|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Chalet 'Chante-Clarine'' is a modern luxury self-catering chalet, in a stunning year round setting. Located near La Barboleuse, just outside the resort of Villars, the chalet is actually only 200m from the nearest piste that runs down directly to the cable car station at La Barboleuse village. There are now new snow canons everywhere to ensure good snow covering. Ideal for winter and summer holiday rental, with marvellous skiing and walking. Linen and towels are included and the chalet is professionally cleaned before and end of each stay.
We are a British family with 2 grown up married sons and 4 grandchildren. We love skiing and walking in the mountains.
Neil and Jill Frew purchased this chalet in 2008
We were fortunate to find this plot in a great position and then arranged to have a modern chalet built to our own design.
Very comfortable with great views. Also very convenient for accessing the nearest piste and cable-car station.
Definitely have fond memories of the Swiss Alps. It's a stunning new and modern chalet. Everything works really well and it's well thought out. The view is beathtaking and Christophe (local manager) is really helpful. It really is a dream chalet and location. Very peaceful and warming for the soul. The snow did arrive after we arrived which was wonderful. Superb bakery in La Barboleuse. Owner excellent to deal with.
We stayed at Chalet Chante Clarine for a summer break and simply could not recommend it more highly. We were were struck not only by the staggering beauty of the surroundings, but also by the supremely impressive quality of the chalet itself, with the highest level of detail having clearly been employed when designing and furnishing the accommodation. The quantity of bedrooms and - particularly - bathrooms, ensures that multiple families are able to stay without the slightest inconvenience, while the kitchen is so well-appointed it would really be a challenge to find oneself wanting for any appliance.
Within easy reach there are excellent facilities, with ski lifts and railways providing access to all kinds of walks and outdoor activities, which make for very fun and activity-filled days, tired and happy children and tremendously satisfied adults.
All in all, a wonderful stay.
After a very busy time we wanted a holiday where we could relax and unwind and in Chalet Chante Clarinnes we found the perfect place. We arrived late and woke to a fresh fall of several inches of snow which was 'the icing on the cake'. The views from the chalet were wide ranging and beautiful, looking over the valley to the mountains beyond. The chalet itself was a home from home, very comfortably and thoughtfully kitted out with underfloor heating which kept us toasty throughout our stay. We walked from the chalet into the mountains, stopping for lunch at some of the lovely restaurants along the way and relaxed in the evening with a good meal and bottle of wine. A very positive experience all round. Just what we needed!
We (2 families of 2 adults and 2 teenagers each) stayed in this beautiful chalet for a week in February 2013. The chalet is positioned up a winding road off the main road between Gryon and Villars, and the views, especially as the sun hits the mountains on the far side of the Rhone valley, are absolutely stunning. At the time we visited, there was thick snow but the road was always passable although 4 wheel drive or snow chains are a must.
The chalet is well appointed with a double height living area on the "ground" floor and bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs. The kitchen is well equipped and we were easily able to feed 8 hungry people each night, sitting at the refectory table to eat then moving to the lounge area to watch satellite tv or DVDs or to play the board games that were provided, or to read one of the books that have been left.
The skiing area is extensive, and we were able to reach a blue run within 5 minutes of putting our boots on in the garage. At the bottom of this run, there was another 5 minutes walk to the gondola that brings you up to the top, and from there, it was possible to link to the whole area of Villars and then Les Diablerets, although this was quite a ski safari, using 10 different lifts.
For non-skiiers, apart from relaxing in the chalet, it was possible to sledge or to walk along paths in the snow.
The only criticisms are that it seems to be virtually impossible to reach anywhere without a car (although there are taxis - but they charge Swiss prices) from the chalet unless you fancy a 20 minute walk. it's not great for apres-ski unless you walk up or leave your car in the car park at the bottom and you need to be up early to get a parking space at the car-parks in Villars!
For the property itself, the mezzanine area that provides additional sleeping space (more than the beds for 8 downstairs) is great but anybody berthed there must wait for the lounge to clear before going to sleep and must be prepared to brave the stairs to get to a bathroom!
