|Accommodation & Dining||18th January 2020|
Chalet Châtelet stands alone in its acre of grounds on the edge of an authentic Alpine village. Central to the spacious open-plan living area, is the Tulikivi stove with its bread oven, which gently radiates warmth from its “stone with soul” 24/7 during the winter months, enhancing the cosy ambience in the incredible log cabin interior. You can sink into the generous comfy sofas and snuggle up or breathe in the pure mountain air on the large, sunny southwest-facing balcony.
The high ceilings and large windows are an essential feature of the 3100ft2 chalet creating a voluminous, bright interior reflecting the whole spirit of this spectacular venue. There is a state of the art LED home cinema, broadband wi-fi, ipod docking, DVD and book library, games and a piano for music lovers! Sculptures and paintings blend with the eclectic mix of vintage modernist and antique French furniture adding to the charm of this bespoke mountain chalet.
At Chalet Châtelet we are just as passionate about food and wine as we are about the environment. Breakfast includes fruit juice, croissants, bread and homemade jams, homemade granola, fresh fruit salad, local Abondance cheese, cold meats, fresh organic coffee and a range of teas along with different specials such as homemade muffins.
On request an imaginative, mouth-watering three-course evening meal can be provided, including specially selected wine, for 30€ per adult. We use the best local, organic and seasonal ingredients, as well as our own garden produce, and can easily adapt to any kind of dietary requirement. The fine wines (including organic and biodynamic) that accompany dinner and complement regional cheeses and delicacies, are carefully selected by personal investigation of the vineyards.
The four bedrooms available for B&B accommodation have ample room for 10 guests, stylishly furnished using soft colours and rich fabrics, each has its own very special characteristics and atmosphere.
The tranquil village, together with the chalet’s excellent natural sound insulation, insures that each bedroom is perfectly quiet. With comfortable mattresses and fine bed linen, you are certain to have a totally undisturbed night’s sleep. There are superb modern and romantic old French beds, luxury bathrooms with deep baths and marble and granite detail, quality towels and robes and delicious toiletries inducing the exquisite fragrances of Provençe.
Master bedroom Vive la France on the first floor has two windows giving a double aspect. This bedroom has a French continental king-size bed and fabulous en suite bathroom with large shower, bidet and deep bath. It also has a large walk-in wardrobe.
One of the mountain views from Vive la France, having incredible vistas east and south and sunlight all day.
Le Vieux Chalet bedroom on the second floor is a spacious triple room facing west with views over the village in the distance. It has a super-king (or twins) and an antique wooden single and a walk-in wardrobe.
There is a stunning view out of its window from which you can see the local ski slopes, especially obvious in the winter.
L'Atelier de l'Hermine is another triple room on the second floor with one super-king (or twins) and another single bed. It has an amazing artist's studio window looking eastwards down the Vallée d'Abondance towards Mont Grange and the Portes du Soleil ski slopes. The bathroom and "Guess What" shower on this floor is shared with La Chouette Blanche double bedroom on the floor below. There is also a separate lavatory.
La Chouette Blanche on the first floor is a cosy double room with wonderful views down the valley towards Lac Léman. There is a painted antique French double bed and a beautiful old armoire. The bathroom and shower room are shared with L'Atelier on the floor above but there is a lavatory on the first floor.
Our "Guess What" on a curtained-off landing provides an extra single bed for large groups and has a tiled shower.
When building the chalet, particular care was taken to integrate the construction into the village. After extensive research, the finest natural materials were chosen for the construction. The ground floor is built with honeycomb brick with its built in insulation and clad with local stone embellished with symbolic engravings by our master mason and pointed with lime. The massive whole tree trunks chalet is topped with a wood shingle roof. Lamb’s wool, hemp cork and wood fibre provide fantastic natural insulation against cold winter nights.
The site has sun all year round, rare in the mountains, and oriented so that the large southwest windows provide passive solar heating. Solar panels produce electricity, hot water and under floor heating, which compliments the wood-burning stoves. The village has it own source of fresh mountain water, we take care to use this efficiently and have provision for rainwater collection.
We use eco-friendly cleaning products, low energy bulbs, buy locally sourced organic food and recycle where possible. Green waste is collected, composted and then used to fertilize our own summer vegetable garden.
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