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Speaks: english, french, german

Comfortably renovated Chalet on large field, breathtaking view

Bedrooms 6
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Val-d'Illiez Chalet Rental Photos and Description

270m2, accomodates 13 to 15 in 6 bedrooms, w/4 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and a sauna

This late 19th century farmhouse was totally and tastefully renovated in 1994. The old wood exterior was retained, but all modern amenities were brought inside, from floor heating to insulated glass and lots of closet space. Large bedrooms, huge open livings and fully equipped kitchens will welcome your group in a comfortable atmosphere. Families can spend time there together yet can each retreat in their part of the chalet. 2 woodburning fireplaces accompany fun evenings of family games or peaceful reading.

Just 4 minutes walk to convenient cogwheel train bringing you straight to the Champery telecabin to the slopes. The cogwheel train also passes by the center of Val d'Illiez village, from where the bus departs to the Les Crosets and Champoussin ski areas. All three are gates to the huge and affordable Portes du Soleil ski resort and Summer mountain biking paradise.

Should you need more than the village bakery and grocery store, this charming regional train also takes you down in 30 minutes to all shopping conveniences in Monthey.

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  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Gérard (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, german

About Gérard

We are Karen and Gerard, owners of 'Les Racines'. We both work for international companies and have been moving around quite a lot. After a few years of that, we felt the need to have a place to come back to, to center and reset our lives...and much later to retire. We set out to look for a chalet in the Val d'Illiez valley, the region where Gerard's family originates. Interestingly, where a Swiss originates can be traced to a family settlement many centuries ago and, due to today's mobility, may have nothing to do with where he/she was born nor lives!

We found the chalet in 92 and renovated it. For the reasons mentioned above, we gave it the name 'Les Racines' ('Roots')!

It has to be mentioned that, Karen being Californian, creature comfort in the place was a significantly driver of our thorough improvement efforts.

We love the place but, as could have been expected, our international travels did not slow down and we decided to rent out the chalet for holidays in our absence.

We wish we could be here more often, but know that the chalet is in the good hands of a small rental agency in the village.

We are always very happy to read the guest books: among kids' drawings of ski scenes, our renters recognize that it is a very special place, oozing a warm family atmosphere.

Gérard purchased this chalet in 1992

Why Gérard chose Portes du Soleil

The treasure was found in 92: a 100-year old farm still with hay in the huge barn, on top of the stable and of 3 tiny rooms serving as kitchen and living quarters. Only one faucet delivered (cold) water. 2 wood ovens brought some confort in the previous owner's winter solitude. He had peacefully died of old age a couple of years before and his heirs had to live further up in the Rhône valley for work and health reasons.

After years of searching, we knew that this was it!

The chalet has a perfect South-East to South-West orientation and the valley at this height is neither too narrow -which could be oppressive- nor too wide -where you lose the feeling of being in the mountains. Note that both the whole valley and the commune in which the chalet sits are called 'Val d'Illiez'.

We are located 2km from the village center and on a 12'000m2 property, which guarantees no disturbance to (and from!) neighbors.

The chalet is also 500m away from 'Les Bains', a small and affordable mountain spa and wellness center.

A cute little regional cogwheel train stops at the bottom of the property, about 200m away from the chalet. Upwards, it goes to the end of the valley and wonderful ski or hikes. Downwards, it connects with the incomparable Swiss railway system and the World. Thus, if one has the patience and necessary psychological strength, everything can be done from 'Les Racines' without a car.

What makes this chalet unique

Enjoying your aperitif on the stone terrace with a fantastic view on the Dents du Midi mountain chain, a fondue in the large family kitchen, sweating it in the chalet sauna, reading a book by the fireplace or taking advantage of the multitude of activities in the region, you will fondly remember your vacation at 'Les Racines'

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found chalet Racines through a recommendation from someone who had stayed there. It was not obvious you could rent both parts of the chalet at the same time purely from the Internet. But once we confirmed they were both available, it was ideal, as my parents-in-law could have some of their own space upstairs, away from three boisterous under-fives. The views of the dents du midi from both parts of that chalet are stunning. In particular from the upper flat's sitting room with its high ceiling and balcony access. The whole chalet is well kitted out with plenty of space, a sauna, fireplaces with wood supplied, and fondue and raclette cookers! Skiing is fifteen minutes by car, bypassing all the holiday queues at Champery by going directly to Les Crosets. Great nursery slope for our beginner children who were Both on the blue runs by the end of the week. Wifi was reliable Bar for one day when Sylvie, the proactive, friendly estate agent who manages the property, immediately came to the chalet and sorted it out within minutes by providing a 3g dongle!

Beyond what one would normally expect. These touches made a real difference to our holiday.

