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Tastefully Converted Traditional Stone and wood Chalet With Modern Facilities

Bedrooms 9
Space 350 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Chalet auberge in Villard Reculas, Alpe d'Huez, French Alps - offering self catering, B&B and demi pension for up to 20 guests. Close to Alpe d'Huez

Close to Alpe d’Huez, France. La Source chalet is owned and managed by Michael Baldwin – ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier. The chalet is a converted 220 year old traditional Oisans stone and wooden chalet south facing with panoramic views of the surrounding area. It has been renovated to an extremely high standard, keeping the charm and character of the building whilst creating modern facilities. A new extension was completed in 2009 to provide a further 2 modern and stylist bedrooms with Italian shower rooms. Within the extension on the lower ground floor is a modern professional kitchen and spacious storage areas. A large south facing decked area with outdoor spa compliments the interior of the chalet for sun lounging, Al fresco eating and general view gazing! There is plenty of parking close to the chalet and a free village navette bus will take you to the ski lifts - 300 metres away. During the summer months La Source is close to all the famous mountain passes, including the tour de France route up to Alpe d'Huez. We have a secure large cycle shed with plenty of tools and stands for cycle maintenance.

La Source is available for self catering - up to 20 beds available over 9 bedrooms, but we also offer B&B and demi pension arrangements for smaller groups. Please make contact and we will advise you on how we can provide the flexibility in our arrangements to maximise your stay with us

More Details

Michael Baldwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2017

About Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin - ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier.

Settled at La Source in Villard Reculas after a career in London in the hospitality industry. Decided in 1998 to combine my professional expertise with my interests in mountains activities - in particular mountains sports: skiing, snow-shoeing, ski rando, hiking, Via ferrata, VTT, road cycling. Have not regretted the decision and enjoy hosting guests in the winter months around the Alpe d'Huez ski domaine, and in the summer pointing guests in the right direction for cycling and walking.

Michael Baldwin purchased this chalet in 1998

Why Michael Baldwin chose Alpe d'Huez area

The chalet auberge is full of character and charm - with the benefit of modern facilities

A charming quiet village with spectacular south facing views from la Source

Lots of sun - both winter and summer

Easy access to the Alpe d'Huez ski area from the lifts in Villard Reculas

Within a few kilometers of the Tour de France Alpe d'Huez climb and the other popular cycling cols

Secure cycle storage and work hop

Outdoor jacuzzi, BBQ and large decking for ideal relaxation - summer and winter

equipped and secure cycle workshop for up to 15 cycles

Free village navette - bus during the winter ski season

Free laundry for cyclists

What makes this chalet unique

La Source chalet has possibly the best alpine view in Villard Reculas! Spacious south facing decking with outdoor spa with uninterrupted views across the valley and peaks beyond. A small picturesque Alpine village, yet linked efficiently to the large Alpe d'Huez ski area

During the summer months the outside spacious decking is ideal for relaxing and entertaining, with plenty of sun loungers, deck chairs and BBQ. a BBQ is available for guests use as well as the inviting hot tub

A bike work shop has recently been constructed to offer a safe, secure and equipped area for those running cycle repairs!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Craig family - thanks for an amazing Christmas and New Year 2013 stay at la Source. Great food, amazing hospitality and wonderful location to stay and ski from. We will be returning.Thank you

Milson family February 2013. Thank you for your kind hospitality, great food and cheery faces. La Source is an absolute gem!

Maiklem Family February 2013. Thank you Michael and Andy for a fantastic week. Great weather and snow and hospitality. Lovely to come back again after 4 years and hope to see you again!
Oct 2011
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Villard-Reculas Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 20
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , South facing views and shower room accross coridor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , South facing views with balcony and shower accross coridor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Back ensuite room
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , family rom with twin/double and bunk beds with ensuite
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , modern bedroom with ensuite facilities
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds with modern ensuite facilities
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double , in the upper apartment sharing a bathroom
    Bedroom 9 - 2 twin/ single , in the apartment sharing a bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , delux room with south facing views and modern ensuite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Summary of the accommodation available: 20 guests. 6 double/twin bedded rooms all with private facilities. 1 double bedded room with private facilities. 1 family bedroom with twin/double beds and bunk beds (room for 4 persons). 1 bunk bedded room with private facilities - suitable for 2 children or 1 adult. Large vaulted lounge with plenty of comfortable sofas and a dining area with seating for 16 persons. A separate sun lounge with fantastic uninterrupted mountain views. this room has a flat screen TV and a full library of books, maps, guides etc and a wide selection board games. WIFI available throughout the chalet. A separate self contained apartment with galley kitchen and lounge area and 2 bedrooms can be combined with the main chalet for larger groups up to 20 persons Outside: La Source chalet faces due south with uninterrupted views of the Romanche valley below and the mountains of the Oisans and Ecrin ranges facing La Source. In December and January the sun rises on the decking at 9.00am and sets at 4.00pm (7 hours) and during March and April the sun is still on the decking at 6.30pm - enjoy your post ski afternoon tea relaxing, enjoying the views and maybe some afternoon sun bathing! Our guests tell us that the view from the chalet is one of the most spectacular sights from any ski chalet they have seen - come and judge for yourself! Secure covered bike storage and cycle work room, BBQ and outdoor seating and parasols. check in after 1600 hours. Checkout before 1000 hours


