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Once a cowshed, now a luxury ski chalet
Low season: €990pp; Mid: €1,090pp; Peak: €1,280pp fully catered
Summer: from €110 per night for 2 people including breakfast 

Châtel, Portes du Soleil
Sleeps: 12 + 2

Chalet Cannelle Angled View Of Lounge With Turquoise Cushions
Chalet Cannelle Bear Bedroom With Polar Bear Cushions
Chalet Cannelle Master Bathroom With Walk-in Shower
Chalet Cannelle Lounge With Sofas And Turquoise Cushions
Outside Chalet Cannelle In Winter
Chalet Cannelle Outdoor Traditional Wooden Hot Tub
Chalet Cannelle Master Bedroom With Doors And Balcony
View Of Chalet Cannelle In The Snow At Dusk
Chalet Cannelle Bedroom With Antler Wallpaper
View Of Mont De Grange From Chalet Cannelle
Wintry View From Chalet Cannelle
Summer Dining On The Terrace Of Chalet Cannelle
Luxury Ski Chalet Bedroom With Pheasant Motif
Luxury Ski Chalet Bedroom With Bumble-bee Motif
Chalet Cannelle Angled View Of Lounge With Turquoise CushionsChalet Cannelle Bear Bedroom With Polar Bear CushionsChalet Cannelle Master Bathroom With Walk-in ShowerChalet Cannelle Lounge With Sofas And Turquoise CushionsOutside Chalet Cannelle In WinterChalet Cannelle Outdoor Traditional Wooden Hot TubChalet Cannelle Master Bedroom With Doors And BalconyView Of Chalet Cannelle In The Snow At DuskChalet Cannelle Bedroom With Antler WallpaperView Of Mont De Grange From Chalet CannelleWintry View From Chalet CannelleSummer Dining On The Terrace Of Chalet CannelleLuxury Ski Chalet Bedroom With Pheasant MotifLuxury Ski Chalet Bedroom With Bumble-bee Motif

Châtel is a pretty, properly French Alpine village in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, and Chalet Cannelle is a beautifully converted 200 year old Abondance farmhouse just outside it in a little hamlet. It has fabulous mountain views, a traditional outdoor wooden hot tub, and is owner-run by Lorraine and Andy who clearly care deeply about giving their guests a wonderful chalet holiday.

The style at Chalet Cannelle is contemporary Alpine. This luxury ski chalet has been uniquely designed by its owners with vintage pieces and original artwork, maintaining an Alpine style but without the usual mountain kitsch. It feels very much like a gorgeously styled, opulent, home-away-from-home.

There is a large open-plan living area with double-height ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the dramatic views. There are two sumptuous seating areas with comfy sofas and vintage leather armchairs, meaning there is plenty of seating for everyone to feel like they have their own space.

There are six bedrooms in Chalet Cannellle, incorporating a family suite for two adults and two children, four doubles/twins, and one fixed double.  Plentiful Cowshed toiletries are supplied, fittingly, given that the chalet used to be a cowshed — and indeed part of it still is!

The beds are dreamily comfy, and the owner has been asked so many times about them and about the beautiful bed linen that she now has a template email with all the details to send out. Luxury towels and bathrobes are also supplied.


The owners Lorraine and Andy do the cooking themselves, with Andy being the head chef. They are self-taught and the whole vibe in this luxury catered ski chalet is very much open chef’s table, with extraordinary attention to detail. The pair are evidently passionate about food, as demonstrated by the numerous cookbooks and foodie magazines strewn around the chalet. They even have their own wood fired oven, a cold smoker on the terrace, and Japanese ceramic grill outside the front door, as well as organic garden which they plunder throughout the year, even in the winter. Meat is locally reared and free range, and everything is cooked from scratch, including stocks, sauces, ice creams, pasta, you name it.

Breakfast incorporates a hot option every day, usually featuring eggs from their free range chickens. Dinner consists of canapés and drinks plus four courses including cheese on six nights, and there are two different wines served every night matched with the food. There is an open bar with a variety of beers, wines, soft drinks and spirits.

Chalet Cannelle has a lovely traditional-style wooden outdoor hot tub, rather than moulded plastic Jacuzzi, and it has jaw-dropping mountain views. It is also chlorine-free and uses ozone treatment.

Children are welcome at this luxury chalet. There is a separate kids’ play room/TV room, and the Owl room is a family room (a double plus two singles). There is another play area on the mezzanine which is packed with toys, games, a dressing-up box and even a small circus tent. There are lots of kids movies too, as well as Netflix, Wii, and Xbox.

For babies there is a high chair, cot, nappy bin and changing mat etc

The sumptuous living space and that hot tub with those views.

Châtel is not very well known and loses out to Morzine, its bigger, better-known neighbouring resort, which is a shame because Châtel is a lovely resort and is rather more central for accessing the whole of the Portes du Soleil ski domain.


Chalet Cannelle is the last chalet in a quiet hamlet of ten chalets, called Suvay,  just outside Châtel in the Portes du Soleil. It has a safe garden for kids, and the chalet looks directly over to the Mont de Grange and has views of the Dents du Midi from the balcony. It is not walkable to lifts in winter – in-resort transport is provided.


Châtel is approx 90 minutes from Geneva. The chalet arranges transfers, at extra cost, from 50 euros return per person.

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Available Summer and Winter
  • Location: 5-12 minutes from lifts (choice of 5); 5 minutes’ drive to Châtel centre
  • Outdoor hot-tub
  • Views of Mont de Grange and Dents du Midi
  • Curved 4k HD TV
  • Wifi
  • Bootwarmers & glove warmers
  • Log Fire
  • Parking, but limited
  • Saturday changeover — some flexibility in January for short breaks

Pizza oven, glove warmers, Netflix, Spotify, free range chickens, just heaps of extras.


Don’t miss the chalet’s recommended ski tour which takes in 7 villages in the Portes du Soleil, crossing both France and Switzerland. You don’t have to do the same lift twice (although some of the runs are so amazing and quiet, it is hard not to resist doing a couple more than once!).

The beauty of being in Châtel, too, is that you are bang in the middle of the PDS. This means you can really ski the whole domain, including over into Switzerland, without feeling that it is a race to get back for the last lift.


“Chalet Cannelle is perfect for the discerning traveller: high quality accommodation on a par with the best boutique hotel, glorious home cooked meals and proprietors who go that extra mile to ensure guests have a holiday to remember.”

“Another trip to Chalet Cannelle and it never fails to deliver. The setting is simply stunning. Beautiful chalet – gorgeous open plan living space, stunning views, sumptuous bedrooms and a brilliant hot tub! Andy & Lorraine have created a boutique winter chalet experience that feels both luxurious and a cosy home from home.”

“Chalet Cannelle offers the perfect balance of style and comfort along with amazing food. Lorraine and Andy are perfect hosts, being on hand to provide lots of local information and advice where needed. They take great pride in delivering an excellent chalet experience with impressive attention to detail in terms of the quality of the accommodation, atmosphere and delicious food. We cannot wait to go back!”

“Already booked for Easter next year in what is becoming a regular family retreat, building special memories. We have skied in many resorts in Europe and stayed in a whole range of accommodation but nothing comes close to Chalet Cannelle in both quality and value. Whether it’s the rooms, the bathrooms, the views, the food, the slopes or simply stunning living areas they come top in every category.”


If you would like to make an enquiry or a booking, 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.

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