Gregory McDonald

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms7
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Chalet divided into main chalet (sleeps 12) + ground floor apartment (sleeps 4)

Built in 2000 to the highest standards and selected by Alistair Sawday in his guidebooks 'Mountains of Europe' and now also in 'Self Catering Places in France', Chalet Kiana is located in a quiet residential area, just 530 metres up from the centre (church) of Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Nestling beside the Mont Blanc Massif and at the end of the Val Montjoie, the village has 120km of piste ski-ing, plus plenty of highly-rated off-piste ski-ing, stunning walking and an impressive range of outdoor activities in summer. Les Contamines is rated by Michelin guidebook ('French Alps') as a 3-star (highest rating) winter sports resort. It has maintained its traditional atmosphere whilst offering a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Les Contamines is a traditional, Savoyard village which is as popular in the summer as it is in the winter. As well as the downhill ski-ing and snowboarding there is a good cross-country ski area. For non-skiers there is a selection of good walks, and snowshoe expeditions; dog sledding, ski-doo trips and ice-skating are also available. Situated just an hour from Geneva airport, and about 8 hours' drive from Calais, it is easy to reach by air or road. There are also good TGV train links, in the ski season, direct from Paris to St. Gervais-les-Bains le Fayet, a 20-minute taxi ride from the chalet. Megeve is 20 kms away and Chamonix is 33 kms away but Megeve's pistes are easily approached from St. Gervais (10 mins. drive).

Summer activities: Situated at the top of the valley (5 minutes by car, 10 minutes by bike) is a leisure park (Le Pontet) with WTA championship tennis courts, mountain-biking and aerial confidence courses for young people, a rock-climbing school, riding, archery, golf driving, and a small boating lake. A heated swimming lake and 'beach' are there too. Other more vigorous activities, such as rafting and paragliding, are available close by in the Mont Blanc Region. The Tour de France often passes within a short drive from the chalet.

Les Contamines is located in a renowned walking area and the chalet itself is less than 10 minutes' walk from the world famous GR5 and Tour du Mont Blanc routes. All walks in and around the village are well marked and cater for all levels of experience and fitness.

The main chalet has sauna & Jacuzzi, plus sun-facing terraces & balconies. The ground-floor apartment does not have access to the sauna & Jacuzzi unless rented together with the main chalet. The main chalet is graded 4* by the Tourist Office while the apartment rates 3*.

What the price includes: Prices are for self-catered weeks or nights. Sheets & towels are provided but beds are not made up, unless you specifically select this as an additional cost option.

All bedrooms in the main chalet have en-suite bathrooms and balconies. A hair drier is provided in every bathroom. Egyptian cotton towels & linen were all new in 2009.

An open fire in sitting room with logs included. Underfloor heating. Use of sauna and Jacuzzi included (by arrangement) for chalet only. Separate TV room with Apple iMac & wi-fi internet connection.

Ski store with boot warmer.

Price does not include taxe de sejour, which must be paid before leaving, or the security deposit, which must be received before entry is granted.

More Details

Details for Main Chalet 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 7 Bathrooms

The main chalet has 6 ensuite bedrooms (2 doubles, 4 twins) plus an overspill (7th bedroom, for children. with lower ceiling height) with a shower room and lavatory/washbasin close by (this room available at an extra cost). The chalet is set up to seat 12 at the dining table. A TV/computer room is available, with a 46' plasma Samsun TV and 20' Apple iMac with Wifi internet access. The rooms are decorated in traditional style, as highlighted by Alastair Sawday in his guide: Special Places to Stay - Mountains of Europe. The chalet is equipped with a professional standard kitchen which is its own room (i.e. not open-plan). A comfortable sitting room & dining room, with double-height ceiling, offers far-reaching views of the mountains, with seating provided on a large L-shaped sofa around a log fire. On the ground floor is a utility room with washer/dryer, shower room/WC, sauna and Jacuzzi for the exclusive use of chalet renters.
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Gregory McDonald (Owner)
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About Gregory McDonald

Geneva-born Englishman with a deep respect for and love of the mountains. UK-based (Staffordshire) owner of Goodfish Limited, a manufacturer of plastic injection-moulded components.