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Tastefully Converted Traditional Stone and wood Chalet With Modern Facilities
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

A magic place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at LaSource and absolutely loved it.A beautiful and very comfortable old chalet with magnificent views over the mountains, right in the middle of a small and authentic village linked to the ski domain of Alpe dHuez without the hussle and bustle of a big resort. Michael's hospitality is great, he is also an amazing cook.He made us feel at home right away.Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very homely!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the La Source over Christmas - a family group of 13 adults + a baby. It was absolutely perfect! The living room space is super cosy and has direct access to the huge terasse with an astonishing view over the valley. The rooms are nice and tidy - some with access to own bathroom, others share bathrooms. Well-equipped kitchen; we decided to cook everything ourselves, but I am sure Michael can serve some nice food as well, if that option is chosen.

Michael is the perfect host - very friendly and helped us with ski-rentals, driving us around etc.

We can highly recommend the place! ...only thing is, we hope that not too many hear about it ;-) We will return sometime!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for your positive comments. It was great having you staying at la Source and sharing our enthusiasm for skiing and hiking and the great outdoors. I really hope that you will return and enjoy Villard Reculas and Alpe d'Huez in its winter glory!
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Perfect location for biking tour

  • 5 of 5

Staying 13 adults at Michaels wonderfull chalet for biking Alpe d'Huez was absolutly perfect - the chalet is huge, charming, wonderful atmosphere, best mountain view ever seen and you have all the biking routes at the front door. Michael was a perfect host both before and during our stay - sending all relevant informations, welcoming us and serving SO good local french/english menues. For a large family or a group of 10-14 friends I highly recommend the charlet.

Peter Stougaard, Copenhagen

September 2017

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter and his friends were great fun - and the perfect guests for La Source. I really enjoyed cooking for the group and delighted that they appreciated the food and hospitality at La Source chalet They should return soon - as there remains many cycling routes to be discovered!!
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Villard Reculas
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Villard reculas
Nearest Ski
150 Metres
Villard reculas


Alpe d'Huez - 8kms. 15 minutes.

Bourg d'Oisans - 15kms. 20 minutes.

Grenoble - 50 Kms. 55 minutes.

Grenoble St Geoirs Airport - 80kms. 1 hour 20 minutes.

Lyon st exupery airport - 1 hour 45 mins via motorway

Owned and managed by Michael Baldwin – ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier.


Rates & Availability

Villard-Reculas Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March and April skiing 2017
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
May day holiday week
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Ascension holiday May 2017
May 23 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Alpe d'huzes 2017. 8 persons
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer sports activities 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Noel 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New year week
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
January Skiing 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Feb 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
February school holidays 2018
Feb 10 2018 - Mar 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
March and April skiing 2018
Mar 10 2018 - Apr 13 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $538

Booking Notes:
Please note: Prices indicated are for 20 persons maximum - 9 bedrooms on a self catering basis for one week - normally Saturday. The chalet is rented out for full occupancy during the main UK and European school holidays.
If you are interested in renting the chalet for a smaller group from 12 to16 persons - please email your requirements for a revised quote
it is advisable to take out holiday insurance to cover for example: cancellation due to illness or other reasons
B&B and evenings meals - please enquire

Half board and B&B arrangements are also provided throughout the year - email for details and prices.

Changeover Day:
Winter months: December 2016 to April 2017 - Saturday change over for self catering guests.

Catered and B&B guests throughout the year - flexible arrivals and departures.

Notes on prices:
Prices indicated are for one week self catering for 20 persons with 9 bedrooms all with private facilities.
email if you are interested to rent for a smaller group, and we can provide a quote on the numbers and bedrooms required.
Prices include: bed linen, toiletries, and local tourist tax
Please bring your own towels and beach towels for the spa or swimming pools
End of week cleaning charge is €150.00 euros. Caution to be paid on arrival €500.00. All rental payments by bank transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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