2 bedroom self catering apartment in Châtel, Portes du Soleil, near Avoriaz
Chris & Jan Paul
- english, french
About Chris & Jan Paul
My wife and I are retired and live in Horsham, West Sussex, UK. We rent out our apartment in Châtel when we, or our family, are not using it.
Chris & Jan Paul purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Chris & Jan Paul chose Châtel
We think Châtel is one of the most beautiful villages in the French Alps, unspoilt, no ugly buildings, fabulous location, and is very well maintained by the local council, thereby retaining it's alpine charm. It is also superbly located for touring in the French Alps, western Switzerland and northern Italy. In winter the Portes du Soleil is probably one of the best ski locations in Europe, with so many runs for all abilities. We always try to find new runs that we haven't skied before. In summer there is nothing better than sitting in the warm sunshine on the balcony eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, taking in the fabulous view over Chatel and the Abondance valley. New for 2014/15 Winter Season: 2 new chair lifts and ski run to link Super Chatel and Linga ski areas to avoid the need to use the ski bus.
What makes this Apartment unique
The property is maintained to a very high standard. Money earned from renting is used to update furnishings regularly, regular replacement of quits, mattress covers and pillows, as well as contributing towards the annual running costs. We now employ a local property manager who: - regularly inspects the apartment to ensure the high standard is maintained - can switch heating on before your arrival - provides a local point of contact - as well as linen and cleaning services, if required.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The apartment had everything we needed. The view from the balcony was amazing. Did some lovely walks especially to the green lake. We enjoyed visiting the goat village
at Les Linderets. A must for anyone with children. We never felt the need to eat out anywhere. Self catered & just sat on the balcony each evening with a glass of wine watching the sun go down. WONDERFUL!!!!
A very comfortable apartment containing all we needed for a relaxing holiday.
Terrific views and a nice quiet environment for a relaxing holiday. The Wi-Fi and satellite tv were great for keeping in touch back home and for those of us who struggle to comprehend much of the French language, the English tv probs we're a nice way to wind down in an evening. Another super holiday in Chatel !
Fantastic holiday. great apartment.
Apartment was warm and comfortable, had everything we needed and in an excellent location, which was easy to find. Perfect to have the bus stop just outside. Fantastic views from the balcony. Information from the owners was spot on. Far enough outside of town centre for peace and quite, yet within easy reach of all amenities.
Fantastic apartment and will request again with no hesitation.
Thank you, we will be pleased to welcome you back.
Nice Comfy and compact ideal for our stay !
Nice and warm with everything you need
Thank you, we try to ensure our guests can enjoy their holiday. Chris
Had a fantastic holiday in this apartment. It was clean, modern, warm and everything worked. Wifi was great - worked in all rooms and never 'dropped out' - a bonus as in my experience wifi in Chatel is not always reliable. Having been to Chatel many times we knew the location of the apartment and so were prepared for the walk back in the evening - its about 25 mins. The bus stops outside and runs regularly so no need to walk during the day. We also discovered this time that there is an evening service which runs back up to Petit Chatel until 11.30 on Wednesday and Friday which was useful. The apartment is great, 2 bedrooms and a living area which has plenty of space for 4 to relax in. The kitchen area is fully equipped - plenty of glasses, crockery and cutlery The balcony gives a fantastic view of the whole town and valley - we sat outside with blankets and hot chocolate on a couple of evenings. We were lucky this year as they have had great snow in Chatel (unlike the previous 2 yeas) - we did see people skiing back to the road outside the apartment but didn't manage to work out the route ourselves. Chatel is a beautiful village and I would highly recommend this apartment.
Thank you, we try to ensure our guests enjoy their stay in our apartment, whatever the weather is like. The evening bus services are very useful in the winter season. Chris
Châtel is the most Swiss-like of all the French resorts, whose combination of tradition and modernism welcomes you in an exceptional setting. Situated at the end of the picturesque and rural Abondance valley and just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc, Châtel is a charming haut-savoyard village. It is easily accessible from Geneva airport by motorway (1 hour 30 mins) or by train to Aigle then taxi. Nearby places to visit include: Evian, Chamonix, Annecy, Verbier, Montreux.
Châtel’s geographical location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of Lake Geneva, produce a microclimate which ensures optimal snowfall throughout the winter. Nevertheless, to contend with the weather’s unpredictable nature and to guarantee snow, Châtel has over 175 snow guns. Located in the Portes du Soleil, claimed to be the world’s largest linked ski area in the world, you'll never run out of Piste.
Other Activities: Walking, cycling, White water rafting nearby
The nearest chairlift is the Barbossine lift (open for the main winter season) in Petit Châtel, approx. 1km from the apartment, where you can ski to Super Châtel, and Switzerland with links to the Portes du Soleil. There is a frequent free ski bus which stops right outside the apartment (also operates in summer). As we are near the start of the bus route, there is never a problem getting on the bus. The Barbossine lift is at the next stop on the bus route. For Super Châtel and Linga lifts, just stay on the bus, for Pre le Joux change at the Châtel church (some buses go direct to Pre le Joux without the need to change).
The Pre le Joux lifts generally starts running from mid-December to the last week-end of April giving access to Avoriaz (subject to snow conditions). All other ski lifts for the Portes du Soleil generally open from Christmas to Easter. Discounts for Ski equipment rental are available via the INTERSPORT web site, where you can arrange collection from the Intersport shop in Petit Châtel.