Chalet in Le Chatelard, Savoie, Rhone Alps - Tranquil Location In Les Bauges Regional Park - An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
For the cheapest rates go to www.lechatox.com for more info of our home from home in the alps and email us direct. Les Bauges (the Wallows), an area of outstanding natural beauty, heritage and tradition makes a great base to explore a wide range of outdoor activities or to simply relax and chill in the fresh mountain air with stunning views from your private terrace balcony. Situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Le Chatelard in the heart of the Massif des Bauges regional park, Le Chatox enjoys superb views through the valley towards the mountains and is a just 30 minutes from the beautiful towns of Annecy,Chambery and Aix-Les Bains.
The lounge is open plan with an L shaped sofa for 6 and a two seater sofa. We also have a rocking chair for bird watching and star gazing ! There's a book selection, games cupboard and guitar if you play. TV and DVD with a CD selection for evenings in or chess and cards if you prefer. The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, Gaggia coffee machine, and Wendy's spice cabinet! There's a fondu, BBQ and raclette set for meat and cheese fondue lovers. The Morso Squirrel wood stove puts out big heat in winter to couple with underfloor heating and there is a bathroom/shower on each floor. Le Chatox was built with light and space in mind so we have a sliding door to a patio at the side of the chalet to the garden with 4 sun loungers. A great area to BBQ.
The terrace balcony is huge and you can entertain there seating 8 at the table for major dinners and BBQ's. We tend to spend most time here as we chose the plot deliberately for the stunning view of Dent de Rossanz or 'booby mountain' to our guests. You'll see why on our website www.lechatox.com which has more info and is worth a look.
In the 'cave' or ground floor is garage parking and room for our full size competition table tennis. On a fine day just wheel it out in the sun! We also have 4 tennis racquets for the courts in the village.
Our village Le Chatelard remains unspoilt and retains a certain rustic charm with its old store fronts and little alleys leading up towards the church. It is a quiet, friendly village with a large supermarket, bakery, bar and hotel/restaurant, tourist information, bank, post office and a local food market every Friday morning.
Les Bauges is a walkers paradise. Great family skiing is here at unbeatable prices away from crowds. There are 5 resorts all within 30 mins from your home. See the info on the website. Cycling with awesome routes used in the Tour de France. I can advise on routes for all abilities. Beautiful Annecy is nearby for swimming and exploring the old town called 'little venice'. It was recently voted one of the most beautiful places to visit in France. Our local lake with restaurant and flumes, tennis and fun for little ones is just 10 minutes away! The French will wonder how you discovered their secret resort! All just 1 hour from Geneva airport. 7.30hrs from Calais. Just get in touch with Paul or Wendy for a chat so we can tailor your holiday personally.
Top Traveller Review
Le chatox is perfect for a summer and winter holid
About the Owner
About Paul Tuohy
Paul works for a national charity, Wendy is a children's nurse. We have two boys, 24 (scientist) and 22 in sports marketing after a sports sciencedegree at Brunel. We have been going to France for our holidays since 1986 traveling the country in our VW camper- now deceased. We've been to most departments in France but the Savoie, Annecy and in particular the Bauges National Park (the wallows) had a profound impact on us that one day we vowed to own a property there. Le Chatox is the result, completed in July 09 when the Tour de France came by Annecy. What a day that was! This is our home from home and we want to share it with like minded people. One day we hope to live there, but for now Le Chatox is there for you.
Paul Tuohy purchased this chalet in 2009
Why Paul Tuohy chose Massif des Bauges Regional Park
Surrounded by cities of Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambery and Albertville, the mountain range of the Bauges in Savoie looks like a fortress as you drive into it. There are six roads that lead into the heart of this 'island in the sky' and its 'capital village' is Le Chatelard. Once in this designed area of outstanding natural beauty, the countryside slants slowly toward the villages, vast fields and forests. The inhabitants called "Baujus" are warm mountain people who are willing to share the love for their region. By horse, donkey, foot, bike, paraglider, ski or snowshoe the Massive of the Bauges has something for everyone. Its an all year round paradise with something for lovers of all four seasons or just one. We bought into Les Bauges because its a step back in time and and we love it and want t share the experience. Just see our reviews for confidence.
