Superbly Renovated Traditional Swiss Mountain Ski Chalet - Chalet Chimère - Top Level Apartment
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- Minimum stay:6-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Leysin apartment description
Situated at 1260m, with spectacular mountain views, our traditional Swiss chalet offers the choice of a spacious family home or 3 independent apartments. Featuring panoramic windows, modern furniture, well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, main dining area seats 10-12, Swiss TV, Internet TV, fast WiFi broadband Internet.
Features an efficient central heating system and traditional wood burning stoves. Exceptionally sunny weather allows guests to slide open the magnificent floor to ceiling windows onto the mid-level balcony with its stunning views.
Two garages / extra parking available. Hourly shuttle bus stops outside the during winter and summer seasons - 2mins to village centre.
Excellent ski facilities via telecabine lifts to 2000m (at Berneuse) 3 mins by car/shuttle. Extensive ski runs from 1200 - 2300m with superb snowboarding. The neighbouring Les Diablerets glacier @ 3000m can provide all year skiing. Professional ski and mountain guides available on request.
Travel information - air: Air services to Geneva are excellent, especially from the UK. In addition to budget airlines (contact the property owners for details on low cost flight and car hire websites) it is worth checking fares on British Airways and Swiss - both airlines offer competitive rates on this route, frequently undercutting the no-frills operators. It can also be important to avoid peak-travel times (Friday evenings and Monday mornings can be particularly difficult) and flights can be very busy over the weekend, especially during the winter season. Geneva airport offers a wide range of car hire options (check to see whether your airline offers special car hire rates in addition to the specialist companies, also if arriving late, make sure your car hire desk will remain open) and the railway station in the airport offers direct connections via Geneva to Aigle, our nearest town, throughout the day (see below). At Aigle one changes onto the classic mountain cog railway for the 20min ascent to Leysin.
Travel information - rail: There are generous discounts available on the Swiss Railway system for frequent travelers and families (contact the owners for details on rail travel websites).
Leysin has excellent rail connections to Geneva and directly through to Geneva Airport via Aigle; the service between Leysin and Aigle is a classic mountain cog railway which functions in most weather conditions. Services from Geneva Airport station start at 0630 each morning, with trains to Leysin every hour (via Aigle) through to 2130. On the return journey services run from 0530 through to 2130. Total journey time is around 1hr 50mins, with a quick transfer in Aigle. In Leysin there are 4 stops, with Leysin Village and Feydey offering connections to the free shuttle bus, which runs through the village (and stops outside the chalet) every hour. There are also three taxi services with minibus, for use outside the shuttle bus hours, from any Leysin station. A taxi from Aigle to Leysin is quite expensive (around SFr 75+).
Travel information - road: The motorway system south of the North French channel ports is fast and efficient. From Geneva the motorway is excellent, bypassing Lausanne and Montreux, with superb views of Lake Geneva across to France. One leaves the motorway at Aigle, to follow the mountain road for around 18kms up to Leysin. Total distance from Geneva airport is 125kms, and journey time around 1hr 30mins. All roads are kept clear in winter, though in snow and ice conditions 4-wheel drive or chains are reasonably essential (and in some conditions compulsory) on the mountain roads. Please contact the owners for details of route-planning websites, which can make the journey to Leysin very straight-forward from any point in Europe. Motorway restaurants, including the ubiquitous Mövenpick chain, are well worth using in Switzerland, and are well-equipped with shops, mini-markets, clean toilets and in many cases, WiFi (either free or nominal charge). There are three large supermarket complexes on the route from Geneva.
Chalet Chimère - Top Level Apartment: Leysin Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 56381ha
Recently renovated, the top apartment of Chalet Chimère (formerly Damami) retains this charming chalet's original character, with wood panelled walls, cosy atmosphere and a striking view of the mountains to the south. There are two large double bedrooms, living room, dining room (seating 6 - 8) / kitchen plus a modern bathroom. Floors are bamboo and oak, and high quality lighting is installed throughout. Each bedroom has a super-king size bed, which can be divided, using a ziplink system, to provide two single divan beds. A double sofa bed is available in the living room for occasional use, with a sliding wall for privacy to create an extra bedroom if required for occasional overnight visitors. A folding bed and cot are also available. The dining area is well lit, with comfortable bench seating in an alcove, with an impressive southerly view. A newly fitted roof Velux window (auto-closing with rain-detector) allows a flood of light into the dining area and living room.
