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Beautiful Alpine Chalet in Les Bauges Regional Park with stunning mountain views



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Ideally located for cycling, walking & outdoor activities including winter ski

La Bonne Vie, named after the French for 'The Good Life' - our chalet is exactly that. Enjoying a quiet hilltop location with beautiful views across the valley and mountains. La Bonne Vie is on the outskirts of the village of Le Chatelard in the Massif des Bauges Regional Park and offers everything you could wish for in a peaceful Alpine holiday. Le Chatelard is easily accessible by road but still remains unspoilt and retains a certain old world charm and authenticity. It is a quiet, friendly village with a supermarket, restaurant, tourist information, bank and post office and a small local food market every Friday morning held in the summer months where you can buy locally produced cheeses, vegetables, linens and crafts. Les Bauges is an area of outstanding natural beauty, heritage and tradition and our chalet is the perfect base to explore a wide range of outdoor activities or to simply sit back and relax. If you are an adventure seeker, nature lover, walker or keen cyclist you will find plenty to do in both the summer and winter months. The towns of Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambery and Albertville are all within 30 minutes drive and whether you want to explore the many historical and cultural attractions in these nearby towns or you would rather explore the wine list at one of the local restaurants, the Bonne Vie strikes the perfect holiday balance and makes an idyllic escape for couples and families alike.

In winter enjoy skiing at the nearby ski resorts of Les Aillons / Margeriaz and Le Revard and La Felcaz. These traditional resorts are perfect for families, beginners and intermediates; or off-piste skiing for the more advanced.

The chalet has a comfortable, modern interior which easily accommodates 6 people.

Entering the property through the front door you have a spacious hallway where you can hang up your coats and leave your shoes. Off the hallway is a modern shower room with 90cm shower, basin and WC.

Moving through the hallway you enter a fully equipped modern kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, oven and induction hob, combination microwave and all the usual cooking utensils and crockery. The kitchen window looks out on the forest and fields and the French doors open out onto a decked out patio area which enjoys the sun from early afternoon until sunset.

As you move through the kitchen towards the front of the property to admire the beautiful views you pass through the dining area with its picture window, large birch table and chairs.

And into the lounge with its ample seating including a large L-shaped sofa. The large windows and sliding doors, with built in electric blinds, provide natural light throughout, giving this area a relaxing, airy atmosphere. A wood burning fire and under floor heating keep you comfortably warm in the winter. Logs supplied. Come down in the morning and, at the touch of a button, allow the light and views to flood in: what a way to start the day!

The lounge / dining area open onto a balcony, the perfect place to sit and enjoy the great views across the valley and of Mt. Colombier.

The chalet is equipped with a flat screen TV/DVD/Satellite & iPod docking station with speakers. A selection of DVD's, board games and books are there for your entertainment.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one double and two twin bedded rooms. The front bedrooms having superb views over the valley and the bedroom at the rear overlooks the fields and forest. There is a bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. All rooms have electric heaters.

On the ground level is a double length garage and ‘cave' with washing machine, tumble dryer and plenty of storage space for sports equipment, boots, bikes and skis (racks provided). We also have badminton rackets, beach rounders, frisbees etc for you to use.

Relax on the sunny patio in the garden and enjoy a barbecue, (garden furniture seats 6) or just watch the sun go down with a drink on the balcony.

Free WiFi for the first 2gB per week then £10 per gB after that. 2gB per week is usually plenty. Bed linen is supplied. Cleaning at the end of your stay included. Bath towels available at £2.50 each. No smoking or pets please.

Please see our website www.realalps.com for more details and links.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi, We are Ian and Katie and we live in Kent. We love to travel and spend as much time as we can at the chalet. Ian works as a telecoms engineer and is a keen cyclist. Katie is a specialist advisory teacher working with autistic children and their families. Our son is a freelance graphic designer and our daughter has recently graduated with a degree in Philosophy and is currently living and working in Melbourne.