What makes this chalet unique
Being quite literally in the centre of a national park, our chalet, Le Chatox, is brilliantly located. Its key convenience is because of all 14 villages in Les Bauges there is only one major supermarket (Carrefour)and its in our village! 15-30 mins away are FIVE amazing ski resorts, unbelievable cycling, walks, swimming and Aix le-Bain, Annecy and Chambery only 30 min away for day trips. We built here in 2009 and made sure we had the biggest terrace balcony for eating out with friends and family with 8 seated comfortably and a view to die for facing the mountains. Star gazing, bird watching, butterfly chasing appear to be popular with guests! The locals are warm, friendly and eager for you to enjoy yourselves. Les Bauges is hidden in a distant time...we hope it stays that way. go to www.lesbauges.com to learn more about this amazing location.
(13 traveller reviews)
Le chatox is perfect for a summer and winter holid
Le chatox is an ideal holiday home. It's very well equipped and comfortable with all the mod cons. Wendy and Paul are perfect hosts and are always helpful with enquiries. We spent two weeks a couple of years ago in the summer when the sun shone every day. There is so much to do in the area for all ages. I loved walking in the area where the scenery is stunning. Swimming in lakes, cycling, glaziers, paragliding etc. We have just returned from a winter break Feb 2017 where all 7 of us skied. Paul and wendy were very helpful with arranging lessons and hire equipment. Les allons and margeriaz ski resorts were about half an hours drive from the chalet and were perfect for all levels of skiers. The slopes were quiet and we never had to queue for lifts. The price for hire and lift passes is much cheaper than the more popular French ski resorts. We would recommend Melanie who delivered our home cooked dinner on a few evenings. Really lovely food made to order and very good value. Hope to return to experience beautiful rural France.
Le Chatox - a gem in Les Bauges
The property is excellent 4 good size bedrooms, well kitted out kitchen for those meals when you eats in and even games for those wet afternoons (table tennis in the cave). Plenty to do with walks up and around the local peaks. Cycles available if you are up to it. I can recommend hiring an electric bike to assist with the uphills if you are not quite Froome standard, they really make a difference and you get to see the magnificent scenery. We spent 2 days down at Lake Annecy, hired a boat and in Sept is beautifully warm and clear to swim in. The Visitors Book is full of ideas and trips that others have made and you can spend time following up on adventure trails or just discovering local restaurants they have listed. The best bit is sitting out on the balcony in the evening with chees, bread and wine and watch 'Booby Mountain' as the sun sets...very relaxing.
Thank you Paul and Wendy you have a beautiful home from home, very welcoming and easy to relax into.
Fantastic Base for Family Skiing Holiday
This is our second stay at Le Chatox - see our review of 21 April 2015. Again we had a fantastic time and highly recommend the chalet and local ski resorts. It was a bit busier this time being half term (previously we came at Easter) but not too much so. We hope to come back again next year.
Excellent House in the Rhone-Alpes
This is our second stay at Le Chatox. This is a very well equipped and comfortable house that is also smart and nicely designed. Our main activities on holiday are walking and for me road cycling. This is a great location for both. There are some great walks both demanding, mildly challenging and more leisurely in a truly beautiful part of France and the Alpes. The views from the summit walks are breath taking. Rides can be started from the house which are described in the house information and marked up on maps by the owner who is a keen cyclist. My rides I kept to around 1.5 to 2.5 hours and the scenery is spectacular. The Tour went through the village in 2013 and you can do parts of, or all of the stage if you are up for it! The house sits on the edge of the town of Le Chatelard which has a convenient supermarket, filling station and few restaurant options nearby. Chez Cyril in Le Noyer is particularly good. I would thoroughly recommend this accommodation which is appointed to high standards.
Le Chatox absolutely ideal. Everything we needed to make our holiday complete. Had a great time. Would have liked to fit in more walking - perhaps next time. Good company and a lovely area to explore. Thanks for letting us go with Pam & Alan.
Le Chatox in June
We stayed at the Le chatox for 8 nights (22nd-29th June 2015) and had a wonderful time. When we stayed here about 5 years ago, we did a fly/drive via Geneva airport, but this time we went by car which was fairly straight forward (if you stick to the toll roads). Paul gave us very good directions which was very helpful for the last part of the journey. Le Chatox is a lovely holiday chalet set on a hill overlooking a valley with 2 mountain peaks in the background which make for a stunning view from the chalet balcony. Although it may be seem remote and can only be reached by car, you are rewarded by being in a fantastic rural location with breathtaking scenery. It is part of the village of Le Chatelard - one of 12 villages in Les Bauges. We took the opportunity to do lots of walking and went swimming in a local lake at Lescheraines, Visited Annecy (make sure you go there on a market day!), hired a boat on the lake as well as swimming in the lake, visited Aix Les Bains and another lake: Lac Bauget. There is no shortage of things to do and places to see! Cycling is very popular around this area, so if you're a keen cyclist and like some challenging climbs, this is the place to come!
