|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A self catered 1 bedroom apartment which sleeps 1-4 people and comprises:
Lounge and kitchenette
The lounge has a dining table and chairs, and a seating area with flat screen TV&DVD combo (will play English discs) which is also connected to French television. A side cupboard with plates and cutlery, and a few board games. A radio/CD player.
There is also a kitchenette in the lounge with 4 hobs, microwave/oven combo, fridge freezer and storage cupboards for food etc.
Off the lounge is a south-east facing balcony which looks up up towards Chatel village and SuperChatel ski area, and across the road to the Marmottons learner slopes.
A double bed and two wardrobes either side and a window which faces out towards Super Chatel ski area in the distance (you can check the conditions before you even get up!)
There are bunk beds in the hall for two people and a cupboard for coats, boots etc.
The bathroom consists of a bath with stand-up shower, and a sink with cupboard below. A towel rail above the heater.
There is a separate toilet also off the hall.
For a floor-plan of the apartment see the photos.
In the basement of the apartment block is a ski locker to keep skis and boots overnight.
There is an open-air car park directly behind the apartment building.
A lift is available as well as the stairs to get to the first floor.
TAKE WITH YOU:
Bed linen - sheets, duvet cover, pillow cases etc (there are mattress protectors on the two bunk beds)
Amenities close to the apartment:
The local free bus service, route C, (winter) has a stop outside the apartment which will take you directly to the Linga ski lift (access to the Portes Du Soleil) or up into Chatel village, for shops restaurants and the Super Chatel ski area. It runs every 20 minutes or so from about 8am - 530pm when it is replace with a night bus. You can change bus at Linga if you wish and take the Route A bus up the valley to Pre La Joux ski lifts.
Directly opposite is the Marmottons learner slope which is perfect for kids taking there first time on skis. Also about 100m down the road is the Marmottons which offers nursery facilities and ski lessons for children. In the summer months the learner slope becomes part of a small, but fun, par 3 golf course. Not for the serious golfer but good fun for the family to have a go.
Walking distance (300m) from the apartment is Vertical Horizons ski/bike shop offering ski rental in the winter and mountain bikes in the summer. The owner is English and so are the staff making it easy to communicate what your are looking for. I used to work here, and if you say your saying at the Ames apartment you will get a discount on your weekly rental. Opposite the shop is a bakery with fresh croissants and baguettes each morning. Our favourites are the Patte D'Ours!
My family has been coming to Chatel since we bought the apartment for both summer and winter holidays. My wife and I have now taken over the responsibility of running the property. We live in Suffolk in the UK, but try to get out to the mountains as much as we can. Although I have been coming here for many years now, I always find something new to do and explore each time we visit.
Tom Ames purchased this apartment in 1989
My parents bought the apartment in Chatel due to their love of skiing and the mountains. They were looking for somewhere with a more rustic village feel as opposed to a large purpose built resort, and Chatel ticked this box perfectly
It is close to the village without being in the centre, making it quiet but without being isolated. It is well serviced by the local bus services but also has ample parking.
The balcony catches the morning sun, making it perfect for a relaxing breakfast al fresco.
We are offering our apartment for rent in the beautiful alpine village of Chatel in the French/Swiss Alps.
The perfect holiday location for all seasons with fantastic skiing in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking among some of the many activities for the summer months.
Despite being a popular destination for tourists Chatel has managed to maintain a rustic, village feel that has been lost amongst the more famous resorts. The village is linked to 5 other resorts, collectively know as the Portes Du Soleil, all accessible via chairlift and the same lift pass, making it one of the largest ski areas in the world. I’ve been skiing here for the last 22 years and am still finding new places each trip! The terrain is varied, ranging from the easiest green runs for beginners up to the Chavanette, an infamous black mogul run considered one of the hardest, for the more adventurous advanced skiers. For those who like to get airborne there are many freestyle parks the most popular of which is in Avoriaz (about 30 mins ski from Chatel).
In the winter there are regular flights from Stansted to Geneva airport which is about 1 hour 30 mins from Chatel, with companies offering transfers to the village. Once in Chatel itself there are free bus services that run to and from the lifts every 10- 15 mins, one of which leaves directly from outside our apartment car park. This service runs in the summer too but is a lot less frequent, and it’s far better to walk then anyway! For those thinking of driving out it is strongly advised to have a good set of snow chains (and know how to fit them believe me).
If you do decide to take your car, then after a hard day on the slopes there is no better way to wind down and ease your aching muscles than at the thermal baths of Lavey-les-Bain which is a 40 minute drive from Chatel.
In the summer months the chairlifts are still open to take you to the top of the mountains. How you get down is up to you: walk, mountain bike or paraglide. One of my favourite pastimes is rock climbing, and there are plenty of places to do it around here. Other activities include swimming and white water rafting. If this all sounds a bit too much effort then this region is also well known for its cheese making with many farms offering tours and tastings daily. Lac Leman is a 45 minute drive away with some beautiful towns to visit such as Evian, Thonon, Yvoire (a medieval village), and on the Swiss side: Lausanne and Montreux.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% deposit by cheque or bank transfer to UK or French bank to secure booking. Remaining balance to be paid 6 weeks before stay. Cheque deposit of £200/€300 two weeks prior to arrival refunded on clean handover of apartment without breakages. Loss of apartment key €20, loss of ski locker key €150. Optional cleaning available at €60. Key collection to be arranged with us directly.