Holiday chalet in the Alps - HH006912

Verchaix (5km from Samoens), Haute Savoie, Rhone Alps Reference: HH006912 Advertiser since: 5 February 2019
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Chalet Cristal Morillon Self Catering Sunday 4 9 3 Folding bed (1) / apartment on grd floor (3)

About this property

Beautiful Chalet with Wood Fire, Hot Tub, Garden. This chalet is in a village setting.


"The best place, in the best place in the Alps" - Summer 2017 guests

Chalet Cristal Morillon is a beautiful chalet set in the centre of its own large (1000 sq-m), private garden in a quiet hamlet on the sunny, south side of the Giffre valley in the middle of the Grand Massif ski area. It’s less than one hour from Geneva or an easy eight hour drive from Calais.

The chalet is surrounded by hedges on all sides making the garden very private and providing ample off-road parking for three - four cars. It's within 5 mins walking distance of bars, shops, restaurants and a superb bakery as well as the stunning Lac Bleu, which offers cross country skiing in winter and swimming, zip wires, trampolines and volleyball in the summer.

The ski bus stop is at the end of the road, less than 100 m away and it's less than 5 minutes drive to the télécabines at Morillon, Samoëns and Vercland. Further afield, Les Gets is only 20 minutes and Chamonix about 45 minutes.

The chalet sleeps nine people in four bedrooms, two of which (a double and a European king (160 cm wide bed) are ensuite). The other two bedrooms, which are a twin and a triple share a family bathroom. The triple room also has a tv/ dvd player so it's ideal for children/teenagers. There is a further bedroom in the separate, self-contained, ground floor apartment. The apartment also has a double sofabed, sleeping up to 13 people in total. Booking the chalet and apartment together is perfect for larger family groups; it gives grandparents or parents of very young children the opportunity for their own space whilst still being very much part of the holiday.

The living space:

The chalet is entered on the first floor via the spacious double aspect kitchen. This floor is mainly open plan with the kitchen leading into a large living and dining area with a lovely wood burning stove, large tv and dvd player with built in surround sound system including iPod connection, UK freeview channels and seating for up to ten people.

The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, ceramic hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, and dishwasher and also has a fondue set, raclette/hot stone grill, Nespresso machine, kettle, filter coffee-maker, toaster, electric hand whisk, and a wide range of baking dishes and trays and cook books.

The living area is incredibly bright and sunny with south and east facing windows and two sets of double doors giving access to the south facing balcony and east facing verandah with views of the slopes above Morillon and the mountains of Criou and Buet. There is a wide selection of books, dvds and games for all ages, with wi-fi throughout the chalet.

The walls in the living area are clad in horizontal, unfinished wooden planks for a contemporary chalet style. Furnishings are also contemporary with large, comfortable, squashy leather sofas and original artwork by local artists. The huge coffee table, which is made from a reclaimed door, adds character and is perfect for boardgames and pre-dinner drinks and appetisers.

On the ground floor of the chalet is a large bootroom with heated boot cupboard, bench and plenty of storage space for skis and snowboards. In summer there is ample space for up to six bikes, whilst another secure storage area to the side of the chalet provides space for a further four bikes.

The chalet is child friendly with a cot, folding bed, high chair, stair gates, plastic cutlery, plates, bowls and cups all provided. The garden is securely fenced and a couple of sledges are also available for use. There is a wide selection of dvds, games and puzzles suitable for pre-school children upwards.

The bedrooms:

With its 2 king/double en suite bedrooms and a further 5 single beds, the chalet is ideally suited for both families and also groups of friends with a mix of couples and singles.

The first bedroom is a double, with en suite shower room, on the same floor as the open-plan living and dining area and kitchen. This bedroom has a 140 cm wide double bed, large wardrobe and two bedside tables and faces west with beautiful sunset views over the Marcelly. This room is finished in natural wood with a large bright wall hanging from a trip to Pushkar.

Stairs from the dining area lead up to the second floor which has a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The large south-facing master bedroom has a European king-size (160 cm) wide bed with a superbly comfortable mattress and topper. This room has contemporary solid oak furniture including a large chest of drawers and two bedside tables as well as the bed. There is also ample hanging and storage space. Walls are white / off white with some natural wood. The ensuite bathroom has a bath and hand-held shower, basin and toilet.

The south-facing triple with tv/dvd player, which is perfect for children or teenagers, is decorated in a contemporary pale grey and white colour scheme with matching grey furniture.

Finally a large twin faces north and has beautiful views of La Bourgeoise and the Joux Plane. This room is decorated in a calming pale green and white.

There is a large family bathroom with bath and shower and a separate washing machine/drying room under the eaves.

The bedrooms are all chalet style with some sloping ceilings and exposed beams; all bedrooms have ample storage space, a mirror, hairdryer and reading/bedside lights.

Outside space:

The garden area is laid to lawn and extends around three sides of the chalet and is fenced, making it ideal for youngsters to play safely.
There are a number of large trees which provide welcome shade in the summer and there are lovely views of the slopes above Morillon, Mont Buet and the Marcelly.

In summer, a hammock, two sun loungers and a seating area comprising a large three seater sofa, two large armchairs, all with cushions, and a low table as well as a 3 m parasol are all provided. There's also a large square table, seating eight, for al fresco dining.

There is also a bbq and a brazier for late summer/early autumn evenings, when it starts getting a little bit chilly. For those looking for a bit more activity there's a swing a slackline and a swing ball set.

On the first floor covered verandah there is a table seating 6, which is a perfect any time of year or day, but particularly in the morning as the sun rises and a bench and small table and two chairs on the south-facing side. There's also a hammock chair, which is supremely comfortable.