Le Chatox is a very comfortable chalet with plenty of room and is very well equipped. The owners went out of their way to ensure our stay here was memorable. We will definitely go there again.
From the Owner
“Surrounded by cities of Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambery and Albertville, the mountain range of the Bauges in Savoie looks like a fortress as you drive into it. There are six roads that lead into the heart of this 'island in the sky' and its 'capital village' is Le Chatelard. Once in this designed area of outstanding natural beauty, the countryside slants slowly toward the villages, vast fields and forests. The inhabitants called "Baujus" are warm mountain people who are willing to share the love for their region. By horse, donkey, foot, bike, paraglider, ski or snowshoe the Massive of the Bauges has something for everyone. Its an all year round paradise with something for lovers of all four seasons or just one. We bought into Les Bauges because its a step back in time and and we love it and want t share the experience. Just see our reviews for confidence.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Skiing (alpine or cross country)Walking, cycling (road or MTB), para-sending, swimming, cannoning, climbing, butterfly hunting, flora and forna trails, donkey rides through the old villages, rustic cooking restaurants - its all here! I am a keen cyclist and skier. Les Bauges is serious cycling county. In 2013 we were proud cheer Chris Froome in yellow as they came through the village! I can advise on routes for all abilities and the best places to stop and eat! You need to be good on the hills around here so a compact chain set is advised unless you wear an 'S' under your shirt..! In July a group of us cycled to Annecy to watch the Tour de France. The ride back up the 12km Col de Leschaux from 400 - 900meters in the pouring rain but still 25 degrees was awesome. We arrived back at Le Chatox in the sunshine and dry. One guest described it as the best cycling day of his life.
Ten minutes to Lescheraine and their lovely swimming lake with mountain views. It has flumes, jetty, restaurant/cafe and a large grass beach. A great venue for a summers days with the family.
Its just 30mins to Annecy and Aix-les-bains for great beaches around the lakes both sandy and grass. A good day out is down by the lake before it gets to hot to laze in the sun watching the paragliders come down. Then a short cycle on the private cycle route around the lake to Annecy for lunch or dinner
Flydrive Geneva,Chambery,Grenoble. Geneva is best. If booking in advance you should get a return from £50. Go to Skyscanner for prices and flight times from all airports.Access to Le Chatox is just 60 minutes away from picking up your car in Geneva now the new motorway route to Annecy is open. Car hire is available from £22 a day at AutoEurope. Drive from Calais allow 8hrs. 565 miles. the 8.30am Dover usually gets us off at 11am french time and we arrive at 7pm for a quick supermarket shop.
Le Chatelard is right at the centre of Les Bauges and is conveniently located for day trips to nearby places of interest: Les Aillons - 17km (15-20 mins). Margeriaz - 17km (15-20 mins). Aix les Bain - 30km (30 mins). Annecy - 30km (30 mins). Chambery - 45km (45 mins). Geneva - 60km (55 mins). La Plagne - 100km (1hr 20 mins). Valmorel - 80km (1hr 20 mins). Les Arc - 110km (1hr 40 mins). Grenoble - 125km (1hr 25 mins). Chamonix - 140km (1hr 45 mins).
A brand new supermarket has just opened in le Chatelard - Carrefour which is great for all provisions and just 1km from Le Chatox. There is so much to do in Les bauges that we recommend you go straight to website for all info from skiing, hiking, fishing, cycling, treking, cooking, painting, crafts, donkey trails, the 14 villages of Les bauges, the festivals and activities on offer. Check with the Tourist information in Le Chatelard if in doubt. They even have the menues for all the local restuarants. For Sunday lunch or a treat try the Auberge de le Clarines, Le Chatelard or hotel in Jarsy - just 3 kms away. For real alpine food go to Mont Pelat restuarant at les Aillons ski resot - 12 kms. For a real blues vib and rustic charm Vincent and Cathy at the Auberge de la Margeriaz will look after you at the top of the Col de Leschaux. If you decend it, you're in Annecy and one of the mosrt romantic towns on earth. The lake at Annecy is officially the cleanest in euorpe. You swim with swans - its superb.
