Romantic Alpine Chalet Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France

Romantic Alpine Chalet, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France | cabin rentals
  • Cabin
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from £ 1000 wk
What we like about this property

This characterful 19th-century chalet near Mont Blanc conjures up the romance of a bygone era, when movie stars in Aran sweaters relaxed by the fire after a day on the slopes. Surrounded in private woodland, it boasts spectacular views and easy access to the St Gervais ski lift. Plus the owners offer an array of different options for catering, with a private chef available to serve up anything from a classic raclette to spicy fusion dishes. Just ask to see the menus. This is a wonderful cabin rental in France, perfect for a romantic getaway or family ski vacation.

Description

This 19th-century chalet d’alpage was recently renovated by David and Anjana Devoy, best-known for their Curved House project in Clapham, London, featured on the TV show, Grand Designs. They have brought the same sense of passion and style to this project, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. The chalet has been featured in Marie Claire Maison, Grazie and Biba, as well as on French design show, La maison.

Located an hour’s drive from Geneva, it’s perched on a trail on the Prarion mountain on over a hectare of forest, with views across the pine tree tops towards the Chaine D’Aravis mountain range. Surrounded by woodland and often by snow, it’s reached via a spectacular tarmac road from St Gervais town center. 

We love the traditional wood and stonework of the exterior, as well as the cosy interiors. Old world wood and furs, stoves and bathtubs have been given a quirky modern spin, while retaining their romantic charm. The cabin has two bedrooms, one in the former hayloft with a free-standing copper bath, and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor. There’s also a wood-fired hot tub, perfect for romantic winter evenings. 

A member of staff who is also a chef is located on site in a separate building to provide flexi catering on demand, to keep the hot tub bubbling, and to provide transport. Simple and elegantly presented home-cooked food includes mountain classics – tartiflette, raclette & fondue, spicy fusion dishes and heart-warming casseroles, together with a starter and a dessert. Good quality French wine is provided with dinner along, with plenty of interesting stories!  

A really exceptional and romantic cabin rental in France.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

There is a wood-fired hot tub, with is perfect for unwinding. Breakfast service daily, and a restaurant service allows for flexible catering. The chalet has a bio-ethanol fireplace in the master bedroom suite, a revolving wood-burning stove and additional heating, including underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Amenities include a hairdryer, iron & board, linens and towels.

The kitchen has a Nespresso-capsule coffee maker, double Miele oven, refrigerator, gas hob and toaster, with a selection of basic pantry items. The dining area has a monumental wooden table.

There is a growing selection of books and games and DVDs, as well as a television with DVD player on which to play these films. Please be advised that there is no television network and intermittent internet in the cabin, though 3G works perfectly well. 

The cabin is managed by a ‘gillie’ or attendant, who lives in a small, picturesque mazot, or mini-chalet, adjacent to the property. He/she can help with luggage and transportation, and bring provisions. During deep winter, snow chains are highly recommended for the journey from St Gervais to the communal car park. Guests are welcome to walk or sledge the remaining 400m up and down the hill to the chalet. Alternatively, by prior arrangement, the caretaker will be able to transport guests using a caterpillar-tracked vehicle – a service which is often welcome when feet are sore after a day out and about.

The owners can help organize ski passes and hire for St Gervais or Les Houches, back-country ski guides, snow-shoeing, sledding and igloo visits, and even a day trip the world famous Vallee Blanche run.

There is space for parking for a 4×4 vehicle just in front of the chalet. 

AROUND

St Gervais is a lovely Alpine village retaining plenty of traditional charm. Although it is best known for its winter sports and has been a popular holiday destination since the 1900s, it is bustling without being a crowded resort. A melting pot of cuisine, the town features  the Michelin Starred Serac and the Taniere.

There are 450 km of ski pistes close by. The property is located about 4km from the Le Bettex – St. Gervais ski lift, which takes about 10 minutes to reach. It’s a caterpillar ride (ask the guardian) or a hike to the Les Houches area behind the chalet; weather permitting, you can ski home. The St Gervais ‘domaine skiable’ links in with Megeve, world-famous for its French chic. Chamonix is less than half an hour distant. 

The area is also a great destination for summer sports like mountain biking, climbing, hiking, paragliding, lake swimming and rafting. Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains is named after its world-famous thermal spas – where guests can spend evenings soaking in a series of mineral baths and spas for about 21 euros (for three hours). They are also a lovely daytime option for non-skiers.

LOCATION

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France. Nearest airport: Geneva (1hr by car).

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Winter for skiing, but all year round for a myriad of mountain experiences.

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Bedrooms2 bedrooms
Bed TypeI large double, 1 double
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 bathrooms
AccommodateSleeps 4-6 guests
InternetNo wifi
Kid FriendlyChildren are welcome. Children under two years stay free of charge. Crib and high chair are available.
Pet friendlyPlease inquire
ViewAcross St Gervais and towards the Chaine D’Aravis mountain range
Rates
Sec. Deposit£500
Check-In10:30 AM
Check-Out5:00 PM
CancellationUp to six weeks before, a deposit of a third is asked for on booking, which will not be refunded. The rest is due 6 weeks before and is non-refundable.
NotesThe prices shown are for non-catered stays.
Guests and luggage can be transported to/from the chalet. Please inform the property in advance if you want to make use of this service.
Please note that the property is accessed via 500m of steep unpaved mountain road that may be unsuitable for some vehicles. Snow chains are recommended in winter.
Long-term renters are welcome.
Non-smoking only.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Children under two years stay free of charge.

Prices include a guardian who chops your wood, heats your hot tub and collects you at the end of a weary day on the slopes. This winter we have also paired with a private chef who will provide flexible dining services at three different price points: Etoile d’argent, Etoile d’or, and Hors piste. Experiences can also be provided, including the chef cooking with the kids to feed you for a change. Short stays of three nights are available during ski season. A couple price is available on request out of high season.
Season Start Date End Date Weekly Min Stay
January 4-18, 2020Jan 4Jan 18£1,7503 nights
January 18-25Jan 18Jan 25£2,2003 nights
January 25 - February 1Jan 25Feb 1£2,5003 nights
February 1-15Feb 1Feb 15£2,5003 nights
February 15-29Feb 15Feb 29£2,8503 nights
February 29 - Mar 7Feb 29Mar 7£2,7503 nights
March 7-14Mar 7Mar 14£2,4003 nights
March 14-28Mar 14Mar 28£2,2003 nights
March 28 - April 4Mar 28Apr 4£1,8503 nights
April 4-11Apr 4Apr 11£2,2003 nights
April 11-18Apr 11Apr 18£1,5003 nights
April 18-25Apr 18Apr 25£1,2003 nights
Summer ratesApr 26Nov 30£1,0003 nights
December 1-6Dec 1Dec 6£1,2003 nights
December 6-13Dec 6Dec 13£1,5003 nights
December 13-20Dec 13Dec 20£1,7503 nights
December 20-27Dec 20Dec 27£2,8503 nights
December 27-January 3, 2020Dec 27Jan 3£3,0003 nights
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