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Ancient stable transformed into designer mountain retreat
Low season: £8,360 (8 guests); Mid: £11,920; Peak: £23,960

St Martin de Belleville, Trois Vallées
Sleeps: 8

The Ecurie Exterior Shot Of Village In Snow
The Ecurie Exterior Shot Of Village In Snow
The Ecurie Dining Table With Overhead Industrial Lampshade
The Ecurie Bedroom With Orange Trim Cushions
The Ecurie Bedroom With Wool Curtains And Matching Throw
The Ecurie Luxury Bathroom
The Ecurie Entranceway With Snow Boots And Old Wooden Bench
The Ecurie Living Area With Open Fire
The Ecurie Living Area Through To Dining Area
The Ecurie Ancient Cupboard With Bull Statue
The Ecurie Exterior Shot Of Village In SnowThe Ecurie Dining Table With Overhead Industrial LampshadeThe Ecurie Bedroom With Orange Trim CushionsThe Ecurie Bedroom With Wool Curtains And Matching ThrowThe Ecurie Luxury BathroomThe Ecurie Entranceway With Snow Boots And Old Wooden BenchThe Ecurie Living Area With Open FireThe Ecurie Living Area Through To Dining AreaThe Ecurie Ancient Cupboard With Bull Statue

The Ecurie was brand new for winter 2015-16 and it is an impeccable ski chalet. Like its gorgeous sister chalets, Chalet Abode and Chamois Lodge, it is supremely tasteful, immaculately finished and interior designed, and the food and service is sublime. The owners know what they are doing and are quite excellent at it.

‘Ecurie’ is French for ‘stable’, and The Ecurie is an ancient, tumble-down old stable and mountain alpage, lived in by generations of the same family, that has been superbly refurbished and redesigned into a contemporary mountain retreat and understated luxury ski chalet. It combines gleaming designer fittings and furnishings in muted soft tones with heaps of old wood, natural materials and fabrics to retain the spirit of the old stable. There is also a tasteful, uncluttered selection of Savoie antiques such as old cheese boards, original confiture jars and cow bells, to create a properly cosy, homely ski chalet, as well as a luxurious space.

This St Martin de Belleville chalet has four sumptuous bedrooms, all en suite with baths, fixed-head showers over the bath and separate hand-held shower attachments. There are beautiful granite bath and basin surrounds, with taps and fittings by Italian design company Zazzeri. Plentiful L’Occitane toiletries are supplied, as well as guest dressing gowns and slippers.

The Ecurie is a fully catered chalet and the standard is absolutely top-notch. The food and wine at sister chalets Abode and Chamois Lodge is knock-out, and the offering at The Eucurie is similarly first class. The owners have a policy of only employing qualified fine dining chefs experienced in Michelin-starred/3 AA Rosette restaurants, and who have a flair for exceptional food. There are delicious breakfast specials, decadent afternoon teas, and in the evenings a 6-course taster menu. The chalet is flexible too though, so that if you want comfort food, Savoyard specialities, family suppers or TV dinners, they will create a bespoke menu for you. Each evening dinner is served with a carefully selected pair of wines to complement the yummy food.

When I stayed I experienced such mouth-watering, decidedly ambitious, options as canapés of confit duck Battenberg and tempura oyster with passion fruit, followed by a main of quail, curried pumpkin, kale and sage crisp (or I could have had braised ox cheek with Jerusalem artichoke), then Irish coffee mousse with whisky cubes for dessert and petit fours of lime ash marshmallows and Tequila sherbet dib-dabs. Simply first class!

The Ecurie does not have a spa but nearby is La Bela Vya spa at La Bouitte. The famous 3 Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel, located in a little hamlet up the valley, has an outside Jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms, all of which have just been refurbished to make it even more gorgeous. The chalet will happily transport guests there.

Children are very welcome at this luxury ski chalet. There is a stuffed toy box for little ones, a TV/DVD player in the children’s bedroom, early suppers can be arranged, and nannies are available to book.

The immaculate finish and attention to detail — plus the genuinely out of this world food.

Um, hard to think of anything. It isn’t ski in/ski out, but the fantastic in-resort transport service more than compensates.

LOCATION

The Ecurie is tucked away in the heart of the peaceful, timeless hamlet of Villarabout just outside St Martin de Belleville in the Three Valleys. The ski chalet is only a four-minute chauffeured drive from St Martin and the main lift hub. It has both mountain and village views – from the living room there are socking great mountain views without a ski lift in sight.

GETTING THERE

St Martin de Belleville is at the beginning of the Val Thorens/Les Menuires valley in the Trois Vallées. Best to catch a flight to Chambéry if possible, or else Geneva, from where it is a two hour drive. The Ecurie doesn’t offer transfers but uses Trois Vallées specialist, Mountain Express, for all airport and train station transfers straight to the chalet. They will organise this on booking – cost is extra. The nearest train station is Moutiers, and pick-ups can be arranged from there too.

 

AT A GLANCE
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Available Winter only
  • Location: 4-minute chauffeured-drive to village centre, piste and ski lifts
  • Flat screen TV
  • Wifi
  • Bootwarmers
  • Log Fire
  • Parking outside the chalet
  • Sunday changeover
EXTRAS

On demand chauffeur service until 10pm daily, all bedrooms with doors to a balcony or terrace, iPod docking station in the living room, complimentary bar.

MY TOP TIP

Book the chalet’s favourite ski guide Didier and let him take you on a tour of Savoie hamlets, old barns dotted across the mountains and a little chamois-spotting. He will even know of hidden refuges for a well-earned, stomach-busting tartiflette.

GUESTBOOK

“Your very own boutique hotel… everything is top class… down to the tiniest details… lovely beds and bed linen.. great bathrooms.. beautiful fabrics… lovely living and dining area and top class gourmet food.”  Judy, December 2015

“The rustic and uncluttered style is a fabulous contrast when you sit back in one of the long sofas and gaze at the snow-topped mountains through the double height windows opening out onto the balcony.” James, April 2016

“The Ecurie is a beautifully restored old building tucked away in the small hamlet of Villarabout, complemented by quite exceptional food and the superb service we have come to expect from all of Helen’s staff.” Roger, January 2016

ENQUIRIES

If you would like to make an enquiry or a booking of this luxury ski chalet, please telephone –  +44 (0)7772 853996 or click here to send me a message.

Remember, I have visited all the chalets we feature so can give you totally unbiased, independent advice on all of them. The prices I quote are also the list prices quoted by the chalets themselves, so there is no advantage in going to the chalets direct.