Gregory McDonald purchased this chalet in 2008

Why Gregory McDonald chose Les Contamines

We first came to Chalet Kiana in the summer of 2001, six months after the building had been completed. We loved the chalet and the village so much, we came back every winter (& many summers) after that, until we purchased it from the retiring owners, in Apr-08.

What makes this chalet unique

What makes Chalet Kiana so special are its views of the mountains, its exposure to long hours of sunshine, its large ensuite bedrooms (no low roofs in the bedrooms), its open-plan, double-height sitting/dining area, its separate, professional-standard kitchen, its separate media room (TV, DVD & iMac), the Jacuzzi and sauna...and its neighbours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

C'est avec un peu de retard que je vous recontacte afin de vous donner un petit commentaire concernant notre séjour dans votre chalet KIANA (semaine du 30 juillet au 6 août, famille C******Z).



Tout d'abord, je tiens à m'excuser de ne pas avoir laisser un commentaire dans votre "livre d'or" au chalet.... j'ai complètement oublié de le faire le jour de notre départ !!!



Nous avons passé une semaine franchement très agréable dans votre chalet, tout était parfait, bien aménagé, et très bien préparé par vos collaborateurs sur place.



Toute la famille n'a donné que des commentaires très positifs, votre chalet est magnifique, d'un confort exceptionel, et bien au-delà de nos espérances.



Nous reviendrons surement, en famille, une prochaine fois.



Dans l'attente de vous recontacter pour une nouvelle réservation, recevez, Monsieur, nos sincères salutations.
Jul 2011
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms7
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Les Contamines St. Gervais - Megeve
Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK
5

Chalet Kiana

  • 5 of 5
How lucky we were to stay in this beautiful chalet.

Chalet Kiana was a short drive uphill from the delightful town centre of Les Contamines. Although it was walking distance to the town, I am glad we had the flexibility of our own car to take us to the base of the slopes, as I don't enjoy carrying skis! Skis can be put in lockers up the mountain but we brought everything back at night - the boot warmers in the boot room ensuring dry and warm boots the next morning. The English owner provided excellent customer service. If anything is not quite up to standard, he wants to know and will deal with it straight away.

Chalet Kiana was extensively equipped and everything was good quality and in good working order. The beautifully appointed large bedrooms all had their own en suites. There were 11 in our party and all rooms were of equal high standard - no broom cupboards here! The maid service ensured a clean and tidy chalet, and she would prepare a meal for the evening if required.

The property was immaculate throughout, very clean and well maintained. The kitchen was well stocked, no shortages of any equipment whatsoever for our large party. We ate in most nights - either fondues or some delicious rotisserie chickens or pizzas from town, but also enjoyed a very pleaseant meal in town at O a la Bouche (excellent steaks) one night which was reasonably priced at about 35 euros per person for a 3 course meal with wine (about 24 euros without wine).

The picturesque chalet enjoyed breathtaking views. Spectacular in the snow but would be just as good in the summer.

The wide slopes of Les Contamines provided no end of excellent and varied skiing for the whole party, catering well for different abilities. Although we visited in January, there were no queues on any of the lifts, and the pistes were exceptionally well maintained in this snowsure resort. We found ski school to be surprisingly good value, and used it for lessons and guiding. A two hour lesson for 2 people cost 77 euros. The mountain restaurants were small and traditional serving many delicious local Savoyard dishes.

Les Contamines is a delightful French town - the locals were all friendly and helpful.

I would strongly recommend the chalet and the resort. Some of our party have already booked Chalet Kiana for a summer holiday with their young children. I will definitely be returning to ski. The best skiing holiday I have had without a doubt.
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
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Les Contamines St. Gervais - Megeve
Ninove, Belgium
5

Fantastic location to spend your winter holidays!

