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Self Catered Chalet With Garden And Mountain Views On The French/Swiss Border

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Situated in les Portes du Soleil, 4 bedrooms + Coin de Montagne and mountain views from every window

With exposed timbers, comfortable furnishings and stunning views, the chalet provides the perfect base to enjoy skiing, hiking, mountain biking or just relaxing and enjoying the spectacular views from the balcony or terrace. This alpine chalet is ideally situated for access to the Portes du Soleil - the largest ski domain in the world with 650 kms of piste covering 15 villages, 8 in France and 7 in Switzerland. In summer the beautiful Lac Leman is just 30 mins away.

Linda Willcocks
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Linda Willcocks

We have skied the Portes du Soleil for over 25 years and still love it. it's so vast that we don't get bored - with over 650 kms of piste that would be difficult! We started skiing over 40 years ago and we have loved skiing in other resorts but this was our favourite. So much so that 16 years ago we purchased Chalet Piplin and discovered that we love the mountains in spring, summer, autumn and winter. There's so much to do and see, and now that we older we fully appreciate just relaxing on the balcony and drinking in the views and tranquillity.

Linda Willcocks purchased this chalet in 2002

Why Linda Willcocks chose Abondance

There is so much to do and see pristine landscapes, unspoilt villages, rock climbing, taking a ride on the Fantasticable, endless winter activities and summer too with Lac Leman just 30 mins away. With ample parking both summer and winter, this alpine chalet is situated within a short distance from either Abondance or Chapelle d'Abondance and just 10 mins from Chatel with all the piste access that the villages provide and just a nine hour drive from Calais or 75 mins from Geneva.

What makes this chalet unique

Filled with character and charm the chalet is beautifully furnished. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with views of sun drenched mountains, relax on the balcony or have dinner with friends in front of an open fire what better way to spend your hard earned vacation time! With two large balconies and a garden with terrace, BBQ, outdoor seating and table and chairs the spectacular views can be appreciated at your leisure. Ample comfortable seating for all guests in the lounge with library, DVD library,UK TV, DVD player, WIFI.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'As ever, a fantastic stay in the chalet that feels like a home from home. Can't wait to come back again next year'

'We keep coming back, which says everything, you can't keep us away! Summer and winter. Thank you so very much. Lovely holiday'

'What a fantastic setting. the chalet was so cosy yet spacious. Thanks again for everything. Wow, what a place and area'.
Dec 2013
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Abondance Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please leave the chalet as you would hope to find it. All cleaning equipment is available. A cleaner can be booked on prior notice.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1st Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Toilet 2nd Floor - toilet
    Shower room 2nd Floor - shower
    Shower Room/Utility Room Ground Floor - toilet , shower
  • All Bathrooms and Showers are modern and bright
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2nd Floor - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2nd Floor - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Cot available on request
    Bedroom Ground Floor - 1 queen
    Bedroom/coin de Montagne Ground Floor - 2 twin/ single , Full size Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 2nd Floor - 1 queen , 2 child bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 full size (4 Bedrooms + Coin de Montagne) +2 child beds + cot available Notes on bedrooms: All Bedrooms have mountain views and each has a hairdryer. 2nd Floor Bedrooms 1 & 2 have doors to south facing balcony, Bedroom 3 has a double bed plus a Childs bed and cot size bed under Ground Floor Bedroom has a door to terrace, Coin de Montagne has full size bunk beds and toy area Linen and towel hire is available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: We have a selection of indoor and outdoor toys for children Linen and towel hire is available at £17.50per double bed and £12.50per single bed. We ask that you leave the chalet in a clean condition. A full clean can be organised by prior arrangement


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Self Catered Chalet With Garden And Mountain Views On The French/Swiss Border
average rating of 4.75 based on 21 reviews

Another amazing stay at Chalet PipLin

  • 5 of 5

Just spent another week at Chalet PipLin. We just love retreating to the chalet after a good day on the ski slopes, getting the log fire going and relaxing with a nice glass (or two)! A super chalet in a peaceful location which is more like home than a rental.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice to know the magic is still working!
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A little bit of heaven

  • 5 of 5

It's an absolute gem. This place has everything you need for a fabulous holiday. The view from the south facing balcony is beyond beautiful. The chalet has everything you could possibly need. Check out the L'Abbaye & Les Touristes restaurants for gorgeous food. The walk along the River Dranse from Abondance back to the chalet is a must. Thank you Lin for sharing your home from home with us xx (Oh & according to the other three the skiing is pretty fab too!!! )

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice house

  • 4 of 5

Very nice house

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Probably the best week we have ever had in this chalet.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely homely chalet

  • 5 of 5

7 of us had a great holiday here, three single ladies, one poor father (luckily he had a 17 year old son to save him from all the women) and teenage children and their mother. Coming back from the slopes, lighting the fire and relaxing with a glass of wine and a DVD from the enormous selection available was a great way to finish the day. This chalet had everything we needed. We took our own food and being on a budget this chalet offered very comfortable accommodation for a very reasonable price. Three bathrooms with lots of hot water meant that there was no queuing for baths/showers. I highly recommend this chalet, it was clean, well maintained and the one issue we had was dealt with really quickly. We will certainly be back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent chalet and communication with owner first class!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, homely chalet with everything you need.....and more! In a beautiful area with great views from the balconies. The owners couldn't have been more helpful, giving us lots of information before our trip re ski hire etc.

The chalet was close to bus route and the local villages had plenty of places to eat. Supermarket was 10minute drive. We would definitely recommend (& already have!) and would hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent guests, so easy to communicate with. Thanks for the recommendation and so glad everyone had a good time
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Hotel Ferraillon
Nearest Ferry
500 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Evian, Aigle, Les Gets
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Hotel Ferraillon
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Abondance/Chapelle d'Abondance
Car: recommended


A car is recommended for both summer and winter

Geneva airport is 75 mins distance by car

Calais is 9 hours drive


Abondance 5 kms

Chatel 10 kms

Thonon/Evian 30 kms

Geneva 60 kms




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $484.7
Pet Fee $0

Booking Notes:
A non refundable deposit of £150 is due on booking with balance of payment due 10 weeks before holiday date together with a refundable breakages deposit of a further £350 returned within 2 weeks of the end of the holiday
We ask that the chalet be left clean but a full clean can be arranged upon request

Changeover Day:
Arrival after 4pm with departure by 10am unless otherwise arranged.
Weekly bookings are generally Saturday to Saturday although can be flexible

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund