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Stylish ski chalet with fabulous views in hidden-gem resort
Low season: from €6,825 whole chalet; Mid: from €8,925; Peak: from €11,500
Summer: from €2,300 whole chalet per week B&B; from €3,300 whole chalet fully catered
Chalet Pecchio is a gorgeously stylish ski chalet in a charming hamlet just outside the Tarentaise resort of Ste Foy, which itself is just down the road from Val d’Isère, Les Arcs, La Rosière and La Thuile in Italy.
It has great views and inside is a modern twist on classic Savoyard architecture. Really cosy, with delicious, homely food and wine.
This cosy chalet is built in the classic Savoie style but with a modern twist inside. Instead of dark or toffee-coloured wood, all the interior wood is modern and bleached, making it feel almost more Swedish beach hut than traditional ski chalet. It is light and bright and beautifully contemporary, with a fantastic giant living area divided into two on either side of a central fireplace, lots of gorgeous sofas and high ceilings and colourful artwork everywhere.
The rooms in this luxury ski chalet are all extremely stylish, although slightly different in size. The master is a superb dual aspect room with beautiful en suite bathroom, while the others are a little smaller but still en suite. There are bathrobes, slippers, plentiful L’Occitane toiletries and hairdryers in each. There is also a children’s room on the mezzanine area which also has a shower room.
The chef at Chalet Pecchio, which is a fully catered ski chalet, is an enthusiastic amateur rather than highly-trained professional. As such, the food is delicious and top-quality homely rather than fancy or restaurant standard. The chalet price includes breakfast, afternoon tea and four-course evening meal plus drinks and lovely nibbles before dinner rather than champagne and posh canapés. The excellent house wines are changed each night and it is possible to upgrade to fancier wines such as a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
The chalet has no spa facilities, but in-chalet massages can be arranged with local therapists.
Chalet Pecchio is a great chalet for children. There is not a specific kids room, but there is a lovely mezzanine area away from the main adult living room with big flatscreen TV. The chalet also has a pretty, safe garden for little ones to play in. There is an excellent crèche at Ste Foy which will take young ones from the age of three, and private nannies can be arranged. Some babysitting is possible with the staff, but mostly it is sub-contracted out. Two of the rooms would also easily take a cot.
The views and the range of different world class resorts nearby, all within just 15-20 minutes’ drive away.
The lack of spa facilities.
This luxury ski chalet is tucked away high up among old farm buildings and chalets and is perfectly situated for excursions to Val d’Isère and Tignes, Les Arcs, and La Rosière in Italy as well as Sainte Foy itself. It also faces south towards the top end of the Tarentaise valley so is bathed in light, and its views up towards Val d’Isère and across to Mont Pourri and the Vanoise National Parc are just heaven. The approach to the chalet is up a cute little winding village road, too, making it feel genuinely rustic.
Chambéry is technically the nearest airport to this Sainte Foy chalet, but there are limited flights into it. Geneva is usually the best bet, and the run takes around 2 hrs 30 mins. The chalet price excludes airport transfers, but it can lay these on at an extra cost. It will, however, pick up for free at the nearest train station, Bourg St Maurice, which is just 15 minutes away.