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

Les Houches, France
  • Chalet538 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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 Le Tourchet beginners' ski lift and 1.2 km from Bellevue cable car and the main Les Houches ski area.

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 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 the possibility to add a folding single bed if 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.

All beds have duvets and pillows and mattress and pillow protectors which are regularly laundered.

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 Bose Soundtouch speaker so you can play your own music from your phone, tablet or laptop.

The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of quality pans, plates, bowls, glassware and cooking utensils. It has an under the counter fridge with proper freezer compartment, a dishwasher, microwave, liquidiser, electric mixer, stove-top expresso machine, French press coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle, fondue set and raclette set.

The lounge has a dining table seating 6, a comfortable 3-seater corner sofa and a couple of soft chairs. Books, maps and a selection of DVDs are for guests' use. There are also a few games for children and adults.

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.


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 local attractions, hiking trails, 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 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 Prarion 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.


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.


Cathy Harlow

Member Since 2008
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english, french, spanish, italian, Icelandic
Calendar last updated:
Mar 17, 2018
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 Les Houches

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 cosy 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 enjoy sitting out on the veranda at sunset watching the peaks glow gold, orange, red and finally pink.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • 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


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Living Room
                      Corner sofa seating 4 persons plus an easy chair and coffee table. DVD player and TV (only for watching DVDs). Bose Soundtouch and connectors for listening to music from your smartphone/tablet.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Heating
                    • Parking
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Washing Machine
                      Guests are asked to bring their own detergent.
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is modern and very well-equipped.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          two French press coffee makers; two stove-top expresso machines.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Five stainless steel cooking pots; one stainless steel and two non-stick frying pans; oven dishes and baking and cake trays.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Very comprehensively equipped including plates, bowls, side plates, water glasses, beer glasses, wine glasses, mugs, cups and saucers, serving bowls, teapot and ample cutlery, knives and utensils.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full size dishwasher
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                          Small microwave.
                        • Oven
                          Full size electric fan oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Electric kettle
                        • Refrigerator
                          Under the worktop fridge with proper freezer compartment.
                        • Stove
                          3 gas rings and one electric ring
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining table and seating for six.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  A selection of novels, local area guide books, walking guidebooks, and field guides to Alpine wildlife, birds and flowers. Also maps of local area and hiking trails.
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                  One DVD player downstairs in lounge and a second one upstairs in the bedroom.
                                • Games
                                  Cards, Dominoes, Jenga, Monopoly, Risk and other games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Stereo
                                  Bose Soundtouch and connectors for listening to music from your smartphone or tablet. Radio and ipod dock/cd player in the upstairs bedroom.


                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The garden is very private and is on 3 sides of the house. The rear garden is gravel with shrubs and flower tubs and bench seating. The front garden with flower beds, tubs and bench gets evening sun.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Basic charcoal barbecue
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      East-facing veranda with outside dining table and chairs and additional seating.
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • 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


                                                            • 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

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              24 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely chalet with gorgeous views

                                                              Mike S.-

                                                              Had a really good week at the chalet. It has everything you need, and nice outdoor space with mountain views. The kids loved the upstairs bit, which they described as a 'Hobbit home'! The weather wasn't overly kind to us, but the chalet was cosy and nice to relax in. Thanks Cathy.

                                                              Brilliant chalet in a lovely peaceful Alpine village

                                                              Alyson C.Southwell, Nottingham, UK

                                                              We absolutely loved our stay in Chalet Pic Rouge. The kitchen was so very well equipped it allowed us to prepare and cook all our meals rather than eating out. The joining instructions were perfect and everything was as advertised in the initial description. As we are avid walkers we found the array of guide books and maps to be really useful and we used the "Carte d'hôte" virtually every day to take us to a new destination. The weather was excellent during our stay so we ate outside every day on the beautiful terrace. Thank you Cathy for opening up your home so generously. We will be back sure one day to tackle those walks we didn't get a chance to do this time!

                                                              A real gem in a stunning location

                                                              Elaine J.

                                                              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.

                                                              great chalet - A Home from Home

                                                              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.



                                                              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.

                                                              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.

                                                              Chalet Pic Rouge

                                                              jayne i.

                                                              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.


                                                              Les Houches, France

                                                              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

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee

                                                              Rates include electricity, gas, water and wifi. 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%

                                                              24 Reviews
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