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Chris & Jan Paul

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French

Modern apartment in Châtel with fantastic views

19 Reviews
People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Portes du Soleil area

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 Park at 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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris & Jan Paul (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French

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 Portes du Soleil area

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.

What makes this apartment unique

The property is maintained to a very high standard. Money earned from renting is used to update furnishings regularly, regular 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.

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!
Dec 2009
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Reviews

4.8
based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Modern apartment in Châtel with fantastic views
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 24 reviews
5

Great location , well equipped and maintained

  • 5 of 5

Great little apartment, very comfortable for the 4 of us. Very clean and well maintained. Very well equipped and comfortable. Great location with the ski bus on the doorstep . Lots of storage. Lovely balcony to watch the sun set over the mountains. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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5

First class. 5 Star.

  • 5 of 5

I have just re booked this Chalet for the fourth time. The location really appeals to me especially the view from the balcony, it is second to none, Chatél is is really picturesque location that is hidden away from the masses. The chalet is more than adequate for my family needs and is very well equipped, everything you need in a chalet is present and more including a dryer for our boots in the Den. The Chalet has always been immaculate on every visit and two toilets are a bonus. The owner is passionate about the Chalet and I have noticed improvements every year that we have been including this year free WiFi. Chris is very accommodating in requests for information and provides a comprehensive guide to the facilities in the Chalet and locally. You will not be disappointed if you book this chalet be it in the winter for skiing or summer for hill walking/cycling etc.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
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Owner's Response: We try to ensure that our apartment is maintained to a very high standard to enable our clients to have great holiday.
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5

Superb apartment in great location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely apartment in Petit Chatel. Well appointed and ideal for up to 4 people. Views off the south facing balcony are beautiful. Close to all main facilities with free bus in peak season to Chatel and beyond. Great new pools in Chatel and also Val D'Illiez spa worth a visit over the border. Will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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4

'Location,Location,Location.'

  • 4 of 5

The apartment has a fantastic position overlooking the village of Chatel and surrounding mountains. Sitting on the balcony you have wonderful 180 degrees view of the area and in the evening the summer sun sets around 21.00/ 22.00 hours.

The apartment is modern and has all the relevant day to day equipment and appliances you need.

The owner Chris Paul provides a full information leaflet not only of the apartment but the area in general and also provides various directions from Calais or Geneva airport in order for you to avoid bottlenecks at certain times of the day.

The area during the summer months is ideal for mountain biking and walking and in the winter skiing and snowboarding are ideal for beginners and intermediates.

In Chatel you are spoilt for choice with restaurants , good quality and service but there is a price ( when you are on holiday it is nice to spoil yourself).

I would recommend the apartment to friends and family without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Bad Liebenzell
5

excellent flat, very modern

  • 5 of 5

I can strongly recommend this flat, ideal for families with up to three kiddies; very clean, very modern, perfect location in Chatel and close to the skibus, you do not need a car there; we would go there again and recommend to all our friends and readers

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
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Dorchester
5

January 2013

  • 5 of 5

An immaculate and well maintained appartment. Compact and comfortable. Ideal for skiing holiday or summer walking, cycling. Ski bus stops just outside and runs regularly until 18.30. Village is a 25 min walk down hill or 35 min walk back up the hill. Has 2 small supermarkets and selection of French/Swiss shops. We found the locals to be friendly. The surrounding Portes du Soleil ski area is vast and mostly interlinked ( may need 20 min walk or bus ride to some resorts). The selection of ski areas and runs would keep most skiers and boarders happy for weeks. I would recommend the Portes du Soleil ski pass rather than the Chatel one. Would definitely recommend and we plan to return next year. Sean Walsh Jan 2013

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2013
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Location

Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Geneva
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Arc en Ciel, Petit Chatel
Nearest Ferry
510 Miles
Calais
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Aigle
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Monthey
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Arc en Ciel, Petit Chatel
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Barbossine, Petit Chatel
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Sciez (Lake Geneva)
Car: recommended

NEW for 2014/15 SKI SEASON: CHAIR LIFTS LINKING SUPER CHATEL AND LINGA AREAS. Châtel is the most Swiss-like of all the French resorts, whose combination of tradition and modernism welcomes you in an exceptional setting. Situated at the end of the picturesque and rural Abondance valley and just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc, Châtel is a charming haut-savoyard village. It is easily accessible from Geneva airport by motorway (1 hour 30 mins) or by train to Aigle then taxi. Nearby places to visit include: Evian, Chamonix, Annecy, Verbier, Montreux.

