Chez Helen is a comfortable wooden chalet located in the pretty Alpine village of Montagny (Chef Lieu), at 1,035m asl, on the sunny side of the Bozel valley, and is opposite the Couchevel ski resort of La Tania, and above the Spa/Ski Resort of Bride les Bains.
The chalet was built in 2004, and newly furbished for the 2011/12 ski season.
Facing due South the chalet benefits from natural light and heat from the low winter sun throughout the ski season and is very airy, light, warm and cosy when the sun is shining. A very eco friendly/efficient wood pellet burner (programable/timer) otherwise heats the chalet.
With 6 bedrooms & 8 double beds, the chalet comfortably sleeps 8-16.
Bedroom 1 -1 double bed
Bedroom 2 -1 double bed on mezzanine
Bedroom 3 -1 double bed + 1 dbl bed on mezzanine
Bedroom 4 -1 double bed + 1 dbl bed on mezzanine
Bedroom 5 -1 double bed on mezzanine
Bedroom 6 -1 king sized bed - Ground floor Studio - self contained & en suite.
All beds have luxurious 2" or 3" memory foam mattresses, with mattress and pillow protectors (all new 2011).
Luxurious Egyptian cotton towels and bed sheets are provided weekly, with either 45% goose down feather & down duvets or non allergenic microfibre duvets. Light summer duvets are also available.
Top floor - Family bathroom with bath, shower and double basins, Separate WC.
1st Floor - Separate WC
Ground Floor - En-suite shower room, with basin and WC.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area. Seating for 10 in the lounge. Dining table/chairs for 6-12.
The Chalet comes equipped with a large Satellite TV, DVDplayer + 150+ Dvds, XBox360 + 20 games, WiFi internet and Voip Phones (providing guests with free UK landline calls!). Board Games/Cards.
Induction hob/electric oven/microwave, large fridge/freezer, filter and cappuccino coffee machine, electric kettle, toaster, cutlery and dinner service for 16, hairdryers, washing machine/tumble dryer & dishwasher.
Patio doors to sunny balcony & 40sqm decked patio/BBQ area.
When staying in the chalet, we occupy the studio, leaving you with exclusive use of the upper floors. Should your party size require exclusive use of the chalet we can make use of our heated caravan.
The property is not adapted for wheelchair use and persons with limited mobility would find the upper floors of the chalet unsuitable, but may be able to use the self contained ground floor studio (accessed via 2 standard width doorways). Stair gates are available to protect young children. Pets are allowed by prior agreement, for a charge of £50/pet/week. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the chalet.
The chalet has two South facing balconies & a 40 sqm patio, all with magnificent views of the 3 Vallees mountains & specifcally the ski resort of La Tania. In the Spring and Summer you can watch the paragliders flying above the Col de la Loze, & Buzzards, Eagles and other birds of Prey, thermalling above you. The chalet has plentiful parking. A short walk from the chalet brings you to magnificent views of the Grand Bec mountain beyond Bozel, and to stunning views of the valley floor to the bright lights of Bride les Bains in the evenings. The village is wonderful to walk around, the local people so friendly and welcoming, and the houses in the old quarter are simply fascinating. The road up from the village takes you high up the mountain of Mont Jovet (late Spring to early winter), and just short of the top of La Plagne (which is accessible by foot, but only when the snow has thawed).
Bozel, just 6 minutes drive from the chalet has a number of popular restaurants and bars, including a very popular French restaurant & bar, and also a specialty fish restaurant and a number of Pizzeria’s and bars.
Bozel also has oulets providing ski hire/pharmacy/food stores/butchers/bakers, cash points and banks. Large supermarket shopping is availble in Moutiers, just 15 minutes from the chalet.
Access to Montagny is just over two hours by car from Geneva , Lyon and Grenoble airports and approx. 1.5hrs from Chambery. I personally favour Geneva Airport, simply because it is an International Airport, operates all year (Chambery Winter only) and Easyjet fly there from London Gatwick up to 10 times a day from just £21.99 + cost of bags - each way! Most of my guests, who book their flights early, pay under £75 for their return flights, including bags.
Guests arriving by air/train/coach, and requiring airport and ski lift transfers and transport during their stay, the chalet rental cost, self catering, per person is £275/week (additional nights £40), based on 8 guests staying.
If guests arrive using own transport/hire car/minibus, the chalet rates are just £200/person/week self catering, again based on 8 or more guests staying …...or £40/day for shorter/longer periods.
Discounts are offered for children, and larger groups.
The rates are not inflated, in school holiday periods, and remain the same in those weeks as for non school holiday periods. I simply have a minimum group size of 8 for those school holiday periods.