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Chalet Caterline

French Alps, France

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The Owner / Manager

Ruth Downey

Member since Oct 2019
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:9 days 2 hours

BFB's Overview.

A national newspaper’s recent 'Top 10 Picture Postcard Ski Resorts' ranked charming St Martin de Belleville highly and, taking in the breath-taking view from the panoramic balcony, it is not hard to see why. What is hard though, is not feeling more than a little bit smug about the cosseted luxury in which you find yourself in this truly exceptional 5-bedroom chalet, available by the room or for exclusive use during the snow-sure period from Mid December - Mid April.

This Savoyard home is perfect for ski-loving families looking a real treat. The interiors are a charming blend of traditional and contemporary while the service in second to none. More akin to staying in your own boutique hotel, there’s an in-house chef, host and manager on hand to cater to your every need. Parents won’t know what’s hit them, as they’re offered a real (and rare) chance to truly relax. Housekeeping takes care of the cleaning, while delicious meals and drinks are served up daily. There’s even an optional massage service for parents in need of a little extra TLC.

Service and style aside, it’s the owner’s attention to family-friendly details which really sets this place apart. Alongside the available baby gear, the chalet concierge is on hand to help anticipate parents need. They can pre-stock the villa with essentials from nappies, formula, wipes, etc and can pre-book crèche, ski school, nannies and ad hoc requirements for restaurants, spas, babysitters, etc. when in the resort. It’s an excellent service that offers wonderful peace of mind to families with young children, leaving them confident that everything will run as smoothly as the low-traffic slopes they'll be skiing on.



Accommodation Overview:
The chalet is set about 10 minutes’ walk (2 mins by complimentary driver service) from the centre of St Martin de Belleville. The interior is split over three floors with spectacular views.

The ground floor is home to a comfortable twin room (can be made up as a super king) with an en-suite shower room and a separate boot room complete with boot warmers.

The first floor houses the main living space. There’s a lounge area with corner sofa, which sits in front of an impressive glass-fronted log fire and a flat-screen TV with UK satellite programs along with a DVD player and choice of DVDs. The dining area has beautiful views over the village and Le Chatelard beyond, whilst the kitchen (though you won’t find yourself using it much!) is well equipped. The star of this floor for us, is the beautiful sun terrace which has wonderful alpine views. It has outdoor seating and a spacious hot tub – perfect for unwinding in after a day on the slopes.
The master bedroom is also housed on this floor. Set just off the main living area, the spacious bedroom has floor to ceiling windows to make most of the views and its own access to the sun terrace. The bedroom has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a deep bath and walk-in shower.

The three remaining bedrooms are located on the second floor. There are two more double rooms each with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath & shower) and one twin room (can be made up as super king) with en-suite shower room. There’s also a snug room on this floor which is always popular with little ones. It has a TV, Wii, and choice of children’s games and DVDs.

The chalet is surprisingly good value for money too as included within rates are delicious breakfasts, afternoon teas crammed with freshly baked cakes, pre-dinner canapés and 5-course dinners (six dinners served weekly, one of which is a help yourself Savoyard supper), plus an on-demand driver service (2 mins drive to slopes and village) until 11 pm nightly, and a complimentary bar stocked with soft drinks, mixers and medal-winning wines. Not to mention the invaluable concierge service.

Location Information

Trois Vallee is set in a hamlet of houses overlooking pretty St Martin De Belleville and 10-15 minutes walk, or 4 minutes by complimentary driver service, to the village centre. It's fair to say that those looking for all action nightlife, glitz and glamour, should probably head an hour or so (by skis) over the valley to Meribel, but for an equally snow-sure but less crowded experience, St Martin has a lot to offer. It has stunning scenery, three Michelin listed restaurants, including a 2-star winner regarded as the best in the Trois Vallee region, friendly bars and a well-run crèche and ski school.


Skiing Conditions: When at the top of the St Martin lifts, you are skiing at 2,434m, so it's snow sure from December to May. The village itself is 1450m high making it the same height as Meribel, but with the benefit of around a tenth of the ski traffic, but the same excellent piste management and snow-making on the home-runs, which is very effective at keeping them open. The Trois Vallees area has 600km of piste and 200 lifts. The village has an 8 person gondola, which is rarely busy and leads to a modern 4-person chair up to Tougnette (over 2400 feet).