We enjoy this area so much and we are happy to share our chalet and all that we know about the area with you. If you are looking for an alpine holiday with plenty to see and do or just a peaceful place to relax, we think La Bonne Vie is just the place for you.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed 10 days from 31 July & our only complaint is that the stay was too short! The chalet is furnished to a very high standard, very comfortable with all mod cons. The views are even more stunning than the pictures on the website & at night the sky is amazing, the lack of light pollution means the stars really shine, we saw several shooting stars too. We have 4 children from 8-15 & have stayed at several French holiday camps with all the clubs & activities they provide, so were a bit worried that we might struggle to keep them entertained while staying at an Alpine holiday home in the summer. Glad to report there is loads to do - from lazing on the beach at Lac Annecy to thundering down a Luge at Semnoz. Kate & Ian have thoughtfully provided a comprehensive folder full of local attractions & there is a local Tourist Office. We went away feeling we had barely scratched the surface. The acid test with any holiday is “would you go back?”, in our case the answer is a unanimous yes!
Jan 2010
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Great holiday location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in the house, very comfortable for 2 adults with 3 (large) teenage boys. Well equipped kitchen and good dining / lounge area. Ideal holiday location for walking, running & cycling and also visiting nearby Annecy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rob and we hope to see you again. Kind regards, Ian and Katie
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  • 5 of 5

Great facilities in a wonderful location. Had a very relaxing 3 night stay. Pre arrival information very helpful. Looking forward to the next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paul, Really pleased you had a relaxing stay and hope to hear from you again. Kind regards, Ian
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A well appointed chalet in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this cosy, well appointed chalet located in the beautiful Savoie region of France. This is the perfect base for an action packed or relaxed holiday, any time of year. There is so much to see and do in this area. The Owner Ian was most efficient and helpful.

Many Thanks Ian.

The McLoughlin family.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Roger, Thank you for your kind comments. Next time you will be on the red runs:-) Hope to hear from you again. Kind regards, Ian
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Ideal location to explore from, beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

A well-equipped, very cosy chalet. The owners were very prompt to reply to any queries and were extremely helpful with suggestions of things to do in the area. A perfect base to explore from with a hire car. Peaceful, cosy and near local amenities. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic chalet in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic stay in a very well-appointed chalet, one of the best we have ever stayed in. Everything we could have wished for and more was provided. Stunning views from the balcony at the front and a lovely eating-out terrace to the side. Annecy was busy but beautiful - best parking was on the outskirts of town with a walk around the lake into the town centre. The Cascade de Tyroliennes zip wire course at Aillon Le Jeune was great for teenagers and took three hours so a good half-day activity. Lovely beaches with good facilities at Sévrier and Doussard and the chance to swim in Lake Annecy whilst looking up at the mountains. Pizzas from Le Feu de Bois in Le Châtelard were excellent. A very highly recommended chalet in a beautiful area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kevin & Kate, We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and thank you so much for your kind review. Kind regards, Ian
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Stunning mountain views

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for 5 nights with my husband and two small children. The quality of the property is excellent and the views are amazing. Good location for visiting Annecy and Aix. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jo. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind comments. Ian
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From the Owner

We have visited many regions of France over the years and were introduced to the Savoie region by some friends. We immediately liked the tranquil environment and the friendliness of the local Baujus and decided it would be the perfect place to escape to all year round for a chance to practice our skiing, indulge in the local cuisine, cycle on our tandem, go for walks or just relax and drink wine! Our neighbours have become our friends and our French is slowly improving. This is our home from home and we would like to share it with like minded people who enjoy nature at its best, outdoor pursuits, amazing scenery, a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Geneva at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le Chatelard at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Annecy at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : Annecy at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Chatelard at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Les Aillons / Margeriaz at 17 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Annecy at 30 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The warm summers, clean air, low humidity and beautiful location make this the perfect location to enjoy many special interest holidays.

