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Chamonix Valley chalet in quiet location with sunny garden and open views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
chalet
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

Description

Les Houches Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Excellent value self-catering chalet with veranda, private garden and parking

Chalet Pic Rouge is a traditional Alpine chalet-style rental in a quiet and scenic site at the foot of Mt. Blanc in the Chamonix Valley. Located in Les Houches, the chalet is just an hour's drive from Geneva Airport, 3 minutes walk from the beginners' ski lifts and 1.2 km from Bellevue cable car.

The tastefully decorated character chalet is 150m from shops and restaurants. It is the end chalet in a terrace of 4 adjoining properties with private drive and parking. It is away from the main road in a peaceful residential area, where local families live year round. It offers a traditional Savoyarde atmosphere with access to 5 top ski areas in winter and hundreds of hiking & biking trails in summer.

THE CHALET

The property is compact but well-equipped and having two bathrooms is a bonus. The chalet can accommodate up to 7 guests but in winter 5 or 6 are a more comfortable number. In summer the veranda offers extra outdoor dining and seating space.

There is one double en-suite bedroom on the ground floor with a 'clic-clac' chair that coverts to a single mattress in case you want to use this bedroom as a twin. There is one twin bedded room (+ folding bed) upstairs in the loft under the eaves and 2 single beds on the mezzanine. There are no bunk beds but please note the loft ceiling height is a maximum 166 cm (5ft 4ins) so adults need to stoop upstairs. Children love the upstairs and have their own play space and DVD player up there. Access to the upper floor is by a spiral staircase and the mezzanine sleeping area has a balcony open to the lounge. The chalet has 2 bathrooms (one with shower and one with small bath), a new kitchen and a lounge/dining room opening to a private south and west-facing garden. The house is generously equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, flat-screen TV (Bluray /dvd only), free wifi and ipod stereo.

The enclosed and gated garden has fruit trees and shrubs, flower beds and tubs and is mostly laid to gravel. There is outdoor seating and dining and in summer the chalet gets sun during the morning, afternoon and evening. The timber-decked veranda gets morning sun and fabulous sunset mountain views and there is a seating area at the front of the house to enjoy the evening sun.

WHO STAYS AT CHALET PIC ROUGE?

The chalet is perfect for couples, families and small groups of friends who want to be independent and enjoy the benefits of private parking, veranda and garden, as well as proximity to ski slopes, shops and other local amenities. A car is useful, especially for families with young children, but not essential as all guests have free use of the Chamonix Valley buses and trains and door to door transfers from Geneva Airport are easily arranged.

Les Houches is an attractive town with some characterful traditional architecture and has two well-stocked supermarkets (10 minutes walk away) bakeries, bank, post office, tourist office, newsagent, chemist, cycle shop and launderette and there are numerous ski and snowboard shops and rental outlets - the nearest is 150 m from the chalet. There are bars and restaurants but for more variety head for Chamonix's night life - an evening bus runs in the winter high season.

THE SKIING

The Chamonix Valley offers a phenomenal amount of skiing and snowboarding for all levels from beginner to advanced. Les Houches has 60 km of pistes rising to 1969 m, and is especially appreciated for its long tree-lined runs, snowpark and World Cup black run, La Verte. The Le Tourchet beginners' slopes are 3 minutes walk from the chalet (open high season only) while the Bellevue cable car is 1.2 km, but easily accessed on the free ski bus, which stops at the bottom of the Le Tourchet lift. The Prairon gondola is a little further on, while the Brevent and Aiguille du Midi cable cars are a 10-15 minute drive or bus ride away. Beyond Chamonix, the Flegere and La Balme domains offer fabulously scenic above the tree-line runs, while the Grands Montets is a high-altitude snow-haven where off-piste legends are made. But there again you could always head for Les Contamines, Megeve, Verbier and even through the tunnel to Courmayeur in Italy. A ski hire shop is a 5 minute walk from the chalet.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Exploring, hiking, mountaineering and family activities. With a top location at the foot of the Alps' highest mountain massif, Les Houches is a magnet for alpinists and walkers as well as those content to gaze up at the shimmering glaciers and jagged peaks. Many trails start from the village itself but by hopping on the free bus or train, you have access to all the amazing hiking terrain of the Chamonix Valley and beyond. With its panoramic views of Mt. Blanc, the Grand Balcon Sud is a favourite. From June to September, (the Aiguille du Midi cable car and Montenvers train run most of the year) the ski lifts can whisk you up to 2000 metres in a matter of minutes, from where you can contour around the flank of the mountains to get the best of the views with minimum effort! Mountain bikers have plenty of choice of route and the chalet offers the convenience of a large veranda for parking bikes undercover. With its sunny garden, great views and veranda with hammock and easy chairs, Chalet Pic Rouge is perfect for relaxing but there are plenty of family activities on offer too.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
Cathy Harlow
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Icelandic
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Cathy Harlow

