Maison du Viognier is located in the small friendly hamlet of Le Villard above St Jean de Belleville and enjoys stunning views of the mountains and gorgeous Belleville valley, The chalet is surrounded by trees and flower filled alpine meadows, it is an ideal and very well equipped summer base for anyone who loves nature and tranquility - walkers, birdwatchers or anyone wishing to enjoy the peace. Situated so high, it is frequently above the rainbows and you can watch birds even from the lounge. The chalet is situated on one of the many local walks or "sentiers". Graded for ability in the same way as the ski pistes, it is a lovely "blue" walk, which links within a few 100m to "red" and "blue" choices and is very close to the Tour de Tarentaise long distance walk.. Hypermarkets and shops are easily accessible in Moutiers, just 15km away in the valley, whilst St Martin de Belleville is just 12km with direct access to the Three Valleys ski area, shops and great restaurants, as well as every adrenaline packed mountain activity you can think of!
The chalet has been restored from an ancient grange. It retains the original huge beams and wide smooth floorboards underfoot in a spacious upper floor lounge with stunning views down the Belleville valley and up to the white mountain peaks above St Martin de Belleville. Original features have been enhanced with modern touches. Roof beams are picked out with uplighters which transform the lounge into a magical space at night.
During the day the huge trangular windows frame the gorgeous colours of the trees outside. It is a ever changing vista with fresh spring greens and the snow still sitting higher up on the mountains early into the year, through to a tapestry of reds and golds as autumn sets in. There is a large kitchen area with full size induction hob and multifunction oven, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso maker, large fridge freezer and all of the kitchenware and crockery you could need to prepare anything from the morning baguette to a full meal. Noone is consigned to a hidden-away space - the whole upper storey is dedicated to a spacious open plan living area incorporating the large lounge area with comfy sofas and throws, a dining area which can easily seat 8 and an open plan kitchen area with breakfast bar and bar stools for conversations whilst meals are prepared. For smaller guests there are two new high chairs so the whole family can enjoy meals together. The living area also includes a double sided wood stove and all the mod cons you need by way of TV, DVD player and iPod dock. There is even an additional shower room and toilet on the upper level and space to store boots and equipment.
Step outside the lounge via large sliding glass doors and you are on the spacious balcony with seating and table for 6 and again the stunning views out over the valley. Enjoy the colours of sunset and the sun sinks behind the peaks up at St Martin - usually still covered in snow in June - simply gorgeous.
All of the sleeping accommodation and the main bathrooms are on the one lower level - no beds hidden up on mezzanines.This level is very light and also enjoys gorgeous views over the valley. There are three large bedrooms, two with king sized bed, wardrobe, storage and long mirror and fabulous views. The third bedroom has two single beds and a sofabed converting to a comfortable double bed. There are also two cots for babies. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated and you will find beds made up on arrival with high quality crisp pure cotton bedlinen.
There are also two newly fitted bathrooms on this level - one with bath, basin and toilet and the other with a walk in shower, basin and toilet.
On a practical level there is a large utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board. Upstairs in the entranceway there is plenty of room for storing coats, boots and room to get kitted up before stepping outside. Outside there is also a good covered entrance area for storage.
The price includes the chalet rental for the period required and one final cleaning charge. The rates below are for the chalet rental, per week, and include utilities and wifi but not the final cleaning charge. The cleaning charge, which is an additional 200 euros per booking including tax, is shown separately so that it is not included more than once if you stay longer than one week.
Linen packs with good quality bedlinens and towels can be provided. Your beds are made up on arrival if you take this option.
- Double pack containing bedlinen for a double bed plus two large and two small towels: 30 euros
- Single pack containing bedlinen for a single bed together with one large and one small towel: 18 euros.
Payment can either be in euros or pounds by bank transfer. You may also pay in pounds, euros or US dollars using our online payment facility which accepts both credit and debit cards.
We will defiantly return!"
What a beautiful place to stay! We had the best week ever. The chalet could not be nicer with LIGHT all over. Since we had he perfect golden autumn weather we could enjoy the space and the light at the upper floor of the chalet. The view is adorable and if you love calmness and nature - this is the place to be. We loved, that living was all on one level and the sleeping rooms are just down the stairs, very nice and comfortable, too. The equipment is also just top! Hiking is perfect there - either right away you start at the door - or you take a car ride, some bends and its all there! Also the conversation up front was very prompt, supporting and friendly! We would absolutely recommend the place!"
Home away from home! Stunning views, amazingly friendly locals. A breath of fresh air."
Maison du Viognier is a really beautiful chalet set in a very small hamlet right up on the mountainside. The view from the big picture windows is amazing, a stunning place to relax. We stayed with our 19 month old daughter and the facilities where wonderful for all of us with nice bathrooms, good showers and comfortable beds. The property is recently renovated and was spotlessly clean throughout. The property manager was very helpful and friendly prior to our stay. The location is a good base for exploring the three valleys and, in our case, getting out on the hiking trails. There are a few trails close to the property, but most require an easy 10-30 minute drive. We'd highly recommend the trails up the valleys close to the property, these are some really rewarding walks. Parking takes a bit of getting used to but is very close to the property, albeit the property is up a very steep hill - we didn't find it much of a problem. Overall a wonderful place to stay."
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the lovely walks close to the chalet. Hope to welcome you all back another time!
Un superbe chalet dans un petit hameau préservé. Vue magnifique depuis la grande baie vitrée du salon. Le chalet est très confortable, rénové avec de très beaux matériaux. Calme absolu. Randonnées au départ des hameaux proches du chalet. Monter jusqu'aux fermes d'alpage acheter son fromage, déjeuner dans un refuge, marcher vers un petit lac, observer les marmottes. Un dépaysement total. L'environnement nous a tellement plu que nous avons prolongé notre séjour. A recommander à tous ceux qui recherchent un coin de montagne authentique."
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour. Le chalet a beaucoup de charme, et est très bien équipé. De belles promenades à proximité dans un environnement sauvage et préservé."
Nous sommes donc heureux que vous avez aimé votre séjour. Nous avons essayé d'inclure tout ce que nous voudrions voir dans une propriété de vacances et bien entendu les magnifiques environs viennent avec l'emplacement charmant! Nous espérons que nous pouvons nous réjouir de vous demander de revenir une autre fois
When we arrived the snow was still on the ground but fast melting. The windflowers were coming out everywhere, the bees were busy gathering pollen and the bird life was incredibly active, from sparrows to large raptors. The view from the chalet is amazing. The snow was on the peaks at the beginning but by the end of the week it had mostly gone. If you like wildlife, walking, clear air, tranquility then this is the place for you. We will be returning."
- End of stay cleaning
- Utilities and heating
- Free fast wifi
- Linen & towels available