Rob and Suzanne LEA

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Les Houches Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet - 4 bedrms, 3 bathrms, sleeps up to 10. Apt - 1 bedrm, 1 bathrm sleeps 4

The chalet + separate apt (part of the same property but with a private entrance) are superbly situated in the bustling ski resort of Les Houches, Chamonix (free bus and train available up/down the valley). Perfect for skiing in winter - right next to the pistes and just a 3 minute walk from the lifts and ski school - so close you can ski back for lunch! Ideal for alpine adventures in summer, in the heart of the renowned Chamonix Valley. There is a large private garden with unsurpassed views over the Mont Blanc massif. Just a 3-min walk from shops, restaurants, a bakery + several bars. The tastefully refurbished, exceptionally spacious accommodation has all mod cons, but retains a wealth of original features. Unlimited free wifi internet access and DVD/satellite TV are free.

You don't need 10 to enjoy the spacious farmhouse with its 3 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms; we often have groups of 4 - 6 people relaxing in the warmth and wonder of this beautiful farmhouse chalet.

Travel.: Most of our guests either fly to Geneva airport (EasyJet) which is less than an hour's drive/bus journey away, or they drive from the UK (8 hours from the French ferry ports). Other nearby airports include Turin (1 3/4 hrs drive) Lyon (2 hrs) and Milan (3 hrs). Car hire is available at all of these airports. We can arrange transfers from Geneva airport if required.

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Details for Alpine Retreat 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 1 Bathroom, 2 half bathrooms

The Alpine Retreat has been completely refurbished to an exceptional standard and comprises 4 spacious bedrms, 3 new bathrms + 2 huge reception rooms. Every single room has magnificent mountain views! An entrance hallway (ski, boot + coat racks) leads to the brand new fully-equipped kitchen (oven, 4-gas hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher) dining room with large oak dining suite, a fabulous wood-panelled salon (free internet access, sat TV/DVD), a WC + a separate room with a shower, sink + washing machine. There are 4 airy bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins + a bunkroom with 2 bunk beds), a large bathroom (shower, sink + WC), another shower room + a separate WC with sink. There is a large, pretty, competely private garden with BBQ/tables/chairs for you to relax and enjoy the most spectacular views of the Mont Blanc range. There is ample parking space. The Retreat offers a wonderful holiday experience which has to be seen to be believed!
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Dear Rob and Suzanne, Lovely! Loads of room, comfy ... and great skiing close by ....Thanks!
Mar 2010
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Rob and Suzanne LEA

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Speaks french, english
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We came to live at The Alpine Retreat and run it as a self-catering business in early 2001. Since then we have built up a large group of returning guests, many of whom have become family friends. Rob is a Professional Photographer specializing in large format landscape images and interior chalet/hotel photography. Suzanne is a professional Sports Massage Therapist and Fitness Trainer. We both really enjoy outdoor activities including running, paragliding and exploring these beautiful mountains.

Rob and Suzanne LEA purchased this chalet in 2000

We love the great outdoors and this lovely Alpine Retreat is a wonderful Savoyarde Farmhouse in the middle of a spectacular mountain setting, yet with a friendly little village close by. The original features of the property have been lovingly maintained, but we have subtly added all the mod cons needed for the C21! It's a real gem!

The Alpine Retreat is a really special place, which you will share if you stay here! The views, the activities, the peace, being surrounded by Nature all create a very positive energy and we find it both invigorating and yet somehow very relaxing. Our guests leave uplifted and energised!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Alpine Retreat
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Alpine Retreat
+44 (0)1225 920797
Les Houches Chamonix - Mont Blanc


  • 5 of 5
Review for Alpine Retreat Farmhouse

Groups of 5 or 6 of us have spent a week in June at the Alpine Retreat Farmhouse four times in recent years – we keep going back, so obviously we enjoy it. As walkers we are out every day exploring the Chamonix valley and beyond. We do not have our own transport, but the bus stop is just up the road and our local station for the Chamonix Express about 10 minutes walk away. ‘Express’ is perhaps a bit of a mis-nomer – this delightful train comes slowly around the corner and if you stick your hand out it will stop for you. If you stay at the Farmhouse you will get a pass that gives you free travel on the buses and trains throughout most of the Chamonix Valley, all the way from Servoz to Vallorcine.

