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Self catered chalet in traditional, 3 valleys mountain village

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 1,259 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8-9, recently refurbished , St Martin de Belleville, 0.9km to chairlift

For traditional French village charm combined with superb access to the world’s largest ski area, chez Prifti in Villarabout/St Martin de Belleville is an ideal destination. All the tranquillity and space of a village house yet only a 10 minute walk (0.9km) to the lifts and amenities of St Martin. Self-catering accommodation, ideal for families/groups travelling by private/hire car. Delightful, Savoyard house, sleeps 8/9 in the beautiful, sunny hamlet of Villarabout, a 3 minute drive to the St Martin chairlift, giving unrivalled access to 600km of ski slopes in the 3 Valleys. After an exhilarating day's skiing, relax in front of the roaring, wood burning stove in the wood beamed sitting room or enjoy après ski drinks on the balcony. Enjoy the spacious kitchen/dining room, perfect for feeding a large group of hungry skiers. there are 2 rooms with double beds, 1 room with sturdy bunk beds, 1newly renovated twin room with balcony/great views, additional single bed on spacious landing.

Apres ski: For those wanting to experience gourmet French cuisine, there is a fabulous choice of restaurants, not least the Michelin starred “La Bouitte” in the neighbouring hamlet of St Marcel (3 minutes drive), which you can ski to for lunch or enjoy at night. Such is “La Bouitte’s” reputation that customers arrive by helicopter from Courchevel or Méribel. Straight off the slopes you can enjoy a vin chaud at the “Eterlou” terraced restaurant/bar at the foot of the St Martin drag lift. A gentle stroll from the house, St Martin offers a good variety of restaurants and bars including “La Voute” restaurant and pizzeria, The Billig with its satellite TV for sporting events and free wifi, the “Pourquoi pas” piano bar, the high quality Montagnard restaurant. The nightlife of Les Menuires is within striking distance for clubbing as is the day club, La folie douce, on the slopes of Val Thorens, playing music from 3pm.

Ski hire, lift passes and ski lessons.: St Martin, Belleville valley and Three Valley lift passes can be bought from the office next to the St Martin chair lift.

Nearby is the ESF office (Ecole du ski français) which provides ski lessons in English and French as well as their creche.

St Martin offers a variety of ski hire options. We recommend using the Twinner shop next to the chairlift in St Martin who will give you a 20% discount if you say you are resident at chez Prifti in Villarabout.

All the above are a 10 minute walk, 3 minute drive or 0.9km from the house.

If you want to guarantee ski lesson availability of your choice, it is highly recommended to book in advance, as lessons get booked up, especially in the busy holiday periods. Ski guides can also be booked from the ESF, essential if you want to enjoy the delights of the local off piste terrain in safety.

Getting to and from St Martin: Flights possible to Grenoble, Chambery, Lyon and Geneva airport. Hire cars complete with snow tyres can be picked up at the airport. Most major airlines offer good value, hassle free, car hire packages at the click of a button, for example Easy Jet, Europe car. A car is essential for the enjoyment of your holiday in Villarabout/St Martin, not only to get you to and from resort but also to the lift in comfort every day. A car also affords skiing flexibility. The London/Moutiers snow train is a great option, eliminating all the hassle and leaving you 20mins from the house. By car, Villarabout/St Martin is 9 hrsfrom Calais with motorway most of the way to Moutiers. There is a strong case for travelling by car from the UK with children. You load up your car just the once with bags, skis and children, equipped with games and DVDs for the journey, without the risk of delays and losing your treasured ski gear on the luggage carousel at the airport.

