Chalet | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Chalet Grand Bec is located in a quiet French lotissement a few minutes walk from the centre of the charming and conveniently located Alpine village of Bozel, an ideal base for both winter (Courchevel and La Plagne ski resorts within 15 mins reach) and summer holidays alike. In the winter, aside from the nearby world class Alpine ski slopes, there are numerous cross country ski trails around Bozel and surrounding are (e.g. Champagny Le Haut).
In the heart of the Vanoise National Park (perfect for walking, cycling, mountain biking, triathlon, fishing, paragliding etc.), Bozel benefits from a beautiful small lake with a small family beach and bar/restaurant. This makes Bozel an ideal base for triathlon training, having access to open water swimming, numerous running routes and both road and off-road cycling. Bozel also has a range of local shops and restaurants, sufficient for all your holiday needs with the larger towns of Moutiers (twice weekly market), Albertville, Annecy and Chambery within easy drive for the more adventurous.
Other local amenities include a 400m athletics running track, sports field, tennis courts and children's play area - all with the most stunning views imaginable!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bozel Lake 500 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chambery 90 km, Nearest railway: Moutiers 14 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Chalet Grand Bec was bought by the the Whitwell family 3 years ago following a year spent living in Bozel (long enough to appreciate its understated charm). Renovated to a high standard, the chalet has 4 bedrooms (2 double, 1 with en-suite and 2 twins (though the second twin comprises a single bed and a small double bed at a mezzanine level accessed by a wooden ladder, possibly more suited to children).
The spacious downstairs has an open plan feel with a new kitchen with large table and comfortable seating for 8-9 in the lounge which benefits from a roaring wood burner (wood provided). A large decked terrace is reached through the glass sliding doors from where stunning panoramic views of Courchevel and the surrounding Alps (including the Grand Bec) can be enjoyed. There is a TV room (UK freeview channels only + DVD, French channels available on separate TV +DVD in lounge) in the basement area plus a ski boot warmer and ample space for skis, boots etc.
There is a table tennis table available for use in the integrated garage.
|Further details outdoors|
Apart from the large garage there is ample space outside for 2 cars.
There is a small, natural (i.e. not manicured!) garden to the rear of the chalet. The front door is reached via steps to the side of the house so wheelchair access would be challenging.
There is also access to the property via the garage (the chalet is built on a a slope with the garage, TV room, shower room and boot warmer in the basement) though there is also access to the house via the garage from the road.
Sunday changeover. Will consider short breaks though weekend breaks to finish on Sunday (e.g. arrive Wed evening leave Sunday) to avoid eating into 2 weeks of letting.
The Rhone/French Alps region
In the heart of the Vanoise National Park, Bozel is the perfect location for winter and summer holidays alike. In the winter 2 of the worlds largest ski areas are on your doorstep with Courchevel (via Le Praz) a 15 min drive/free shuttle bus away and La Plagne (via Champagny) a 5 min drive away. Most visitors choose one or other of these ski areas for the duration of their stay but for the more adventurous, multiple ski resort breaks are a real option with other nearby resorts of Meribel (opening up the rest of the 3 Vallleys), Pralognan (little known resort 14 km further up the Bozel valley) and Valmorel (35 min drive) all easily accessible for the independent minded.
As one the highest year round village in the area Bozel is home to many ski instructors and other seasonal workers so contact details for babysitting, ski lessons, ski + bike hire, canyoning, massage and French lessons can be provided on request.
Many visitors (including some of our own family!) actually prefer the summer when Bozel is a perfect base for some of Europe's best walking, cycling, mountain biking and paragliding. Many Tour De France classic climbs are nearby (please enquire for more details) and the Courchevel ski lifts are open for downhill mountain biking (other mountain biking options are simply limitless).
There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools within easy reach at Champagny (5 min drive), Meribel and Aigueblanche respectively. Other activities include climbing and via ferrata.
Typically the climate is warm (mid-high 20s) and dry in the summer (occasional thunder storms) - generally much more comfortable than on the south coast.
Couuchevel, Meribel, Brides Les Bains, Val Thorens (all 3 Valleys) Pralognan (little known French ski resort 14 km further into the heart of the Vanoise National Park), Champagny (with access to La Plagne ski area)
In Bozel or nearby - swimming lake (summer); athletics track; tennis (all in Bozel village); horse riding (Le Praz or Pralognan); outdoor swiimming pool (Champagny); golf (Meribel + Courchevel); indoor swimming (Meribel + Aigueblanche); via ferrata (several within easy drive); mountain biking; walking (everywhere); paragliding; cycling (many classic Tour climbs nearby); rafting; canoeing (a particular favourite).
Annecy (1 hr); Albertville (30 mins); Bourg St Maurice (30 mins); Beaufort (1 hr);