Les Chardons - Val D'Isere, France
We have taken over Les Chardons, a sweet little family hotel in one of the best positions in Val d'Isère. Les Chardons is ten seconds' walk from the church, at the very heart of Val d'Isere's quaint and quiet old village. It is mere metres from the snow square, nursery slopes, drag lifts, ski schools, ski shops, bus stops, hairdresser, baker and candle-stick maker. Guests here will spend more time skiing, eating and drinking and less time travelling around than anyone else in Val d'Isère. Very few people and even fewer vehicles use this road, and it really is astonishingly silent. Even the church clock doesn't chime at night. Inside, the chalet is much more comfortable than one might imagine from its slightly plain exterior. Our first guests have been bowled over by how nice it is.
The dining room has always been charming. We just removed the net curtains, table cloths and aspidistra, and put in good, solid, wooden tables and an industrial strength Nespresso machine! There are big tables for chatty people and little tables for grumpy people, and they all fit together, so if you meet other grumpy people during the week, we'll join the tables and you can all be grumpy together. Our regular star chef Scottish (so known because of all the Scotts we have employed, he is the only actual Scot) is leading a team in the professional kitchen which aims not just to match the food in our smaller chalets, but surpass it. We'll see...
The sitting room is full of deep sofas, and we've left the former bar so that guests can keep their own drinks in its fridges. We'll get the hooch in if you like. We'll even pour it. But you drink it! It's all at supermarket prices. There is no cheaper or more convenient way in the Alps to develop cirrhosis.Chalet Les Chardons is unique in Val d'Isère: a large chalet for keen skiers who are also keen foodies. It is selling out very quickly.
Please note: Charter flights from Gatwick to Grenoble includes ski carriage (except 8 December 2013 and 27 April 2014.
Features - Les Chardons, Val D'Isere
- Amazing location opposite the church in the centre of the quaint and quiet old village.
- Just yards from the nursery slopes and lifts.
- Sky TV in ground floor snug.
- Flat screen TVs with Freeview channels in eight bedrooms.
- Larger main sitting room with sofas and comfy chairs.
- Gorgeous dining room.
- Quiet location in the quaint old village.
- Staff live in top floor rooms.
Accommodation - Les Chardons, Val D'Isere
Bedrooms with en-suite bath or shower and wc:
Room 14: Second Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc, TV and balcony.
Room 2: First Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc and TV.
Room 15: Second Floor. Double with shower, wc, TV and balcony
Room 3: First Floor. Double with shower, wc and TV.
Room 19: Second Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Room 22: Second Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony.
Please specify whether you would prefer the beds to be made up as a twin or double when booking.
Room 10: First Floor. Twin/double with bath and wc.
Room 7: First Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Room 31: Third Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony.
Room 28: Third Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
All baths mentioned above are half-size with shower attachment.
Suites, 2 rooms each with shower, sharing a wc:
Room 20: Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 21.
Room 21: Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 20.
Room 9 First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 8.
Room 8: First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 9.
Room 30: Third Floor. Twin with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 29.
Room 29: Third Floor. Double with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 30.
Single rooms with shower:
Room 17: Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 16: Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 5: First Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 4: First Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 6: First Floor. Single with curtained-off shower.
Single rooms with basin:
Room 18: Second Floor. Single with basin.
Room 23: Second Floor. Single with basin.
Room 11: First Floor. Single with basin.
Room 27: Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 32: Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 26: Third Floor. Single with basin.
There is one wc and one shower on both the first and second floors and another wc on the ground floor.
Rooms 4, 6, 11, 16, 18 and 23 have twin beds. Rooms 5, 17, 26 and 27 have a double bed. The second bed in these rooms can only be used during school holidays by children, or when one group books the whole chalet at any time during the season. A maximum of 5 extra beds can be used (extra cost).
Meals - Les Chardons, Val D'Isere
We start with a proper breakfast: fruit juice, porridge, cereals, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, a croissant or pain au chocolat if you like, yogurt, Twinings tea and fresh coffee from Italian espresso pots (with Nescafé and bizarre infusions for those who prefer them).
Afternoon tea & cake: on your return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake, hot chocolate etc. left out for you.
Most people are very happy with our normal formula of canapés followed by dinner with a three-course, fixed-menu, dinner-party-style meal. The cuisine is largely French, though with a fusion of other influences – what Londoners call Modern British. With dinner, we serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wines and vins de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and we stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
Please note: The chalet host will have a day off during the course of the week, during which you will be required to eat out.