So, great location, views, living space, all make for a great holiday. We strongly recommend it.
Feb 2013
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4.6/5 -
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Comfortably renovated Chalet on large field, breathtaking view
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Het was een heerlijke vakantie ondanks dat het weer niet altijd even mooi was. We vonden het huis heerlijk ruim en rustig gelegen met veel privacy. Het is ook een heel gezellig huis met verschillende zit mogelijkheden. De kinderen waren er helemaal weg van. Ook het uitzicht is prachtig. Als het weer wat minder was konden we naar het grote termaalbad, 300 mtr van het huis in een dal, waar we heerlijk konden zwemmen en relaxen. Na een week ontdekten we dat op 15 min. rijden, het meer van Geneve lag met de prachtige plaats Montreux. Deze plaats heeft een gezellige boulevard en men kan er ook heerlijk zonnen en zwemmen in het meer. Als het weer bij het huis wat minder was gingen we daar naartoe omdat het daar meestal veel beter is. Verder kun je er heerlijk mountainbiken, wandelen en met de gondel kom je op plaatsen waar het uitzicht fenomenaal is. Kortom, een buitengewone vakantie en een buitengewone eigenaar waar we veel aan te danken hebben.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Charming and well located

  • 5 of 5

Les Racines is a charming and perfectly situated chalet. We used it as a base for a family reunion and short ski trip with ages 2 months to 70 years and it was great for everyone. Some of us arrived and departed by train, transferring in Aigle to the nice local train that stops literally at the foot of a small hill from the Chalet. Others used the train to and from skiing at Champery. We enjoyed the thermal pool/spa that's at the bottom of the same hill, also walkable or a 3 minute drive. We also loved the good meal at the Hotel Communal in Val d'Illiez, a 5 minute drive away. The chalet living space and bedrooms are well laid out and nicely furnished, the bathrooms are modern, and the kitchen was a great gathering place. Wi-Fi worked for everyone. The hosts and the local manager were exceptionally helpful, flexible and gracious as our plans changed. One small tip to renters who need to pick up supplies en route: there's a huge Co-Op supermarket right off the highway in Monthey, about 15 minutes before the chalet, which includes a large wine/alcohol section. You might pick up paper napkins and paper towels while doing your shopping as these aren't provided.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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A wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautifully decorated, tastefully designed, enormous chalet! The kitchen was big and well equipped, the balcony long and the yard spacious. We came with our two-year old son and found the area to be wonderful for much needed rest. The sound of the river stream in the valley bellow, mixed with occasional sounds of the cliché cowbells ringing on the hill opposite the chalet, provided a perfectly Swiss ambience with the backdrop of the Dents du Midi mountain range every morning. The earlier we went out, the better the view. The clouds came around noon every day, but the weather was still pleasant. There were many hiking trails and sites to explore. We would definitely highly recommend this place to our friends!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Tolles Chalet

  • 5 of 5

Seit vielen Jahren verbringe ich immer wieder ein paar Tage in diesem Chalet. Die Ruhe, die Natur, das Chalet selber, einfach toll.

Auch die Jahreszeiten ohne Schnee sind empfehlenswert, sei es zum wandern oder spazieren. Ein Bad in der Therme nach einer Wanderung ist das Tüpfelchen auf i. Sehr gut erreichbar auch mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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  • 3 of 5

Sauberkeit könnte besser sein in Küche und Bad. Küchenausstattung ist nicht mehr so aktuell (z.B. Pfannen Zustand) und auf der sehr schön gelegenen Terrasse wäre ein neuer grosser Tisch sehr angebracht.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Geneva International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
26 Kilometres
Villeneuve (Lake Geneva cruises)
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Golf Club Montreux
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Regional cogwheel train stop, connects Swiss rail
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A9 Exit #18: St Triphon / Monthey
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Le Communal, Le Repos
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Les Crosets
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Le Bouveret (Lake Geneva)
Car: recommended

Our chalet is located in quaint Val d'Illiez valley, 15 minutes from the highway. Val d'Illiez is at the foot of the Portes du Soleil ski area, offering over 600km of slopes across the Swiss and French Alps. Wonderful mountain lakes will dot Summer hikes and certified mountain guides will take you up some majestic peaks. You will be within less than an hour away from theme parks, waterfalls, caves, Lake Geneva, the Evian casion and golf, the Montreux Jazz Festival or the only Gruyere cheese and Cailler chocolate factories.

500 meters away from the chalet there is a full wellness spa which welcomes you after a day of sports.


Rates & Availability

Val-d'Illiez Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Season
Aug 13 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Low Season
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter High Season
Feb 4 2017 - Mar 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Low Season
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Season
Apr 22 2017 - Jul 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Aug 19 2017 - Dec 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $309

Reduction of 20% on the 2nd week. Reduction of 25% on the 3rd week.
Contact us for stays shorter than 7 days.
Rates include:
- Chalet rental, incl. private sauna
- Exit cleaning
- Charges (water, electricity)
- Summer: Multipass (regional activities vouchers)
- other seasons: access to Champéry sports center (curling, skating ring, pool,etc.)
Optional items:
- Bedding: CHF15 / per person
- Towels and bathrobes: CHF15 / per person

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Val-d'Illiez Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 270 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linen Rental Possible
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1 is ensuite of master bedroom 1
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , (foldable crib)
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Bedroom 1: master bedroom, valley view, ensuite bathroom Bedroom 2: north view Bedroom 3: 2nd master bedroom, large, valley view and balcony Bedroom 4: 1 trundle bed and 1 bunk bed, mountain view Bedroom 5: master bedroom in smaller appartment, mountain view Bedroom 6: attic, 1 trundle and 1 single bed, mountain view Baby cribs available
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Swimming/Wellness Spa: 1) 500m from the chalet there is a full wellness spa (additional charge). 2) Champery sports center with olympic-sized pool is partially included in rental, ask for conditions.

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