|Space||1,345 sq. ft.|
Old chalet in alpine village square surrounded by old barns, but with frequent free shuttle bus that stops just outside us, and takes 10 min max to reach Meribel lifts centre (in car, 4 min) or 4 min to Meribel Village lift. During season, you can normally ski in to village. Characterful Family home in good taste, roomy and cosy with pictures, maps and nice things around. Garage. Underfloor heating. Great views from windows and balconies. Open fire (logs supplied). STOP PRESS. French Tourist Office have just awarded us the coveted ***** FIVE star rating.
(classé 5* par l'office du tourisme).
More Photos of Nikita and Surrounds: Meribel is the middle valley of the justly world famous 3 valleys - 'le plus grand domaine skiable du monde' is the claim, and judging by the fact that every year we discover new pistes and lifts, this is surely the case. Not to mention the legendary off piste... This resort has everything, except big lift queues. And it is truly international, with a major British presence. So much so that the even the french part of the french ski school usually seem to speak ski English. And unlike other resorts, such as Tignes, the station is itself an attractive and genuine alpine resort, which is why it attracts so many visitors in the summer as well.
Our kids go to the french ski school, and have achieved an exceptional standard of skiing here in Meribel partly because of it. We often rent a ski locker so that they don't have to carry their skis - easy to arrange in advance if necessary. Sometimes we arrive from Paris, by train, and find it very easy to do without our car as the free bus is both frequent and quick.
Family with four young children, all of us keen skiers, always ready to discover the new lifts and pistes that seem to come up pretty much every season here. Found out that this place is really quite amazing in the summer too... flowers and butterflies everywhere, and loads of activities.
Alaric and Katia purchased this chalet in 2004
We bought this chalet as it was ideal for our young family, with their need for a place without cars and noise, so that they could play happily outside in the snow, and yet have good for access to the ski school - the free bus gets them up and down with ease, and they come back for lunch before going back up again. Then we found out more: the ski back to the village is great fun and rather special, and the people here are very friendly and interesting. Being in the centre of the village means we see everybody going past, which is really nice, and there is a great view from our balconies of the mountain landscapes around us.
1) Excellent access to the station above us, and we can and do do it all without a car. 2) Authentic alpine village feel with wood smoke smells and beautiful old barns, and friendly people. 3) Chalet itself has a great feel about it, and my wife has really made it into a well equipped home. 4) Garage area with chairs and space for skis and boots and changing area too. 5) Free shuttle bus stops 5 seconds walk away from us. 6) Cosy and pleasing interior, with plenty of showers...
Very well located chalet: it is quite during the night, while an easy ride (by car or by bus) to the center of the resort and the ski lifts.
Very confortable, with a great living room, a well equiped kitchen and 4 nice bedrooms.
All good !
Was easy to get to as we hired our own car and drove from Geneva. In a very small village with no shops so would be worthwhile having a car as made it much easier getting bread int he morning etc. Property was clean and comfortable and as we were a mixed group with one small child worked very well. Was easy to get hold of the owner and replied to any queries very promptly. Overall great property and we had a very enjoyable time.
We stayed in chalet Nikita this last season, and unlike our last time, when we stayed in a hotel, we got to stay in a real alpine village, with old people and children, old barns and narrow alleys up between old chalets with the smell of wood smoke, and a real sense of being a community - the locals say hello, and are very willing to answer any questions [particularly if you have a couple of words of French to start the conversation!]. There was a quick and free bus that ran frequently up to the Meribel lifts. The piste was great, and we could ski back to the chalet. The bus ran late into the evening so we had no trouble going to town for food and drink. The chalet itself was great.The seven of us were very comfortable with 2 unused bedrooms. The showers and bathrooms were modern, the kitchen small but very efficient, and the sitting room a real gem - lots of cosy seats, eclectic decor, and a beautiful wood burning fireplace. Alaric, the owner, is a great character. We wished we had been able to stay longer. We'll be back.
We chose Nikita for its rustic charm, village location and bed space for our group which consisted of two beginners, two pedestrians in their late seventies, two all mountain skiers and two piste cruisers. The chalet was easy to find and we were able to park right outside. The chalet was as described in the advertisement with plenty of crockery and bedding and everything we required for a comfortable stay. The best part of the chalet was the living area which was the perfect place to relax and swap stories of our day on the piste with a bottle of wine and a log fire.
The ski bus stopped conveniently right outside which was a bonus. We had great snow and were able to ski back each evening. This was great but the way back does include a red piste and the first time I missed the turn off for Chandon, which is a short off piste section.
We were there at half term and our beginners did have quite a queue some evenings for the bus back down but the bus runs often and on time.
Our non-skiers found plenty to do and thoroughly enjoyed the marked foot paths and trails and enjoyed the free bus and gondala trips up the mountains.
This Chalet was an excellent centre for our extended family ski holiday. Facilities were like home from home and a plentiful supply of logs for the fire gave us an evening focal point. Being just of the main road gave us all the night time quiet for a good nights sleep but with daylight gave easy access via the shuttle bus to ski runs and local facilities. Certainly top of the list for next season
We stayed in this old world mountain village just down the Meribel Valley from the ski area. Our home for the stay was the Chalet Nikita, a renovated old house made comfortable without any loss of charm. It sits in the village of Chandon, a small gathering of ancient buildings on the hillside looking up at Meribel Village and down at Les Allues.
It was the ideal place for our group. We are a family of four, with several adult friends joining us. We took the upstairs bedroom where we watched the stars out the skylight windows over our head, and the girls took the very small bedroom with bunks and a skylight window of their own. This still left room downstairs for a couple and three of my husband’s ski buddies.
The center floor is the living space, with a large living area where we could all gather and big, informal dining room table to share our meals. The kitchen is small but well thought out, and very user-friendly. The floors are heated, so our toes were warm as we made coffee each morning.
We were delighted to not need to carry our ski equipment much, as a bus stop is immediately outside. The garage downstairs is warm, so our boots, helmets and even our gloves stayed there with our skis. There is also a workbench where my husband and his ski buddies tuned and waxed skis.
The owner was always responsive and very helpful, as was his local contact. We are on an extended trip beyond our stay at the ski area and had some extra logistics. As a result, we were a bit high maintenance, and both Alaric and Luke were always gracious.
Negatives were the main stairs are shaded, so they get a little icy. Older people or those who can’t walk well might want to enter through the downstairs bedroom using the deck stairs facing the street. Having the bus stop next door not only means not carrying your skis, but also more street noise than we expected in a small village. And, as with all older buildings, the bathrooms were a bit small.
Overall, our stay was everything we had hoped, and the Chalet Nikita was a big part of this. We would absolutely stay there again, and recommend it to others who are looking for a ski home that has character, history, and heart.
Ski down to Meribel Chandon in season, but stay in real character alpine village avoiding noisy ski station. Central position of chalet in village with shuttle bus stop right outside, so no walking to bus. Les Allues below us with 3 restaurants, and Meribel Village just above us, with Boulangerie, Shops and Lift just 3 minutes away. Or 8 minutes by shuttle to ski school and other lifts.
Golf: Great course a short hop away by Meribel Village
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£750|
The security deposit must be paid at least 2 weeks before your arrival. Towels are extra, at 3 euros per large and small towel pair. THE RENTAL is OPEN TO REDUCTIONS UNDER 'CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES' - TELEPHONE US. No refunds, but we try to re rent and pay back.