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La Grange Au Merle

French Alps, France

Per week

from 10900.00 to 18000.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Clare Galloway

Member since Mar 2017
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:14 days 8 hours

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BFB's Overview

Wow wow wow. When it comes to luxury ski chalets, La Grange Au Merle is a masterpiece in making families feel spoilt rotten, thanks to the fabulous surroundings and boutique hotel services throughout the winter season. Just minutes from the Alpine resort of Chatel and the Portes du Soleil Ski area, this newly renovated 5-bedroom chalet will bring on gasps of glee, with its lavish log cabin character, roaring fire, breath-taking views, balcony hot tub and toasty sauna. From the minute families arrive, ‘The 3 C’’s’ will make sure everything is going to be effortless and exceptional – the Concierge, Chef and Chauffeur – plus the 4th C is the choice of childcare available, from a private nanny or babysitter to kids clubs and ski schools.

To make the most of the awesome mountain views, the magnificent first floor is the heart of the Chalet, with its double height, open plan living space, huge picture windows and French doors onto a south facing, wrap-around balcony. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, what could be better than having steaming hot chocolate, vin chaud and home-baked goodies by a roaring fire and sipping pre dinner drinks with canapes at the chalet’s cocktail bar? While guests enjoy some apres ski, the chef will be preparing a 4-course feast in the state-of-the-art kitchen, served with specially selected wines but younger children can also eat earlier at a special chef’s table. After dinner, children can settle down for onesie evenings in the cosy TV snug, watching DVD’s or playing with the toys, games, arts and crafts provided and when the little ones are tucked up in bed, parents can soothe away any aches and pains in the hot tub under the stars.
A hearty breakfast fuels up families for days of Alpine fun which may well start with snowman building and snowball fights in the chalet’s enclosed garden, especially for pre-schoolers staying with the nannies at the Snow Babes crèche. It could be tricky to tear away Disney’s Frozen fanatics from their very own Alpine playhouse, 'Crystal de Niege' but the nannies will also take youngsters on little outings in Chatel to go sledging, ice skating and have hot chocolates in the local cafes. For older children, Little Yetis and Mountain Lions kids clubs combine the chalet’s nanny service with professional ski lessons and plenty of fun activities. Grown-ups will be whisked off to the slopes by the chalet’s chauffeur, without wasting any time on the ski buses which is just as well when there’s a staggering 650kms of pistes to explore in the Portes du Soleil ski region! For beginners just coping with the nursery slopes and experienced pro’s, zipping down the black runs, everyone loves the apres ski and Chatel has plenty of lively bars, cafes and restaurants for swapping stories of the day’s thrills and spills.

Accommodation overview

La Grange au Merle is a luxurious 5-bedroom Alpine chalet for up to 12 people plus babies, with a professional chef, chauffeur, concierge and childcare throughout the ski season to ensure an effortlessly amazing experience. The chalet is set out over 4 floors, with a fabulous open plan living space on the first floor to take full advantage of the views over Chatel to the awesome snowy peaks. The chalet is finished in aged timber panels and smooth wood floors throughout, not just in the lofty, raftered living space but also in the rustic-chic fitted kitchen, the super cosy bedrooms and the five, luxury ensuite bathrooms. In the main living area, families can relax in elegant sofas and armchairs by an Alpine stone fireplace, gaze on the views over breakfast and dinner at the bespoke larch dining table for 12 and enjoy drinks from the well-stocked cocktail bar, all with some music on the Sonos sound system. French doors open onto a wrap-around south facing balcony to enjoy the Alpine sunshine or relax under the stars in a steamy hot tub. Also on the first floor, children may well lay claim to the cosy TV snug, with a 55” flat screen TV, DVD, toys, games, arts and crafts. The kitchen is rustic in character, with a traditional range oven but it also has all mod cons including a microwave, double fridge freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, dish washer and wine cooler. There is a separate laundry room and WC on this floor too. One of the chalet’s 6 bedrooms, Le Grenier, is tucked under the eaves on the top floor mezzanine, with a double bed and ensuite bathroom, adjacent to the chalet’s library. The remaining bedrooms are on the ground floor and all have ensuite bathrooms/shower-rooms – Le Crocus is a double/twin room with access to a balcony; Le Thym is a double/twin room with access to the garden; Les Marmottes is another double/twin room; and Les Pommes is a family suite comprising a double bedroom with access to a balcony and a children’s room with hand crafted bunk beds. The bunk room and 3 of the other bedrooms have space for a cot, with 2 travel cots and 1 wooden cot available, plus 2 foldaway beds for small children. ‘The Caves’ at the chalet is not just a wine store but a proper wine cellar where grown-ups can sample and savour the carefully chosen wines of the region. For kids who can’t get enough of the snow, the chalet has an enclosed garden for building snowmen as well as an Alpine playhouse and an outdoor dining area with a barbecue for the summer season.

Location Information

La Grange au Merle enjoys a panoramic and peaceful setting, overlooking the ski resort village of Châtel in the Chablais Massif part of the French Alps, right next to the Swiss border. The centre of the village is a ‘toddler-able’ 10-minute stroll, with traditional chocolate-box Alpine architecture framed by the awesome mountain backdrop. The village has all the essential shops, amenities and, most importantly, a good choice of cosy cafes, cool bars and child-friendly restaurants for lush chocolate chaud, apres ski drinks and Savoyard specialities.

