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Spacious chalet auberge for skiers and cyclists. Sleeps 2-18 persons. 9 bedrooms

Bedrooms 9
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Chalet Sports auberge in Villard Reculas, Alpe d'Huez - offering self catering, B&B and half board for 2 to 18 guests. Close to Alpe d'Huez

Close to Alpe d’Huez, France. La Source chalet is owned and managed by Michael Baldwin – ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier. The chalet is a converted 220 year old traditional Oisans stone and wooden chalet south facing with panoramic views of the surrounding area. It has been renovated to an extremely high standard, keeping the charm and character of the building whilst creating modern facilities. A new extension was completed in 2009 to provide a further 2 modern and stylist bedrooms with Italian shower rooms. Within the extension on the lower ground floor is a modern professional kitchen and spacious storage areas. A large south facing decked area with outdoor spa compliments the interior of the chalet for sun lounging, Al fresco eating and general view gazing! There is plenty of parking close to the chalet and a free village navette bus will take you to the ski lifts - 300 metres away. During the summer months La Source is close to all the famous mountain passes, including the tour de France route up to Alpe d'Huez. We have a secure large cycle shed with plenty of tools and stands for cycle maintenance.

La Source is available for self catering - up 18 beds available over 9 bedrooms, but we also offer B&B and demi pension arrangements for smaller groups. Please make contact and we will advise you on how we can provide the flexibility in our arrangements to maximise your stay with us

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Michael Baldwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin - ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier.

Settled at La Source in Villard Reculas after a career in London in the hospitality industry. Decided in 1998 to combine my professional expertise with my interests in mountains activities - in particular mountains sports: skiing, snow-shoeing, ski rando, hiking, Via ferrata, VTT, road cycling. Have not regretted the decision and enjoy hosting guests in the winter months around the Alpe d'Huez ski domaine, and in the summer pointing guests in the right direction for cycling and walking.

Michael Baldwin purchased this chalet in 1998

Why Michael Baldwin chose Villard-Reculas

The chalet sports auberge is full of character and charm - with the benefit of modern facilities

A charming quiet village with spectacular south facing views from la Source

Lots of sun - both winter and summer

Easy access to the Alpe d'Huez ski area from the lifts in Villard Reculas

Within a few kilometers of the Tour de France Alpe d'Huez climb and the other popular cycling cols

Secure cycle storage with electricity, water and cycling tool with work space.

BBQ and large decking for ideal relaxation - summer and winter

equipped and secure cycle workshop for up to 15 cycles

Free village navette - bus during the winter ski season

Free laundry for cyclists during summer months

What makes this chalet unique

La Source chalet has possibly the best alpine view in Villard Reculas! Spacious south facing decking with outdoor spa with uninterrupted views across the valley and peaks beyond. A small picturesque Alpine village, yet linked efficiently to the large Alpe d'Huez ski area

During the summer months the outside spacious decking is ideal for relaxing and entertaining, with plenty of sun loungers, deck chairs and BBQ. a BBQ is available for guests use as well as the inviting hot tub

A bike work shop has recently been constructed to offer a safe, secure and equipped area for those running cycle repairs!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Craig family - thanks for an amazing Christmas and New Year 2013 stay at la Source. Great food, amazing hospitality and wonderful location to stay and ski from. We will be returning.Thank you

Milson family February 2013. Thank you for your kind hospitality, great food and cheery faces. La Source is an absolute gem!

Maiklem Family February 2013. Thank you Michael and Andy for a fantastic week. Great weather and snow and hospitality. Lovely to come back again after 4 years and hope to see you again!
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Villard-Reculas in Isere

Property Type:
  • chalet
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18 ...
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 6 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 7 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 8 - Shower Enclosure
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , South facing views and shower room accross coridor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , South facing views with balcony and shower accross coridor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Back ensuite room
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , modern bedroom with ensuite facilities
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds with modern ensuite facilities
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed , in the upper apartment sharing a bathroom
    Bedroom 9 - 2 Single Bed , in the apartment sharing a bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , delux room with south facing views and modern ensuite
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , family rom with twin/double ensuite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Summary of the accommodation available: 18 guests. 7 double/twin bedded rooms most with private facilities. 1 double bedded room with private facilities. 1 bunk bedded room with private facilities - suitable for 2 children or 1 adult. Large vaulted lounge with plenty of comfortable sofas and a dining area with seating for 18 persons. A separate sun lounge with fantastic uninterrupted mountain views. this room has a flat screen TV and a full library of books, maps, guides etc and a wide selection board games. WIFI available throughout the chalet. A separate self contained apartment with galley kitchen and lounge area and 2 bedrooms can be combined with the main chalet for larger groups up to 18 persons Outside: La Source chalet faces due south with uninterrupted views of the Romanche valley below and the mountains of the Oisans and Ecrin ranges facing La Source. In December and January the sun rises on the decking at 9.00am and sets at 4.00pm (7 hours) and during March and April the sun is still on the decking at 6.30pm - enjoy your post ski afternoon tea relaxing, enjoying the views and maybe some afternoon sun bathing! Our guests tell us that the view from the chalet is one of the most spectacular sights from any ski chalet they have seen - come and judge for yourself! Secure covered bike storage and cycle work room, BBQ and outdoor seating and parasols. check in after 1600 hours. Checkout before 1000 hour