Last, but by no means least, is a large, seven seater Canadian Spa hot tub, which is available all year round.

Changeover day is normally Sunday, meaning guests benefit from a fantastic, quiet last day skiing on a Saturday. We can of course be flexible, particularly in off peak season and can also offer short breaks. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Prices are for rental of the chalet on a self-catered basis and include:
* Beds made prior to arrival
* Hand, bath and tea towels provided
* Welcome hamper of food and drinks
* Complimentary toiletries
* Firewood (in winter)
* Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin liners and cleaning products provided
* Complimentary end of stay cleaning

Note that prices do not include the one bedroom apartment on the ground floor - please contact us for more information. Also note that we never rent the apartment and the chalet to separate groups of guests.

Type

Chalet

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, ceramic hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, and dishwasher and also has a fondue set, raclette/hot stone grill, Nespresso machine, kettle, filter coffee-maker, toaster, electric hand whisk, and a wide range of baking dishes and trays and cook books.

Living rooms

The living area is incredibly bright and sunny with south and east facing windows and two sets of double doors giving access to the south facing balcony and east facing verandah with views of the slopes above Morillon and the mountains of Criou and Buet. There is a wide selection of books, dvds and games for all ages, with WiFi throughout the chalet.

The walls in the living area are clad in horizontal, unfinished wooden planks for a contemporary chalet style. Furnishings are also contemporary with large, comfortable, squashy leather sofas and original artwork by local artists. The huge coffee table, which is made from a reclaimed door, adds character and is perfect for board games and pre-dinner drinks and appetisers.

Bedrooms

1: double, with en suite shower room, on the same floor as the open-plan living and dining area and kitchen. 140 cm wide double bed, large wardrobe and two bedside tables and faces west with beautiful sunset views over the Marcelly.

Stairs from the dining area lead up to the second floor which has a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

2: large south-facing master bedroom has a European king-size (160 cm) wide bed with a superbly comfortable mattress and topper. This room has contemporary solid oak furniture including a large chest of drawers and two bedside tables as well as the bed. There is also ample hanging and storage space. Walls are white / off white with some natural wood.

3: south-facing triple with tv/dvd player, perfect for children or teenagers,

4: large twin facing north with beautiful views of La Bourgeoise

Bathrooms

Double - en suite with shower, basin and toilet.

Master bedroom - en suite bathroom has a bath and hand-held shower, basin and toilet.

Family bathroom - bath and shower and a separate washing machine/drying room under the eaves.

Heating

Electric radiators in all rooms.

Highly efficient woodburner in living room easily heats entire chalet.

Garden and outside

Garden is flat grass extending around three sides of the chalet and is fenced, making it ideal for youngsters to play safely.
There are a number of large trees which provide welcome shade in the summer and there are lovely views of the slopes above Morillon, Mont Buet and the Marcelly.

In summer, a hammock, 2 sunloungers and three seater sofa, two large armchairs, all with cushions, and a low table as well as a 3 m parasol are all provided. There's also a large square table, seating 8, for al fresco dining and a bbq and a brazier. For those looking for a bit more activity there's a swing a slackline and a swing ball set.

On the first floor covered verandah there is a table seating six, which is a perfect any time of year or day, but particularly in the morning as the sun rises and a bench and small table and two chairs on the south-facing balcony.

Last, but by no means least, is a large, seven seater Canadian Spa hot tub, which is available all year round.

Parking and garages

Driveway provides parking for 3 - 4 cars.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Splash pool

Activities

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Morillon
Distance: 1 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous signposted trails within 500 m of chalet

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Clair Donnelly

We are a family of three who discovered the Giffre Valley 12 years ago when we bought an off plan apartment. We rapidly grew to love the area and decided we wanted some outdoor space in the summer. We looked at a large number of chalets all over the valley and knew Chalet Cristal was the one for us as soon as we saw it.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? The chalet's location is just perfect in all seasons. We're close to the télécabines with a ski bus stop less than 100 m away and in summer we can walk to Lac Bleu.
Unique benefits of property Chalet Cristal is in a beautiful quiet location with wonderful mountain views but it's within walking distance of a bakery, bars, restaurants, weekly market, gourmet chocolate shop.

The Owner Recommends

Summer Activities - Walks

Walks in the valley and the surrounding mountains range from relatively easy 4 - 5 km strolls for all the family to multi-day, high-level walks staying in refuges. Several of the refuges are easily accessible for children four years old and above and make a great adventure for an overnight stay. There are guide books and maps in the chalet and the local tourist information website has a map showing locations of the refuges. We're also very happy to help with recommendations.

Activities - Mountain Biking

The local trails were used for the 2015 World Enduro Mountain Biking and there are lots of red / black routes up in the hills. However, it's not all full-on; there's a lovely leisurely ride along the River Giffre in both directions from the chalet with lots of beer, cake and coffee options in Samoëns and Taninges.
The lifts from Morillon are open every day in summer giving access to the top of Morillon, Les Carroz and Samoëns. Routes vary greatly in length and difficulty with full details and maps of all routes given on the Vallée du Haut-Giffre website. The Chalet is also only a 20min drive from Les Gets giving easy access to the Portes du Soleil.

Activities - Lac Bleu


Lac Bleu is less than five minutes walk from the chalet. It's fed from an underground lake and makes for a refreshing swim with lifeguards on duty every day in the summer holidays. There is a small beach with a segregated shallow area for young children with picnic tables, benches and lots of space on the grass or under the trees to stretch out and relax.

Adjacent to the lake are tennis courts, beach volleyball, trampolines, horse riding, play area with swings etc, a giant air bag and zip wire activities as well as a bar / restaurant, train ride and fantastic ice cream.

Across the river, there is a crazy golf course and another small childrens' play area.