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Fab-u-lous designer ski chalet with superb views
Low season: £725pp; Mid: £745pp; Peak: £11,495 whole chalet only
Morzine, Portes du Soleil
Sleeps: 12 (8 + 4)
The Nest is one of my genuine favourites. It is a sublime, contemporary ski chalet and one of the most stunningly designed properties that I have found. I defy anyone to enter the main living space and not be knocked out by it. Fabulous.
The style at this luxury ski chalet is cutting edge contemporary-meets-traditional. It is an ancient, 200-year-old farmhouse that has been totally rebuilt, preserving the shell with its gnarled timbers and sloping rooves but introducing gorgeous modern elements such as a giant white corner sofa, faux fur bean bags galore, a central suspended fireplace and a dramatic bench dining table. There are also vast glass windows for maximising huge south-facing views over the top of Morzine from the open plan living space.
The bedrooms in this Morzine chalet are all gorgeous and have been named after the nests of different animals: Sett, Drey, Eyrie and Holt. Each is en suite and two have baths, two have showers, all stuffed with L’Occitane goodies. Two also have balconies that are fully accessible via lovely traditional French doors. The rooms are furnished with cute old milking stools for bedside tables, beautiful designer lamps, fabulous throws, the crispest embroidered bed linen and clever carpentry disguising hidden wardrobes and drawers.
Two rooms have kings or twin beds, one has a king/twin and single for children, and finally there is a family suite that sleeps up to five with a lovely bunk room for three little ones.
There is also a separate apartment downstairs, La Vallée, owned by the same owners and similarly beautifully interior designed, which can be hired in combination with The Nest. This sleeps an extra six adults with two more children.
The Nest is a fully catered chalet and its philosophy for food and drink is to prepare and serve menus that guests are never going to be able to, or have the time to, prepare at home themselves. Plain old apple crumble is out, sticky toffee pudding with dates soaked in earl grey tea, salted caramel sauce and spun sugar nests are in.
Breakfasts are continental with a hot option each day, freshly homemade cakes and cookies are whipped up each afternoon, with hot chocolate and cordials, then pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served before the four-course evening meals, followed by a local cheese board.
The chalet doesn’t have a strict rule of employing professionally trained chefs because they have found that couples who are passionate about food can deliver as good a menu, combined with a really lovely laid-back atmosphere, as professional chefs.
Everything where possible is homemade or made from scratch too, including fresh bread (done the right way, not in a bread maker), and presentation is as important as the quality of the food. They aim for ‘wow’ to be the reaction at every dinner service.
They have an à la carte choice of four reds and four white wines, all chosen with help from the sommelier from their supplier who works from their menu to suggest pairings and then trains the staff at the start of the season.
And all the menus and dishes have developed continuously with input from the chalet chef’s and operators’ favourite dishes that they’ve tasted in restaurants all over the world, the mass of cook books they avidly read, and programmes like The Great British Bake off and Master Chef.
Canapés and cakes come from all kinds of inspiration, from street food the staff have had on their travels to Mary Berry’s favourite recipes.
This sublime Morzine chalet has an outdoor hot tub positioned on a panoramic view deck and a charming outdoor sauna installed in a cute, ancient mazot nestled down a torch-lit path in the garden — perfect for rolling in the snow afterwards. There is an in-house physio who does fantastic sports massage treatments, while more beauty-orientated treatments are also available in-house at an extra cost.
The Nest is a perfect family-friendly ski chalet. Some of the rooms have completely separate children’s bunks or rooms. There are also kids’ DVDs and board games galore, plus the living area is split with a mezzanine area littered with bean bags for the children to play away from the adult area. Cots and high chairs etc are also all provided.
The genuinely knock-out designer interiors – The Nest is so stunning it is hard to leave it behind each day.
Tricky. Nope, can’t think of any.
This luxury Morzine chalet is located on the roadside (but it’s a very quiet road), high up in Montriond, a charming village with bars and restaurants that sits on the edge of Morzine in the Portes du Soleil. It faces due south and has utterly uninterrupted sunshine views over Morzine up to Les Gets and the main Morzine Pleney run. It is perfectly positioned for the Ardent lift which is just a 10-minute chauffeured drive away and which whisks skiers up into Avoriaz and the heart of the huge Portes du Soleil ski domain. There is an all-day chauffeur service from breakfast to the end of dinner service.
Transfers are not included but can be arranged. This Morzine chalet is 1hr15mins from Geneva airport, and transfers can be shared, private or VIP — or alternatively you can get a helicopter to Avoriaz.