The Farmhouse is spacious and well equipped. We self-cater most of the time and often spend the evening chatting around the splendid dining room table rather than in the lounge, although that is a comfortable room. There are a couple of supermarkets in Les Houches, both with a good selection of food and drink. The nearest is about a 15 minute walk, though you can take the bus if you get the timing right. The thing we really enjoy about staying at the Farmhouse is sitting in the garden with tea and cakes after each walk, just looking at the superb view of the snow-clad mountains down the valley.

There are two lifts in Les Houches (Bellevue and Prarion), both about 10 minutes walk from the Farmhouse. They each take you up to about 1800m, from which you can do either circular walks at altitude, or else walk down to places like St Gervais or the Chalets de Miage and Les Contamines, eventually taking a bus down to Le Fayet and then train back to Les Houches. (Get timetables from the Tourist Office in Les Houches, this service is NOT included in your free pass and is less frequent than the Chamonix Valley service.)

We also have used the bus and/or train to travel to Argentière or Le Buet and done walks to the top of the La Flegere lift and then the Grand Balcon Sud, either walking back to Chamonix or using the Brevent lift. The Petit Balcon Sud is a less strenuous walk along the river from Argentière to Chamonix. Try to include a stop for a drink and/or food at the La Floria chalet on one of your walks, the views from there are splendid and the flower decorations on the chalet and in the gardens are a wonderful sight. From Le Buet there is a lovely walk to up to Bérard’s Gorge and the Refuge beyond.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a detailed and accurate review! Thank you, David and Dorothy, for explaining the facilities at The Alpine Retreat far more thoroughly than we ever could! We can see you all now, enjoying the pretty garden, the magnificent views and your tea and cakes after another epic day out with your hiking friends. Wonderful! We look forward to hosting you all again at The Alpine Retreat next summer ....thank you again.
Alpine Retreat
+44 (0)1225 920797
Les Houches Chamonix - Mont Blanc


  • 5 of 5
Our 2 families have just enjoyed the most fabulous skiing week at the Alpine Retreat. The farmhouse is beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean, very spacious and it has the most incredible views of the mountains (a photo of which has pride of place in our home!). The location is really excellent, with easy access to the lifts and we could even ski back to the farmhouse for lunch. The bus stop is just 50 metres away and it is also possible to take the train to Chamonix and Vallorcine. Lovely range of different places to eat on the doorstep and a great patisserie which my husband enjoyed visiting every afternoon! The best treat of all was relaxing in front of the roaring wood burner in the evening – felt really cozy and indulgent! None of us wanted to leave at the end of the week. Thoroughly recommended.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Eric, for letting other potential guests know about your wonderful holiday here at The Alpine Retreat! We were delighted that you enjoyed so much of the Valley on the trains and buses - and that your family ski week went so well. You know you'll be most welcome to join our growing group of returning guests :-)
Alpine Retreat
+44 (0)1225 920797
Les Houches Chamonix - Mont Blanc


  • 5 of 5
This was our most fantastic holiday ever! Suzanne and Rob made us feel sooooo welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. The farmhouse was ideally located between the 2 cable cars, and we could explore the beautiful area without the use of a car ... the hiking was brilliant, well-marked and with stunning vierws. Relaxing in the pretty garden after a days' adventures was a wonderful bonus and the spacious accommodation left us plenty of room to spread out, eat, drink and enjoy friends' company. This summer holiday was easily as good as our winter holiday at the Alpine Retreat. Excellent in all respects .... don't miss it! It gets booked up quickly!.
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you, Ann and Wilf, for such an honest review of your holiday. We enjoyed seeing you again, and were delighted that you booked again for this winter. See you soon! Suzanne and Rob
Alpine Retreat
+44 (0)1225 920797
Les Houches Chamonix - Mont Blanc
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland