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25 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Christmas and NY weeks
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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Additional pricing information
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£350 security deposit to confirm reservation. Rental payment 8 weeks prior to arrival. Full booking form to be completed. Security deposit to be returned within 28 days of stay. Saturday to Saturday changeover. 20% discount for couples on selected weeks. International payments must cover bank charges. Sterling to Euro's converted at the bank rate at timing of booking.
Flexible if possible and out of season based on availability but Saturdays preferred.
Notes on prices:
All prices include the cleaning and heating of Le Chatox and all logs. From September to April there is a heating supplement of £60 / 80 euro. We do ask guests to leave the chalet in an acceptable condition for the cleaner to do the change over. Prices do not include towels. Please call Paul for a chat if you have any questions 0044 7971 915316.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“Being quite literally in the centre of a national park, our chalet, Le Chatox, is brilliantly located. Its key convenience is because of all 14 villages in Les Bauges there is only one major supermarket (Carrefour)and its in our village! 15-30 mins away are FIVE amazing ski resorts, unbelievable cycling, walks, swimming and Aix le-Bain, Annecy and Chambery only 30 min away for day trips. We built here in 2009 and made sure we had the biggest terrace balcony for eating out with friends and family with 8 seated comfortably and a view to die for facing the mountains. Star gazing, bird watching, butterfly chasing appear to be popular with guests! The locals are warm, friendly and eager for you to enjoy yourselves. Les Bauges is hidden in a distant time...we hope it stays that way. go to www.lesbauges.com to learn more about this amazing location.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Garage ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Games ...
- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Video Library
- Private Chef
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- ski lift pass
- ski pass optional
- whitewater rafting
- 108 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Upstairs: large bathroom bath/shower, wc, wasbasin. Downstairs: Shower room, wc, wash basin, ipod shower player, underfloor heating, towel heater.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a Double with its own shared balcony with. Bedroom 2 which is a twin. Bedrooms 3 and 4 are twin at the rear of the chalet. All rooms are very similar in size. We have a cot and baby chair if needed.
- Balcony ...
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Veranda ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- 4 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Special rates for small families and couples! Heating Le Chatox is by under-floor heating on the first floor and a cosy wood burning stove. The lounge has TV/DVD/ipod docking, CD film library and book case. We have board games, chess and card games for children as well as a competition table tennis table and darts in the 'cave'. There is a collection of books and local maps and info on what’s on in the area to plan your itinerary. We have a book on things to see and do and encourage you to add to this for future guests. The open plan living area is large and with 8 of us there last summer, we never felt overcrowded or on top of each other. The L sofa and double sofa seat 8 comfortably and there's also the rocking chair and guitar if you fancy a strum and sing along after dinner and wine! There is no wi-fi but passing time soaking in the amazing view with some melancholy music and a glass of your fav tipple as the fire crackles, is surely more preferable? Come and get Chatoxed! Outside: Guest say that the massive terrace balcony is a huge plus, especially in warm weather when you host dinner parties outside or just BBQ. We have binoculars for bird watching the amazing birds of pray, badgers and deer. We virtually lived out there last summer! At night the star show is amazing. Owls hoot and wildlife roam. There is a BBQ in the cave and this can also come up to the balcony or patio. Please clean and replace the BBQ if you use it. The patio to the garden is good for shade in the afternoon and sun in the morning. There are four sun loungers and two summer recliners. Paul is a triathlete and can advise on routes for all abilities and advise on cycling, swimming and running ... oh and beer as well! Just remember, this is serious cycling territory! For those less energetic you can unwind and relax and find your inner being or just laze the dayz away on a sun lounger, a good book, or paint the stunning views, bird watch with our Nature Watch binoculars .. its all here .. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer. Can be used to store boots and coats and as a drying room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Logs, Fresh sheets and bedding included. Towels not included. Le Chatox is fully cleaned on change over days and this is built into the rental costs. Sept-April has a minimum heating supplement of £40 and £10 per person thereafter. Other: Decking area to the side of the chalet for pure relaxation and al fresco dining; garden furniture provided and a barbecue. Massive terrace balcony facing the mountains. Can seat 8 for dinner! Garage parking. Masses of room for ski's bikes etc in 'cave'.