This fantastically family-friendly and luxurious chalet has a brilliant setting in the heart of the Haute Savoie’s stunning cross-country ski region and 10-minutes from the buzzing downhill scene and 'family plus' resort of Le Grand-Bornand. But, with its stunning views, heated pool and indoor and outdoor play areas, its as well suited to summer holidays as it is too skiing.
Chalet le 4 can be rented on an exclusive basis, as detailed here, or split into three 2-bedroom apartments and one, 3-bedroom apartment, making it ideal for extended family or friends who'll enjoy their own private space but combined with fantastic shared facilities, inside and out.
Built in 1896, it’s every bit the chocolate-box Alpine chalet, surrounded by gob-smacking mountain scenery and now the owners, Eva and Piet, have brought it bang up to date, including everything families could possibly wish for. The indoor pool is a serious bonus, winter or summer, with a shallow end, ‘Endless Pool’ jet stream for a proper swim, massage jets and children’s fountain. When summer temperatures hit the 20’s and 30’s, families can also slide back the doors from the swimming pool room to the chalet’s 100m² deck, with sun loungers and a barbecue.
Besides the pool, Chalet le 4 has a sauna and state-of-the-art gym, plus a dream playroom to keep children happy for hours, including a reading corner, art and crafts materials, Lego and Duplo, wooden trains and tracks, cars, miniature animals, a dressing up box, table football and U-rated DVD’s. For playing outdoors, Chalet le 4 has a sun terrace and 150m² lawned garden with a trampoline and play area for the summer months, or for making snow men and igloos in the winter, with a sledging slope just across the quiet, cul-de-sac road.
All four apartments have their own light and contemporary living/dining area with comfy sofa and chairs, under-floor heating and a wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player and iPod dock. The well-equipped kitchens include a Nespresso machine, induction hob, fridge freezer, oven/microwave, steam oven and toaster. The owners also provide a long list of baby and toddler kit, from wooden cots, junior beds and Stokke Tripp Trapp highchairs to crockery, steriliser, bathroom accessories and lots more. There’s also a Baby-Björn and backpack carriers to make the most of the stunning walks from the doorstep.
All the bedrooms have feather down duvets, dressing gowns and their own bathroom or shower-room, plus built in baby monitors linked to Chalet le 4’s large communal dining area. All the apartments have access to its own private terrace or balcony and guests can also meet up for afternoon tea, which can be served in a communal lounge with a real fire. Bread can be delivered each day and the owners will serve breakfast, afternoon tea and table d’hote menus on request, plus babysitters can be arranged so parents can enjoy a grown-up meal out.
Accommodation Overview - Apartment 2:
Apartment 2 is a 65m²
east-facing, two bedroom apartment which shared the main entrance with apartment 3 and 4 with direct access to a private exterior deck. The apartment has an open plan living area with cosy lounge area, log burner and well equipped kitchen oven/microwave, fridge/freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, an induction hob, kettle, steam oven and toaster.
There are two spacious bedrooms, each with either a king size double bed or two large singles. Each of the bedrooms has space for an additional cot or junior bed and is equipped with a built in baby monitor linked to the communal dining area. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite shower room plus there's an additional family bathroom.
Each apartment has complimentary Wi-Fi, an IPod dock, satellite TV and a hair dryer.
*PLEASE NOTE: Prices based on max. 4 guests (any age). Up to 2 additional guests can be accommodated at a charge of €15pp per night, regardless of baby, child or adult.
Chalet le 4 is located around 10 mins drive (bus leaves from almost directly outside) from the traditional farmer’s village of Le Grand Bornand, about half an hour’s drive from lovely, lakeside Annecy in the Haute Savoie. For snowy fun in winter and loads of things to do in the summer, the setting is perfect for families all year round and the village even prides itself on being really family oriented.
At the height of the summer, Le Grand Bornand hosts the largest children’s festival in Europe and in the centre of the village children can always enjoy the likes of a wonderful merry-go-round, trampolines, mini scooters, pony rides, archery and mini golf. The village has an aquatics centre which is open from June to September plus tennis courts and a par three golf course. Cafe’s, bars and restaurant overlook the Aravis mountain range and families can explore these by cable cars. The crèche in Le Grand Bornand welcomes children from mid-December till mid-April and in July and August from 9am till 17.30pm.
Throughout the winter months, Chalet le 4 is a superb base for family fun in the snow and more serious ski-ing. The Chalet is right on 43kms of cross country ski tracks which centre around the adjacent Auberge Nordique, which is always buzzing with people taking lessons and families heading for the sledging slope opposite. Le Grand Bornand ski area itself, with 90kms of runs, is a ‘Family Plus’ resort with an unusually large number of instructors for all ages and abilities. Conveniently, a 10-minute shuttle bus stops right outside the Chalet every 20 minutes to deliver guests to the cable car to the slopes and creche/ski school. Conveniently, if equipment is rented from the village ski hire shop, there are lockers so guests needn't worry about bringing them on the bus each day.
For a change of scene, Annecy is a beautiful lakeside town with a cobbled medieval centre, criss-crossing charming canals – earning it the nickname the ‘Venice of France’. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, plus a lakeside park and beaches for a picnic, pedalos for hire and lake cruises to admire the scenery.
Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Le Grand Bornand centre, 5 minutes drive
Getting here: Le Grand Bornand is within and hour’s drive from Geneva airport.