7 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms traditional chalet. Cater for yourselves in style
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About Jane Treacher
We have been visiting Morzine for over 25 years as a couple and our children have grown up skiing and hiking in the area. Our greatest pleasure has been to ski and walk in the mountains away from the crowds including over into Switzerland. Today we spend a quarter of our year in Morzine which is why the chalet is unavailable for a large part of the year. Because the chalet is first and foremost a family home we try to rent the chalet for just a couple of weeks a year. That said, it has been a pleasure to welcome guests over the year and no-one comes just once.
Jane Treacher purchased this Chalet in 2002
Why Jane Treacher chose Morzine
After looking at probably every property in the Morzine area in 2000 we were taken to see a run down old barn in the most beautiful valley 5km and 200m above Morzine. The road up the valley went nowhere so traffic was limited to the local people who came to walk. The barn was on its last legs and was never going to be able to be converted. We had seen enough pre-fabricated chalets to know that we wanted something more in keeping with a traditional Haut Savoie farmhouse but with a contemporary style. Local architect, M Marullaz, worked with us to ensure that we could source 200 year old pine and work with local stone masons to create something sympathetic to the locality but with large internal spaces that would never be found in an ancient farmhouse where space meant cold in the winter. Everyone who worked on the chalet construction was local and this is a source of pride both for us and the artisans who helped us at a time before chalets were constructed in great numbers. The party to celebrate the construction was certainly one to remember.
What makes this Chalet unique
We have lived in this beautiful chalet for 13 years and when we return for a holiday we are still struck by the breathtaking height of living area and its stunning beam construction. We have never seen it anywhere else before or since. Ample space is not something nomally associated with staying in a chalet. The second feature that strikes us (obviously excluding the magnificent views of Pointe de d'angolon and Les Terres Maudits) is that we seem to have snow for most of the season and Morzine, the town, doesn't. When you look out of the windows in the morning on a ski holiday you want to see snow, when you have children you don't want them under your feet so send them into the garden with sledges, and if you are a good skier return to chalet from the top of Avoriaz down the most superb off piste run. We also get some great wildlife in our valley: badgers, foxes, hares, deer, stoats, Golden Eagles and Buzzards, and countless other birds. There is also something very exciting in the summer about setting off on a multi day hike through mountains in France and Switzerland by simply walking out of your front door. And then we have Morzine, a pretty alpine town just down the road, which you can get to by car or the excellent local shuttle bus. Morzine has everything from restaurants and bars to ski lifts and ski hire shops. In summer, the ski shops turn into mountain bike hire shops and the ski lifts take bikers and walkers into the mountains. But if you find a better fondu or tartiflette than Valerie's only a few meters away at Chez La'yanne let us know!
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Another fantastic holiday at L'Aire de L'Aigle
Our second visit was just as good if not better than our first. On our drive up the mountain we were somewhat disappointed to find it was raining in Morzine, however, as we headed up the hill to L'Aire de L'Aigle that rain turned to snow, so we arrived to the classic 'Winter Wonderland'! The chalet is incredibly spacious, the views are so spectacular that if you don't want to spend all day skiing it is the most glorious place to hang out! As I am not such a keen skier, I often walked down the path through the woods into Morzine to meet the children, after a hot chocolate we would then hop on a bus (they run every hour) and stops outside the chalet. In the evenings the children had great fun playing table tennis. On our last evening we walked 150m to a fantastic Alpine restaurant and ate the best cheese fondue I have ever tasted!
One of the Best Holidays Ever!
The only thing not perfect about this chalet is that it does not belong to us!
Everything about it is second to none from the beautiful aspect, to the stunning design, well appointed kitchen with walk in larder and glorious open plan living area with breathtaking views across the mountains. The attention to detail is notable, and of a type that you only really get when the owners live in and love the chalet as these do.
The bedrooms are tastefully decorated, warm and comfortable with lovely ensuites and in the case of the master, a fabulous walk in shower and vast sunken bath.
We were a group of 3 families including 10 children ranging in age from 5 to 16. There really was something for everyone. A full range of games and toys on the mezzanine about the living area for the little ones, and a basement games room for the rowdy boys, big enough for them to let off what steam they had left after a day's skiing, out of earshot!
Access to the slopes is via the shuttle bus which stops just past the end of the drive, and as its the end of the line, there is never a problem getting a seat in the morning. There are several restaurants within walking distance, one of which we sampled on the first day we arrived and which was lovely. We were planning to visit them all, being new to the self catering ski holiday, but the kitchen was so pleasant to use and the dining area accommodated us all around the impressive trestle table, so we never did!
Nobody wanted to leave this chalet to go home! And the upshot of what was pronounced "the best ski holiday ever" is that we have been totally spoiled and cannot possibly hope to find a chalet to match - so we're back for 2014 and probably for as many future years as the owners will have us!