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Helen Prifti or Gillian Prifti or Tim Prifti
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned after our second Christmas at Chez Prifti. We are a party of two families with four adults and five (mainly grown up) children. There is plenty of space in the apartment split over 3 floors. The kitchen/dining area is brilliant for après ski drinks while preparing the evening meal. The kitchen has plenty of pans, crockery etc. and comfortably seats nine around the table. Last year we invited two friends, who were staying in St Martin, up for Christmas dinner and had a very enjoyable evening around the table followed by ‘Elf’ then charades in the lounge upstairs – a memorable Christmas day. The bedrooms and shower downstairs are small but serviceable and all the showers (plus the bath if you need to soak away your exertions) have plenty of hot water and good water pressure. The first year we found it easiest to leave the skis in the cars and drive down to St Martin, this year there was no snow in St Martin so we drove to Val Thorens (where there was plenty) which took about 20 minutes (free parking by the Cairn/Carin cable station). The hamlet is very quiet and has no shops/bars so the accommodation suits people who are happy to stay in with their own company. There are very steep stairs in the apartment which could be a problem with very young children or anyone with mobility issues. We have had two lovely holidays at Chez Prifti and recommend it.
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in St Martin de Belleville in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1259 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Before departure, please strip linen from beds and place with used towels in a central area for collection by the cleaners
  • Please empty the recycling bin and general refuse bin in the municipal bins near the water trough in the centre of Villarabout on departure
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , twin room, en suite, balcony, views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , bunks, en suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , extra single bed on spacious landing
  • Two rooms with double beds with access to shower room and WC, one large room with twin beds that can be pushed together to make a double or used as singles with en-suite shower, balcony and stunning mountain views, one room with sturdy bunk beds and en-suite shower, extra single bed on spacious landing, possibility of sofa bed in sitting room if required. One bathroom with bath/shower on landing. Three newly put in shower rooms and one bathroom in total, two of which are en-suite.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The kitchen / dining room is a spacious, wood beamed room with a newly fitted kitchen and a large wooden table which sits 8 - 10 people. Perfect for feeding a hungry group of skiers in comfort after an exhilarating day out on the slopes. The sitting room is also a lovely, spacious, wood beamed room with balcony and large wood burning stove. A lovely, relaxing way to relax at the end of a day's skiing. There is seating for 9. The ski locker is outside, beside the front door. Parking is either behind the house or 30 seconds away in the main square beside the children's play park. The local Huit a huit supermarket is a ten minute walk from the house in St Martin de Belleville, as are the butcher, baker, where you can get all that you need. You might however prefer to do all food shopping 20 mins away in Moutiers on your way up to resort where Champion/Super U offer a wider and cheaper range.


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Self catered chalet in traditional, 3 valleys mountain village
average rating of 4.0 based on 5 reviews

good location, perfect service

  • 4 of 5

The location of the house is perfect, in a quiet area and nice situated. Really loved this part of St Martin.

We took the car to the main ski lift, which was only a 3-5 minutes drive away and never had a problem parking the car despite we were in St Martin during the busy season. So parkingspace enough.

We really loved the super fast service we got when we had an electic outage, it was resolved within 5 minutes. Compliments for that!

The 2 bedrooms below (on the groundfloor) are very small, but other ones were very nice. One bedroom on the 1st floor with a bunkbed and the possibility for and extra single bed. The bedroom on the 3rd floor was more than very nice, very big and also had an ensuite showerroom. Please bare in mind that the house has very steep stairs, but if you keep this in mind this is no issue.

The sitting room was lovely and mainly used by the kids, who also loved the Wifi capilbilities of the house.

There is no parkingspace in front of the house, but this was no issue for us. This keeps the authentic feeling of the small street. Parking is availible within less than 1 minute walking distance.

The skiing possibilities in the trois vallees were more than perfect, never too busy, never had to wait too long at the skilifts. The kids got skilessons from 9.15 -12.00 which gave us more than enough time to ski without and with the kids.

Overall we would recommend Chez Prifti. Thanks for the good service.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good property...great skiing

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week's stay in Chez Prifti. The rooms are spread over 3 floors and the lounge, kitchen/dining and main bedroom are lovely. The house is warm and well equipped and the WiFi and Sky TV a real plus for our teens. One downside was the very steep stairs within the house. For skiing you are a 1km drive to the main village of St Martin and the large free car park is 100m from the ski gondola which takes you up to a fast chair lift into over 600km of pistes to suit all abilities. We hired our skis from Jean Sports 2000 and found them very helpful and friendly. Overall we would recommend Chez Prifti.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arolle - spacious well maintained accommodation

  • 5 of 5

This is a spacious, well maintained, clean and well equipped apartment. We were a party of 7 and there was plenty of room for us all. We were particularly impressed with the kitchen/dining area as it was well laid out and perfect for dining in. The showers are powerful and there is plenty of hot water. The apartment is well heated as well. The apartment is set back from the road and in a quiet location. The property description is accurate, but we have stayed in a number of different locations within the village over the last 11 years and we all agreed we would happily recommend this apartment and would book it again for future holidays.

The apartment is at the bottom of the village so you do have to walk up the hill to the button lift, but it is only a 10 minute walk and didn't bother us at all. You could take the car and park further up the village, but by the time you have loaded and unloaded skis you could have walked anyway.

You can hear some noise from the apartment above as the chairs made a noise on the floor when they were moved. We were not in the least bothered by this as it is obvious the apartments have good sound insulation and any noise was muffled.

