Tignes, the station is itself an attractive and genuine alpine resort, which is why it attracts so many visitors in the summer as well.

Our kids go to the french ski school, and have achieved an exceptional standard of skiing here in Meribel partly because of it. We often rent a ski locker so that they don't have to carry their skis - easy to arrange in advance if necessary. Sometimes we arrive from Paris, where we live, by train, and find it very easy to do without our car as the free bus is both frequent and quick.

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Family with four young children, all of us keen skieurs, always ready to discover the new lifts and pistes that seem to come up pretty much every season here. Found out that this place is really quite amazing in the summer too...

Alaric and Katia purchased this chalet in 2004

We bought this chalet as it was ideal for our young family, with their need for a place not whizzing with cars and noise, and yet good for access to the ski school - the free bus gets them up and down with ease, and they come back for lunch before going back up again. Then we found out more: the ski back to the village is great fun and rather special, and the people here are very friendly and interesting. Being in the centre means we see everybody going past, which is really nice, and there is a great view from our balconies of the mountain landscapes around us.

1) Excellent access to the station above us, and we can do it all without a car no problem. 2) Authentic alpine village feel with wood smoke smells and beautiful old barns, and friendly people. 3) Chalet itself has a great feel about it, and my wife has really made it into a well equipped home. 4) Garage area with chairs and space for skis and boots and changing area too.

6 Reviews of Property 85348 in Chandon, France

Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
5

A great ski chalet

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
We stayed in chalet Nikita this last season, and unlike our last time, when we stayed in a hotel, we got to stay in a real alpine village, with old people and children, old barns and narrow alleys up between old chalets with the smell of wood smoke, and a real sense of being a community - the locals say hello, and are very willing to answer any questions [particularly if you have a couple of words of French to start the conversation!]. There was a quick and free bus that ran frequently up to the Meribel lifts. The piste was great, and we could ski back to the chalet. The bus ran late into the evening so we had no trouble going to town for food and drink. The chalet itself was great.The seven of us were very comfortable with 2 unused bedrooms. The showers and bathrooms were modern, the kitchen small but very efficient, and the sitting room a real gem - lots of cosy seats, eclectic decor, and a beautiful wood burning fireplace. Alaric, the owner, is a great character. We wished we had been able to stay longer. We'll be back.
business
Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
5

Nikita at half term

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
We chose Nikita for its rustic charm, village location and bed space for our group which consisted of two beginners, two pedestrians in their late seventies, two all mountain skiers and two piste cruisers. The chalet was easy to find and we were able to park right outside. The chalet was as described in the advertisement with plenty of crockery and bedding and everything we required for a comfortable stay. The best part of the chalet was the living area which was the perfect place to relax and swap stories of our day on the piste with a bottle of wine and a log fire.
The ski bus stopped conveniently right outside which was a bonus. We had great snow and were able to ski back each evening. This was great but the way back does include a red piste and the first time I missed the turn off for Chandon, which is a short off piste section.
We were there at half term and our beginners did have quite a queue some evenings for the bus back down but the bus runs often and on time.
Our non-skiers found plenty to do and thoroughly enjoyed the marked foot paths and trails and enjoyed the free bus and gondala trips up the mountains.
Owner's Response: We are happy to have such a detailed and positive review from a recent group of guests. And they are right to say that the week they were there, which was the busiest in the season, the free shuttle can be a bit crowded, though we have a clever way round that detailed in the chalet info booklet. And I would like to add that we have just been staying in another persons chalet in the same area, and are now especially proud of ours as it is so very much better supplied in the kitchen and elsewhere, and far far better in its location and character, so we realise now that Nikita really is a cut above the rest. It is also a good deal for the rental we charge...
Helpful votes: 3/3
business
Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
5

Excellent Chalet, Excellent position

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2011
This Chalet was an excellent centre for our extended family ski holiday. Facilities were like home from home and a plentiful supply of logs for the fire gave us an evening focal point. Being just of the main road gave us all the night time quiet for a good nights sleep but with daylight gave easy access via the shuttle bus to ski runs and local facilities. Certainly top of the list for next season
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Well, thank you very much for your feedback - we love the place ourselves, and it seems to give a great deal of pleasure to all our guests, so long may this continue.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
USA
5

Chalet with character, history, and heart.

