Ideally located for cycling, walking & outdoor activities including winter ski
Ian & Katie McCabe
About Ian & Katie McCabe
Hi, We are Ian and Katie and we live in Kent. We love to travel and spend as much time as we can at the chalet. Ian is a telecoms engineer and a keen cyclist. Katie is a specialist teacher working with autistic children and their families. Our son is a freelance graphic designer and our daughter is currently living and working in London. We enjoy this area so much and we are happy to share our chalet and all that we know about the area with you. If you are looking for an alpine holiday with plenty to see and do or just a peaceful place to relax, we think La Bonne Vie is just the place for you.
Ian & Katie McCabe purchased this Chalet in 2009
Why Ian & Katie McCabe chose Le Châtelard
We have visited many regions of France over the years and were introduced to the Savoie region by some friends. We immediately liked the tranquil environment and the friendliness of the local Baujus and decided it would be the perfect place to escape to all year round for a chance to practice our skiing, indulge in the local cuisine, cycle on our tandem, go for walks (autumn is just perfect) or just relax and drink wine! Our neighbours have become our friends and our French is slowly improving. This is our home from home and we would like to share it with like minded people who enjoy nature at its best, outdoor pursuits, amazing scenery, a peaceful and relaxing environment.
What makes this Chalet unique
We built the chalet because we love the area and the views we enjoy from the chalet. Our chalet is kept to a very high standard, has all the facilities you would need and is spacious yet cosy. The chalet is in the village of Le Chatelard which is centrally located in the heart of the Massif des Bauges. Le Chatelard has the main supermarket (Carrefour) serving the region. Other village amenities include an excellent restaurant, a bar/pizzeria, a bank, post office, art/craft shops and a small weekly market. It is conveniently located for the many attractions to be found in Annecy, Aix les Bains, Albertvillle and Chambery, all within easy driving distance. The regional park is breathtakingly beautifully and has been described as 'an island of nature, where time is not an element'. You will feel you have stepped back in time and escaped the crowds. Ideally situated for the local ski resorts (and yet still only an hour from Orelle with its access to Val Thorens and the 3 vallées). A perfect base for walking, cycling, swimming and a host of other outdoor activities. For more information on these check out Terres d'Altitude or the Tourist Office both in the village. We love this area and we hope you will love it too!
Smoking outside permitted.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
La Bonne Vie in summer @ Le Chatelard
Great location for a summer holiday: the local village has everything you need: supermarket, restaurants, pizza takeaways. The house itself is fabulous: large, airy, filled with light, and great views of spectacular country. All the fittings are high quality, the bedrooms comfortable. the kitchen well supplied, and lots of nice touches in games and dvds available to play. I can't speak more highly of the owners, who provided all the information we needed and communicated with us to make sure everything was ok. Finally, lots to do in the district. Good swimming nearby in Lescheraines. The mountain behind the house is a great climb. Lots of other things to in 20-30 minute drives. Highly recommended. We stayed here in August 2019.
Hi Roy. Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to welcoming you back again some time.
Perfect chalet for exploring the area.
Clean, comfortable chalet with everything you need for a relaxing stay. A real home from home with stunning views. Chambery; Annecy and Aix-les-Bains all within easy reach. Thank you.
We had a lovely week at La Bonne Vie. This is a beautiful area to explore and the chalet really made the holiday for us. Spotless and well equipped. Ian provided us with lots of helpful information about the area and responded quickly to our enquiries. Great chalet - would recommend!
The chalet is very comfortable and absolutely clean. Ian has provided excellent information on how to get there and check in. It has everything you need and makes you feel at home. The view is fantastic. We had a car so Le Chartelard was a perfect base to hike the surrounding mountains and explore Annecy. We were only there for 6 days, we would have liked to stay longer. We highly recommend "La Bonne Vie".
Literally, a home away from home
My wife and I spent the better part of three months living in La Bonne Vie. As others have written, it is a very well presented chalet with everything that one can need in a vacation home. It is a warm and inviting place to stay, with wonderful views from the dining area and the balcony. Enjoying breakfast as the sun lit up the mountains was a regular delight. Kitchen is well stocked with utensils, pots and pans, plates etc. Bedrooms are large and comfortable. Both the bathroom and the lower-level shower room are clean and hot water is plentiful. There is now high speed, reliable Internet that Ian and Kate had installed for us. Can't ask for better service than that. Generally, Ian and Kate are just great people to deal with. The neighbours are also lovely people, speak excellent English and always ready to help in any way that they can. The local Carrefour supermarket is in the village and has pretty much everything you need, including some excellent local wines and cheeses and, good baguettes and pastries. There is even a petrol (gas) station at the supermarket. Easy access to Aix-les-Bains, Annecy, Geneva and many world-class ski resorts. All in all, no hesitation in recommending La Bonne Vie. We would most definitely return if we head to the Alps again.