  • 5 of 5
Large, well equipped holiday house in the real authentic chalet style. The bedrooms are large and spacious,each with its own bathroom. Large living room and dining area, perfect to have supper all together!
The sauna and jacuzzi are just perfect after a intense day on the skis lopes... There is also the possibility to order fresh bread and croissants and have them delivered every morning at the door!
The little town of Les Contamines is only a 10 min walk away, if you want to do some grocery shopping or buy a cup of coffee.
Would surely recommend this property!
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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5

An amazing chalet!

  • 5 of 5
An amazing chalet, allowing full relaxation at night and great location for access to ski slopes during the daytime. the facilities make the whole experience a joy to behold. It will be impossible for me to stay away next year!
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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5

A wonderful chalet suitable for large groups.

  • 5 of 5
This was our first visit to Les Contamines. We rented both the Chalet and Apartment as our party consisted of 3 families. It was absolutely ideal. It was very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The kitchen was perfect for us to cater for all of our party (14 adults and 2 children) and the dining/living area was large enough for all of us. The evenings were so relaxed we did not feel the need to eat out!

Les Contamines itself has plenty of shops and restaurants.The skiing is varied and you have the option of driving to St Gervais or Megeve if you fancy a change.

A real gem.
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Les Contamines St. Gervais - Megeve
Leicestershire
5

Second trip to Chalet Kiana

  • 5 of 5
This was our group's second trip to Chalet Kiana, and we came for roughly the same week both years. The fact that we've come back for more sums up our feelings about the place. The Chalet is perfect: It comfortably sleeps 12 people, but there are no 'duff' rooms. Quite often one can go to a chalet and find some people are in a massive room with everything, while others are in a broom cupboard. Not so with Kiana, as all the rooms are equally appealing, and all with their own bathroom.

The chalet itself has a very lovely feel, so much so that we barely went out to eat this year! We just got home from skiing, had our tea and cake (cake collected from shops on way back from the lifts) then cracked open the wine, and had dinner in. Perfect. All our team agree that it is one of the best chalets they've ever stayed in, and there have been a few!

We thought we'd have a little look at Megeve this year, not because of better skiing, (which it isn't) but because a couple of the girls in our group wanted a look at the clothes shops! (of which there are plenty) Although it's only about 1/2 an hour drive from Les Contamines, we just drove down the valley to St. Gervais which takes about 10-15 mins, and then took the bubble lift from there, which emerges at the top of the Megeve ski area and overlooks the town. This is a nice little excursion, if you have lots of money to spend, but the skiing is no better than Les Conts, and you get the same food (on the slopes) in Les Conts for half the price!

As you can probably gather, we're great fans of the skiing in Les Contamines. There are plenty of runs to keep you happy all week, and certainly in January, there are never any queues! I don't think we've ever been to a resort where the combination of great skiing and no queuing was better.

There's not much more to say, and we can't think of a single negative. We will certainly be back next year! We were even hesitant about leaving too good a review, as we feel Les Contamines in general, and Chalet Kiana in particular are real little secrets, and we worried that if too many people discover it, we may have to 'fight' for our week in future!
  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
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chalet Kiana

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful chalet very comfortable and well equipped. Excellent position for walking in the alps or for skiing. Fantastic views from all rooms especially the sitting room and front bedrooms. Sauna and hot tub very relaxing . High standard of cleanliness and well maintained. Lots of good restaurants around. Even easy to pop to Italy for lunch for a change! Would thoroughly recommend.
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Geneva
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
St Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Passy, Junction 21 A40
Car: recommended

Location

We are located 530 metres up from the church (centre of the village). The (free) bus stops 70 metres from the front door. This takes you to the lifts in the morning (08.30 last season) and back again in the afternoon (several times)

Directions

From centre of St Gervais Les Bains, after the church on your right, follow road round sharp right bend. Take second exit off roundabout, D902, opposite Petit Casino supermarket, following signs for Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Once in Les Contamines, turn left between Bank Populaire and Petit Casino, up route de la Frasse. Go round 2 tight bends (more than 90 degrees) and past the Hotel Clef de Champs on your right, continue round 3 more tight bends, and the track to Chalet Kiana is the second on the left, just below a big, old farm. The number 1073 marks our wooden letterbox.

