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Exceptional, Luxury Chalet with amazing view in Grand Massif ski resort

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathrooms Chalet With Magnificent View, Barbecue Hut And Jacuzzi

The chalet l'Arbre du Chaumieu is situated at one of the most beautiful places in one of the most beautiful valley of the French Alps. You have a breathtaking view over the valley and mountains. You will stay here not only for skiing, but for 'the' total winter wonderland experience. This, out of a ruin new built chalet, is situated in a nature reserve above Verchaix, a pretty village near Samoens and Morillon in the Vallée du Giffre. The sun has great influence; while in the valley mist still hangs, you can already enjoy the warmth of the sun. The chalet is built from authentic materials in the typical style of the French Alps. Upon entering, the chalet, the design and furniture, falls as a warm blanket around you, that feeling what you are looking for if you want to spend a holiday in the mountains. And then there's the tree. This tree with branches and leaves still on it, is the centre of the chalet. Everywhere, the tree is in sight. This along with the wood, hundreds of years old, the rocks and boulders, detailed lighting, modern kitchen and carefully chosen details, make this chalet a unique accommodation for your winter holidays but also for a relaxing or active holiday in the summer.

Downstairs there is a guesthouse. The guest house has its own kitchen, dining room, lounge, TV, etc. This is additional to rent but not to let separately; you never have other guests in the chalet. This could be useful with young children or grandparents who wants a little more peace and privacy. Everything is connected internally, so no need to walk outside.

The bedrooms are all made with great care and an eye for detail. Maybe not as big as you are used to, but with a cosiness that rise is not easy. Our goal has always been to build for the group, family and friends.

The loft room or mezzanine has four beds (a double bed and two single beds) and is accessible by ladder from the living room on the first floor. The room is adored by children, because it's like their own adventurous and cosy tree house. You will find chests of drawers and space under one bed for luggage. A tilt window in the roof and the light from the first floor, ensure enough daylight. The bathroom is 'en suite' and has a shower and a large carved boulder to use as washbasin.

The first floor is a big open living space with one bedroom included. This bedroom has one double bed and its own bathroom with shower and washbasin. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cooking utensils and enough storage. It has a cooking island where several guests can cook French style; smell, taste, socialize and above all enjoy life. From the kitchen you have a view over the entire floor, but also over the valley and mountains.

From the wardrobe you have access to the large stairs which leads you to the garden. The dining area seats up to twelve people at an oval table so everyone can see also all table companions. A large window overlooks the ever changing environment and the village of Samoens. Next to the dining area is butcher’s chopping block with four stools. Here you can reflect on your day while enjoying a drink. The accordion system of five doors give you access to the balcony. These doors can be opened completely. The balcony is partially expanded which creates a larger seating area. From here you can hear and see everything in de valley and at the same time enjoy the sunshine. The lounge has TV, stereo and a round wood-stove. On the sofa, made of boulders and pillows, you can sit slumping. The tree is the centre of the house and the pivot for the steps. It is the internal connection between the ground floor and the first floor. The wall around the stairs is made of rocks, with tiny windows and niches. By using the special light system you could make a perfect ambiance like a fairy tale.

The staircase which revolves around the tree in the middle of the house, takes you to the ground floor with multiple bedrooms. The bedroom with bed bunks has always been a hit with children. The bedroom next to it has a high 'cuddle grade' and that's why it's called the 'Chambre d'amour'. Under the bed is a lot of space for the storage of suitcases and bags. On the east is another bedroom with a double bed. When you wake up, you will see the sunrise from behind the snowy Mont Buet. Would you still leave your bed?

Outside we have four terraces in the predominantly flat garden. A terrace on the east side with a barbecue hut. Summer and winter a must to use. When you return from skiing or an adventurous hike, then this is the place to be to socialize around the fire while enjoying a snack and a drink. Together ( easily 12 people) you can naturally also barbecue and cheese fondue here, though the butcher thinks you’re weird when you order barbecue meat if it’s -5 Celsius outside. The terrace has space enough for outside dining under pleasant weather conditions.

Against the edge of the garden, on the south, you could find the terrace with Jacuzzi. Bubbling, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the valley. Where to find such a luxury.

In front of the chalet, facing south, is a terrace which is also accessible through the double doors of the guesthouse.

The last terrace is next to the kitchen of the guesthouse. The location to see the sunrise and warm you at the first rays of sunshine. In summer, when the sun is high, it’s a lovely cool spot in the shade while still enjoying the view.

There are four parking places on the terrain and under the roof adjacent of the chalet. Under this adjacent roof is also a storage with ski boot warmers for 12 pairs of boots. The snow plough comes at least ones a day.

We will be happy to welcome you in our chalet.

More Details

Nath and Chris Leger
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2018

About Nath and Chris Leger

We are a French family with 3 teenaged daughters. We have been living abroad for 15 years. As Chris is native from Haute Savoie, we wanted to have a place we could call home in this beautiful valley.

