Ski Chalet | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Special DISCOUNTS for families of 5 or less on the advertised prices. We can sleep up to 8. Le Chatox is a four bedroom, two bathroom spacious, open plan chalet with luxury facilities completed in July 2009 with private parking for up to 3 cars. Its idea for friends and families to join up for a taste of the 'real alps'! We are just 55mins from Geneva airport. We can offer the best cycling terrain on earth on roads ridden by top cyclists, skiing in 5 resorts all just 30mins away and at the kind of prices you won't believe compared to the bigger resorts (£75 for a weekly lift pass!). The ski resorts are perfect for young families, beginners and intermediates. Les Bauges (the Wallows) is a national park and area of outstanding natural beauty so for walking and unwinding its a perfect retreat.. You are based in the sky at 700m altitude and a short drive from Annecy, Aix-les-Bains and Albertville for day trips and excursions. Mt Blanc is a guest favourite. Natural light is a huge part of the design of this modern yet rustic alpine retreat. A private garden area means children can play safely. It has stunning mountain views from its huge terrace balcony and a wood burning stove - perfect for a romantic evening in with a glass of wine. Many guests have commented on the star gazing at night from the terrace. Great for bird watchers, butterfly catchers and people you just need that special pull of the mountain air and a tranquil environment. Its truly spectacular! Come and get 'Chatoxed'!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Open, spacious and with natural light bursting through, Le Chatox is our home from home waiting for you to experience. Underfloor heating keeps you cosy in winter plus the wood burning stove for the real alpine feeling of warmth and comfort. In summer you can dine out on the terrace balcony and hold BBQ's on patio. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. Wendy is a keen cook and has made sure that she has everything needed to bake, roast, boil, grill and fondue! Relax in the lounge, play a CD, watch a movie from the film collection or play cards, board games or guitar with the kids! Bird watch with binoculars and watch the amazing star show at night.
The lounge on the first level has a large L shaped sofa looking directly at the mountains.There is an additional two seater sofa to pull in for cosy evenings around the wood burning stove and even a rocking chair if you really need to nod off early…. Electric blinds fold down on the touch of a button on the entire 1st floor and in the morning its magical to let the sun burst through with a flick of a switch.
The open plan area moves back into the large kitchen area which is modern, bright and fully equipped with the additions of a microwave, toaster and Gaggia coffee machine for fans of freshly ground espressos and cappuccinos. Morning tea or coffee on the bedroom balcony is a great way to start to the day… Also on the first level is a large shower room with double shower tray so you can freshen up to your favourite tracks on the ipod shower player. A utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer is available and can double as a boot room for skiers to dry out there linings on the underfloor heating.
The bedrooms are all on the second floor – one double, three twin. There is an additional balcony upstairs fronting two bedrooms and a large bathroom with additional shower. All twin rooms have a velux window and blackout blind.
The cave/garage on the ground floor can store all your sports equipment, bikes and skiing gear and keep your car safely away from the snow if skiing. We have a brand new team table tennis table and darts for family tournaments! Beach equipment, badminton and tennis all in the 'cave' for your use at no charge.
|Further details outdoors|
We provide all bed linen except bath towels in the rental price.
We can advise on bike hire. Just ask for prices. Cycling from the door step is simply amazing!
New! Competition table tennis table and kit.
There is a heating supplement from December to March of £60 for full occupancy.
Home Made Meals !!
We can provide great home made cuisine from local neighbour Melanie. Ask for her menu. Great for late arrivals after a long day travelling on the first night or after skiing or when you just want to put your feet up!
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Savoie is a region rich in culture and strategically situated in the French Alps.
As well as ski resorts, Savoie has some intriguing towns. Chambéry, once home to the dukes of Savoy, boasts a château and many monuments as well as several major museums, one devoted to Savoie history in the former abbey of St-François, another to the fine arts. The museum of Les Charmettes just above town, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau sought refuge. Chambéry lies just south of the Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France.
Aix-les-Bains, a spa resort since Roman times, rises on the slopes above the lake. It is also quite a centre for watersports. Albertville, host of the Winter Olympics in 1992, stands close to the confluence of the Arc and Isère rivers, and is named after
Massif des Bauges
The well-maintained, mountain roads with their stunning views make this area a favourite with cyclists of all ages and abilities. You will find many marked road and mountain bike routes through the region and maps are available from the tourist office in Le Chatelard. There is also a purpose built bike path that runs alongside Lake Annecy which is mostly flat and recommended for families. The route passes through the attractive villages of Sevrier, Saint-Jorioz, Duingt and Doussard. Everyone goes at their own pace and it is a great way to see the lake and surrounding countryside.