From the village, 5 main ski lifts whisk winter sports devotees into the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski region, which boasts an enviable snowfall season and a formidable 650km of groomed pistes, connected by a network of 200 lifts. Professional ski schools will help beginners get to grips with the nursery slopes while more experienced skiers are spoilt for choice with runs for all abilities, right up to thrill seeker experiences including night skiing, extreme skiing, para skiing and The Fantasticable zip wire.

Besides traditional skiing and snowboarding, families can have loads more fun trying other winter sports activities like dog sleigh rides and sledging (three runs to choose from), Nordic ski and snow-shoe trails, the exhilarating Snake Gliss ride, Airboarding on inflatables and Yahooning (like a bike on skis!). For a break from the elements, Chatel also has a bowling alley, two cinemas and the Form d’Or Aquatic Centre, with a 25m pool, children pool, play area and spa centre.

When the snow melts away, Chatel is transformed into a stunning summer destination, surrounded by the Alpine wild flower meadows of the Vallée d’Abondance. Naturally it’s a breath-taking spot for hiking and increasingly popular for mountain biking as the ski lifts are adapted to carry bikes to a growing number of trails.

Nearest medical services: GP in Chatel. A&E 30-minute drive
Getting here: Geneva is the nearest airport to Le Grange du Merle, 90 minutes away by car.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 33%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 12 + infants in 2 x double bedrooms, 2 x twin rooms and 1 x bunk room (with an extra sofa bed). (All rooms are en suite. 2 with baths, 3 with showers)

Airport under 2 hours drive

Geneva airport is 1hr 45 mins drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Beach can be reached by car in 30 minutes drive.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Shops and restaurants can be found within 10 minutes walk.

Any Pool

There is an outdoor pool in the village which is 10 minutes walk away.

Kids' Club

Winter ski season they can arrange nannies for in-chalet childcare, ski school pick up and fun afternoon activities .

Babysitting

During the ski season there is babysitting and childcare available. Babysitting can probably be arranged outside ski season but it cannot be guaranteed.

Nursery Gear (additional)

2 travel cots and 1 wooden cot, 2 x fold away beds suitable for children, highchair, table booster seat, car seat, 3 x booster seats, baby monitor, stairgates, ippy cups and crockery/cutlery and double and Single buggies.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Children’s books, general selection of toys, TV games rooms with bean bags and selection of U and PG DVDs.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping and or catering can be arranged.

Outdoor Toys

Sledges, outdoor wooden alpine playhouse.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Spa therapies an be pre-arranged.

Creche Facilities

Winter ski season they can arrange nannies for in-chalet childcare, ski school pick up and fun afternoon activities.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The chalet has an enclosed garden and BBQ with dining area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

Tennis Court(s)

Tennis courts can be found in the local village close by.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

2 x travel and 1 x wooden cot.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Stove in the lounge.

Hot Tub

Private hot tub on the terrace.

Reviews

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  • We had a fantastic time at this property. The views were stunning and the accomodation luxurious, yet welcoming, comfy and family friendly. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend or to stay here again. Chatel in summer is full of plenty of things to do, and we made good use of the Multi Pass for gondala trips and swimming. Our children loved that the TV had Nexflix (for the rare occasions when we could get them out of the play house in the garden, which was a huge hit!) The walk into Chatel was on the upper limit of what our four-year-old could manage, so we made good use of the buggy provided. The property has lots of child friendly features that helped keep our stay stress-free.Review dated 10/08/2018

  • We LOVED our stay at La Grange au Merle. Everything was perfect from the amazing meals to the thoughtful touches for kids. Grown ups loved the amazing views, luxury interiors, hot tub, sauna and help yourself wine cellar, whilst the kids loved the play house, bunk room with complimentary teddies and TV/games snug, where they could hang out whilst adults enjoyed dinner and drinks. Owner Claire, was excellent in helping plan the perfect family stay and pre-arranged everything from nannies and ski school to picnics, wine tasting and even chocolate making sessions for the kids. We're already saving to book again! Review dated 24/04/2018

  • Amazing attention to detail. Especially loved the food, hot tub, wine cellar and breathtaking views. Wonderful kid friendly touches, loved the garden Wendy house and the snug with bean bags and game consoles. Nannies and chauffeur services to lifts made everything so stress free. Highly recommended !Review dated 24/04/2018

We had a fantastic time at this property. The views were stunning and the accomodation luxurious, yet welcoming, comfy and family friendly. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend or to stay here again. Chatel in summer is full of plenty of things to do, and we made good use of the Multi Pass for gondala trips and swimming. Our children loved that the TV had Nexflix (for the rare occasions when we could get them out of the play house in the garden, which was a huge hit!) The walk into Chatel was on the upper limit of what our four-year-old could manage, so we made good use of the buggy provided. The property has lots of child friendly features that helped keep our stay stress-free.

We LOVED our stay at La Grange au Merle. Everything was perfect from the amazing meals to the thoughtful touches for kids. Grown ups loved the amazing views, luxury interiors, hot tub, sauna and help yourself wine cellar, whilst the kids loved the play house, bunk room with complimentary teddies and TV/games snug, where they could hang out whilst adults enjoyed dinner and drinks. Owner Claire, was excellent in helping plan the perfect family stay and pre-arranged everything from nannies and ski school to picnics, wine tasting and even chocolate making sessions for the kids. We're already saving to book again!

Amazing attention to detail. Especially loved the food, hot tub, wine cellar and breathtaking views. Wonderful kid friendly touches, loved the garden Wendy house and the snug with bean bags and game consoles. Nannies and chauffeur services to lifts made everything so stress free. Highly recommended !

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 3 guests.



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