Four bedroom, 4 bathroom, 200m to ski bus stop, sleeps 8-11, 4 tablet pc & 5 TVs
- English, written French, written Spanish, written German
About Julian Braidwood
We are both vets that love beautiful countryside, mountainous scenery, and to ski! Our home is near the Lake District in the North of England, where we often go hiking. We were both born and lived in the South of England until we met at the University of Liverpool when we were veterinary students. After working in veterinary practice after a few years we found ourselves living near the Scottish border in Cumbria. Our three children all went to school locally, but have now all left home and are at different universities in England and Scotland. My parents were farmers and when they died we decided to sell the farm and look for a nice chalet in the Alps. In 2014 we fell in love with Chalet L'Orbeye and the next year was spent modernising and renovating the interior. Now we are looking forward to spending more time in our lovely chalet in the French Alps! We hope that you love it as much as we do!! p.s. if you phone and if I'm at work (at Triveritas) I may need to call you back or you might need to leave a message. I will get back to you!
Julian Braidwood purchased this Chalet in 2014
Why Julian Braidwood chose Saint-Bon-Tarentaise
Chalet L'Orbeye has a fabulous location in the Courchevel valley for both winter and summer holidays. The skiing in Courchevel and the fully connected Three Valleys is world class and the largest ski area in the world. The scenery is stunning with snow topped mountains most of the year, and the village of St Bon is the original ski centre in the Courchevel valley with old buildings, a lovely church, and quiet walks. St Bon is still the administrative centre for the Courchevel valley and unlike the other nearby ski resorts has a good year round population. Other ski resorts such as Paradiski and Pralognon are easily accessible, and the spectacular Vanoise National Park is a must for nature lovers, hiking and for wildlife. It is also a great base for cycling holidays (road and mountain biking).
What makes this Chalet unique
Chalet L'Orbeye was lovingly built by a local family that had lived in St Bon for at least three generations. The woodwork, some kitchen cupboards and original windows were made by the owner who is an artisan carpenter (and ski instructor!) so that chalet has a lovely homely feel, and is surrounded by its own Alpine garden. There are four balconies (one for each bedroom), the views are tremendous, and it is a great base for both winter and summer holidays. We had looked at many chalets, but the classic style of Chalet L'Orbeye, great location, and the Alpine wooden homely feel meant this was the chalet for us! In case you're wondering apparently Orbeye is the name of a tree! The location is perfect for getting to the slopes (just a couple of minutes) and has a free ski bus stop less than 200 m (you can see it in some photos which were taken from the chalet balconies).
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Yet another wonderful stay
This was our 4th visit to this beautiful chalet. It is so well located with easy access to the fantastic ski area. We travel to the chalet by car but don’t need to use it as the ski bus is so close and convenient. It runs late into the evening so is great for apres ski evenings! The kitchen is so well appointed that it is a pleasure to spend evenings in the chalet especially when the log burner is blazing!
The Balck Pearl pizza restaurant was as delicious as ever and with a picher of rose being very reasonable and very tasty it is a great evening out.
We will be back!
Beautifully finished and fitted out chalet. Not always possible to ski back to Saint Bon (1100m) but the ski bus runs regularly from Le Praz and only takes a few minutes.
We had the most amazing Christmas, the chalet was perfect for our family, it was very well equipped for self catering and perfect for the slopes. Everything in the chalet is very high quality from bedding to utensils, the bedrooms and bathrooms were also excellent. The owners have thought of everything a guest could need for a great stay, there were games,books and dvds. We would love to take our family again in the future.
Fabulous summer break
Beautiful, comfortable , homely chalet situated in stunning scenery. We had a lovely relaxing holiday exploring the local area. We were ideally situated with nearby ski lifts to get us to the top of expansive walking areas. I would thoroughly recommend this chalet for a summer or winter stay, a fabulous base to enjoy the French Alps..thanks Julian and Lynne for sharing your home from home.
Perfect chalet in beautiful village location.
The views from the bedroom balcony with birdsong all around made waking up in the morning a real pleasure! It was glorious in summer and just as spectacular as when I first stayed in the Winter for a skiing holiday. The sunny garden terrace through French doors from the living area was very convenient and a peaceful place to eat and relax. There was loads of space for our large party, the facilities were first class and the open plan sitting room was great for evening drinks and games. The chalet was well placed and within easy reach of lots of alpine activities. We used the efficient cable car system to walk high up in the mountains as well as down some gorgeous valleys and there is a lovely lake nearby with beachside swimming. We explored several friendly villages and loved the village markets which were great fun! This was a great place to stay with walks from the door around the village and up the mountainside. A good, traditional pizzeria was situated 5 minutes from the chalet which was well worth a visit. Helpful host supplying lots of information. Many thanks for a wonderful holiday! Hazel Barringer
Another wonderful stay in beautiful chalet
This was our third stay in the chalet and yet again we were not disappointed. The chalet is so well situated for the ski bus which gives you easy access to the ski slopes and for non skiers also gives access up to Courchevel. The chalet is so well appointed that we ate in most nights. If you want to eat at the Black Pearl pizza restaurant reserve when you arrive as it is closed Monday to Thursday and we were unable to get a table as didn’t ring in time. We will be back!
A newly renovated spacious self-catering chalet in the lovely French Alpine village of St Bon in the world's largest ski resort of The Three Valleys. At 1100m altitude the chalet has stunning views and is only a couple of minutes’ drive to the fast Telecabines of Le Praz Courchevel 1300 where there is lots of free parking.
A good free ski bus service stops just 200 m from the chalet, and in good snow conditions you can ski back to the charming village of St Bon.
The ski buses go straight to the Le Praz ski lifts, and on to the other Courchevel resorts. Opening in winter 2015 the fabulous Centre Aquatique with its indoor surfing, wild rivers, water slides, climbing, beauty and wellness zones is just 10 minutes away. The massive Paradiski area at Champagny-en-Vanoise is less than 20 minutes’ drive, and it’s half an hour to the smaller resort of Pralognan.
The Black Pearl Pizza restaurant, with its wood fired oven and vaulted ceiling, is only a 500 metres walk and the free resort buses run late into the night for visiting the many other restaurants, shops and bars in the resort villages.
A small supermarket in St Bon is just a 5 minute walk from the chalet, and on the way you pass the childrens' play area (swings, see-saw, slide etc). The supermarket has everything you need with some delicious local alpine produce together with some British favourites! The bilingual owner is also willing to take orders in advance (email@example.com). A ski shop also opens in St Bon in December 2016 (Courchevel Racing Center Ski & Golf).
Catering: Self-catering, and excellent prepared meals can be purchased from Boucherie Du Praz or delivered from www.chaletkitchen.com , there are also small supermarkets in other Courchevel resorts, and it's just 15 minutes to a Super U hypermarket at Salins-les-Thermes.
Travel cot+bedlinen (€30) or Travel Cot+Bedlinen+Highchair (€50) etc. can be hired from www.HolidayBabyHire.com who know the chalet.
In summer the chalet is an ideal base for both road cycling and mountain biking, with a lockable garage for bikes and access to many Alpine routes. The fabulous Vanoise National Park is a must for nature lovers and hiking, and there are lakes, forests, fishing and Alpine walking from the door. Both 15 minutes away Brides les Bains is a spa town, and Bozel has an outdoor swimming lake.
There are many summer events in the Three Valleys and the amazing Centre Aquatique with its indoor surfing, wild rivers, water slides, climbing, beauty and wellness zones is just 10 minutes away.