This is superb walking country and with the Massif des Bauges on your doorstep there are walks and hiking trailsto suit everyone and the tourist office stocks local walking maps with recommended trails. An original way ofexploring the mountains is with a donkey, carrying your baggage or tired young children! This puts the mountains within easy reach of the whole family.
There is a horse and pony riding centre at Lescheraines (4km) allowing riders of all abilities to discover the area in a different and relaxing way.
Annecy lake is the purest lake in Europe and has many beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Take a cruise boat excursion or for more active pursuits there are plenty of water sports and boat hire available. A visit toAnnecy in the summer or at any time of the year is a must! This beautiful medieval town is known as the Venice of the Alps and is built over a series of canals. There are many excellent restaurants to try in the town or around the lake.
Golf in the Alps is possible from April to October at Annecy. The course is right next to the lake. A summer bag is kept at Le Chatox with a set of clubs. I shot an 86 last time out which now stands as the Le Chatox record – over to you to break it!
Thrill seekers should have a go at canyoning down waterfalls and plunging into rock pools or Aquarando, a softer form of canyoning, which consists of hiking and swimming in a canyon or river. These can be arranged throughTerres d’Altitude based in Le Chatelard. If you want to go further afield, the white water rafting in the Tarentaise Valley near Bourg Saint Maurice, (98km / 90mins), has been tried and tested by our guests and is an exhilarating, not to be missed experience.
Mountain Climbing/Via Ferrata - Via Ferrata school is based at Aillion-Station (12km). For something different that children can enjoy, try climbing in the trees at Lescheraines (4km).
Hang gliding and Paragliding – There are many take off points in the mountains and the nearest school is at La Compote (4km).
Caving at nearby Margeriaz (16km), explore the fantastic pothole and glacier trail.
Aix-les Bains (33km) is a spa town on the edge of Lac du Bourget. Mont Revard provides a scenic backdrop to the town. Pamper yourself in one of the modern thermal treatment centres, Chevalley thermal baths – 18 euro for a day pass: treatments extra. Other attractions include an 18 hole golf course, cruises on the lake, balneotherapy, the Casino, racecourse and not forgetting the opportunity for retail therapy. Aix-les-Bains also has excellent beaches along its shore line for swimming and sunbathing.
These are just some of the things to do, we have more information and recommendations available at Le Chatox and we also recommend you visit the tourist information office in Le Chatelard or one of the other villages as they speak good English and will be happy to help.
Walks, restaurants, cycle routes, – its all written up in the guest book but there’s much we still have to discover so just write up anything interesting to add for others to find.
If you’re a beginner, have a family or are a good intermediate, then shelling out £200 for a 6 day lift pass can bring tears to the eyes! Why bother is what we thought when many only ski 10% of the area? Situated between thelac d’Annecy to the north and Chambery to the South, the Bauges Massif is often ignored as skiers head to the large Savoie resorts. Interestingly, because of its location, Les Bauges often gets the first snow of the season. Skiing in Les Bauges provides ‘real skiing’ with local people. Aillons-Margeriaz, 1000 – 1900m, is approx 15 -20 mins drive from the chalets. The ski resort is a hidden gem frequented by the French in the know and has enough slopes to suit skiers of all abilities, 20 ski lifts and a snow park.
Le Grand Revard, 1350 – 1550m is described as the greatest cross country skiing area in France! Comprising 140 km of tracks and 50km of piste it is used by the French national team for Nordique ski training and is one of the country’s oldest ski resorts for Alpine skiing. Other more popular and higher “snow sure” ski resorts such as Courcheval, Meribel and Val Thorens are within easy reach for a days skiing (approx 1hr drive).
For those of you who are non-skiers or just want to try something different, Les Ailllons offers Husky dogsled rides or ski du fond (cross country aka Nordique skiing) which is great fun and a fantastic workout. If you have waterproof walking boots, why not try snow shoeing by hiring some racquets from one of the nearby ski hire shops. This way you can even meet the skiers up the mountain at Margeriaz for lunch or a vin chaud at La Bergerie, a rustic restaurant which we highly recommend, owned by Cedric. You may think hiking is only for the summer but if you fancy something other than skiing you can check out the winter hiking trails. If you want an afternoon away from the slopes, why not head to the beautiful town of Annecy for lunch followed by a walk around the old town, or even a boat ride on the lake where you can view the west side of the lake with its numerousMichelin 3 star restaurants!
For another excursion there is the spa town Aix les Bains and the Lac du Bourget for its mountain views and thermal baths.
There are hire shops at Les Aillons Station. To make a big saving we recommend booking online at Snowbrainer