“The chef is superb – his meals are a delight to the senses.”
Gorgeous and atmospheric 400-year-old farmhouse conversion
Low season: £695pp per week, catered; Mid: £765pp; Peak: £1400pp
St Martin de Belleville, Trois Vallées
Chalet de la Lune is a supremely cosy and cute luxury ski chalet, hidden away in a courtyard in old St Martin de Belleville. It has a great location, right in the heart of the village, heaps of charm and excellent pricing. Just gorgeous.
Ancient and rustic, with contemporary extras. Think stone vaulted open plan living room, with dining room, kitchen and huge log fire. There’s also a separate TV den down below, again vaulted, with huge flat screen TV, DVDs and Wii console.
There are six super-cosy bedrooms in this St Martin de Belleville ski chalet, all en-suite — four with showers, two with showers over a bath. One is also a triple, which is great for children. There are plentiful Cowshed toiletries, and slippers and dressing gowns are supplied.
Try to book either room 3 or 4. There are lovely views from these, although there are still pretty rooftop views from the other rooms.
Chalet de la Lune, like its sister chalets, is a fully catered ski chalet and is seriously foodie. It was founded on the owner’s chef background and the food is presented in an unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere. It is also genuinely of a standard more frequently found in far more expensive chalets.
Five white, five red house wines, plus non-champagne bubbles are all available all the time, with soft drinks and beer all freely available too. Champagne is served on arrival day. À la carte wines can also be organised pre-holiday, but the house wines are so good that most guests don’t feel the need to do this.
This luxury ski chalet has a brand new hot tub going in for winter 2016/17. There is a lovely new terrace outside the chalet with a hot tub that has an amazing mountain view and that is concealed from the quiet road so is totally private.
Chalet de la Lune is properly child-friendly. There are board games, books, DVDs and a Wii console, and the separate vaulted den for children to play in, totally separate from the adults upstairs, as well as the bedroom for three.
The excellent food and charming, extremely handy location.
Um, the lack of sauna perhaps, but I’m just being picky!
This luxury ski chalet is right in the central ‘old quarter’ of St Martin, just 80m to the village drag lift and a mere stroll from the local shops, the church and the local restaurants.
Transfers can be arranged to this St Martin de Belleville chalet from any of the airports or the Moutiers railway hub. Geneva is 2hrs 10mins away, as is Lyons and Grenoble.