Nath and Chris Leger purchased this chalet in 2015

Why Nath and Chris Leger chose Verchaix

L'arbre du Chaumieu has a long story. It is an old mountain farm, beautifully renovated by a passionate Dutch who fell in love with the area. The tree in the center of the chalet still with leaves on makes it very unique.

The Haut Giffre valley is one of the most preserved valley in the French Alps with direct access to the Grand Massif ski resort. The mountains around have also a lot to offer in the summer, from hiking, to paragliding and many other outdoors activities. The chalet is the perfect place for both relaxing and very active summer holidays.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is located in a natural area at 1000 meters above sea level with a stunning view over the valley. The wild, as deer, wild pigs and foxes, are searching for food around the house. The sun has big influence at this level. Often you can already enjoy the sun while the mist still hangs in the valley. From the chalet you could start your hike where and as long as you want.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Verchaix in Haute-Savoie

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , shower column with jets
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • On the 1st floor, there is a separate WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , This is the 'Chambre d'Amour'
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Bed bunk. A hit for children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom at the eastside at the ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , The bedroom at the first floor
    Loft room - 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Exceptional, Luxury Chalet with amazing view in Grand Massif ski resort
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

A fantastic week!

  • 5 of 5

Fresh powder snow, great weather (at least for 4 days), the chalet has a great view of the mountains; cosy atmosphère and perfect for 10-12 people. A peaceful, quiet and remote area (we saw deers around the chalet early morning or late evening) while being less than 10 mn away from the earth of the resorts.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week. The owner were very considerate. Only drawback lots of wasps and the kitchen could have been slightly better equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nulle part ailleur

  • 5 of 5

Séjourner à l’arbre du Chaumieu incite à se poser cette simple question : le lieu parfait existe-t-il ?

Il y a d’abord la route, étroite, nerveuse et dont les entrelacs imprévisibles sont déjà une épreuve, la promesse de quelque chose d’inhabituel.

Il y a ensuite l’arrivée, avec ce chalet imposant, solidement agrippé à son flanc de montagne, faisant face à ce panorama vertigineux qui vous happe dés votre descente de voiture.

Mais l’essentiel, l’inhabituel n’est pas là. Le vrai choc se réalise lorsque vous poussez la porte du chalet. Parce que ce n’est pas un chalet, c’est un loft New-Yorkais.

A un ami artiste, j’avais un jour demandé de me définir ce qu’était la beauté. Il m’avait répondu que la beauté ne se définissait pas, mais s’imposait à soi, comme une évidence. C’est ce que l’on ressent à l’arbre du chaumieu, l’évidence d’être dans quelque chose de beau et de complètement décalé.

Gauguin, en arrivant aux Marquises, aurait écrit dans son carnet : « nulle part ailleurs ! » Je ne suis pas allé aux Marquises, mais j’ai séjourné à l’arbre du Chaumieu: et c’est exactement ce que je me suis dit.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful in every way. Truly stunning view.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property with all the facilities we needed. Great location - middle of nowhere feel but only a short drive from local amenities. Ideal for either an active or restful break.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Indeed the place is perfect whether you just want to enjoy the stunning view with a good book or if you want to explore the numerous hiking trails in the area. Lots of activities around in all seasons. Looking forward to welcoming you again in our chalet!
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Magnifique châlet, vue extraordinaire !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé d'excellentes vacances à Verchaix, un cadre splendide et de nombreuses activités possibles. Le chalet est exceptionnel par sa situation, son confort et son amenagement. Nous avons été tres bien accueilli par les proprietaires qui sont tres chaleureux. C'est un chalet que je recommande, et j'espere avoir l'occasion d'y retourner.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos commentaires. Nous somme ravis de vous avoir accueili a l'arbre du Chaumieu. La region offre effectivement de nombreuses activités aussi bien en ete qu'en hiver. N'hesitez pas a nous contacter pour vos prochaines vacances au ski!
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Wonderful views !!

  • 5 of 5

The house was situated in a lovely location. The house was clean and well maintained with everything you need. We unfortunately found ourselves 'closed in' by the amateur version of the Tour de France on the day after we arrived and had to leave a day earlier to ensure we got out on time as the Tour de France was going to be close by on our planned departure day. So plan ahead if you are staying in July! Apart form that (which was no big deal!) we had a lovely stay and would be happy to recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
24 Kilometres
Golf les Gets
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Le Potet, Verchaix
Nearest Ski
4 Kilometres
Domain Grand Massif- Flaine Morillon Samoens
Car: necessary

The Grand Massif is the 4th largest ski-linked area in France. It rises up to an altitude of 2500m. Surrounded by grandiose scenery, the Grand Massif affords a truly breath-taking panoramic view of the French side of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Morillon and Samoëns provide the authenticity, tranquillity and conviviality of genuine traditional villages which are inhabited year round. Both villages, with their appealing charm, are the ideal starting points for long runs throughout the Grand Massif and its ski area.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £174.81
Damage Deposit £655.54

Additionally, the guest room with additional kitchen can be booked for a fixed price of 400 euros. The guest room is not for rent separately.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.