Chalet | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
'Chintalaya' is the ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'place for thoughts' and this chalet has been refurbished resulting in a contemporary yet homely feel making for a relaxed stay. Chintalaya sleeps up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms all of which are ensuite and all of which can be made up as double or twin beds. The ground floor has 2 of the bedrooms, a heated boot room, a boiler room with washing machine and a study/office with desktop computer and Wifi internet access. There is a large dining room with a table for 12, a log burner and a sofa.
Doors open onto the deck and garden where there is a outside furniture and a hot tub. The kitchen is off the dining room and is modern and well-equipped. On the first floor, there is a comfortable lounge with wood burning stove and a large Plasma TV with Bose sound system and UK Satellite TV. Doors open onto a dual aspect balcony which looks over the River l'Arve which runs right through the centre of Chamonix. There are 3 ensuite bedrooms one of which has a small annexe with bunk beds. There is parking for 2 to 3 cars and although transport is handy to get to the slopes, Chintalaya is right in town so has many facilities on the doorstep. There aren't many chalets of this size in such central locations and with the bonus of sitting beside the river, Chintalaya is fairly unique.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 90 km, Nearest railway: Chamonix (station Aiguille du Midi) 200 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (10)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Rhone/French Alps region
Chalet Chintalaya is superbly located, right in the centre of town, in a quiet spot by the junction of Avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi and the River l'Arve. The main shopping street, Rue Paccard, is no more than 150 metres from the chalet. There are a choice of supermarkets and bakeries within a very short walk, the nearest supermarket being the new Casino on Avenue Ravanel le Rouge, 200 metres away. All the restaurants and bars of Chamonix centre are similarly close by.
For access to the slopes, the main bus stop is 400 metres away, through the square of Chamonix Sud. The nearest ski area is Brevent, 2 minutes by bus or car, just to the north of the town centre. The famous Aiguille dui Midi cable car, for access to the Vallee Blanche, is just 200 metres away.It doesn't get much more convenient than this!
Skiing and snowboarding: Chamonix is one of the world's most famous ski areas, having hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels are well-served in a variety of differing areas around Chamonix, including Brevent, Flegere, the famous Grands Montets and Domaine du Balme. The Mont Blanc pass also covers nearby areas including Les Houches, St Gervais, Megeve, Courmayeur and Les Contamines, all within an easy drive. Slightly further afield, but within an hour's drive are Verbier, La Thuile, Flaine and Les Carroz. Despite its reputation as an area for experts only, there are plenty of green, blue and red runs to satisfy beginners and intermediates alike. For the more experienced, Chamonix has miles and miles of adventurous off-piste, including the famous Vallee Blanche, an 18 km experience from the Aiguille du Midi down to the town.
Summer and the rest of the year: With the draw of Europe's premier natural attraction, Mont Blanc, Chamonix never sleeps. Whether it's simply to soak up the stunning scenery or get the adrenaline pumping, there is plenty for everybody to do all year round. There are a wide variety of marked trails for hiking and trekking; well-maintained bolted routes for rock-climbing; limitless mountaineering opportunities including Mont Blanc itself; an ever-expanding network of mountain bike trails; some of the most consistent thermals for superb paragliding; raging white water rapids for rafting and hydro speeding; canyoning and abseiling down the spectacular valley gorges; golf at the Trent Jones Sr designed 18 hole course in Chamonix, as well as many other top quality courses nearby; the sports centre has an indoor and outdoor 50 m swimming pool and a large grassed sunbathing area, water slides, numerous tennis courts, gym, spa, jacuzzi, the list goes on.