Ski Chalet La Plagne-Paradiski Sleeps 14- Skiers Heaven: Log Fire, Huge Sofas, Fabulous Food, Stunning Views, And The Best Customer Service
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About Liza Smedley
We are Andy and Liza, the owners of La Portette. Once dedicated city dwellers, we upped sticks from London in 2003 and moved to a tiny rural hamlet in a clearing in the forest on the side of a hill: Montorlin. When in 2002 we bought this house, we'd almost given up looking. Over 2 summers we'd seen modern houses, tiny sheds, old barns with the wind whistling through them, but nothing that made us gasp. As we stood at the foot of the house, the estate agent chattering to me in French about the 3 vaulted cellars, Andy jumped up and down at my side. 'This one? Does she mean this one?' That was it. Love at first sight. We married here in 2005 and had our daughter here in 2007, Camille.
Liza Smedley purchased this Chalet in 2002
Why Liza Smedley chose La Plagne-Tarentaise
We'd always loved La Plagne for the skiing: huge, varied and snow sure. As a keen walker I wanted somewhere beautiful to explore in the summers too, and as we intended to live out here, somewhere that had a life all year round. Montorlin changes with the seasons: wintersports in winter, cows and sheeps and goats in spring; walkers and mountain bikers, paragliders and watersports in summer; cows and sheep and goats again in autumn! Getting here is easy (getting away harder!) Autoroutes all the way to Albertville, 'A' roads from there to Bourg St Maurice, smaller but well maintained mountain roads up the hill. Once here you are away from everyone. The valley stretches out below and in front of you, and its broad base means the surrounding hills don't oppress, just cradle you.
What makes this Chalet unique
We looked up at the 4 storeys of house from the foot, and saw something original and charming: thick old stones, walls with no right angles, a curving tower (the staircase), all topped with a huge balcony. Inside we found character and modern plumbing; old beams and a new roof; nooks and crannies and a huge open living area. Each room has its own character. Downstairs is old with 3 foot thick walls and beamed ceilings. The room on the stairs has an original old door and amazing views. On the 1st floor the 3 bedrooms each have a different feel, from the white washed twin to the high wooden four poster and the traditional curtained cupboard beds. At the top of the spiral staircase the house opens up into light and space, with picture windows and supporting beams into the apex of the roof.
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Beautiful converted farmhouse in a great location.
Liza provided exceptional customer service. Unobtrusive yet always available to provide information about the entire resort. The shuttle service provided on both a daily basis and local pick up at the beginning and end of the holiday was efficient. The property was lovely with high quality catering. We loved the book collection. We would recommend this property as a ski destination.
A lovely homely chalet great for a few families to share, the food and drinks were plentiful and very good quality, the chalet hosts Tom and Charlotte were also pleasant and efficient. Liza and Andy , the owners couldn't do enough for us ferrying us up to the lifts and collecting us again as well as sorting out all our lift passes and ski gear. A wonderful place which we would love to return to ... if they will have us !
We were treated to a luxury skiing holiday at this fabulously quaint catered chalet. The owner was very accommodating to all of our needs and the chalet staff were first rate. The cooked breakfasts in the morning filled us up for the day until our afternoon tea and cake. The children enjoyed their dinner at 6pm which allowed for the adults to enjoy our three course meal in relative peace. Montchavin is a fabulous place to ski, which combined with La Plagne, gives enough terrain for skiers of all abilities.
SKIING IN PARADISKI
We are in one of the largest ski resorts in Europe: Paradiski. Made up of La Plagne and Les Arcs, the 2 areas together cover over 425kms of pistes.
Our chalet is in a great location to let you discover the whole resort.
There are 4 possible airports near by:
Chambery (1.5 hours drive).
Geneva (2 hours drive).
Grenoble (2 hours drive).
Lyon St Exupery (2 hours drive).
Car: From Calais it takes about 10 hours to get here, mostly on motorways and major routes.
Train: Trains from Paris to Lyon take only 5 hours. Get the eurostar to Paris and change to a TGV for a swift and comfortable journey.
Montchavin village (open December - April and July - August) is a 15 minute walk or 2 minute drive.
In winter: ski shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, mini supermarket. Indoor leisure pool with spa (sauna, jacuzzi, steam room). Sledging areas. Para-gliding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice-skating.
In summer there is an open air swimming pool; guided mountain bike trips; and lots for children.