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Spacious chalet auberge for skiers and cyclists. Sleeps 2-18 persons. 9 bedrooms
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Tuscon USA

Great alpe d'huZes week. Great chalet, food excelkent and attentive service

  • 5 of 5

Back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A magic place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at LaSource and absolutely loved it.A beautiful and very comfortable old chalet with magnificent views over the mountains, right in the middle of a small and authentic village linked to the ski domain of Alpe dHuez without the hussle and bustle of a big resort. Michael's hospitality is great, he is also an amazing cook.He made us feel at home right away.Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very homely!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the La Source over Christmas - a family group of 13 adults + a baby. It was absolutely perfect! The living room space is super cosy and has direct access to the huge terasse with an astonishing view over the valley. The rooms are nice and tidy - some with access to own bathroom, others share bathrooms. Well-equipped kitchen; we decided to cook everything ourselves, but I am sure Michael can serve some nice food as well, if that option is chosen.

Michael is the perfect host - very friendly and helped us with ski-rentals, driving us around etc.

We can highly recommend the place! ...only thing is, we hope that not too many hear about it ;-) We will return sometime!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for your positive comments. It was great having you staying at la Source and sharing our enthusiasm for skiing and hiking and the great outdoors. I really hope that you will return and enjoy Villard Reculas and Alpe d'Huez in its winter glory!
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Perfect location for biking tour

  • 5 of 5

Staying 13 adults at Michaels wonderfull chalet for biking Alpe d'Huez was absolutly perfect - the chalet is huge, charming, wonderful atmosphere, best mountain view ever seen and you have all the biking routes at the front door. Michael was a perfect host both before and during our stay - sending all relevant informations, welcoming us and serving SO good local french/english menues. For a large family or a group of 10-14 friends I highly recommend the charlet.

Peter Stougaard, Copenhagen

September 2017

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter and his friends were great fun - and the perfect guests for La Source. I really enjoyed cooking for the group and delighted that they appreciated the food and hospitality at La Source chalet They should return soon - as there remains many cycling routes to be discovered!!
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Villard Reculas
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Villard reculas
Nearest Ski
150 Metres
Villard reculas


Alpe d'Huez - 8kms. 15 minutes.

Bourg d'Oisans - 15kms. 20 minutes.

Grenoble - 50 Kms. 55 minutes.

Grenoble St Geoirs Airport - 80kms. 1 hour 20 minutes.

Lyon st exupery airport - 1 hour 45 mins via motorway

Owned and managed by Michael Baldwin – ski enthusiast, mountaineer, cyclist and hotelier.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £436.97

Booking Notes:
Please note: Prices indicated are for 18 persons maximum - 9 bedrooms on a self catering basis for one week - normally Saturday. The chalet is rented out for full occupancy during the main UK and European school holidays.
If you are interested in renting the chalet for a smaller group from 10 to12 persons - please email your requirements for a revised quote
it is advisable to take out holiday insurance to cover for example: cancellation due to illness or other reasons
B&B and evenings meals - please enquire

Half board and B&B arrangements are also provided throughout the year - email for details and prices.

Changeover Day:
Winter months: December 2017 to April 2018 - Saturday change over for self catering guests.

Catered and B&B guests throughout the year - flexible arrivals and departures.

Notes on prices:
Prices indicated are for one week self catering for 18 persons with 9 bedrooms all with private facilities.
email if you are interested to rent for a smaller group, and we can provide a quote on the numbers and bedrooms required.
Prices include: bed linen, toiletries, and local tourist tax
Please bring your own towels and beach towels for the sauna or local swimming pools
End of week cleaning charge is €150.00 euros unless otherwise agreed. Caution to be paid on arrival €500.00. All rental payments by bank transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.