  • 4 of 5
We made a summer stay at Alpine Retreat and had excellent weather. We found it spacious, clean and well-fitted and equipped, with plenty of facilities, including several showers and bathrooms. The 16th century wood-panelled sitting room is beautifully restored. The highlight for us was the perfect view both from the house and extensive garden to Mont Blanc summit and many of the Aiguilles, . Early morning and evening scenes were breathtaking! Chamonix, 10 mins drive away, is the centre of a busy climbing and walking area with dozens of paths, teleferiques and climbs. Rob and Suzanne are charming hosts. They manage to be most helpful and interested without being in your face. Only issue - in hot summer weather if it's necessary to have the double-glazed windows open at night there can be noise from occasional vehicles passing on the small local road outside.
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Les Houches
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Ski
300 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Les Houches
Car: not necessary

Les Houches is a lively ski resort in the infamous Chamonix valley at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc.  A huge range of activities suits every taste. Summer visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rafting, climbing, paragliding, canyoning and glacier walking.  Access is easy using cable cars (the nearest is just 3 mins' walk away), mountain trains, buses + well marked trails. In Winter Les Houches is a very popular ski resort in the Chamonix valley. The pretty tree-lined pistes, whilst family-friendly, provide challenging skiing for all - it hosts the Men’s World Cup Downhill race each Jan.  Whilst there are numerous mountain restaurants, you will be close enough to pop back to the Retreat for lunch! Local attractions include Huski & St Bernard kennels, ice-skating, indoor climbing, sledging (in the garden + at a park), swimming etc.  A free bus and train give easy access to Chamonix's surroundings. Day trips to Italy + Spa + skiing the Vallee Blanche are very popular day trips.

Other Activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing (rock and ice), rafting, canyoning, paragliding, golf, indoor climbing wall

Ski: Our location is unbeatable; next to the pistes of Les Houches (one of the 5 resorts that make up the Chamonix valley) - a large family resort which has skiing to suit every level. Even the Men's World Cup downhill race is held here each year on the piste that runs past the end of the garden! There are more than 20 ski runs giving miles of pistes + the tree-lined trails are undoubtedly the best in the valley. The 2 cable cars, (located 2 minutes from the Retreat) + numerous chair lifts give easy access to the extensive skiing area on our doorstep and the huge range of traditional mountain restaurants make the resort one which many visit year after year. Over 100 snow canons make skiing back to the village/chalet a reality throughout the season and local transport is available (nearest bus stop is just 50 meters from the Alpine Retreat) enabling free access to the other resorts in the valley for those without a car.

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Les Houches Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 7
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
5 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 24 2014
4 night minimum stay
Rate 8a
Oct 25 2014 - Dec 12 2014
5 night minimum stay
Rate 8b
Dec 13 2014 - Dec 19 2014
5 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 11
Jan 3 2015 - Jan 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
Rate 11b
Jan 31 2015 - Feb 13 2015
5 night minimum stay
Rate 12
Feb 14 2015 - Feb 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 12a
Feb 21 2015 - Feb 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 13
Feb 28 2015 - Apr 10 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £250
Notes For smaller groups who enjoy space and comfort why not book the chalet . You don't have to be a group of 10 to enjoy the space and comfort of the Farmhouse - we often have groups of 4 - 6 who enjoy this spacious accommodation.For all rentals, to confirm the booking please send a 25% non-refundable deposit together with your booking details. The balance of the payment should be sent 8 weeks prior t

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Les Houches Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Heating ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shower, WC and sink and plenty of space!
    Bathroom - shower
    Bathroom - shower , Large sink, lots of space and a washing machine
  • The 2 main bathrooms have lots of space, there is an additional shower room, and 2 separate toilets as well! No queuing for a wash!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Cot if needed
    Bunk - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunk beds
    Twin 2 - 2 twin/ single , The beds can be moved together if required.
    Twin 1 - 2 twin/ single , The beds can be pushed together if required.
  • Every bedroom has fantastic views up and down the Chamonix Valley! There are plenty of additional blankets if necessary and pillows if required. There are: 1 double, 2 twins, 1 room with 4 beds, 1 cot
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Video Library
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • ski lift privileges
  • whitewater rafting
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • freshwater fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Suzanne is a qualified, registered and well-experienced massage therapist - book a massage and treat your body to a wonderfully relaxing, yet invigorating experience! Rob offers photographic tuition on an individual or group basis to improve your photography and manipulation skills, whatever your level. Please ask for details.
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