The Massif des Bauges is a perfect place for walkers. There are many trails of varying difficulty, we challenge you to try climbing to The Cross on top of La Dent de Rossanaz opposite our chalet.

With its beautiful and varied countryside this region offers a wide range of cycling itineraries of all levels of difficulty, from flat rides through river valleys to long alpine ascents into the heart of the Massif des Bauges. It is easy to see why these roads were chosen for the mountain finale of the 100th Tour de France. Mountain bikers can use the ski lifts at Les Aillons in July/August to take them up to Mont Pelat and La Rochettes and challenging downhills from Le Feclaz to Chambery and Le Revard to Aix les Bains. There are also plenty of family friendly routes - around the lakes in Leschaines and Annecy.

This beautiful location will inspire all painters out there to get their brushes out and paint the flora and landscapes.

Likewise keen photographers will be spoiled for choice, the geo park landscapes, the night sky, flora and fauna, its all there to be snapped.

Other activities available are paragliding, canyoning, horse riding, fishing, climbing, forest adventure trails, lake swimming and even hiking with donkeys - it is all there on our doorstep!

Lescheraines (10 minutes) has a swimming lake with a grass beach, water slide, jetty, paddling pool, tree adventure, tennis and a restaurant/bar. It is an ideal location for a picnic and catching some rays. There is also two outside heated swimming pools at Aillon de Jeune (July & Aug). Lake Annecy and Lake Bourget are perfect for swimming (24C) in summer, some beaches have water slides and diving boards. Boat hire is available, the perfect way to see the lake

Getting there

Fly/drive Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble. Geneva is the quickest way. Go to Skyscanner for prices and flight times from all airports: advanced bookings from £40 return. Easyjet is usually the cheapest. We are 1 hour from Geneva. We strongly recommend hiring the car from the Swiss side see www.realalps.com for details. To 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 (2 mins drive from the chalet).


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 (20 mins). Margeriaz - 17km (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).

Further Details:

There is a Carrefour supermarket in Le Chatelard. If eating out, Les Clarines restaurant provides a wonderful savoyard dining experience and is very popular with the locals, top tip - book in advance. For Sunday lunch try the hotel in Jarsy - just 3km away or for a taste of real alpine food go to Mont Pelat restaurant at Les Aillons ski resort - 12 kms. Chez Cyrille in Le Noyer is also a favourite restaurant of ours.

Catering Option – (Not usually available in July /August).

La Bonne Vie is pleased to offer the services of a personal chef to help make your self-catered holiday a holiday for everyone.

Melanie worked at the Michelin * Calcot Manor Hotel & has 10 yrs experience cooking for the luxury chalet market. If your have had a hard day on the piste or maybe it’s a special occasion: whatever the reason, why not put your feet up & let Melanie cook for you?

Melanie can provide delicious home cooked meals from a selection of starters, mains, desserts, cheeses and wines. Meals can be cooked either in the chalet or delivered to you.

Terres d´Altitude in Le Chatelard offers hiking, canyoning and via ferrata for the adventurous. There is horse riding in Lescheraines around the lakes and some excellent mountain biking routes. We have an English contact who can organize cycling tours & informal ski lessons if required.

Plenty of walking opportunities and Maison Faune-Flore in Ecole will show you what plants, flowers and wildlife to look out for on your treks.

The Tourist Office in Le Chatelard is most helpful and will help you book activities, spa treatments at Aix les Bain and excursions. The medieval city of Conflans on the outskirts of Albertville is an interesting place to spend an afternoon.

