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Large Chalet With Spectacular Views, Perfect For Both Winter And Summer Holidays



Updated: 08-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 11
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Holiday Home in Bonvillaret, Nr Aiguebelle, Massif de la Maurienne, Savoie, French Alps - Peaceful Edge Of Village Location, 5 Minute Drive From The Nearest Town

Traditional stone and cedar chalet built 2005 with modern construction techniques, including underfloor heating and automated wood-chip boiler (with solar store) in adjacent building.

Peaceful edge of village location with stunning views from sunrise to sunset.

6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (see plan picture).

Convivial large open plan kitchen/dining/living area - extendable oak dining table, woodburner, oak flooring - 270 degree view balconies, automated sun/security blinds.

Wifi/DVD/media area (relatively slow connection).

Bookshelves with lots of maps and local information, DVDs.

Laundry room in basement with seperate sink and drying area.

Large garage, summer furniture for outside, additional fridge and freezer.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mark Richards
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2017

About Mark Richards

Mark, Lottie, Max, Milo, Flo and Rosie the dog.

We live in Somerset in the UK and get to the chalet as often as we can in both summer and winter.

Mark has been passionate about ski touring in the area for over 20 years.

Mark Richards purchased this chalet in 2005

Why Mark Richards chose Rhone-Alpes

Mark found a spectacularly located cow barn with a hand painted For Sale sign on it in 2005 - 2 years later the chalet was complete.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is truly peaceful with commanding unspoiled views and just the occasional cow or deer or buzzard to distract you.

15 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


Great base for family skiing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved this chalet and its location. It is spacious, well maintained and well equipped. The views are indeed spectacular and there are nice walks in the area. There were 12 of us including a baby and not everyone was skiing so we wanted somewhere that was within easy reach of ski stations (there are several within one hour's drive) but was comfortable and peaceful for those who were staying in. Mark's chalet in Bonvillaret worked perfectly for us. As it turned out, most of our skiing was done in Saint Francois Longchamp / Valmorel which was perfect for our grandchildren on their first skiing holiday. One of the big highlights was completing a 1500 piece jigsaw (except for the one missing piece!) which kept many of the family busy for hours on end. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to be back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic base for skiing in different resorts

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant week at your lovely chalet. We had a great time following all of your recommendations so thank you also for all of your help. We loved Les Karellis, and the children's favourite run became Villivoue (!!!) they couldn't get up there quick enough and then found all the jumps on the way down under the chairlift! Sept Laux had amazing views and St Francois Longchamps was also good, so a varied week. The chalet was very comfortable indeed, so no doubt we will be looking to book again in the future. Many thanks, Rachel

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Modern well equipped Chalet in quiet rural setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday, enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, valleys and lakes. The chalet is spacious and well equipped, with lovely views in three directions from large windows and open balconies. The property is in a quiet area, but nonetheless located within easy access of the motorway network and we enjoyed walking, swimming, cycling and sightseeing in all directions around.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Xmas

  • 5 of 5

We rented the chalet for Xmas and it was exactly as described and fit our family of 12 : 8 adults, 4 children.

Everything was as promised, there were no surprises.

We like the arrangement of the chalet as there was space for us all to spread out and do our own things.

We like to cook and the kitchen was well equipped so it was a real pleasure.

Despite the lack of snow we had a good time, the weather was bright and sunny so we spent a lot of time on the balcony which has an amazing view.

The environment was quite and peaceful with walking distance to the wood so we did a lot of “ballades” and the kinds were happy to see the ships and cows walking around.

Comfortable place, nice weather contribute for a very relaxing Xmas.

It was also a pleasure to deal with Mark, he was very responsive

We would definitely recommend the chalet.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Echappe Belle

  • 5 of 5

Estuvimos aquí para correr la Ultra Trail de Echappe Belle.

Disfrutamos de una gran carrera y descansamos perfectamente en esta maravillosa casa.

Es perfecta!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Bon Bonvillaret

  • 5 of 5

A really wonderful chalet. Three generations aged 71 to 1,10 people in all had plenty of space and never felt cramped.The bedrooms are all a good size and the master bedroom is lovely.We found everything very clean and well equipped.Mark[the owner] was very easy to deal with and I would have no hesitation in recommending the chalet.

