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Chalet Ecosse - A traditional, rustic home for rent in the beautiful French Alps



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
Large four bedroom chalet, ideal for walking or skiing holidays, all year round

* South facing

* Quiet village location

* Wood burning stove

* Traditional beamed ceilings

* Flexible change-over days

Built into the mountain side, on three levels. the chalet provides four bedrooms, two toilets, two showers and a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area, ideal for two families or up to eight adults.

The main living space is open plan, with a wood fired stove, comfortable seating and a well equipped kitchen/dining area, giving a great ambiance for sociable dining and relaxing.

Our chalet is available for self catering rental all year round. Converted from a 150 year old cow shed and hay loft, it is an ideal base for climbing, walking or skiing holidays. A car is essential for most save the fittest walkers. Skiing is available in a choice of resorts from Les Arcs, 15 minutes by car, St Foye or La Rosiere 30 mins or Val d'Isere 40 mins.

Savoie is one of the most beautiful regions of France, with spectacular mountain scenery and lakes. Chalet Ecosse is ideally situated in a small rural village which can provide a base base for a wide range of holiday activities, including:






Mountain biking,




Flora and fauna.

The region is also famous for its wonderful food. Mountain specialties of local cheese and cured meats are blended with fresh produce from the fertile lower valley to create a hearty rustic cuisine.

Chalet Ecosse is so named as the owners are a Scottish family who have been using it as a holiday base for twenty years now. The chalet is a large, traditional stone built barn converted into comfortable accommodation for families or groups looking for a mountain base full of character and charm. The village of Les Echines Dessous is quiet and peaceful and still supports small farmers living a traditional way of life.

Plenty of beautiful walks start at the front door, from gentle strolls around the village, to longer treks through alpine meadows leading to the historic Fort de La Platte and onwards to view Mont Blanc or further afield into the Vanoise National Park.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French, Italian

10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent chalet with beautiful views from the balcony

  • 5 of 5

The chalet is fantastic, warm, comfortable, cozy and very well equipped to meet your needs. The lounge, kitchen and dining area are of a good size and the log burner is a great way to relax in the evening. If you wish to eat in, there are two large supermarkets in Bourg St Maurice and plenty of eateries for those who prefer to dine out. The ski area is excellent, very little queuing and waiting, great facilities in the villages of Les Arcs. For those that are walkers or cyclists you won't be disappointed either. We all had a most enjoyable time and highly recommend the accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house full of character, peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying in the village outside of Bourg St Maurice in Dec-Jan. The house is very cosy and has every single thing you might need for a winter holiday - starting with raclette and fondue and finishing with sleds and skiing boots dryers. The wood burner is a fantastic feature and you can also dry clothes on the pipes going from it. The washing machine would definitely be handy. Despite unusually little snow in France at that time, we managed to have great skiing at Les Arcs - funicular goes from the town (15 mins away by car) to Arcs 1600, not too difficult to get too, but you definitely need a car there. We were lucky about lack of snow in a way that the road to the house was clean, when slow comes it might become dangerous at times, as it is relatively steep and narrow, winter tires is a must for snowy season. Overall, a lovely house in a peaceful location, but at the same time only 15 mins away from town with great choice of shops and access to the slopes.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great character property close to great ski areas.

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for something different to the typical ski resort box this ticks all the boxes. Easy drive to all the ski areas plus space and character in abundance.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very rustic with lots of charm.

  • 2 of 5

Very relaxing and far from the madding crowd. Eventually enjoyed the no wifi environment. Gorgeous views. Washing machine would be beneficial

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing mountain hideaway.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a real taste of rural Alp living with everything you need for a relaxing break then Chalet Ecosse Is perfect. Set in a village above Bourg St Maurice with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains it is perfectly positioned for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main town and ski resorts but still be 20 minutes from Les Arc and 40 minutes from several other smaller less busy resorts, our favourite being Sainte Foy, no queues and plenty snow for both skiers and boarders.

Bourg St Maurice has plenty of restaurants and bars for a bit of Après Ski or if you want to buy the local produce and cook back in the chalet, there's a few good supermarkets and specialised shops.

We spent most evenings cooking local produce in the chalet, drinking great wine and relaxing with a book in front of the log burning stove.

The bedrooms were well equipped with comfortable beds and heaters to keep us snug and because the village was so quite we slept in every morning.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the tranquillity of Chalet Ecosse and the superb views. A roaring fire and good wine is a winner for most people!
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Winter at Chalet Ecosse

  • 5 of 5

My family spent an enjoyable 10 day skiing holiday based at Chalet Ecosse. The spacious chalet had all the rustic charm depicted in the photos and was clean and comfortable. Our evenings were spent cosely around the open fire after preparing meals in the well equipped kitchen. Access to local ski areas was good with our rented 4X4 but chains may be required to and from the village in some conditions if using a conventional vehicle. Communication with the owners via email was efficient and friendly. We would recommend this property to others and intend returning ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Usually with fresh snow snow tires are adequate, being on the sunny side of the mountain the roads never stay white for long and are ploughed at least twice a day to let the milk lorry collect from the village cows.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Geneva at 145 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bourg St Maurice at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 956 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bourg St Maurice at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bourg St Maurice at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Les Arcs at 8 Kilometres Car: recommended

The chalet is located at the edge of the small, peaceful village of Les Echines Dessous, high above the bustling town of Bourg St. Maurice, in the Savoie region of the French Alps. At 1230 meters, this rustic chalet enjoys a beautiful climate, never too hot in summer and plenty of snow in winter.

The chalet overlooks Les Arcs Paradiski ski resort and is also near Val d'Isere, La Rosiere and Sainte Foy. Mont Blanc is within a day's walk or a short drive and in summer, Courmayeur and the Aosta valley in Italy are within easy driving distance.

Skiing, climbing and walking opportunities are too many to list as well as many other sports such as mountain biking, swimming in lakes or outdoor pools, white water rafting and par ascending.

The Vanoise National park is only a few minutes from the house.

A great choice of bars restaurants cafes and shops is available in nearby Bourg St Maurice.

Cheap flights are available to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery airports from various UK airports. All are within 2 hours drive from the chalet. From the channel ports the chalet is about an 8 hour drive. Trains serve Bourg St Maurice which is 15 minutes by car or taxi from the chalet.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Ski Season
9 Jan 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Local 'taxe de sejour' will be added to your bookings for all adults (over age 13). This is €0.8 per adult per day.

Prices include all linen and final cleaning.

Cash, cheque or bank transfers accepted in either € Euro or £ Sterling

To allow guests to take advantage of cheap flights, we try and be flexible on changeover days where possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • chalet


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 180 m²


  • Ground floor - Toilet, Rustic stonework in old cow byre
  • Ground floor - Shower Enclosure
  • 1st Floor - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st floor double - 1 Double Bed
  • 1st Floor bunk - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds
  • Ground floor double - 1 Double Bed
  • Ground floor bunk - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds
  • The first floor bunk room is small, suitable for children or compact adults!


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace


  • Self-catering


  • Boots and skis can be stored in the garage area where a boot dryer is available.

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