Montchavin holiday chalet accommodation with internet access, balcony/terrace and walking and log fire

La Portette

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Excellent 5/5

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Chalet / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 14 Home 140387

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Chalet / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 14

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Up the winding mountain road to the church square and the top of the village of Montorlin, and a beautiful old farmhouse owned and run by Liza and Andy as a catered ski chalet.

Alastair Sawday's Guides have featured this lovely place in The Guardian as one of 10 chalets to treat yourself to this winter.

The stunning top floor features an open plan living and dining area, with amazing views up and down the Tarentaise valley across to the distant peaks of Mont Blanc. Balconies open off 2 sides of the house from picture windows. The airy living room has huge, squashy sofas, a log fire and an extensive library. Wifi, playstation, DVDs and CDs provide the modern entertainment.

Mountains, inc. is owner run, and dedicated to good service. Guests will be fed yummy breakfasts and afternoon teas daily, with excellent three course meals and unlimited wine 6 days a week. Tea time might include hot chocolates and mulled wine. Dinner time drinks include a house champagne cocktail, a local kir, the grolla, and genepi; and pre-dinner nibbles of some of the local specialities.

Children are always welcome, with early evening suppers and all the accoutrements of childhood from cots and high chairs to prams, sleds and even toys. And if you want to bring all three generations there is a discount for over 65s too.

Liza will pre-purchase your lift passes, arrange any ski lessons, and organise your ski hire for in chalet delivery and fitting. When you arrive, you have absolutely no queuing to do and we get you straight on to the slopes.

Our private minibus takes you the 3 minutes from the chalet door to the telecabine every morning - you decide what time! Call us from the slopes or a bar for a pick up and we'll be there to meet you.

NEW: credit/debit card payment option now available.

We're open year round. In winter we offer catered ski holidays; in summer, B&B or catered.

Size Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites
Nearest beach Annecy Lake 80 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chambery 100 km, Nearest railway: Bourg Saint Maurice 13 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (4), Single beds (4), Bunk Beds (2), Cots (3), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The house has 6 bedrooms on the ground and first floors: three double rooms, two twins, and one family suite with two interconnecting bedrooms. The main room of the suite has a romantic four poster bed; the children's room next door has full length bunk beds. On the first floor one of the twin rooms has the traditional built in wooden curtained beds, which children (and adults!) adore.

Every room has a hairdryer, big fluffy towels and super-efficient radiators; and a jar of smarties by the bed.

The Rhône-Alpes region

Situated at 1150 metres on one side of the Tarentaise Valley, we're in a great spot for winter and summer alike.


We are right at the heart of Paradiski with over 400kms of pistes. Paradiski includes La Plagne and Les Arcs: we're on the La Plagne side, one chair lift away from the 200 person cable car the Vanoise Express which links up to Les Arcs.

There is skiing for all abilities on a great range of slopes: pretty tree-lined windy runs, wide open pistes, powder fields, snow parks, two glaciers, and slopes facing north, south east and west.


In summer there are miles of paths and trails to explore; the GR5 walking route goes right past the house and the entrance to the Vanoise National Park is on the doorstep. A cycle piste runs along the river, and challenging road routes lead into the mountains and over the cols. Mountain bike trails are aided in July and August by the lifts that take you and your bike up high.

The Savoie is at the heart of the Alps. Part of France, we also border Italy and until 1860 the Savoie was its own independent principality. The region is remote and beautiful, with high mountains and sparkling lakes, rivers and castles and villages.



We are in the heart of the Paradiski skiing domain: 400km of pistes, 2 equipped glaciers, and runs to suit all abilities. Our side of the valley, La Plagne, has over 224km of pistes and 10 resort villages: we are located at Montchavin.

Montchavin was originally a farming village and has charming cobbled streets, old stone buildings, and apple orchards. One chair lift takes you to the Vanoise Express cable car crossing the valley to Les Arcs: so guests can ski each side of the mountain easily. It's a wonderfully friendly place with some great restaurants and bars. Neighbouring Les Coches has an ice-skating rink

We look after beginners especially carefully: arranging lessons, with special ski pass deal, and ski hire, and we take you to your lessons, where you'll learn on green slopes amongst the trees.

Intermediates can enjoy the miles of blue and red runs, from tree lined tracks to sunny wide open spaces.

Experienced skiers can try the 2km black descent, or be guided off-piste down the Bellecote Glacier powder fields.

Plagne 1800 is home to the Olympic bobsleigh run: this is open to visitors for a memorable evening's fun.

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10 Mar 2015


"As fantastic as ever!"

We found the same warm welcome, brilliant location, great service and wonderful food as the last 7 or so times we have been. Can't wait to be back!

Thank you; your comments are heartwarming. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

6 Jan 2015


"Superb Mountain Chalet near Montchavin"

We stayed for Christmas 2014 week in this beautifully appointed chalet in Montorlin, just a 2 min drive or 10 min walk from Montchavin. In the winter this is a fully catered chalet and you will get the opportunity to experience some fantastic food from Liza and Co. The chalet hosts were incredibly helpful in sorting out all our requirements (dietary, ski passes, ski hire). Each day they transported us to just outside the telecabine and ski schools. The chalet would suit families or a group of adults. It is very well appointed with WIFI, books, music, TV. It has a beautiful mezzanine with a huge seating are full of comfy sofas. A balcony with lovely seating area. Incredibly views over Mont Blanc. I couldn't have asked for more!

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed our Christmas too with a houseful of such nice guests; a really fun start to this winter season! I hope we get to welcome you back again soon.

