Chalet in Samoens, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Stunning Location, 10 Minutes From Ski Lifts
Sebastian von Holstein
- English, French
About Sebastian von Holstein
This chalet is available for rental through Mountain People. We offer an exclusive hand-picked selection of beautiful chalets in the Samoens area. These unique homes are beautiful & comfortable. Whatever your requirements, we should have something to suit your needs. You can also visit www.mountain-people.com for more photographs, floorpans and information.
Sebastian von Holstein purchased this Chalet in 1990
Why Sebastian von Holstein chose Samoëns
Situated in a small hamlet in the heart of the French Alps, the house provides us with just enough seclusion from the town, but is also close enough that we can visit restaurants and bars if we so desire. The house itself is charming and retains many original features. Our recent renovations were a joy to carry out as we kept much of the rusticity of the property, while adding many creature comforts that make for a truly relaxing stay.
What makes this Chalet unique
From the porch, we enjoy glorious views looking out onto the Criou mountain, which regularly turns orange and pink as the sun sets on it. The house offers absolute peace and quiet but is also close enough to the town and ski lift to make it a calm and convenient spot to enjoy all of the winter and summer activities on offer in the area. As relaxing as it is adventurous, most of our guests (us included) find it very hard to leave at the end of our stays. Large enough for families and groups of friends, it unfailingly proves to be the perfect base for those with a love for the outdoors, with its captivating views, sounds of trickling streams and the perfect amount of comfort for a peaceful stay.
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Nice accommodation with inadequateness in detail
The chalet is typical for the region and located at a really silent place.
Unfortunately there is a big discrepancy between the photos and the reality as due to the panorama lens the rooms look wide and light. In fact only the living room is as large as the photos pretend. The sleeping rooms are all really small and gloomy. One problem was the quality of the mattresses: Something between disappointing and inconvenient, in any case much too hard, especially in the double room for the adults. So my wife and me left Samoëns with dorsal pain.
There are nearly no wardrobes in the sleeping rooms to hang up clothes although you have a lot if you go skiing with a family of five.
The biggest disappointment was the level of cleanness which definitely was not acceptable. We found many surfaces dirty and dusty as well as small spider webs in corners allover the accommodation. A lot of items of the kitchen had to be washed before first use, especially all pots and frying pans but also most parts of the cutlery and glasses.
All in all it is a pity that the maintenance of the property is so careless. But the music collection is just about the limit!
It is with great sadness that I read your review, which is inconsistent with the usual feedback we receive. Our main priority is always to provide our guests with the best experiences possible. We respect your opinion and will investigate each and every point in order to ensure that our future guests remain delighted with their stays, as they have done for the last 7 years.
The chalet is an authentic 18th century farmhouse where windows are indeed smaller and rooms may at time be darker than modern houses. The bedrooms, utility room and hallway contain plenty of hanging and storage space for drying ski clothing and storing normal clothing - we apologise that this was not sufficient for your needs. The mattresses are of a high quality and expensive, and while we've been praised for the comfort of our beds in the past, we appreciate there is no one size fits all and it is unfortunate that your wife had pains.
This review is our first indication that you were unhappy with your stay. We did send emails during your stay to check you were comfortable and happy and would have hoped to have heard from you if you had any problems or discomforts in order to rectify fully any complaints or problems you may have had. Unfortunately, we were completely unaware and therefore unable to assit you to make things better for you, which would have been our top priority!
Thank you again for all your feedback and we'll continue doing our best to ensure the problems you outline are properly investigated and resolved.
Amaizing and perfect as always .
This was our fourth year returning to the Lazy Labrador and it gets better every year.
The house has all you can need . 15 m from the Samoens village but away from the hustle. Just waking up and walking out the door with your snowshoes on and enjouy the most incredible view , it is priceless!!!
Thanks to Sebastian for taking care of us . It just feel like coming back home every year.
We will come back !! See you next year
Fantastic place, charming, cosy and full of character, in lovely rural setting up in the mountains
We had an absolutely lovely stay at Lazy Labrador, loved the great, rustic yet extremely charming kitchen, where we prepared and enjoyed many meals with a big group; the sitting room, with a roaring log burner seeing many games played, accompanied by music from THE most amazing record collection; and then really cozy bedrooms (with very comfortable beds) and two modern bathrooms. Our two daughters loved staying in the small annex across the road, another great place full of character. The location is a short 10 min drive up from Samoens, and if there is snow I would not want to do it without either snow chains or 4x4 with snow tyres. The place lies in a high valley with beautiful mountain views, and we loved walking in the snow, enjoying the views. The place easily copes with 7 people, of which 3 couples, but if you want to be 9 at least two of them need to be children (one of them in the anteroom of a double bedroom). Overall a really wonderful place!
Charming, amazing location, comfortable ...
Lazy Labrador was immaculate and well maintained. We were well looked after by the manager and the local team. Would recommend to anybody with or without dogs...the walks are stunning and not all uphill!! Samoens a perfect proper town.
Wonderful , authentic rural retreat
Beautiful chalet in a wonderful location , full of rustic charm and detail
Wrapped in coziness...
We rested a company of 9 people, 6 adults and 3 children, places are all more than enough, everything is organized perfectly, many small things that are useful in everyday life and or pleases the eye. Particularly pleased with high-quality music, cooking utensils, sleeping rooms. All at the highest level, from start to finish! I recommend to everyone as Lazy Labrador as Mountain People. Anton Titarenko with love ....
Best wishes ....
Thanks Anton for your very kind words. We really enjoyed welcoming you and your family / friends. We're very grateful to have great guests like you who enjoy the authenticity of the chalet and the beautiful surroundings. We are happy to welcome you again any Mountain People chalet in the future! Best wishes, Sebastian
Special interest holidays:
The summer time is perfect for Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, White Water Rafting and much more! Wonderful hikes straight out the front door. Please enquire if you have any specific questions about the house or the many activities in the surrounding area.
The nearest airport is Geneva, which is approximately one hour away.
In winter, a 4x4 vehicle (or at least snow chains) is essential in the event of heavy snowfall, which is a common occurrence in this region. 4x4 vehicles can be hired at the airport.
The house is situated 10 minutes from the nearest town of Samoens