The village is pretty and unspoilt and not full of night life for youngsters, but there are bars and restaurants and a Huit a Huit for general groceries and a bakers. La Voute is a popular restaurant and it is advisable to book. We tried The Billig (2 minutes walk from the apartment) as it has changed hands and it offers free Wifi. It has a strange arrangement as you walk through a noisy bar area to gain access to a large quiet dining area. It was ok, but nothing special.

If you intend to eat in you would be well advised to call at the supermarket in Moutiers prior to ascending the mountain up to the village as you will have more choice and the fridge is large enough to accommodate your provisions. There is also an excellent selection of pots and pans for cooking purposes.

During our week it snowed several times and the owner cleared the snow away from the parking area so we always had good access to and from the apartment.

If you need ski hire and tuition this is all available in the village and there are several sports shops, a chemist and gift shops.

We hope you will find this information helpful and you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Schönes Haus, leider nicht sauber, schade.

  • 3 of 5

Das Haus ist eigentlich sehr schön und hat eine super Lage. Teilweise renoviert. Vor allem das obere Schlafzimmer ist sehr schön. Der Kontakt vor Ort war sehr hiflsbereit und freundlich und hat sich um alle anstehenden Probleme sofort gekümmert. Leider war das Haus bei der Anreise sehr schmutzig mit Essensresten unter dem Küchentisch, benutzten Taschentüchern unter den Betten, einzelne Socken unter dem Bett, sehr staubig, Löcher in der Bettwäsche, schmutzige Küche und schmutziges Kochgeschirr, Balkon ebenso schmutzig und musste vor Betreten erst einmal gefegt werden. Das war sehr schade, denn eigentlich ist es eine gemütliche Wohnung mit toller Bergatmosphäre. Die Wohnung geht über 3 Etagen. 2 Bäder sind sehr schön und renoviert. Die einzelne Dusche könnte eine Renovierung vertragen, ebenso die einzelne Toilette. Man kommt aber zu acht auch gut mit den 2 sehr schönen Bädern zurecht. An sich ist die Küche sehr gut ausgestattet. Es ist genügend Platz für 8 Personen und das Haus lässt sich gut beheizen. Wäre es etwas sauberer gewesen, wären wir gerne wieder gekommen. Aber man musste am Anreisetag erst einmal putzen, um sich danach wohlfühlen zu können.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
600 Miles
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Car: necessary

Chez Prifti in Villarabout/St Martin de Belleville is perfectly placed for a ski holiday in the heart of three valleys. Villarabout is a picturesque, sunny hamlet, less than a km from the charming, traditional, French resort of St Martin de Belleville. The house is a 3 minute drive to the Cochet car park opposite the St Martin chairlift which gives unrivalled access, away from all the crowds for the first and last run of the day, to the 600km of ski slopes in the Trois Vallees, including St Martin with its glorious Jerusalem red run, Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe and thus snow sure even in the poorest of seasons. A ten minute stroll from the house will take you to the apres ski bars and restaurants in St Martin, as well as the 8 a 8 shop and drag lift. The Michelin starred 'La Bouitte' restaurant is a 3 minute drive away. Moutiers train station - 20 mins, Chambery airport - 1h30 mins, Geneva and Lyon airport - 2h30 mins away.

Other Activities: Snow boarding, skating, swimming, dog sleading, toboganning,

Ski: Villarabout/St Martin de Belleville is perfectly placed for 3 major ski areas in the heart of the 3V. St Martin: A 3 min drive to the St Martin draglift or the Cochet carpark opposite the chairlift. From there you can get to all 200 lifts that service the vast terrain of the 3V, including the world famous resorts of Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel, Les Menuires. (Average time to top of Belleville/Meribel ridge,15 mins). Fast gaining a reputation as the jewel in the 3 valleys' crown, St Martin boasts unspoilt alpine charm and freedom from the crowds. A highlight is the glorious Jerusalem red run which affords panoramic views across and up the Belleville valley. Val Thorens: only 15 mins by car, at 2300m, the highest ski resort in Europe, with its highest run at 3230m, thus guaranteeing snow even in a poor snow season. Les Menuires: a 7 min drive or two lifts will take you to the extensive lift system of Les Menuires from where to enjoy breathtaking views from the top of La Masse.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in St Martin de Belleville, The Three Valleys

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22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

To confirm your booking, we require a 25% non refundable deposit which can be paid by bank transfer. Your booking will be confirmed once the funds have cleared. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to your holiday. If full payment is not received following one reminder e mail, the booking will be cancelled and you will lose your deposit. If booking is made within 6 weeks of departure, the full cost

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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