|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This self-catering chalet on two floors is situated in an area of the pretty French village of Chatel known as Petit Chatel, a few miles from the Swiss border. Sleeping up to 6 people, the first level has a kitchen including fridge and dishwasher, a dining/living room, bathroom and separate toilet and the second level has 3 bedrooms,(two twin bed rooms and one bed room with bunkbeds) and a toilet. It is furnished in a basic but comfortable style with all conveniences provided.The French windows in the dining area open out onto south facing balcony with beautiful views. Under the chalet is a storage area and we also have a lockable garage, ideal for ski or mountain bike storage, with an extra parking space available.
Bed linen is available on request.
N.B. access to chalet from parking area is up steep path approx 100m long so not advisable for elderly or people with walking difficulties.
Chatel area: Chatel is at the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area, the largest linked ski area in Europe,comprising 14 resorts in France and Switzerland. The village itself has a traditional style supporting local farming as well as tourism.It caters for many local French people as well as visitors from all over Europe and further. There is a wide selection of restaurants and bars, including many traditional Savoyard restaurants and shops.
Our chalet is located in a quiet position in the Petit Chatel area, just above the town centre, however during peak seasons, both winter and summer, there is a restaurant and bar, a boulangerie, sports shops with ski equipment hire and a newsagent open, just a short walk away, opposite the Barbossine lift.
Ski-ing; there is a frequent free ski bus for all Chatel ski lifts. For Linga and Pre la Joux you may need to change in the centre of Chatel. Ski equipment can be rented via the INTERSPORTwebsite and then collected from the Intersport shop in Petit-Chatel. Discounts may also be available for booking online.
The chalet is very pleasant - not fancy but has everything you need to have a lovely stay. Beds are comfortable, lounge is spacious and plenty of seating. Kitchen small but perfect for a weeks self catering. 20 min walk into Chatel, unfortunately the free ski bus does stop running early so don't rely on that to get back to Petit after a meal out but the walk is not too bad.
We had trouble the first day getting our hire car up the final bit (too much snow/ice in one small area) to the garage so had to leave it at the bottom of the slope. Next day (after a little sun) no problem getting the car up to the Garage. The garage was great - we left our skis there over night so saved us carrying up the final path. The walk from the lift is ok - but probably difficult if you've got young kids who don't carry their own stuff but with teenagers it was fine. We skied down to the lift every morning (bar one when we went to Pre de Joux). Chatel is a nice resort but does have a lot of drag/button lifts which do have queues in half term but access to Switzerland is easy and some lovely runs on that side. Hired skis from Intersport at the bottom of the lift - They let us leave our shoes there on the last day so really easy to return and walk back up to the Chalet.
Good access from Geneva, it did take us near 2 hours to get to Chatel due to traffic on the A1/A9 along the north side of the lake, but access up to the mountains was really easy and quick, no long queues and the journey back was around 1.30 hrs. However, car rental from the French Side was a little confusing to return so that did add an extra 10 minutes to the journey (a note if you do hire from French side there is a Shell garage that is substantially cheaper than the airport pumps that you drive past to get to the French side so fill up your hire car there!).
A nice chalet, in a convenient location.
Lovely place, easy for the Ski bus, and a short walk to the nearest lift. 5 of us staying and have everything we need for a great holiday. great views from the chalet and comfortable. Great value.
A lovely well sized and well facilitated chalet at the top of Petit Chatel. The Chalet was clean and with generous sized rooms, even for a group of adults. The views from the balcony were spectacular, lovely to wake up to and eat your breakfast.
Access from top of Super Chatel lift was easy, but a fair walk from the town centre.
Chatel is a pretty, traditional style village just over the Swiss border and at the top of the Abondance Valley which eventually winds its way down to Lake Leman, at Thonon Les Bains.
Chatel is at the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area linking 14 ski resorts in France and Switzerland. There are 3 major ski lift areas in Chatel;-Super Chatel is a telecabine lift from the centre of the village, Linga is also a telecabine at the bottom of the villge, along the valley floor and the Pre-la Joux lift area is a short drive to the top of the valley. There are large car parks at both and the free ski buses also drop off here.
Chatel has all the amenities you would require, there are numerous restaurants and bars, ski equipment and hire shops, supermarkets,bakeries, a cinema, chemist and several shops selling traditional Savoyard food, toys, pottery etc.
The chalet is above the village, approx 1/1.5km from the centre.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Prices vary dependent on length of stay
Prices quoted are in euros but payment in sterling is accepted (please ask owner to quote price)
Dates quoted are inclusive (i.e. start and end dates include overnight accommodation on these dates)
Full payment 4 weeks before start of trip
Cleaning fee included