La Bonne Vie
Chalet | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
'The Good Life' describes perfectly the experience of a holiday at La Bonne Vie in the Massif des Bauges Regional Park. La Bonne Vie is a spacious 3 bedroomed, 2 bathrooms, open plan chalet, sleeping 6. The interior is contemporary in design with a wood burning stove, open plan dining and lounge area with a terrace and sunny balcony offering stunning, ever changing views of Mount Colombier and the valley below. It is the perfect place for anyone looking for an unspoilt area away from the crowds, good food and wine, traditional villages, markets and crafts, relaxation and family adventure. We are situated an hour's drive from Geneva airport and just 30 minutes up the mountain from Chambery.
Summer time offers a wonderful choice of activities including mountain walks to suit all levels, cycle heaven – both mountain and road, horse riding, canyoning, swimming, hiking, climbing, via ferrata, fishing, horse riding, lake swimming, hiking with donkeys, paragliding and fantastic places to visit nearby including the medieval town of Annecy, Chambery, Aix les Bains and Albertville. A day trip to Mont Blanc is also a favourite with our guests.
In the winter, Les Massif des Bauges has some brilliant ski resorts frequented by the local villagers and those in the know. Les Aillons and Margeriaz are prime examples offering 43km of piste, great off piste skiing and a snow park, snowshoe walking and dog-sledding, Le Revard is the base for the French national Nordic ski team and offers 240km of trials and routes. The skiing is perfect for families, beginners and intermediates and all very reasonably priced.
If you want the Good Life, come and discover La Bonne Vie in the real Alps any time of year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 72 km, Nearest railway: Annecy / Chambery 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground level is a double length garage and mezzanine with washing machine, tumble dryer and plenty of storage space for sports equipment, boots, bikes and skis (racks provided).
Fresh linen and bedding are provided. Bath towels are provided for a small additional charge. Cleaning at the end of your stay is included. No smoking or pets please.
|Further details outdoors|
La Bonnie Vie has a sloped garden with a decking area outside the kitchen which is ideal for lazy lunches and evening barbecues. The chalet is south facing and the deck area enjoys the sun from early afternoon to sunset. There is an outdoor dining table with 6 chairs and parasol. Barbecue available (charcoal not provided). The balcony to the front provides the ideal spot for sitting back and enjoying the view or star watching at night!
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds on a self-catering basis.
Sheets/bedding and cleaning included.
Logs for wood burning stove included.
Discounts available for 2 week bookings in low season. Long weekends considered, please contact us.
No smoking or pets in the chalet. Thank you.
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Bauges, Regional Park is located in the Alps between the Savoie and Haute Savoie. It is near the cities of Annecy , Aix-les-Bains , Chambéry and Albertville.
The landscape is divided into 14 villages nestled between meadows and forests where you will discover an island of unspoiled nature away from the crowds. Its inhabitants, the Baujus, will share with you the love of their country. On foot, on horseback, with a donkey, cycling, paragliding, skiing, and snowshoeing, the Bauges is a field of discovery. The mountains are home to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. 1600 species of flora were identified in the Parks territory, Some of them are strictly protected like the lady's-slipper orchid. The fauna is also very varied, golden eagles, Peregrine falcon and the black grouse can be seen, often from our chalet. The chamois is the most symbolic large animal of the park and others such as deer and marmots can also be seen.
Savoie nurtures a variety of mountain crafts, most importantly traditional cheese making. The alpine park produces its own Tome des Bauges, a mild creamy cheese with a relatively low fat content. Some farms, such as the Fruitière in Val d'Aillon, are open to visitors, offering the chance to discover ancient trade secrets and even lend a hand. Other locally made products include wine, honey, jams, chocolate and lots of fresh produce sold at weekly markets throughout the region.
Pottery, often decorated with dots, and woodcraft are widespread. This includes the so-called 'Bauges silverware', the wooden dishes and bowls once made for the poor now turned into prized souvenirs.
Massif des Bauges
Le Chatelard is perched on the side of a valley and is easily accessible by road but still remains unspoilt and retains a certain charm with its old store fronts and little alleys leading up towards the church. It is a quiet, friendly village with a good size Carrefour supermarket, bakery, bar and hotel/restaurant, tourist information, bank and post office and a local food market every Friday morning. It is at the heart of Les Bauges mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty, heritage and tradition and it makes a great base to explore a wide range of outdoor activities or to simply relax.
We would like to share with you this little explored part of France, an area we think is a hidden gem!
