Having discovered the Portes du Soleil as the perfect family ski destination we set about finding the perfect family ski chalet. We bought Chalet Mesanges in 2012 and have since loved both summer and winter holidays here. It offers a home from home within easy reach of arguably the best skiing in the Portes du Soleil circuit. We are located on the lower road to the Linga lifts. The main ski area is a 3 minute drive or the free ski bus is a 200m walk away. Whilst both the skiing and village are very accessible, it is a tranquil and unspoilt location. In the summer we have enjoyed mountain biking, walking (lifts remain open), parapenting, swimming in Lake Leman, rafting, fishing, canyoning, and the longest zip wire in Europe! (Fantasticable). Pre booked activities in resort available. Secure ski and bike area. Over three floors there are 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and a large kitchen diner.
- Chalet2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 - 7 nights
Chalet in Chatel, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Family Friendly Chalet, Peaceful Location With Short Drive To Village And Fantastic Skiing
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 17, 2018
About Ian Binnian
The chalet is co owned by two families who purchased it in summer 2012. One family lives in Zurich, Switzerland and the other in Oxfordshire. Both families have extensive experience of the Alps and travel there regularly. In January 2015 the Jack in The Box film production company leased the chalet to film the movie " Off Piste". Filming was done inside the chalet and in the surrounds, with the crew also using it for accommodation. The film is on release from autumn 2016. A taster of the film can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwpPHLPLYno
Ian Binnian purchased this Chalet in 2012
Why Ian Binnian chose Châtel
The choice of Chatel was carefully made on the basis that it has some of the best skiing in the Portes Du Soleil, and the village itself has retained its original French charm. Since purchase the chalet has undergone significant upgrading with a new roof, new windows and external doors throughout, a new balcony, and building development of the basement.
What makes this Chalet unique
We have wonderful valley views from our balconies and large garden and the garden is bordered by a tumbling stream.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
fantastic place ,very pretty location
We loved it.
Peaceful and private, without being far.
Ample space for our party of ten.
Place was well maintained.
1.There was benches round the table and armchairs to sit on, but could have done with more chairs around the house.
2. This may be particularly for our party, but we are all big readers, and found the lighting very poor.
We're glad that you enjoyed your summer holiday at Chalet Mesanges so much. We will look to improve the lighting and get a couple more chairs in. Hopefully, we can accommodate you again for your holidays in the future.
Spacious, really well equipped.
Just as described. Two lounges is great, adults relaxing downstairs, kids watching dvd upstairs.
Heaps of room, we were 2 families totalling 8 and it worked well.
Ian is really helpful prior to your trip.
The one negative...... £35 each person for linen and towels.... we took our own which worked fine.
Thanks Craig. Glad you had a good time. Ian
Great family friendly chalet - highly recommended
A great family friendly ski chalet. Warm and well equipped the chalet is an excellent base to explore the fabulous Portes du Soleil ski area. Located in a quiet area of the village but still the village, apres ski and ski lift stations are all easily accessible via the frequent ski shuttle bus that leaves from the bottom of the drive. Highly recommended.
Glad you had such a great time. We look forward to you booking in the future.
Absolutely lovely chalet in a beautiful location
The chalet was a great size, very clean, very well equipped and in a nice private location but close to Chatel for restaurants, shops etc.
Chalet at Chatel
We stayed in this chalet for two weeks with part of our extended family (we were six adults and six children). It was a wonderful experience! The chalet has the most stunning views, both up and down the valley with snow-clad mountains in the distance and even on the occasional rainy day we never ceased to wonder at the view and to delight in such a beautiful place. The balcony which runs around three sides of the chalet was very appealing and safe for children.
The chalet, though up an extremely bumpy but short road, is in a very private location, with no other chalet beyond it. We did find it something of a challenge finding the location when we first arrived: perhaps more detailed instructions or a map would help. However it was truly worth the search! It is a great advantage to be so close to Switzerland and Lake Geneva, but not to have to pay the Swiss tourist tax or Swiss food prices! Having the Intermarché quite so near and free tennis more or less on site was great! And, of course, all sorts of walks! We found Charlotte and Tim unfailingly helpful and friendly.
The beautifully designed basement area was brilliant for the older generation! And we found the kitchen very well-equipped, even for our numbers. We enjoyed eating outside, though the picnic table is pretty wobbly! We moved down a table from the garage later that was much better (though we felt we had to protect it from sun and rain). At first we could not find any garden furniture because it was all in the garage to which we had no key. However a phone call to Charlotte sorted that out. We also enjoyed using the table tennis table we found in the garage.
We're reluctant to sound too enthusiastic in case it becomes so popular we're not able to book it again!
Thanks for the useful feedback. This summer is the first time we have marketed chalet lettings properly, the winter ski lettings always being 90% let.
We can easily improve the arrival instructions and will do so, plus all guests will have a garage key from arrival. We are over there soon so will be sorting out our summer garden furniture and table.
As you say, we do have one of the best down valley views in all of Chatel!
Great Chalet for a larger family or group
With our four teenage kids, we are always looking for Chalets that provide more living space and a good kitchen, but still are in tune with the environment, as we are there to enjoy both the skiing and the family time. This Chalet is excellent for both. It's spacious, functional, has great facilities, and is very well maintained. It is very easy to reach, and the drive to the skiing areas doesn't take long.
1 hour 30 minutes drive from Geneva airport.
8 hour 30 minutes drive from Calais.
Use of car recommended. 4x4 or chains essential in winter.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: Winter bookings handled through local agent. Summer bookings handled through owner - enquire directly. Changeover Day: Saturday, flexible in low season. Chalet available from 16.00. Notes on prices: Prices are in pounds per week, changeover generally Saturday but can be flexible (eg long weekends). Bed linen and towels not included but can be hired from our chalet manager. End of stay clean in winter by arrangement £270. In summer, the end of stay cleaning is included in the quoted price. Winter bookings are managed by our agent Bo Immobilier in Chatel. Summer bookings are handled by the owner.