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Alpine Chalet w/Modern Furnishings, Great Place To Spend Time w/Family/Friends



Updated: 21-Sep-2016
Chalet in La Chapelle d'Abondance, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - High Quality Accommodation To Provide A Base For Winter Or Summer Activities.

Chalet Max is a typical alpine style building on the outside. The interior has been fitted out and furnished to give a contemporary feel and provide all comforts of a modern home. The Chalet will provide its guests with a calm and peaceful holiday and is a great base to experience the joys of outdoor life in the Alps. The location is ideal for access to the 'Portes du Soleil' skiing area, one of the largest in Europe, straddling the border between France and Switzerland and offering a wide variety of skiing opportunities, from absolute beginners to adrenaline seekers and off-pisters. In addition there are numerous snowshoe and cross country ski trails which pass the back garden. Summer activities are amazing too: mountain biking, road cycling, walking, white water rafting to name but a few. Alpine food is wonderful and being situated in the Abondance valley, a traditional farming area, copious amounts of delicious local cheeses are readily available to try and to buy.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mark and Lottie built Chalet Max in 2006 and we have been using it for our own holidays, coming at least 6 times a year, in all the school holidays. We love the area and are still discovering the fantastic diverse range of activities at different times of the year.

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Speaks English, French, German

5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Highly recommended by all our party

  • 5 of 5

(2 winter visits in Feb and April 2015)

The first thing that struck us about Chalet Max is how well-appointed, spacious and well-equipped it is; clean, stylish and homely. 10 people were accommodated comfortably with a good ratio of beds to bathrooms, and the garage was ideal for equipment storage. The owners have excellent local knowledge and provide useful recommendations.

Chatel is a fantastic place to ski; plenty of skiing for all levels, and great touring. Several excellent nearby restaurants frequented.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful chalet in great location

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Chalet Max twice now - once during October when we enjoyed some spectacular hiking, and once in February when we skiied at nearby Chatel and Pré La Joux. The chalet is very comfortable and clean, extremely well equipped, and fabulously located next to a river and just a very short drive from La Chapelle, Chatel, and great ski fields and hikes. The owners are really friendly, generous and helpful. An ideal summer retreat if you like hiking, mountain biking or climbing, and an awesome winter location for snow sports.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious chalet

  • 5 of 5

Chalet Max has plenty of space and is very comfortable. An excellent location - not just for skiing but also for walking and cycling in the mountains. (It's worth cycling up to Col de Bassachoux). Tennis courts are also nearby. So endless options! Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, well appointed chalet close to ski lifts and restaurants. Chalet is very spacious and well equipped. Owners extremely helpful and friendly. We loved the location, we used our hire car to get to ski lifts, but bus stop right outside chalet.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, hope to see you again at Chalet Max. Great for summer trips as well!
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High quality accommodation

  • 4 of 5

We've enjoyed two great skiing holidays staying at Chalet Max. Unusually for alpine resort chalets it is extremely well appointed and very comfortable, clean and well maintained - important to our party which includes non-skiers. Two good restaurants are within a 20 minute walk so no one has to forego a glass of wine with dinner. We like the quiet location and the river at the end of the garden. Its also useful that the drive is level so not a danger to grandparents when it snows.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
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From the Owner

The chalet is situated in the commune of La Pesse, between the small towns of La Chapelle D'Abondance and Chatel both offering ski lifts with access to the whole Portes du Soleil ski area. It is in a quiet spot with a river at the end of the garden, spectacular mountain walks starting from the chalet, tennis courts almost across the road and a good supermarket 5 minutes away!

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The chalet is also a great base for summer breaks. Numerous well marked mountain paths start at or near the chalet, making it a haven for walkers; mountain biking is very popular here in one of Europe's best mountain bike areas served by the winter ski lifts; La Chapelle d'Abondance has its own Via Ferrata rock climb or you could try Chatel's infamous 'Fantasticable', sliding 240 metres above the valley along 2.5 Kilometres of wire. White-water rafting, canyoning, hydrospeeding, kayaking etc are all available from May to September.

Other activities include: tennis courts a short walk away, horse riding, swimming, fishing.

At Chalet Max we can offer a range of activities and courses for groups of people who want to have a good time but also learn some new skills. We can arrange for a dedicated teacher to look after the needs of a group who want to learn to cook, improve their language skills, paint and draw, or learn more about the Alpine flora and fauna.


From 40 minutes drive from Chalet Max are the beaches of Lac Leman - St Gingolph, Evian, Thonon and at Geneva itself.

Nearest swimming pools: for summer there are outdoor pools in Chatel, Morgins (10 mins drive), Evian (40 mins drive), St Gingolph (40mins) and some lovely spa pools in Switzerland (Val d'Illiez or Lavee les Bains - 30/45 mins away by car) for all year round. A lovely lake with zip wire is located at Bernex (30mins drive)


The chalet is one and a half hours from Geneva airport by car.

Access to the Chalet from Calais by car is 10 hours drive.

There is a choice of trains and local buses to access the chalet if public transport is preferred.

Once in the Chalet then a car is ideal. There are ski bus stops outside the Chalet and local buses to explore the valley.


Chalet Max is 3 km from Chatel and Chapelle d`Abondance. To explore Switzerland the border is 5 Km from the Chalet.

Chalet Max is one and a half hours from Geneva.

Further Details:

Numerous restaurants are accessible within a short drive - some details of our favourites are in the chalet.

If you like out door life then Chalet Max is the perfect base all year round. In summer the location is great for walkers, bird watchers and nature lovers. Beautiful landscape is on your door step ready to explore.

The village of Chatel offers a wide range of shops and activities to suit all needs.

There is the sophistication of Geneva and Lac Leman for culture and sailing an hour down the road.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Aug 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
8 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
12 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
26 Feb 2017 - 25 Mar 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
26 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non - refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure the booking. The balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of 500 Euro (£450) is required (payable with the balance payment) and will be returned within 14 days of departure providing there has been no damage to the chalet.
A deposit is required for use of the bikes.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - arrival from 4pm; departure by 10am.
Other days possible - contact us to discuss.

Notes on prices:
Other rental periods available - please contact Mark or Lottie.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Sep-2016
Available arrival



  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master bedroom with en-suite shower and WC, shower room with hand basin, Bathroom with separate shower and hand basin. Separate WC on the ground and first floor.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom - King size bed, bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 with twin beds and bedroom 5 with adult sized bunk beds.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Chalet Max is a very comfortable place to stay with loads of natural daylight and space to switch off from life at home. The location of the Chalet allows access to the supermarket within 2 minutes in the car; there are public tennis courts within a couple of minutes walk from the Chalet. Chatel and Chapelle d'Abondance are 5 minutes drive. Outside: The Chalet has its own large grassed garden with a stream running through the middle and the river Dranse running along the end boundary.There is a patio area with garden furniture ideal for a barbecue and outdoor dining and sunbathing. Utility Room: Washing Machine and Dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are hired per person at the time of booking. Please advise how many double beds and single beds are required. Cleaning at the end of the rental period is included within the rental cost. Other: Large garage with car port. Parking for 2 more cars at front. 3 comfortable "hybrid bikes" are available on request. NEW for 2013 - an electric assist bicycle, ideal for cycling on hilly roads providing exercise with assistance!

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