Chalet in Abondance, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Peaceful Location, Village Centre 1 Minute Walk, Skiing 8 Mins Away By Car Or Foot
About Martin Chapman
We are Jackie and Martin and our young adult son and daughter. We live in the Cotswolds and enjoy village life. Jackie is a University Professor and Martin runs his own business. We decided to buy Chalet Alys to create a contemporary space inside a traditional chalet. We love visiting Abondance and spend about 10 weeks a year there summer and winter. We hope to share our lovely home in the mountains with like minded people.
Martin Chapman purchased this Chalet in 2011
Why Martin Chapman chose Abondance
Martin and I found Abondance and Chalet Alys in the summer of 2011 when we spent a week touring around the Haute Savoie looking for a place to call home. We have skiied in Chatel and the Portes du Soliel several times and knew we could rely on it to provide for our skiing and holiday needs and those of our friends and family. Finding Abondance was the best part of that trip. In Chalet Alys we found our project and in Abondance we found a traditional, charming, warm French village. Our neighbours, the shop owners and the artisans we have worked with are warm, generous and encouraging people. We love that you can ski for a morning, walk along the River Dranse summer and winter, pop out to the Place du Village for a coffee or beer and always the sun seems to shine. As time has passed and we have explored the area more we find new treasures close to Abondance such as Saint Jean d'Aulps, Aigle and the surrounding village ski stations in Switzerland, Lake Leman, Lac Des Plagne and Refuge des Tinderet.
What makes this Chalet unique
In the Chalet you will enjoy a spacious home with two large communal rooms for gathering over breakfast and in the evenings to share the days events. The large log fire keeps you cosy and the underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms is a real treat. All bedrooms are en suite and have great views of the surrounding mountains. There are also areas to find the peace and quiet you sometimes need on a busy group holiday such as the snug landing, the many balconies and of course your own confortable rooms. The garden is safe, spacious and secure to enjoy outdoor dining, ball games and in winter building snow men.
Pool / Spa
Strictly no smoking. Any evidence of smoking in the property or garden will lead to retention of security deposit.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful in every way!
The chalet was perfect! Extremely clean, fully equipped. Done up to a very high standard. Perfect location.
The host couldn’t have been more helpful. Full of advice which made our family ski trip perfect.
Great property in lively village!
Great property for 8 people - well equipped and comfortable. Slight issues with showers but overall a great place to stay . Housekeeper was very helpful and friendly.
We had a fabulous holiday at Chalet Alys. It was so well equipped, a real home from home experience. There were 8 of us to cater for and we enjoyed cooking in the beautiful kitchen which had everything that you needed. Perfectly situated, seconds from the village and haymaking in the fields at the back. Super for morning runs with our dogs! We would love to return!
an 'abundance' of good things
Beautifully renovated chalet, quality finishings, gorgeous bathrooms!
Situated in a delightful village, ideal spot for exploring both the mountains and Lake Geneva. lots of good bars and restaurants within walking distance.
In summer great area for walking (and downhill cycling!)
Pretty chalets, lovely scenery, cows with bells... 'the hills are alive!'...
Would love to go back when it's all covered in snow.
We had a fabulous stay at Chalet Alys in Abondance a couple of weeks ago. The Alps in summer are amazing, Abondance in particular has lots to offer summer visitors. The chalet was luxurious, well appointed and very centrally located for local shops and restaurants, and in winter right near the ski lift. We would certainly go back to the same chalet. Thanks, a great stay.
Lovely place for a summer holiday
We had a lovely holiday staying at this luxurious chalet. It was only a short walk to the centre of the town but wonderfully quiet. We were very impressed with the high specification of the property including bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms, high spec kitchen and the furnishings. It was above our expectations. There were 7 adults and a baby and we had lots of room. The town of abondance is quite beautiful with it's abbey, rivers and quaint bridges. A lovely summer holiday destination. The shopkeepers were helpful and welcoming. Wonderful foods and wine available. The bakers, butchers and a supermarket made it easy to get everything we needed. There were places to eat out if you wanted to. It is great walking country around here. Within a short car or bus ride we were at the chairlifts and higher mountains. Thonon Les Bains and Evian are a bus ride away with shops, lakeside walks and lovely restaurants. We did not catch the ferry to Lausanne but will do it at another visit. We took advantage of the Magic Transfers from Geneva airport. It was easy to book and worked really well. Door to door service. Our flight was a little late in but they were waiting for us. We had a great holiday.
Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) is a 30 min drive down the mountain. At Thonon les Bain and Evian les Bain you will find lakeside access to swimming, water sports, promenades and waterside restaurants and cafés. The ferry will take you along the lake and over to Lausanne and other Swiss lakeside towns and resorts.
The nearest airport is Geneva 70 km and 90 mins drive away. Car hire is available at the airport and buses run twice a day between Geneva Airport and Abondance through the bus company Altibus. Taxi transfers run regularly to the airport. Driving time from Calais to Abondance is 9.5 hours. A car is not essential as the ski bus runs regularly between Abondance and Chatel and most things you will need are available in Abondance. A car offers independence in getting to the lifts promptly.
-to Thonon les Bain and Lake Leman 30 min by car/bus
-to la Chapelle d'Abondance 8 mins car/bus
-to Chatel resort centre 15 mins by car/bus
Abondance is a great ski destination for families and beginner skiers and those wishing a quiet more relaxed place to stay and who are happy to drive the 15-20 minutes to access the Portes du Soleil. In summer you can hike, hire Mountain bikes, explore the history of the Abbey all in the village Abondance has 2 small supermarkets, bakery and butchers, several restaurants, bars and ski hire or outdoor shops, 2 banks, a doctor and a vet. It also has tennis courts and a tree top adventure park. A large new indoor/outdoor pool and spa in Chalet is an easy 15 min drive away for a jacuzzi and a swim.