Annecy attractions - lakeside village of Menthon with its fairytale castle, Benedictine monastery at Talloires, alpine garden at Semnoz. Local markets, superb restaurants, great shops and a boat trip around the lake.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late Autumn break
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
27 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Ski 1
3 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Half term ski
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half term ski 2
18 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Ski 2
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 17
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early July
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Xmas / New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Cheap ski
4 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
£250 deposit required at time of booking. Refunded after departure.
Payment in full must be received no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival.
La Bonne Vie has the right to apply cancellation charges as follows:
More than 8 weeks before arrival - Loss of deposit.
6 - 8 weeks before arrival 50%.
4 - 6 weeks before arrival 60%.
2 - 4 weeks before arrival 80%.
0 - 2 weeks before arrival 100%.
No smoking or pets in the chalet. Thank you.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred for stays of a week or more but we are flexible especially Christmas period. Arrival after 6pm and departure by 1pm - flexible, depending on the time of the year.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds on a self-catering basis.
Bed linen and cleaning included.
Bath towels can be provided at £2.50 each..
Free WiFi for the first 2gB per week then £10 per gB after that. 2gB per week is usually plenty.
Discounts available for 2 week bookings in low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 03-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

The chalet was built in 2009, a project that we saw through from beginning to end. We now have a chalet with an open plan living area on the first floor, large picture windows, making it a light and airy space with stunning views. The chalet sits on a hillside on the outskirts of the village of Le Chatelard, which is the one of 14 villages in the Massif des Bauges, and conveniently has the only major supermarket (Carrefour) in the region for all your food and drink supplies. The village has many amenities including a quaint restaurant that is highly recommended, a bar/pizzeria, a small Friday market and the usual bank, post office and tabac. There are good road routes to Annecy, Aix les Bains, Albertvillle and Chambery, all about 30 minutes away. The regional park is quiet and has been described as 'an island of nature, where time is not an element' and you do feel you have stepped back in time and escaped the crowds at last. Ideally situated for the local ski resorts (and yet still only an hour from Orelle with its access to Val Thorens and the 3 vallées). A perfect base for walking, cycling, swimming and a host of other outdoor activities. For more information on these check out Terres d'Altitude or the Tourist Office, which can be found in the village. We love this area and we hope you will love it too!

Property Type

  • chalet


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 96 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Upstairs: large modern bathroom with bath and over shower, wc and wash basin. Downstairs: shower room, wc and wash basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Cot can be arranged for hire
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms are situated on the upper floor. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed with mountain and valley view. Bedroom 2 is a twin bedded room with mountain and valley view. Bedroom 3 is a twin bedded room, skylight and view to garden and woods.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The chalet is eco friendly with solar roof panels heating the hot water. There is underfloor heating downstairs & radiators in all the bedrooms, hallway and shower room. Heated towel rail in the bathroom. The lounge is open plan & comfortably seats 6 with a large L shaped sofa & a cosy log burning fire. There are various board games, books, dvd's, ipod docking, WiFi and television and plenty of information on what to do, where to eat, local walks and bike rides in the area. There is a large dining table at which to enjoy meals or, if al fresco dining is preferred, we have a private decked patio area to the side of the chalet which has table and chairs & enjoys the sun from early afternoon until nightfall in the summer, the perfect place to admire the view. High chair available. Cot hire can be arranged. Outside: La Bonnie Vie has a sloped garden with a decking area outside the kitchen which is ideal for lazy lunches & evening barbecues. The chalet is south facing & the decking area enjoys the sun from early afternoon to sunset. There is an outdoor dining table, chairs & parasol and a barbecue for al fresco dining. The balcony to the front provides the ideal spot for sitting back and enjoying the view or star gazing at night when the stars shine bright! Utility Room: Large cave space leading up from the garage. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer located in the cave. Indoor and outdoor clothes airers. The cave is ideal for storage of walking/ski equipment (ski racks for 8 pairs of skis) and bikes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and cleaning at the end of your stay are included in the price. Bath towels can be provided for £2.50 each. Other: Double length garage and plenty of outside parking. Decking area to the side of the chalet for pure relaxation and al fresco dining. Balcony to the front, enjoying the valley and mountain views

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