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2010
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2010
We stayed in this old world mountain village just down the Meribel Valley from the ski area. Our home for the stay was the Chalet Nikita, a renovated old house made comfortable without any loss of charm. It sits in the village of Chandon, a small gathering of ancient buildings on the hillside looking up at Meribel Village and down at Les Allues.

It was the ideal place for our group. We are a family of four, with several adult friends joining us. We took the upstairs bedroom where we watched the stars out the skylight windows over our head, and the girls took the very small bedroom with bunks and a skylight window of their own. This still left room downstairs for a couple and three of my husband’s ski buddies.

The center floor is the living space, with a large living area where we could all gather and big, informal dining room table to share our meals. The kitchen is small but well thought out, and very user-friendly. The floors are heated, so our toes were warm as we made coffee each morning.

We were delighted to not need to carry our ski equipment much, as a bus stop is immediately outside. The garage downstairs is warm, so our boots, helmets and even our gloves stayed there with our skis. There is also a workbench where my husband and his ski buddies tuned and waxed skis.

The owner was always responsive and very helpful, as was his local contact. We are on an extended trip beyond our stay at the ski area and had some extra logistics. As a result, we were a bit high maintenance, and both Alaric and Luke were always gracious.

Negatives were the main stairs are shaded, so they get a little icy. Older people or those who can’t walk well might want to enter through the downstairs bedroom using the deck stairs facing the street. Having the bus stop next door not only means not carrying your skis, but also more street noise than we expected in a small village. And, as with all older buildings, the bathrooms were a bit small.

Overall, our stay was everything we had hoped, and the Chalet Nikita was a big part of this. We would absolutely stay there again, and recommend it to others who are looking for a ski home that has character, history, and heart.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to get such enthusiastic feedback, and especially so from N Americans, who have such a high standard and expectations. But I should just mention one point that may puzzle some readers here: the 'stairs' that are referred to are actually the outside steps up to the back door, and I have inserted in the guest info book the advice to take some of the large amount of road salt especially provided from the communal oven right by the steps to use on the ice - it works very well indeed, and no shovelling required. And I guess if you sleep late, you might catch the sound of enthusiastic skiers chatting outside whilst waiting for the free bus, so that is just one of those things.... but at least the seat for them is further away.

Interesting to see how many of our guests are amazed and delighted by the chance to watch the night sky in all its pristine glory (clean air and no light pollution) as they lie in bed. Just as we do ourselves - 6 years, and we never tire of gazing up at the night sky whilst in bed here in the chalet.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
Newcastle/ England
5

Great location and good facilities

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2010
We found this chalet rather randomly while searching for places in France and were very pleased to have chosen it. While there is little available in the village, the Ski bus stop is right outside and it's not far to Meribel itself.
The Chalet was excellent, with a good layout and ideal for families or groups. The log fire was a real draw in the evenings and very relaxing. The kitchen was well presented and the whole place was very clean with everything we needed to hand. 3 Bathrooms made it much easier getting ready to hit the slopes early and we would definitely consider staying here again.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It's true there is no boulangerie or bar in the village itself, although these are not far off, but the main thing is how friendly the people are here - many of them live here all year round, and are really happy about welcoming people to their village - one of the many reasons we chose Chandon.... and the village is very well known for its beauty and original alpine barns, ancient cross, communal bread oven, and meeting area, all just by our chalet. Yet our access to the slopes is rather better than in many of the places around the central station itself!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Self Catering Meribel ideal for 2 or 3 families - good access to lifts
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85348
+44 7847617983
Chandon Meribel
Sunderland UK
5

Jackie and Ian @ Chalet Nikita

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2008
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2008
Chalet Nikita is the perfect place to stay. Well equipped kitchen, nice log fire with free logs. No extra charges. Excellent position in the centre of Meribel Chandon - and no walk to the frequent shuttle bus as it stops right outside. 4 toilets and 3 showers a big help too. Lovely main area around fire and loads of seats and sofas. Garage v useful for ski stuff. Have already booked 2 weeks in 2009.
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Well, given that you are coming again - you must like it. And on a personal note, I must say that we, as a family, absolutely love this place, both summer and winter. Our neighbours are so friendly, and we feel right in the centre of things here - simply because we are. And Chandon is known as the most authentic alpine village in the Meribel complex, which is easy to believe. So thank you to our guests for this review, and welcome next winter.
Helpful votes: 7/7