It is a long, steep and winding drive up to Ovronnaz. Chalet Brown is nestled into the mountain side and our first views from the balconies are stunning. The chalet has an instant welcoming and relaxing feel - traditional but with every mod con needed to make a home from home - a small but well equipped kitchen, barbeque, a monster of a patio heater (which we didn't need as our evenings spent on the balcony were warm), CD player and a large, deep bath in which to soak away aches and pains after a long day mountain walking. There is even a fondue set, complete with instructions! In fact, Vari and Jamie have gone to a lot of trouble to supply detailed information on how to use everything in the chalet and to make the stay as smooth as possible. Ovronnaz contains all the basic shops, cafes and restaurants required and has a friendly atmosphere without feeling too touristy. There is a wealth of fabulous mountain walking to suit all levels on the doorstep, often through beautiful meadows filled with wild flowers - and all with continuously breathtaking views. The icing on the cake is the local Thermal Spa, a great way to relax after walking or on a cloudy day (of which we only had one). There is no need to travel further afield, except that one would miss the numerous nearby attractions that are well worth the drive - Sion, Grade Dixence and, an absolute must, taking the cable car up to Plein Morte from Crans Montana - to name just a few.
Vari and Jamie could not have been more helpful - even taking the trouble to email friends for recommendations for a suitable venue for a special celebration. The care taken to ensure you have an enjoyable stay is unsurpassed. A very special place and a truly magical holiday. A must for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, mountians and walking. Thank you to Vari and Jamie.