Perfect retreat at Le Chatelard and near Annecy
Ian and Katie maintain this property very well. It is extremely comfortable and very well appointed. Checkin arrangements were simple and Ian provided excellent directions to get there.It has everything you need. Beds are comfy, showers a delight, lounge and dining areas make you feel at home. The outlook is sensational. We had a car so this was a perfect base to explore Annecy and the surrounding towns, villages and mountains. We were there for one week and could easily have stayed longer. Le Chatelard itself is a very pretty village. We spent a couple of afternoons on the decks enjoying a wine and taking in the views. Absolutely sensational. Ian and Katie should be proud of the standard at which they maintain this holiday home. Tony and Wendy from Australia
Special interest holidays:
The warm summers, clean air, low humidity and beautiful location make this the perfect location to enjoy many special interest holidays.
The Massif des Bauges is a perfect place for walkers. There are many trails of varying difficulty, we challenge you to try climbing to The Cross on top of La Dent de Rossanaz opposite our chalet.
With its beautiful and varied countryside this region offers a wide range of cycling itineraries of all levels of difficulty, from flat rides through river valleys to long alpine ascents into the heart of the Massif des Bauges. It is easy to see why these roads were chosen for the mountain finale of the 100th Tour de France. Mountain bikers can use the ski lifts at Les Aillons in July/August to take them up to Mont Pelat and La Rochettes and challenging downhills from Le Feclaz to Chambery and Le Revard to Aix les Bains. There are also plenty of family friendly routes - around the lakes in Leschaines and Annecy.
This beautiful location will inspire all painters out there to get their brushes out and paint the flora and landscapes.
Likewise keen photographers will be spoiled for choice, the geo park landscapes, the night sky, flora and fauna, its all there to be snapped.
Other activities available are paragliding, canyoning, horse riding, fishing, climbing, forest adventure trails, lake swimming and even hiking with donkeys - it is all there on our doorstep!
Lescheraines (10 minutes) has a swimming lake with a grass beach, water slide, jetty, paddling pool, tree adventure, tennis and a restaurant/bar. It is an ideal location for a picnic and catching some rays. There is also two outside heated swimming pools at Aillon de Jeune (July & Aug). Lake Annecy and Lake Bourget are perfect for swimming (24C) in summer, some beaches have water slides and diving boards. Boat hire is available, the perfect way to see the lake
Fly/drive Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble. Geneva is the quickest way. Go to Skyscanner for prices and flight times from all airports: advanced bookings from £40 return. Easyjet is usually the cheapest. We are 1 hour from Geneva airport. To drive from Calais allow at least 8hrs. 565 miles. The 8.30am Dover usually gets us off at 11am French time and we arrive at 7pm for a quick supermarket shop (2 mins drive from the chalet).
Le Chatelard is right at the centre of Les Bauges and is conveniently located for day trips to nearby places of interest: Les Aillons - 17km (20 mins). Margeriaz - 17km (20 mins). Aix les Bain - 30km (30 mins). Annecy - 30km (30 mins). Chambery - 45km (45 mins). Geneva - 60km (55 mins). La Plagne - 100km (1hr 20 mins). Valmorel - 80km (1hr 20 mins). Les Arc - 110km (1hr 40 mins). Grenoble - 125km (1hr 25 mins). Chamonix - 140km (1hr 45 mins).
There is a Carrefour supermarket in Le Chatelard. If eating out, Les Clarines restaurant provides a wonderful savoyard dining experience and is very popular with the locals, top tip - book in advance. For Sunday lunch try the hotel in Jarsy - just 3km away or for a taste of real alpine food go to Mont Pelat restaurant at Les Aillons ski resort - 12 kms. Chez Cyrille in Le Noyer is also a favourite restaurant of ours.
Catering Option – (Not usually available in July /August).
La Bonne Vie is pleased to offer the services of a personal chef to help make your self-catered holiday a holiday for everyone.
Melanie worked at the Michelin * Calcot Manor Hotel & has 10 yrs experience cooking for the luxury chalet market. If your have had a hard day on the piste or maybe it’s a special occasion: whatever the reason, why not put your feet up & let Melanie cook for you?
Melanie can provide delicious home cooked meals from a selection of starters, mains, desserts, cheeses and wines. Meals can be cooked either in the chalet or delivered to you.
Terres d´Altitude in Le Chatelard offers hiking, canyoning and via ferrata for the adventurous. There is horse riding in Lescheraines around the lakes and some excellent mountain biking routes. We have an English contact who can organize cycling tours & informal ski lessons if required.
Plenty of walking opportunities and Maison Faune-Flore in Ecole will show you what plants, flowers and wildlife to look out for on your treks.
The Tourist Office in Le Chatelard is most helpful and will help you book activities, spa treatments at Aix les Bain and excursions. The medieval city of Conflans on the outskirts of Albertville is an interesting place to spend an afternoon.
Annecy attractions - lakeside village of Menthon with its fairytale castle, Benedictine monastery at Talloires, alpine garden at Semnoz. Local markets, superb restaurants, great shops and a boat trip around the lake.