Grimentz Chalet Rental Photos and Description
7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, home cinema, wood-burning stove
Chalet Etoile is a newly-renovated traditional wooden chalet of 260m2 over 3 floors. It sleeps 13 in 7 bedrooms (3 double, 3 twin and one single) with 5 bathrooms. The spacious open-plan living area on the middle floor leads out through French doors onto a south-facing terrace with fabulous views of the mountains. On the lower floor is a home cinema with 42” flat-screen TV, a wide selection of DVDs, Wii and karaoke. The chalet has Wifi.
The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to cater for your party including larder fridge, two ovens, Nespresso machine, 3 fondue sets and 2 raclette machines. In summer there is a gas barbecue on the terrace. With underfloor heating, a wood-burning stove in the sitting room and two hot-water boilers to choose from, your warmth and comfort is guaranteed! The chalet is an easy 5-minute walk from the ski lift and shops of the village and the free ski bus stops within 50 yards of the chalet. There is parking for 2-3 cars.
Entertainment and eating out in Grimentz: If you want to self-cater, Grimentz has a small village supermarket plus a newly extended Co-op which stocks everything one might need. There is also a great butcher with top-quality meat and live fish and deli options like cooked chickens, paella and raclette. There are two bakeries/patisseries selling an extensive range of delicious fresh bread and pastries and tarts.
However, if you don't want to cater for yourself, there is a catering company in the village (Valet d'Anniviers) which will deliver delicious, home-cooked meals to the chalet, ready for you to serve.
Alternatively, there are 5 hotels in the village with restaurants plus a pizzeria and a creperie - all within walking distance of the chalet - so you can eat somewhere different every night if you wish.
Further afield are the Michelin-starred Terminus restaurant in Sierre in the valley plus the Bella Tola restaurant in St. Luc, both of which are well worth a trip.
There are four bars in the village – Chez Florioz at the base of the pistes is the après-ski bar with live music, Bar Domino at the bottom of the village is a new, sleek bar with cosy sheepskin seats and great views, The Alpina Hotel in the centre of the village has an indoor bar plus a buzzy outdoor apres-ski bar with music. Le Country (also in the centre of the village) is the late-night option.
At peak times, the Shaddock disco takes over from Le Country and is open until the early hours.
Summer activities in and around Grimentz: There are endless opportunities to walk in the valleys and mountains of the Val d’Anniviers – anything from a stroll around the village or into the neighbouring villages to day-long hikes with lunch in a mountain cabane or longer trips staying overnight in the cabanes along the way. The chalet is equipped with several Guide Books for walks of every level.
There are also over 100km of mountain bike trails in the area and bikes can be hired in the village.
At nearby Vercorin (10km) is Switzerland’s biggest tree-top trail of zip wires and rope bridges and in Niouc (10km) is Europe’s biggest bungee jump. In Zinal (5km) you can hire giant-wheeled scooters to take up the mountain in the gondola and then race down! There is canyoning in the rivers of the valley and the rock-climbing experience of the Via Ferrata – a series of fixed metal hoops in the cliff face above the Lac de Moiry in Grimentz.
For calmer activities, there are tennis courts, mini-golf and a swimming pool.
Getting there .. . and some rules: The closest main airport is Geneva from which the chalet is a 2 hour 15 minute drive or 3 hour train and bus ride away. You can also fly to Zurich (3 hour drive) or Basel (3 and a half hour drive) or even Milan (approx 3 hour train/bus). There is a small airport at Sion which is only 35mins drive or approx 45 mins on the bus but flights are limited and expensive – check out Snowjet.co.uk
All the major car hire companies operate from all the Swiss airports.
If driving, Grimentz is accessed from the main Valais Autoroute E62. Exit at junction 29 (Sierre Est) and follow the road up the mountain into the Val d'Anniviers. From Calais it is approx 8-9 hours' drive. You will need snow chains or tyres in the winter.
Please note the following rules to keep the chalet lovely:
No outdoor shoes (and definitely no ski boots!) in the chalet please - slippers provided. No smoking anywhere in the chalet. Well-behaved pets by arrangement.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
The new gondola link from Grimentz to Zinal is now under construction and is due to open in November in time for the 2103 - 2014 ski season!
The gondola will carry 125 people from Grimentz to Zinal in only 7 minutes! And it will of course run both ways so people who don't want to ski back on the Chamois can cruise back on comfort in the lift!
Check it out at the following link:
Giles and Nicola Dealtry and their 3 teenage sons are an English family living in East Sussex. Giles was brought up in Switzerland so wanted a connection to his birth country. They bought the chalet in 2009 as a wreck and gutted it and renovated it over the course of that year.
We chose Grimentz after two years of researching Swiss ski resorts ... we wanted somewhere pretty and traditional which was still a proper village but had the infrastructure for skiing - Grimentz ticked all the boxes! It is an idyllic village with a resident population who run businesses and farm the land in summer and who all turn to the pistes in winter! The skiing is perfect for all abilities from beginners to off-piste powder hounds! And the summer walking is out of this world ..
There are no other chalets in the village which will sleep 13 people in proper beds/bedrooms. Chalet Etoile has a wonderful homely feel to it and, having been recently renovated with completely new electrics, plumbing, insulation etc. is a very comfortable property indeed. Unlike many rental properties in Grimentz, Chalet Etoile is within the village area and right on the ski bus route - very convenient for shopping and the ski lifts
The spaciousness of Chalet Etoile makes it a perfect base for a family holiday. The views from the chalet and the terrace are spectacular and it is in a lovely sunny position in the village