Châtel’s geographical location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of Lake Geneva, produce a microclimate which ensures optimal snowfall throughout the winter. Nevertheless, to contend with the weather’s unpredictable nature and to guarantee snow, Châtel has over 175 snow guns. Located in the Portes du Soleil, claimed to be the world’s largest linked ski area in the world, you'll never run out of Piste.

Other Activities: Walking, cycling, White water rafting nearby

The nearest chairlift is the Barbossine lift (open for the main winter season) in Petit Châtel, approx. 1km from the apartment, where you can ski to Super Chatel, and Switzerland with links to the Portes du Soleil. There is a frequent free ski bus which stops right outside the apartment (also operates in summer). As we are near the start of the bus route, there is never a problem getting on the bus. The Barbossine lift is at the next stop on the bus route. For Super Châtel and Linga lifts, just stay on the bus, for Pre le Joux change at the Chatel church (some buses go direct to Pre le Joux without the need to change).

The Pre le Joux lifts generally starts running from mid-December to the last week-end of April giving access to Avoriaz (subject to snow conditions). All other ski lifts for the Portes du Soleil generally open from Christmas to Easter. Discounts for Ski equipment rental are available via the INTERSPORT web site, where you can arrange collection from the Intersport shop in Petit Châtel.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Chatel, Portes du Soleil area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
5 night minimum stay
£303
for 5 nights
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£61 **
£425 **
 
 
End Summer
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
£228
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£46 **
£305 **
 
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£203
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£41 **
£255 **
 
 
Early December
10 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£253
for 5 nights
£355 **
 
 
Mid December
17 Dec 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£243
for 4 nights
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£61 **
£405 **
 
 
Xmas/New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£543
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£109 **
£755 **
 
 
Post Christmas
3 Jan 2017 - 13 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£328
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£66 **
£455 **
 
 
Late January
14 Jan 2017 - 27 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£289
for 5 nights
£405 **
 
 
Early February
28 Jan 2017 - 3 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
£328
for 5 nights
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£66 **
£455 **
 
 
Mid February
4 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£685
for 7 nights
£685 **
 
 
UK Half Term
18 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£705
for 7 nights
£705 **
 
 
End February
25 Feb 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£685
for 7 nights
£685 **
 
 
Early March
4 Mar 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£555
for 7 nights
£555 **
 
 
Late March
11 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
£353
for 5 nights
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£71 **
£455 **
 
 
Early April
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£293
for 5 nights
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£59 **
£405 **
 
 
End of the Ski Season
15 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£278
for 5 nights
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£56 **
£355 **
 
 
Off Season
29 Apr 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£193
for 5 nights
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£39 **
£255 **
 
 
Late June
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£303
for 5 nights
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£61 **
£355 **
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£328
for 5 nights
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£66 **
£425 **
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£253
for 5 nights
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£51 **
£305 **
 
 
Autumn 2015
30 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£163
for 4 nights
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£41 **
£255 **
 
 
Early December
2 Dec 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£203
for 4 nights
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£51 **
£355 **
 
 
Pre-Christmas
16 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£353
for 5 nights
From
£71 **
£455 **
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
£484
for 6 nights
From
£81 **
£685 **
 
 
New Year
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£655
for 7 nights
£655 **
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Local Tourist Tax £ 1 per person per night
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Price includes: electricity, water charges, cleaning of communal areas only, Wifi, and snow clearance in parking area (winter).
As is the tradition in France, guests must take their own linen and clean the apartment before departure - cleaning materials provided. We can put you in contact with a linen supplier (price approx. 20Euros per person plus 20Euros delivery/collection) or arrange for cleaning on your departure at £53 (70 Euros). Guests must vacate the apartment by 10 a.m. on departure day, except by prior arrangement.

We require a £100 deposit (balance to be paid 6 weeks before departure), and a £100 security deposit (refunded upon return of the key, no breakages reported, and property has been left clean. Additionally there is the local Chatel tourist tax of 65p (0.90 Euro) per person per night (Adults only).
Payment may be made by Cheque, Bank transfer (British Pound or Euros) or by PAYPALS (3% surcharge).

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Portes du Soleil area in Haute-Savoie

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 43 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tumble Dryer
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 singles joined together
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , bunk beds/1 pullout
  • Can sleep 4 adults or 2 adults 3 children, there is a sofa bed in the living area and pull out bed under the bunks, if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Linen not included: you will need to take single bed sheets, single bed douvet covers, pillow slips, towels and tea towels. Apartment must be cleaned when you leave using the cleaning equipment provided. WiFi & Satellite TV available, so you can keep up with events back home, watch your favorite soap or find out the sports results. Linen can be provided on request at additional charge, cleaning can be arranged upon departure (£54).

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