Aillons-Margeriaz is only 20 minutes drive from La Bonne Vie and opens the week before Christmas. This great 'secret' resort is used by the locals and has enough slopes to suit skiers of all abilities It also has the toughest black run in the alps and plenty of off piste. Lift passes at Aillons-Margeriaz are only 108€ for a week and children's rates go up to 18 years. Day ski passes are available at 23€. You can hire a good selection of ski equipment and arrange lessons if needed, from the ESF ski instructors. Cheap ski hire can be arranged in advance online - check out the winter section at www.realalps.com
This resort is a great place to escape to, you can try a whole variety of winter sports while enjoying being in a typical unspoilt village with its own unique identity. The winter landscape is breathtaking and the slopes spanning the 2 ski areas are perfect for families There is nordic skiing, a snowpark, snowshoe trails, dog sledging and 40 km of ski slopes: Margeriaz is for beginners and intermediates and Aillon-station for the more experienced.
La Bonne Vie is a great base to try skiing for the first time and get real value for money away from the crowds. Other ski resorts nearby to try are Le Feclaz/Le Revard or Semnoz, all about 30 minutes from the chalet.
Our property is ideal for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Walking, cycling, paragliding, canyoning, horse riding, fishing, climbing, flora and fauna and swimming in the pool at Les Aillons or in the lake at nearby Lescheraines or Lac Annecy - it's all there on our doorstep!
With its beautiful and varied countryside, Le Massif des Bauges region offers a wide variety of cycling opportunities of all levels of difficulty. Mountain bikers can use the ski lifts at Les Aillons in July and August to take them up to Mont Pelat and La Rochettes and challenging downhills from Le Feclaz to Chambery and Le Revard to Aix les Bains. There are plenty of family friendly routes - around the lakes in Leschaines and Annecy, so all the family can enjoy this exhilarating activity.
The hiking trails are excellent and suitable for all abilities (details can be found in a booklet kept at the chalet). If you have children the hiking with a donkey is really popular, so if they get tired just put them on the donkey! Le Chatelard has a tourist office providing all the information you may need.
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30 Sep 2014
"Great base for exploring the area"
Spent a great week at the chalet, exploring the surrounding area. The chalet itself comfortably accommodated six people, was clean, well furnished and had everything we needed for cooking etc. The cha… More
11 Mar 2014
"The Chalet where dreams are made!"
We visited La Bonne Vie through the end on February and into March. The Chalet was an easy drive from Geneva Airport and situated in the picturesque village of Le Chatelard. There is a large supermark… More
Hi Rob & Portia. Thank you for the review and we are so glad you had a good time. And congratulations again!
Ian & Katie xx
21 Jan 2014
"A lovely chalet which is warm and comfortable and provided a great base for our skiing holiday."
We are a family of 6 and have stayed in Ian's chalet twice and both times we have been impressed with the quality and value for money.… More
20 Dec 2011
"The good life"
We stayed at La Bonne Vie for ten days in July 2010 and went again for two weeks in July 2011. The chalet furnished is to a very high standard, very comfortable with all mod cons. The views are even m… More
14 Nov 2011
"Excellent accommodation in beautiful surroundings"
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this part of France. A place of dramatic and stunning beauty. Accommodation was excellent and just what we needed for ourselves and our 3 boys. The local town has ample shops for provisions and a few miles down the road another town with a fantastic lake for swimming in which the boys loved. We really enjoyed Annecy, which from memory was around 40 mins by car, so much to do. Mont Blanc was a spectacular day if a fair drive - but worth it. Looking forward to coming back - just need to make sure we bring the road bikes next time!!
8 Nov 2011
"Fantastic home in great location"
We stayed at La Bonne Vie last August and what a fantastic property, immaculate and in a great location. The views from the property and the night sky were just amazing, you could never tire of this. The property was very spacious and comfortable. Lots to do and see in the area, would definitely go back.
8 Nov 2011
The chalet is located on the edge of the village in a modern development but is not overlooked and is well appointed, with mountain views in all directions - even the odd golden eagle soaring overhead!
As for Le Chatelard, a 5 minute walk from the chalet, it is a great base to explore the locality and the Massif des Bauges in general. If you are into shopping, this may not be the place for you (try Annecy instead) but if you like walking and relaxing, you'll love it.
8 Nov 2011
The shalet was situated on a hillside, surrounded by a pretty meadow with lots of wild flowers. One of the nicest things was hearing cow bells in the distance. There were several species of birds to be seen, with Redstarts nesting close by. The shalet was recently built, and had a fully equipped kitchen. We used the balcony outside every day. The village centre, with supermarket was a short walk away. Fully recommend.
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