Children: There's an excellent nursery slope in the village with a magic carpet lift, which is ideal for little ones. The crèche is regarded to be amongst the best in the region and popular with local residents, as well as visitors. Abode's concierge service can arrange places for BFB guests.

Activities/Spa: Trois Vallee Chalet's concierge service will effortlessly arrange activities from paragliding and snow mobiles to dog sleighs and in-house masseur therapist service. Not to be missed, 'La Bouiette' the 2-Michelin-starred restaurant has a newly opened spa with complimentary driver service. As well as a Jacuzzi and sauna, they offer specialist treatments including the unique 'Solant in the Hay' treatment which comprises a steam bath with hay cut from above 1,400 metres, and a 'Marie' bath with milk and mountain honey.

Nightlife: St Martin boasts around five bars and 10 restaurants. Dahlia, at the bottom of the lifts has a lovely sunny terrace for lunch or après ski drinks. The piano bar 'Porqui Pas' is a classic old bar in the prettiest part of town with an open fire, friendly staff and late hours. Le Billlig is a new bar and restaurant and L'Eterlou has a great location at the bottom of the poma. Whilst the chef-made meals at Abode are extremely tough to beat, for a change of scene or special lunch, there are three Michelin listed restaurants, including the 2-star La Bouiette, which is regarded as the best is the entire region. There are also a number of friendly pizzerias popular with younger guests.

Getting There: Abode is approx. 75mins drive from the airport at Chambery and 2-2.5hrs from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

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Fast Facts

Sleeps 10 + infants in 3 king size double room and 2 twin rooms (can be made into superkings on request).

Airport under 2 hours drive

Chambery airport is around 1.5 hours drive away.

Airport under 3 hours drive

Geneva airport is just over 2 hours drive away

Amenities within Walking Distance

10-15 mins walk from the shops, creche, friendly bars and three Michelin listed restaurants in St Martin de Belleville. Or 2 mins by complimentary driver service (until 11pm).

Indoor Play Area

The chalet has a separate TV/play room with a selection of games and DVDs to keep children entertained in the evening - leaving parents to relax by the fire and enjoy canapés and wine.

Kids' Club

Children aged 5 & older may take up ski school classes available or the option of private instructors.

Private Chef

As described above there is a chef onsite to serve up delicious cuisine.

Babysitting

The Concierge can help organise English nannies, who will come to the chalet - the nannies are full trained.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Infants (0-2yrs) are charged at £100 and equipment available includes: cots, highchairs, changing mat, car seats, baby bath, a potty, stairgate, bed guard, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups and a microwave. A pre-arrival shopping service can provide formula, wipes, baby jars etc. at cost price.

Indoor Toys

There are toys for children under 3 years, kids books and a selection of U-rated kids DVDs.

Games Room

The snug with TV, DVD player and WiiU console (kids DVDs & games library) is a great space for children.

Outdoor Toys

There are sledges for little ones.

Visiting Spa Therapist

An in-house masseuse therapist can be arranged by the concierge.

Creche Facilities

There is an excellent Creche in the village for children from 30 months providing half day courses with or without skiing. Children aged 5 & older have ski school classes available or the option of private instructors.

Onsite Restaurant

A talented & dedicated staff team of fine dining chef, professional host and chalet manager. They provide hearty breakfasts, indulgent afternoon teas, pre-dinner canapes and five-course dinners (dinner served 5 nights out of 7). There's a complimentary bar service and wine with dinner.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There's an impressive sun terrace with beautiful views

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

Ski

Set within the famous 3 valleys, the area is great for all abilities with over 600km of pistes including some of the quietest off piste in the area. There's a lovely nursery slope for kids with a magic carpet lift. As well as swift links from the village up to 2430 metres.

Daily Cleaning

Daily cleaning is provided.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

The chalet has a log fire.

Hot Tub

There's a fantastic outdoor hot tub on a private sun terrace.


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