Les Collons Chalet Rental Photos and Description
6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms + shower, bath and sauna. Sleeps 10/12
This very spacious luxury chalet (193 m²) boasts a stunning location with magnificent, panoramic views from its wide wrap-round sun terrace. Recently built to a very high standard, it is arranged over 3 floors. There is a lower ground floor with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry room.
The ground floor has a bathroom, another bedroom, a sauna and a bath and shower, ski boot storage room, well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and a lofty, open-plan living room with dining area and a cosy, open fireplace. Satellite TV is available with Sky plus English and other language channels; DVD player, CD player.radio and TVR video. Free WIFI Internet Access.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom with wide balcony off, a further twin bedroom, a twin room with full-size bunk beds and a bathroom. Stair gates, 2 cots and 2 high chairs can be provided for young families. There is free indoor garage space available for 2 cars opposite.
With access to Verbier and all the 4 Valley skiing in winter and, in summer, plenty of wonderful scenic mountains walking to be enjoyed, it's perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together.
Transport: By air - There are multiple daily flights operating to Geneva (Cointrin) from most of the major UK and European airports. UK carriers include British Airways, Swiss Air and Air France and budget airlines Easyjet, Jet2, Flybe and Bmibaby. Snowjet.com operate weekend flights from the UK direct into Sion in winter. Other European connections include Zurich, Berne, Basle-Mulhouse, also Chambery (France) and Milan (Italy).
By train - There are regular train services (2/3 per hour) from Geneva Airport to Sion with onward travel from the rail station via the by the local Post bus or by taxi.
By car - Car hire is available from Geneva Airport with rentals through any of the main car hire companies.Taxis all the the way from Geneva Airport can also be pre-booked.
If you prefer to take your own car, the drive from Calais to Sion will take appoximately 9/10 hours and from there it is a straightforward drive via a wide mountain road to Les Collons. Snow chains are required by law in winter.
Unique selling points of the property: Chalets are usually built on the outskirts of mountain villages and can be tricky to access, especially in winter. Often it means getting into a car every time you want to go anywhere. Not so Chalet Etoile Polaire, which we think has the perfect situation in the middle of a village which is part of Switzerland's famous Four Valleys ski circuit. It does not suffer from the over-crowded pistes or the lengthy lift queues which can affect its more famous neighbour Verbier. Thus, a central location coupled with first-class skiing without the hefty price tag, Les Collons is a relatively, undiscovered little gem!
In summer, the unspoilt beauty and Swiss alpine charm of the region is captivating. There are a myriad activities on offer such as walking and hiking, mountain biking, golfing, wine tasting, chilling out in thermal springs,discovering small,chocolate-box villages or exploring historic towns amid stunning, mountain scenery - it makes a great base for a family holiday.
In Summer: When the snow disappears the Alps come to life as a wonderful summer holiday destination. Crystal-clear mountain air, outstanding natural beauty and long hours of warm, sunshine - the micro climate here boasts the same hours of sunshine as the South of France! What better way to relax and revitalise but when you want more, there are plenty of activities on offer Mountain walking (300 km marked trails) including gentle walks along the 'bisses' (ancient water irrigation channels) or more strenuous hikes at altitude. Mountain biking (250 km trails, including the amazing 44km trail at Mont Fort - local bike hire). Tennis - 2 courts close by. Wine tasting tours in local vineyards. Guided local nature walks. Mini golf and Swimming pool at Thyon. Paragliding school at Evolene. Horse riding and trekking. River rafting on the Rhone. Beach and water sports at Lake Geneva. And for children, a local playground, Happy land, the Adventure Forest at Vercorin and water park at Aigle.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Tina Rogers
Chalet Etoile Polaire (it means 'North Star') is the second home of the Rogers/Marlow family. We live in the UK - the Midlands and London and are all keen outdoor enthusiasts. We also happen to love Switzerland - not only for its stunning, natural beauty and good standard of living, but also for its unique, alpine charm. Our purchase of the chalet sprung out of a desire to own a mountain retreat, somewhere where we could all relax and enjoy great skiing in the winter and plenty of sunshine and walking in the summer. Family and friends mean a lot to us and here we have a perfect opportunity to create lots of happy memories. We hope that the magic works for you too when you come to visit our lovely chalet
Tina Rogers purchased this chalet in 2007
Why Tina Rogers chose Les Collons
As soon as we stepped onto the chalet balcony, we were blown away by the view, a breathtaking panorama on 3 sides, spanning the length of the beautiful Herens Valley with a backdrop of mountain peaks including the mighty Matterhorn. We were instantly smitten! The small village of Les Collons has proved a perfect spot for us - it's a cosmopolitan mix of local folk and second home owners with an easy, relaxed atmosphere. The region as a whole benefits from an amazing microclimate with long, sunny days and clear, starlit nights. At 1800 metres altitude, snow cover in winter is never a problem, but neither is access as the chalet is quietly situated just off the main village street.
Inside, it has all creature comforts being exceptionally roomy and spacious, staying cosy and warm in winter and light and airy in summer. It's our idea of heaven,a real home from home!
What makes this chalet unique
Chalets are usually built on the outskirts of the mountain villages which means they can be tricky to access in winter. Often this means getting into your car everytime you want to go anywhere, including the ski slopes. Not so ours ....which we think has an ideal location right in the middle of a mountain village which is part of the fabulous 4 Valleys, Swizterland's largest linked ski terrain. The fast quad Trabanta charilift is just a couple of minutes' walk down the road and there is a ski bus stop opposite so although not right on the piste, this chalet is as good as. You can always ski back down at the end of the day.
What's more, Les Collons does not suffer from the over-crowded slopes or lengthy lift queues which can affect its neighbour Verbier. Thus you have a central village location coupled with all the first-class skiing of an extensive ski circuit right on your doorstep.... without the hefty price tag!
An added bonus, it's a great place in the summer-time - for outdoor pursuits like walking and mountain biking but also for generally chilling out and breathing in the pure mountain air!
Guestbook comments from the owner
We were two families with teenagers, total 8 staying for one week's summer hiking. The chalet was perfect and all of us thought it was the nicest place we've ever rented in the Alps over many winter and summer holidays we've spent in the mountains. It is only 2 hours straightforward drive from Geneva (though the road up inevitably includes a lot of hairpin bends). The Thyon/Les Collons/Val d'Herens area offers a great variety of easy to strenuous hikes amid wonderful scenery, much of it relatively quiet and unspoiled; beyond the ski areas, the villages are traditional and full of character, while Sion in the main valley is a fascinating place to visit. The chalet itself is impeccable: very well equipped, extremely comfortable, spacious, cosy and airy, with a fabulous balcony extending around two sides with stupendous views up and down the valleys. The directions and tips from the owner, and help from the caretaker on site, were great (eg: the DVD broke down on us and the caretaker immediately got us a new one!). I also think it was extremely good value as chalets of this standard typically cost a great deal more.