It is off the usual tourist track and we had to find out what local attractions there were for ourselves.This,however ,meant everything was considerably cheaper than other areas of France we have visited.The local lakes are delightful for swimming and canoeing,bikes are really cheap to hire in Chambrey as are the nearby swimming pools.We had a beautiful meal at The 12 Clochers near Abertville but for me sitting out on the balcony with a glass of wine and watching the sun set was memorable.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

Mark found a spectacularly located cow barn with a hand painted For Sale sign on it in 2005 - 2 years later the chalet was complete.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lyon / Grenoble / Geneva at 110 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aiguebelle / Aiton at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aiguebelle / Albertville / Chambery at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A43 / A430 at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Aiguebelle Aiton at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : 15+ resorts at 15 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Pierre d'Albigny / Saint Alban d'Hurtieres at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

In addition to skiing and ski touring in the winter, road and mountain biking is fantastic in the summer with marked trails and Tour de France routes. You can also walk straight onto the Arc massif behind the chalet (refuges you can stay in are marked on the IGN maps in the bookcase).


Airports: Chambery 25mins, Grenoble or Lyon 1hr, Geneva 1hr10m. Small gliding/flying/parachuting club airfield 10 mins.

Train: TGV 15 mins St Jean De Maurienne or Chambery, or Albertville 20 mins.

Driving: 7h from Chunnel. SE from Chambery A41, left onto A43 dir Albertville, immediately right staying on A43 dir Frejus tunnel and Turin, immediately exit for Aiton at Peage 24. House 10 mins from junction, either via Aiton Le Plan or Aiguebelle/Randens.

Further Details:

Chalet is very peaceful and in a stunning location - which means nearest shops are 5+ minutes away by car.

There are 6 bedrooms with two further rooms in the basement reserved by the owner.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Our preferred option is for you to first inquire with your dates, number of guests and any questions. Once your booking is agreed we ask for a £500 deposit by bank transfer to confirm the booking, with payment for the full rental amount due 60 days prior to arrival. Subject to inspection after departure the deposit will be returned within 14 days.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferred as changeover day, with guests aiming to leave by 9am and new guests arriving 5pm or after - this allows adequate time for cleaning and laundry change. The property is looked after by Guy and Gisele who live locally.

Notes on prices:
Prices will be confirmed with numbers of guests and length of stay, some people book for a month, others book for a week and then stay longer the second time!

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Updated: 08-Apr-2017


From the Owner

The chalet is truly peaceful with commanding unspoiled views and just the occasional cow or deer or buzzard to distract you.

Property Type

  • chalet


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Stereo


  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 234 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is a 'wet room' in the basement
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, En-suite to master bedroom (bedroom 6 on plan)
  • En-suite to master bedroom with bath and separate shower, WC and bidet. Family bathroom floor 2 with bath and separate shower, WC. Family bathroom to floor 1 with bath and separate shower, WC. Ground floor wet room, WC.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed, 2x bunks 1x single
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master with double bed (bedroom 6 on plan), en-suite, study, walk in cupboard large balcony. Bedroom 1-4 with double beds bedside tables large mirrored hanging wardrobes chests of drawers. Bedroom 5 children's room with bunks and extra single bed.


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


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: Large rooms, wooden floors, high wooden ceilings, recessed lights, wooden staircase, fully tiled bathrooms, electric shutters. Outside: Large parking area for 5 cars, modest garden around house on all sides laid to lawn, garden gate to walk up hill behind house, wood store under balcony, separate boiler house. Utility Room: Ground floor utility room, large capacity washing and separate drying machines, flush sink, vacuum and broom cupboard, drying radiator and clothes rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Property is cleaned before and after your stay. Other: Downstairs hall rack for coats/boots, upstairs hall bookcase with maps & DVDs. Large garage with ski/bike storage area, automatic door, dry wood storage area. Separate outhouse with eco wood boiler, solar panels and automated wood chip store. Log store.

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