I studied Spanish at university in Scotland and then lived for several years in Italy and Iceland before settling in Cumbria in the north of England. My work in the travel industry as a freelance writer and guide takes me to many amazing places but for scenery I still think the Alps are hard to beat. I come to stay in the chalet four times a year, sometimes to ski and hike with friends and family but also on my own to enjoy just being there. There's something about big snowy mountains that I've always found irresistible. Even doing the routine jobs - cutting the hedge, varnishing the windows and scrubbing the decking down - become a pleasure when you've got those views all around you. My caretaker lives nearby and gets the chalet ready for my guests' arrival. I love the fact that my guests have come from all over the world - not only Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Romania and Switzerland, but South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the USA!

Cathy Harlow purchased this chalet in 2008

Why Cathy Harlow chose Chamonix - Mont Blanc

I've always had a passion for mountains, wild places and big views. When I started looking for a place in the French Alps I wanted easy access from the UK and to be close to different skiing and hiking areas. The Chamonix Valley offered both, and you've got Italy and Switzerland on the doorstep too. This little chalet was the first and only place I looked at - I fell in love with it, bought it and that was that! Four years and a lot of hard work down the line I know it was the right decision. Throughout my renovations to the chalet I've tried to retain its character and charm but updated the kitchen, bathroom and furnishings to make them more practical. I love the house, the garden and the views and I always feel happy there. I also like the Chamonix Valley - it's cosmopolitan and buzzing, yet very French and Savoyard.

What makes this chalet unique

It's the open sunny aspect and the great views in all directions, especially looking up at Mt Blanc. In summer I get so much pleasure from sitting in the hammock on the veranda at sunset watching the peaks glow gold, orange, red and finally pink. In winter I love the early morning stroll past the pine trees to the bakery, my feet kicking up the fluffy powder of last night's snowfall.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Chamonix Valley chalet in quiet location with sunny garden and open views
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews
5

A real gem in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

This chalet is every bit as charming as it appears in the photographs and the location at the foot of the Mont Blanc range is simply stunning. It has the most amazing outside space - a real luxury in these parts to be able to enjoy the wraparound views in the utmost comfort. With an incredible selection of chairs, tables and even sofas to take in each aspect, the hardest part was choosing where to sit. In addition, it is located in one of the nicest parts of Les Houches and is within walking distance of two supermarkets and several smaller shops and restaurants.

Th interior is quite small - especially the upstairs which has limited headroom - but this is made clear on the property details. The property is furnished to a very high standard, with the kind of quality fixtures and fittings rarely found at this price. It really felt like staying in a much loved home rather than a holiday let. The lovely kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need - including masses of good quality crockery, cutlery and saucepans.

Praise also to the owner who provided the most comprehensive and honest information about the property and the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

great chalet - A Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

Chalet is superb - A real Home from Home - everything you need

Upstairs is like a little hobbit hole- low ceilings, but the kids loved it

own tv/dvd player

This resort is very unique and the slopes are pretty quiet..

Gandhi Indian restaurant was great value for money and great food.

Overall would defo recommend and go again.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week. The property is perfect , our children loved the upstairs so interesting and unusual just like the 'Heidi books'The views are amazing and a week was not long enough !

Cathy was so helpful and friendly. We will definitely be returning. Was one of our best holidays.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday at my chalet and thank you for taking the time to post a review. I look forward to having you stay again.
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Chalet Pic Rouge

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a fabulous stay at your beautiful chalet. We can honestly say, it was the best equipped chalet we have ever stayed in, you have thought of everything one could need. The kitchen cupboards were well kitted out with lovely cutlery, cups, dishes for every dish you can think of to make, a raclette machine and even a fondu.

The space outside was brilliant for relaxing in the sun or sitting or lying down in the hammock on the veranda in the shade. Our very big dog enjoyed this too with the exception of the hammock! The BBQ was useful too.

We particularly enjoyed being in a residential area as opposed to a tourist area and all facilities i.e supermarket, post office and pharmacy are within walking distance. The description of the property and it's facilities, layout and location was accurate.

Cathy made the booking process very easy and was always in contact quickly.

We would recommend this chalet without hesitation to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Lovely little Chalet!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this Chalet in March 2013. The chalet is slightly up a hill; by the nursery slopes in Les Houches with awesome views from every window.

The chalet with very well equipped with everything you might need including DVD, flat screen TV, wifi, sound system, kitchen with all cooking utensils. The downstairs has a kitchen; dining room/lounge; double bedroom with ensuite shower room. Upstairs is a mezzanine with 2 beds and another twin room and bathroom with small bath. The whole of the upstairs has a sloping roof so adults cannot stand up fully; however this was made very clear at the beginning and the excellent price of the chalet reflects that. We did not find the sloping roof any issue at all and we were 4 adults.