The Pullen family
‘We have been fortunate enough to stay at L’Aire de L’Aigle during both winter and summer. The chalet is simply stunning effortlessly combining quality and luxury with a warm homely feel. It’s location is spectacular yet still within easy reach of all amenities whether summer hiking/cycling or winter skiing. Preferring to holiday late season we have experienced some of the best April ski conditions I can remember and the summers seem to roll on well into September. It really is a very special place and superb family retreat’.
You are so right, Morzine has a lot to offer outside the main holiday season. Glad your recent stay was such a success.
Luxurious, spacious chalet
We have stayed at L'Aire de L'Aigle twice and have no hesitation in recommending it. The beautiful traditional style chalet is sited at the end of a quiet valley above Morzine with stunning views of the mountains. Access to the resort and slopes by a shuttle bus could not be easier and as the pick-up point is the first stop (25m from the door!) a seat for the short journey is guaranteed.
The accommodation is very spacious and of the highest quality and our large family group (14) could all sit down for dinner or lounge around in complete comfort. When the sun shines taking an aperitif on the balcony and drinking in the view is quite delightful.
On a practical note the kitchen is extremely well equipped and (I am told) is a pleasure to cook in, while the larder won accolades from our chefs. As for the boot room it is large with boot warmers and drying cupboard and coped with our large group.
The transfer time from Geneva is very acceptable at about 11/2 hours and Morzine has good supermarkets and many restaurants.
The only disadvantage of Morzine - it is not a resort for beginner boarders (too many tracks) apart from this caveat - a great place.
An Amazing Chalet with beautiful views
This is a beautiful, practical and convenient place to stay. Whatever your expectations based on the website descriptions and photos, the reality will exceed them – the scenery, quality of the building, architecture and attention to detail is fantastic.
Our family have been fortunate to stay at the chalet several times and its a very comfortable and relaxing place after a hard day on the slopes or in the mountains. The chalet's large open planned living spaces are perfect for chilling out, tons of wood and stone, bottomless sofas and an open log fire with stunning views of the mountains from the huge glass 'wall' that dominates the middle floor living area.
The house is thoughtfully laid out providing plenty of space for children to disappear and amuse themselves – our teenage boys were rarely seen and had great fun down in the basement playing table tennis.
The bedrooms are cosy with comfortable beds, plenty of clothes storage space and large fluffy towels. The washing machine and tumble dryer are very useful, as is the heated boot rack and drying cupboard in the boot room to dry hats, gloves and scarves overnight.
There is space and garaging for several cars, although the local winter season shuttle bus stops right next to the chalet which provides a very hassle-free way (no queues) of getting to several of the main lift stations in the mornings and returning après-ski in the afternoons.
Socialising and eating in the chalet in the evening is always an attractive option, but Morzine’s many restaurants and bars are within easy striking distance and there are a couple of local restaurants/mountain huts than can provide an even closer alternative.
We will look forward to you staying in the chalet again soon.
Our stay at L'Aire de L'Aigle
Such a lovely traditional chalet which was wonderfully relaxing and spacious
with all the mod cons! A fantastic size kitchen with everything we needed
and plenty of relaxing sofa's, a great games room downstairs for the
children to burn off some more energy, comfortable beds and plentiful hot
water. Getting the children ready for skiing in the large warm dry ski room
was a joy, a very brief walk to the bus stop and then getting them from the
bus over the road to the ski school was all very convenient.
The chalet is situated in the small hamlet of L'Erigne, 10 minutes above the town of Morzine, and 5 minutes from the nearest lift (Nyon). Enjoy breath taking views from the huge windows and right outside the chalet you can toboggan (there are several toboggans in the chalet for your use), take part in ski de fond or ski randonnee, and of course build a snowman. The off piste run coming off the back of Le Fornet from Avoriaz can be skied by good skiers when conditions are favourable.
The 730sq meters of space is spread over four floors: The cellar, with table tennis table and wine cave; the ground floor with boot room, 5 bedrooms and laundry room; the first floor with open plan living, dining and kitchen; and the mezzanine with twin bedroom, play area and study. The kitchen is suitably equipped for large groups with two ovens, two fridges and even two dishwashers. The laundry room has Meile appliances. Because the chalet is at a higher altitude than Morzine it can snow at the chalet and not in town so you can enjoy your week in a winter wonderland.
200 meters from the chalet is a traditional mountain restaurant which serves one of the best cheese fondues in the area, and there is the opportunity for a special evening up the mountain which we can tell more about nearer the time of your stay. (As there is no local Boulangerie, use The Panasonic bread maker and wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread).
The shuttle bus service commences and terminates just outside the chalet, so there is always a seat in the morning and remembering where to get off is not an issue.
The chalet suits families and groups who want to enjoy a special chalet in a beautiful location.