- 80 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Car Optional
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- The bedrooms are warm, spacious and comfortable, with plenty of natural daylight. Single folding beds are also available for overnight visitors and a child's cot is also available on request. The living room has a sofa bed for occasional use, and there is a sliding partition to give an extra bedroom....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- If required, the living room sofa bed can be utilised for overnight guests. For privacy, this room has a sliding partition to separate guests from the dining area / kitchen. Fax / telephone are available on request. TV in living room provides UK Sky satellite channels plus Swiss TV digital services. A DVD/Video library features over 400 films in French and English. Games and books are also available. Smoke detectors and anti-fire precautions meet Swiss and UK standards, with a First Aid kit in each apartment. Garage parking is available on request. A ski room is available at roadside/garage level, with storage racks, ski maintenance kit and the latest design of Austrian Thermic overnight boot dryers (warm air and ultraviolet). Bicycles are available (adult male and female) with child safety seats and safety hats. A garden bench and table are available for all guests at garden level....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Books For Kids
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Sports & Activities
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Centre
- Winery Tours
- Autumn Foliage
- Not Necessary
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Centre
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Ski Lift Pass
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Climbing
- Ski Pass Optional
- Dining Area
- Child's Highchair
forms of payment
- Accepts Credit Card
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Sofa Bed
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Hair Dryer
- Laundry Soap
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Paper Towels
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Toilet Paper
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- 4 Ring Stove
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Comments from Owner Guestbook
Comments from Owner Guestbook
'Fantastic place, very enjoyable time, wonderful views....', 'A glass of wine in the evening sunshine, accompanied by a symphony of cow bells...a memory of heaven to savour for a long time', '....had a fabulous holiday, lots of snow and brilliant sunshine....after just two lessons the children were able to ski from top to the bottom of the mountain...', '....ski runs very picturesque, good skiing, lovely, unpredictable, healthy, few days' break, many thanks...', '....peace, absolute peace...', '....our only problem was finding anyone who would talk in French! Everyone we met spoke fluent English - the local shop owners couldn't have been friendlier, and the restaurants were superb, varied and excellent value - we particularly liked La Fromagerie with imaginative local dishes, a fascinating cheese-making demonstration running throughout the evening (helped by our kids) and the village museum on the upper floors - magical!' '...local Classic cinema shows 1st run English films!'
- Guest HRGuestBook56381 (HR GuestBook)
- Date of stay 12/01/07
- Review Submitted 12/06/07
My family and i had a fantastic weeks stay at Chalet Chimerie. Resort was very close by. Chalet was very well equiped. The kitchen must have had every gadjet known to man in it! Very comfortable and clean. Huge great big comfy bed which was just what the Doctor orederd after a hard days skiing. Would highly recomend this as a place to stay and would happily stay there again.
- Guest Chester family (Rayleigh)
- Date of stay 02/21/09
- Review Submitted 03/03/09
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 4 - Jan 31, 2014
6 night min stay
|February Ski (1)
Feb 1 - Feb 14, 2014
6 night min stay
|February (2) Ski
Feb 15 - Feb 28, 2014
7 night min stay
Mar 1 - Apr 18, 2014
6 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Deposits - 25% on booking with final balance due 8 weeks before start of rental. In addition a £150 security deposit is held against breakages and damage, and will be returned within 10 days after final inspection and return of keys and subject to any deductions. Minor replaceable breakages will not be charged. Holiday travel insurance including cancellation cover is strongly advised.
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Geneva airport at 125 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: Calais at 840 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Leysin Village at 1.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Aigle (on Geneva/Lausanne/Montreux motorway A9) at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: On Lake Geneva at 28 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: La Caleche at 1 Kilometres
- Nearest Ski: Main ski telecabines at 1 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Villars, Aigle or Gstaad at 18 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Leysin village centre at 1.5 Kilometres
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Front view of chalet - early summer
Mid-aparment balcony view
Chalet in snow blizzard January 2005
Garden apartment open plan living area
At 2000m looking towards Les Dents du Midi
Mid-apartment dining area
Chalet Damami - December 2005
South-east view from chalet towards Les Diablerets
Sea of Clouds in valley towards Diablerets
Mid-apartment living room facing south-east
Top-apartment living room
Mid-apartment Italian kitchen
2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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