7 Jan 2014


"Great Chalet, lovely hosts"

We stayed here as an extended family group, there were 11 of us including an 8month old baby and 3 non-skiers. Despite having such a mixed group with mixed requirements for the week Liza, Andy, Jamie & Kelsey went out of their way to accommodate us and made us feel very at home indeed despite having to cope with a number of mishaps beyond their control. Food was excellent and they catered perfectly to the parties requirements Lifts/pickups were always on time and that was literally at any time of the day Village is traditional and rural and very quiet, perfect for us Chalet layout is a beautiful, unique and quirky and all of the rooms have plenty of character, they were very comfortable and clean and the photos really don't do this place justice. The upstairs loft/living/dining space with balcony is particularly lovely.

We take our business very much to heart; and it is heartwarming to get such lovely reviews! Thank you.

24 Sep 2013


"Perfect chalet holiday - winter and summer!"

We've been before for a ski-ing holiday, but an August summer visit is hard to beat. Breathtaking views at breakfast set you up for the day and a delicious home cooked 3 course meal is a perfect way to round it off! Liza & Andy (and their daughter Camille!) are lovely hosts, they went out of their way to make sure we had all the information to hand to create the stay we wanted and to make the most of the mountains and then allowed us to relax of an evening with a glass of wine! Super chalet - charming bedrooms, great communal area with comfy sofas and oh - so many books to dip into!

Thank you so much for such positive feedback. We greatly enjoyed your week with us too and look forward to welcoming you back, winter or summer!

30 Jul 2012


"Great place to stay"

We wanted to discover the French Alps in summer en were delighted about our stay. Liza & Andy are great hosts, they make you feel welcome and at home in their beautiful old Savoyard house that they decorated with very good taste. Both hosts are very helpful and give lots of good tips about all the activities and the possibilities to explore the stunning environment. Liza is also a good cook. Excellent price/quality ratio. Highly recommended!

16 Mar 2012


"Fantastic food and hospitality, beautiful Chalet, great hosts. What more could you want?"

Our first ski holiday with Mountains Inc but definitely not our last. 30 plus ski holidays and this has been one the best. Our stay at La Portette was truly enjoyable from the very start, even our ski hire came to the chalet on our first evening for fittings. No wasting time on the first morning waiting around in crowded ski rental shops and then struggling back with equipment, just relaxed friendly personal service, I was even sipping a beer while I had my boots fitted. It doesn’t get any more relaxed than that. The chalet was stunning and we spent many an afternoon relaxing on the balcony taking in the breathtaking views and sipping a cool beverage before a sumptuous meal and more than a few bottles of wine. The chalet team were all quietly efficient and nothing was too much trouble for them. I can't wait to go back next year.

27 Feb 2012


"Great hosts, comfy sofas and lovely views in this traditional chalet"

We stayed with our kids aged 13, 10 and 8 and took the whole of the chalet along with another family and a couple. Liza was most helpful throughout the booking process including advise on ski schools. She organised our lift passes which were ready at the chalet on our arrival. She was also unfased by the fact that we all arrived under different modes of transport and co-ordinated all our pick-ups! The chalet itself is in a tiny village called Montorlin just outside Montchavin. Its a quiet traditional French village yet close to the slopes. The chalet has beautiful views from the top floor across the mountains including Mont Blanc. The living area on the top floor is a great place to relax after a hard day's skiing with lots of squasy sofas. The rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the bathrooms could do with a bit of updating - it is worth noting that not every room has an ensuite. We were very well looked after by the delightful Peter and Vera who were great hosts. The food was fantastic and Peter shuttled us by minibus to the telecabine at Montchavin, only a 5-10 minute drive away. You then have easy access to both La Plagne and Les Arcs and we made good use of the full Paradiski lift pass, using the Vanoise express quite regularly. All in all this is a delightful chalet and with the flexible minibus service to the lifts it really is in a great location.

13 Jan 2012


"Well-located chalet with excellent hospitality"

Just back from a great week at the chalet. Liza was really helpful on the organisation front as I was a late booker joining a larger group, and she even picked me up from the bus station separately from the rest of the group. The chalet is in a quiet village just below the slopes, so anyone looking for wild nightlife might want to think again, but after a tiring day in powder snow it was a wonderful place to return to. Vera and Peter were good fun (ask Vera to perform her Czech tongue-twister after a glass or two of wine!), served up excellent cakes and dinners, kept the wine flowing and ferried us to and from the slopes. The lounge area is cosy and welcoming, and on a clear day there are great views down the valley from the comfort of the sofa. It's a great location in terms of access to the whole Paradiski area, situated right in the middle of the piste map which means you can easily reach either extremity of the resort area without having to contantly check the time and think about heading back. And even though some of the higher areas of the resort were closed due to heavy snowfall, the local area of Montchavin/Les Coches offered lots of good skiing to keep us busy. Thanks for an excellent holiday!

12 Jan 2012


"Excellent hospitality, food & wine and great value for money"

As two families travelling together we were met at Geneva Airport and transferred by minibus to the Chalet. Freshly baked cake and hot drinks awaited us on the open plan top floor with beautiful views. For the skiers it was important to get on the slopes and the ski hire company were waiting at the Chalet. We were skiing within the hour. The Chalet is in a quiet village just outside Montchavin where there are bars and restaurants and access to the ski lifts. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts, Peter & Vera who prepared excellent food and transported us daily, as required, including the non skiers. The chalet and airport transfers were excellent value for money providing affordable access to the Hugh Paradiski area.

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