Other Activities: Windsurfing, rafting and other water activities are 20 minutes drive away

Ski: Located in the Mont Blanc Region, Les Contamines has a great ski area with 120km of uncrowded, well-groomed pistes (most above 1900m) and an excellent snow record. In fact, the snow record is so good that neighbouring resorts like Megeve come to use our pistes late in the season. The pistes are confidence-inspiring for beginners and intermediate skiers. Les Contamines is famous for its off-piste ski-ing, where the sounds of lifts and people disappear! There is a snow park for boarders, and a good selection of mountain restaurants. The slopes are easily accessible with the lifts only a few minutes' drive away. There is an excellent ski school, with English speaking instructors. For the more adventurous the famous Vallee Blanche is within half an hours' drive. Other winter activities available in the village include: ski de fond/Nordic, snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing, curling, ice-skating & dog-sledding.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Les Contamines Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 5
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
3 night minimum stay
€500
€3,150
 
 
Winter Opening
Dec 13 2014 - Dec 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
€550
From
€700
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
€3,750
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,950
 
 
New Year
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€5,150
 
 
Jan-15
Jan 3 2015 - Jan 30 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,650
 
 
Early Feb-15
Jan 31 2015 - Feb 13 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,750
 
 
Half Term
Feb 14 2015 - Feb 20 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,650
 
 
Late Feb-15
Feb 21 2015 - Feb 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,750
 
 
Mar-15
Feb 28 2015 - Apr 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,550
 
 
Apr-15
Apr 4 2015 - Apr 24 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Taxe de Sejour €84
Refundable damage deposit €750
Notes A 'weekend' is Fri/Sat/Sun nights, so you have access to the chalet from 16.00 on a Friday afternoon an must be out by 10.00 on the following Monday morning. The 'weekend nightly rate' is therefore this weekend rate divided by 3. If you want to stay a short weekend (arr Sat PM, dep Mon AM), the rate is 2.25x this weekend nightly rate. If you want a short weekend from Fri to Sun.
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Amenities

Amenities

Les Contamines Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fireplace
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Covagnet - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Miage - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bionnassay - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Berangere - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , Jacuzzi & sauna
    Armancette - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Tre la Tete - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathrooms are all equipped with showers over baths, single basins & lavatories. The bathrooms are en-suite for all bedrooms (except the spill-over room which has access to a shower room within 12' of the room). Heated towel rails are in each bathroom & enough lavatory paper is provided for the early days of your stay.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Covagnet - 2 twin/ single , Balcony/en suite
    Miage - 1 double , Balcony/en suite
    Bionnassay - 2 twin/ single , Balcony/en suite
    Berangere - 2 twin/ single , Balcony/en suite
    Armancette - 1 double , Balcony/en suite
    Tre La Tete - 2 twin/ single , Balcony/en suite
    Spillover - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Restricted height
  • All bedrooms are provided with Egyptian cotton hand towels & bath sheets. Towels for the sauna and Jacuzzi are also provided. There are hair-dryers in every room. There is an extra charge for use of the spill-over room, which is available only by arrangement.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The chalet is perfect for a large group. There is a flexible catering option available - whereby meals can be cooked for you on an ad-hoc basis, by arrangement when you are at the chalet. The village baker will deliver bread & croissants every morning, if requested. A washing machine, dryer & ironing equipment are available on the ground floor for the exclusive use of chalet guests.
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