OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,033 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Ideally located for cycling, walking & outdoor activities including winter ski

La Bonne Vie - our chalet is exactly that -'The Good Life'. Situated on a quiet hilltop location with beautiful views across the valley and mountains, the chalet is on the outskirts of the village of Le Chatelard in the Massif des Bauges Regional Park. 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 selling 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, skier or 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, La Bonne Vie strikes the perfect holiday balance and makes an idyllic escape for couples, friends 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 for free UK channels & 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. 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

Ian & Katie McCabe
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 September, 2017

About Ian & Katie McCabe

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.

Ian & Katie McCabe purchased this chalet in 2009

Why Ian & Katie McCabe chose Massif des Bauges Regional Park

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.

What makes this chalet unique

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!

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
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Le Châtelard in Savoie

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1033 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

84% Complete
15% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beautiful Alpine Chalet in Les Bauges Regional Park with stunning mountain views
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 14 reviews

Light, spacious, comfortable French chalet

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb holiday in the French Alps (family of 5). The chalet was exceptional and our hosts extremely attentive and helpful. The chalet was equipped with everything you would need for an enjoyable holiday, even plenty of games and dvd's for rainy days. The information left by Ian and Katie was excellent, suggesting places to visit and details of directions and even parking.

We would highly recommend this chalet if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in the French Alps but with plenty of activities a short drive away.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa for your 5 star review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Bonne Vie and you found plenty of activities to do. Always lovely to have guests like yourselves stay and enjoy everything the area has to offer. You are welcome back anytime. Ian & Katie
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

11 out of 10 (a real home from home)

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property with all the facilities you'll need for a great holiday (including English TV allowing us to watch the Tour de France).

Stunning views.

Plenty to do nearby and great cycling roads.

Owners very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Richard for rating us 11 out of 10, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay, the cycling and the beautiful views. Come back and see us again. Ian & Katie
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Well appointed chalet in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This was a return trip to "La Bonne Vie" having stayed there over a year earlier for a wonderful skiing trip. This time the experience was equally enjoyable. "La Bonne Vie" is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful location. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to Ian for a very efficient and helpful service.

Kind Regards.

The McLoughlin family.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Very sorry to leave

  • 5 of 5

Although the temperatures were quite high and we saw more rain than snow, we had a super week in this very comfortable house. For fanatical skiers this area is obviously not challenging enough; but for more recreational skiers it was perfect! Gentle slopes, very affordable rates, beautiful panorama's from the top of the chairlift over the Alps, and besides that also lots of winter walking possibilies: all in all we were very sorry we had to leave. After an active day outdoors it was lovely to come 'home' again in this house with its more Scandinavian than French ambiance. We hope to return in the nearby future, as there are so many more walking trails we'd like to explore. And because the scenery must be stunning in other seasons as well! We would like to thank Ian and Katie for the very pleasant and prompt contacts, and the good information they provided.

Kind regards, Robin and Monique Bowman

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Le Chatelard
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Le Chatelard
Nearest Ski
17 Kilometres
Les Aillons / Margeriaz
Nearest Beach
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Le Châtelard, Savoie

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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
Half term ski
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Ski / Spring
24 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early summer
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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 3pm and departure by 10am - 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
Discounts available for 2 week bookings in low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Enquire Now