Please note bookings are only SATURDAY to SATURDAY.
This charming chalet is less than a 10 minute walk or 2 minute drive to the cable car which is open winter and summer for skiing and mountain biking/hiking. It is also 50m from the ski bus stop. Colchique has huge character with its old wooden beams and stone walls; there is a spacious and light living/dining room with wood burning stove mounted on local Mont Blanc granite and spectacular views. This leads onto a large sunny balcony with plenty of seating.
The chalet has 5 spacious and luxurious bedrooms. There is one master bedroom on the first floor with ensuite (new for 2016). There is a twin room also on the first floor and a bathroom (both new for 2016). Then on the top floor there are three more double rooms and a further bathroom (new shower for 2016).
There is Wifi, a NESPRESSO machine , parking for 2 cars (one space in the garage) and there is a boot room for wet gear and we even have boot dryers for you. There is lots of entertainment - TV, Hifi/i-pod connector, massive DVD collection, XBOX & PS2, board games - and lots of guides/maps provided plus honesty drinks. Pretty garden with picnic table/bbq and we also allow guests to use two adult mountain bikes.
Winter Activities: Attached to the fourth largest ski area in France, Morillon offers a fantastic 265km of piste skiing for beginners/intermediates/experts. Except in the most popular weeks, it is unusual to queue either at all or for more than a minute. We have negotiated 5% off ski school and 15% off ski hire for guests for 2014.
Morillon is well recognised for its facilities for children in France with a choice of ski schools as well as ESF and nurseries (taking kids from 6 months) and some fantastic gentle long blues and greens in Morillon itself. It also provides great off piste for experts in winter, notably in the Lac du Gers bowl (have a look on snow forums about this) Flaine bowl and off the side of the blacks in Samoens, you can still make fresh tracks days after Chamonix is skiied out!
The free ski bus stop is 50 meters from the chalet or it is 10 mins walk (or 2 mins drive) to the cable car. In good snow conditions the bottom of the piste is a 5 minute walk back home.
Other activities include parapenting, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledging. Ski touring also possible
Summer Activities: The chalet is equally good in summer with a big sunny balcony and a garden planted with many of the native alpine plants and a BBQ.
There is also great hiking, mountain biking and plenty of other adventurous activities like parapenting, horse riding and rafting. Lac Blue, 5 minutes walk away, has a sandy beach, playground, tennis courts, boules, crazy golf, beach volley ball, zip wire park - and often trampolines, quads and pony rides too.
The Chalet is a 15 minute drive from Europe's underrated answer to Yosemite - Sixt Fer a Cheval (or 'the horse shoe') with its numerous waterfalls and the famous GR5 hiking route passes through the valley (hire a donkey for the day if you have little ones!). There are two zip wire parks and a Via Ferrata within 10 mins drive too.
For a more relaxing time, there are botanical gardens and there is a very luxurious spa (with swimming pool/spa/sauna/treatments) in the valley. Or just sit on the balcony, NESPRESSO coffee in hand and absorb the magnificent views in the sun.
Things to do: We give our guests full use of our library of walking and biking maps and guides to the area and give our top tips for the best restaurants and things to do on the occasional rainy day in summer (local markets in both Samoens and Morillon, Annecy - the Venice of France, medieval Yvoire, local botanic garden, mountain museum) and for keen skiers we have some recommended day trips to take advantage of the fact there are so many other major resorts within a 45 minute drive (Les Gets, Chamonix, Les Portes du Soleil, Megeve, La Clusaz).
The chalet has all mod cons included - WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, TV, DVD, PlayStation, X-Box, fireplace, oven, microwave, dishwasher, cafetiere, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, BBQ, hair dryer, etc. etc. We also provide two mountain bikes, tennis racquets and snowshoes. You can also help yourself to to our great DVD and music collection, our honesty drinks shelf and to our herb patch!
For transfers we recommend a taxi company as he lives 50m away so won't be late! See http://www.alps-direct.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org