The lady who owns this chalet is very easy to deal with and sends excellent instructions of what you need to do when you get there.

Overall, I would highly recommend this chalet & will definitely look to rent it again when I'm next in the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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great location

  • 4 of 5

This Chalet was perfect for what my partner and I needed. it's right at the foot of the mountains so the view was amazing. it's in a quiet little villlage, giving you a real feel of a small town in france. the chalet was quite small but perfect for a couple or couple with small children. Cathy the owner was very helpful and easy to deal with.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you enjoyed the spectacular mountain views from the chalet - in October the weather is often sunny and stable and a great time of year to explore the area. Autumn is a quiet time in the Chamonix Valley but perfect for those who want to avoid the crowds.
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Geneva
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Train
600 Metres
Les Houches
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Ski
1200 Metres
Les Houches
Car: recommended

The Mont Blanc region and Chamonix Valley offer fantastic and varied skiing in winter. Just 10 minutes drive from Chamonix, Les Houches is a resort in its own right with snowpark, 60 km of pistes and is host to the World Cup on the famous Kandahar run. Four other ski areas are less than 30 minutes drive away and linked by free ski bus to Les Houches. The ski bus stop is 150m from the chalet. Les Houches has 2 supermarkets plus an organic food shop, restaurants, bars, bakery, tourist information office and a bank. Summer offers wonderful hiking and mountain biking, including the Tour de Mont Blanc and GR5 trekking routes. The Mer de Glace and other Chamonix glaciers are a huge attraction, as are the numerous stunning Alpine lakes. The Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve protects a varied fauna and ibex, chamois, golden eagle and lammergeier can be readily observed there. Italy (via Mont Blanc tunnel) and Switzerland are a short drive away. On the doorstep, Chamonix town is famous for its lively bars, gourmet restaurants, Alpine museum and excellent shopping.

Other Activities: Husky sledging, Alpine wildlife park, donkey trekking, river rafting, scenic train rides, glacier views, golf, high ropes, climbing wall

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Rates & Availability

Les Houches Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn
Sep 3 2016 - Dec 20 2016
4 night minimum stay
$76
$477
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$998
 
 
January
Jan 4 2017 - Feb 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$623
 
 
Early February
Feb 4 2017 - Feb 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
$724
 
 
Mid February
Feb 11 2017 - Feb 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
$998
 
 
Late February & March
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$724
 
 
Late March & April
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$559
 
 
Late April & May
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$64
 
 
June 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$76
$477
 
 
July & August 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$597
 
 
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$477
 
 
Autumn 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
$76
$477
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$998
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $254
Pet Fee $13

Rates include electricity, gas, water, wifi and taxe de sejour
Duvets and pillows are included but bed linen is an optional extra: £18 per double bed; £15 per single bed (or bring your own).
Towels are not included, please bring your own.
Cancellation charges:
more than 60 days before arrival: loss of deposit;
60-30 days before arrival: 70%;
less than 30 days before arrival: 100%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Les Houches Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The downstairs shower room has been completely renovated and has travertine tiling and basin with a solid oak unit and underfloor heating. The washing machine is sited in the upstairs bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • On the ground floor is an en-suite double bedroom with underfloor heating and a large south-facing window looking onto the patio. A single mattress can be placed on the floor for extra flexibility in the sleeping arrangements. The attached bathroom has WC, travertine tiling and basin, solid oak unit, shower and underfloor heating. With two single beds and a small window offering valley views, the mezzanine is reached by a spiral staircase from the lounge/dining room - note that these beds have very limited head room due to a sloping roof. The mezzanine is open on one side to the lounge below but a wooden balcony is in place for safety. The mezzanine leads via a low-ceilinged corridor to a separate twin room with extra folding bed, under the eaves. The room is well lit with a floor to ceiling south-facing window. Second bathroom with bath, WC and basin. N.B. There are no bunk beds in the property but please note the low ceiling height in the loft - the rental prices reflect this
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
Notes:
Access to the sleeping loft and mezzanine is via a spiral staircase - a safety gate is provided at the bottom and top of the staircase. Note that the loft and mezzanine have a sloping roof under the eaves and a maximum ceiling height of 166cm (5ft 4 inches) but all sleeping areas have natural light and windows. Because of the sloping roof, adults must stoop upstairs. Wireless Internet is provided free of charge. A Bluray DVD player and TV are provided but the TV is only for use with the DVD player. There is a radio, ipod docking station & CD player. A range of games are provided. For your use the following are also provided: Walking Guide Books, Field Guides to birds and flowers, detailed Area Maps, Guides to Local Area, Binoculars, Umbrella, Torch, Picnic Cool Box and Picnic Set, Picnic Chairs, Thermos flasks

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