Overall, this holiday worked well for us as a group of 8, with 6 keen skiers and 2 not-so-keen or non skiers. There was plenty of hot water, underfloor heating, a separate log stove, nice towels and lots of peace and quiet.
We stayed for a long weekend, 4 adults and 4 children, aged between 7 months and 2 and a half years. The chalet was exactly as described and was very warm and cosy, yet spacious and had everything we could need with demanding little ones in tow. We felt very at home and were very comfortable and with nearly a metre of snow outside it felt quite magical.
The contact with the owners and onsite contact person was always very friendly and helpful and we would definitely recommend the chalet for others with children. We'll hopefully be back in Spring/summer some time soon.
Jodie, James and family
What a fantastic Chalet. It is really hard to overstate the 5* quality of the Chalet and facilities. It was lovely and warm, and the log burner sat idle, & experience has shown that usually it's the only warm thing about some chalets!
As for the skiing, we had fantastic snow (2 foot on Tuesday night / Wednesday), and fantastic spring conditions on the Friday.
It is certainly a drive to the skiing Chalet, with two main Gondolas to chose from, La Barbeleruse and Villars offering plenty of parking and good access to the Blue runs and rest of the ski region.
We used the 4 downstairs bedrooms to sleep 9 + Cot, the mezzanine was just used by the kids.
All in all a lovely Chalet, with regular and helpful communication from the owner, who answered all our e-mails promptly and helpfully.
Swiss alps (Canton Vaud), near Les Diablerets, Gstad, Verbier, Porte du Soleil, Montreux, Lausanne, Lake Geneva beaches, sailing, cycling walking.
Villars-Barboleuse-Gryon area is an excellent resort for families. There is a local creche in Villars (La Trottinette)for children 6 months - 6 years (Mon-Fri). Ski kindergarten ages 3 - 8.
Great skiing for all abilities.
Lift pass covers Villars, Barboleuse, Les Diablerets, Leysin and Les Mosses.
Children under 9 have free ski pass.
Nearby activities include, tennis, ice skating, 10 pin bowling, swimming pool, fitness centre.
Traditional style mountain restaurants. La Barboleuse offers ski hire, restaurants, bakery, supermarket, tourist office.
Villars has a lively night life in winter, but unlike many ski resorts, it certainly does not close down in the summer.
Spring, summer, autumn walking from the chalet door in all directions. This is a real paradise for casual ramblers, serious hikers, climbers, and mountain bikers.
Other Activities: cross country skiing, snow shoe trails.
Ski: With 45 ski lifts, Villars offers skiers and snowboarders more than 120km of slopes, and the opportunity of skiing the spectacular Les Diablerets glacier at 3000 metres.
Children will enjoy finding their feet in the free beginners' ski area in the village and adults will find the wide blue runs in the main ski area of Bretaye great for practising technique. With extensive pisted terrain both above and below the treeline, Villars offers a good range of blue and red runs, the more challenging of which can be found on Chaux Ronde and Grand & Petit Chamossaire.
Experienced skiers will enjoy tackling the more challenging terrain at Les Diablerets and its glacier as well as the several black runs from Roc d'Orsay back to the village. For snowboarders, there are snow parks at Bretaye, Isenau and Chaux Ronde, with various jumps, rails and a quarter-pipe on which to test your skills.
• Range of pistes: 125km (local area), 225km (whole area)
• Skiing altitude: 1,350m to 2,970m
• Percentage of resort covered by snow cannons: 20%
• Number of mountain restaurants: 16
• Range of cross country: 50km
• Number of glaciers: 1
• Snowpark – yes
• Night skiing: Weekly torchlight descent during high season.
• Resort ski bus available: Runs approx 0900 - 1630hrs (Free with lift pass)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 28 2016 - Sep 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $263 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$658|
The above rates are based on a max of 8 people staying. However if 9 or 10 people are staying, please add 10% per person to these rates shown. Payment is accepted in either Pounds Sterling, or Swiss Francs at current exchange rates. The booking deposit is payable at time of booking. Balance of payment + refundable breakage deposit of £500.00/CHF750.00 is payable 2 months before rental