This quite superb 200m2, 5 bedroom chalet, spread over 3 floors and with its own sauna, is located in the traditional and authentic village of Saint-Marcel, only two minutes by the free shuttle from Saint Martin de Belleville and to the closest lift and slopes for the 3 valleys ski area. This charming village is home to a restaurant with three Michelin stars, as well as countless architectural wonders typical of the region and suits more families and parties where a vibrant apres ski scene is not a priority.
The chalet adheres to the strict codes of Savoyard architecture adding to the chalets unique atmosphere with the use of different varieties of quality wood, some reclaimed. A modern design with contemporary decor is added to offer a contrast in the chalet. Grey is the predominant colour of the chalet blending perfectly with the wood, while bringing softness and serenity to the chalet. The magnificent central fireplace is a wonderful centrepiece for those winter evenings around the fire and where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne on your arrival.
The bedrooms adopt the same quality materials as in the rest of the chalet, with maximum comfort and a lot of warmth, enhanced by the wood, the thick carpeting and the hand made curtains. There are five bedrooms, including four double or twin bedrooms and a master double bedroom which has the entire top floor of the chalet at its disposal. Each bedroom has its own luxury bathroom (for which toiletries are provided) and come with bathrobes and slippers, with the beds made up for your arrival. Bed linen and towels are change once during your stay.
The living area is very spacious and integrates with the fabulous kitchen and dining area, with the kitchen being separated by the feature wood burning fireplace, for which wood is provided. Here you will also find a satellite TV and a Sonos speaker to enhance any music experience. The kitchen offers a dishwasher, hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, wine fridge, Nespresso machine and the chalet also has a washer and dryer. There is undercover parking at the chalet for up to 4 vehicles and there is a sauna and heated ski and boot room on the ground level.
The chalet can be booked for up to 10 on a self catered or catered half board basis to suit, on a Saturday to Saturday basis only.
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France is the most popular Alpine country for British skiers and snowboarders and generally offers a more modern aspect of skiing in relation to towns and villages with many villages built around convenience for skiers and boarders alike.
There are of course a number of traditional French ski resorts. Courchevel is a key gateway to the vast area of the ‘Les Trois Vallæcopy;es’ which claims to be the biggest linked ski region in the world. Its rival is the Portes du Soleil network of ski areas (with Avoriaz and Morzine at its heart) which spreads across the French border into Switzerland.Pretty much the same size as the 3 Valleys, but both argue as to which is the largest, but its a close call.
The Three Valleys is dominated by four major resorts: Courchevel, Mæcopy;ribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps. Each of these four resorts has more than enough terrain to keep a skier or boarder happily and easily occupied for a week or more during a skiing holiday in France, so the opportunity to ski all four, as well as La Tania and St Martin de Belleville, provides innumerable options.
In the Portes du Soleil, neighbouring Avoriaz and Morzine are gateways to a dozen or more family ski resorts in France and Switzerland. Chamonix, dominated by the Mont Blanc Massif, is another major attraction with several resorts scattered along the valley, including Argentière, rated by some keen off-piste skiers and boarders as one of the best ski resorts in France – or the entire Alps for that matter. They will also be keen to try the Vallæcopy;e Blanche – a classic off-piste descent – with a high-mountain guide.
Another resort overlooked by the impressive Mont Blanc is Flaine, linked with a handful of resorts including Les Carroz and Samoens, with some of the most extensive slopes in France. That’s even more true of the Tignes-Val d’Isère Ski Area – the linked areas of Val d’Isère and Tignes – formerly called Espace Killy after the celebrated Olympic triple-gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy. Together these neighbouring resorts provide some of the most exciting skiing in France, particularly for off-piste enthusiasts. Tignes has the added advantage of regular glacier skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and like Val Thorens is regarded as THE most snow sure French resorts.
Two more giants of the French skiing world which are co joined and undoubtedly among the best family ski resorts in France, are La Plagne and Les Arcs.The area is known as Paradiski, linked by a huge cable car. La Plagne has a dozen or so linked hamlets and villages spread across slopes in all directions, while Les Arcs too, like Courchevel, has a handful of ski villages and satellite resorts at various altitudes.Arc 1950 and Vallandry are favourites.
La Clusaz is a traditional pretty village with some great skiing and ideal for people looking for a short transfer from Geneva.Great for families, short breaks or just for a week its a lovely traditional village we rate highly.Megeve, also offering a short transfer from Geneva, is a larger traditional village with a modern twang and again rates highly on our list for aesthetic beauty and convenience.Definitely another must see and ski resort.
Further south in the French Alps and accessed via flights to Grenoble and Lyon, are two more great resorts: Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. High and snow sure and in the same part of the world, one the same ski pass, is the fabulous Serre Chevalier ski network, linked with the UNESCO world heritage site of Briançon and enjoying the wonderful Roman baths in Montier.
Montgenèvre also deserves a mention and if flying into Turin, the transfers are short, plus you have the opportunity to ski in both France and Italy during your ski holiday. Montgenèvre also boasts some of the best snow conditions in the French alps. Family friendly and snow sure La Rosiere also shares the same pass with La Thuile also in Italy and comes recommended especially as peak times as its quieter than other French ski resorts.