Picture yourself in a wooden chalet at the edge of a forest; in summer a tranquil stream trickles past, but this is winter and it's glazed over, icicles clinging to the bank allude to the frozen world beneath. Here all nature lies before you; footsteps of wild animals crisscross the fresh snow telling tales of the previous night’s activities. Yet this is far from a deserted Alpine wilderness; just meters away the piste ends and across the road is the Olympic gondola, majestic in its own way and ready to whisk you from Le Raffort into the centre of Méribel, heart of the Trois Vallées.
The wooden chalet in which you sit is Chalet Abreuvoir, in the quaint hamlet of Le Raffort. Lovingly crafted from local wood and stone she sits effortlessly in her village setting, a warm and friendly retreat from the white winter outside. Nothing here is run-of-the-mill; from furniture and light fittings to the fireplace and even the walls everything is hand crafted; bespoke and unique.
As you are welcomed into this most special of lodgings for your week in the mountains you take in the textures and aromas of the building; some walls and floors polished concrete, others wood clad. North African styled furniture and coloured throws brighten the bedrooms, and in the sitting room an ornately hand carved jigsaw-style wall exudes character and personality. This property is a labour of love, and in turn her loving arms will embrace you all for this special week and far beyond.
Sit back before the roaring log fire in the handsome cast-iron fire place, take a sip from the glass of perfectly chilled champagne and feel yourself drift blissfully into holiday mode; email is switched off and family time is turned up to full volume. This is the perfect spot for spending quality time together – be it on the slopes, in your own hot tub or snuggled up in the cinema watching a classic movie together with a steaming bowl of popcorn. You are bound to still talk and reminisce about this special winter holiday many years from now.
The space at chalet Abreuvoir is just perfectly designed to be sociable and yet low-key; for those moments when you need a little space, some ‘me time’, then sneak down to the sauna while upstairs a fierce battle of snap is underway. If you’re lucky enough to have the master suite - which if you found chalet Abreuvoir is surely yours by rights - then how about sinking into your unique free-standing bath with a glass of merlot and a good book. Shaped like a giant yogurt pot with it’s own set of steps for an easy entrance, and my what a view from the tub.
Not only will you find Chalet Abreuvoir a peaceful and charming retreat, but skiing from here is a breeze too. Your concierge service will happily arrange for the chauffeur to whisk you into the centre of Méribel in time for ski school, but for the more adventurous - the young at heart you may say - don your skis in the village and scoot down the snow-covered paths to the road where you can catch the gondola directly into the Chaudanne.
At the end of a big day filled with snowy adventures you return exhausted, but exhilarated; just enough energy in your ski legs to tackle the piste back into le Raffort. When the snow’s right you can even take a short-cut off piste leading you almost to the chalet door. Skis lodged in the overnight store and it's definitely time for afternoon tea; a slice of cake freshly baked by your private chef and put your feet up by the fire. Self catering is an option, but to be catered for is the true luxury here leaving you free to kick back and relax with loved ones. Someone else can do the washing up this year.
Bedroom 1 - Twin/double (king) with TV, en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double (king) with TV, en-suite shower room & terrace access
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double (king) with TV, en-suite shower room & terrace access
Bedroom 4 - Twin with en-suite shower
Bedroom 5 - Master twin/double (king) with private terrace & en-suite bathroom with bath & separate shower
Please note: There are 2 couches in the Cinema Room that can be used as single beds
Ski Lifts 4 min walk
Resort Centre 5 min chauffeured drive
Chambery (CMF): 1h 45m / 110km
Grenoble (GNB): 1h 50m / 130km
Geneva (GVA): 2h 30m / 190km
Lyon (LYS): 2h 30m / 190km
No need to rush out of bed - breakfast is laid on. A healthy array of fresh fruit juices, a selection of warming teas and coffee - yoghurts, crispy cereals, juicy fruit and a mouth-watering display of delicious fresh breads & delicate pastries. Your chef will also prepare a daily cooked hot option for you - how do you like your eggs? So much choice that you might miss the first ski lift if you're not careful.
Come back after a wonderful day on the mountain to the warmth and comfort of your chalet. Snuggle up on the comfy sofa in front of a crackling fire, with a steaming cup of tea and a generous serving of cake – this is how all afternoons should be. Your chef will prepare a fresh from the oven, sweet treat for your return, so whether your preference is for a hearty sticky Apple and Ginger cake or a delicate Mille-feuille aux framboise is more your thing, there will be something tempting waiting for you. Personally I don’t think you can beat a slice of crispy baguette with lashings of butter and dollops of apricot jam or nutella - but maybe that ‘s just me - the perfect comfort food.
When staying in a catered chalet every night feels like a special occasion, and why shouldn't it, you're on an amazing holiday and it's so good to be alive. You’re dressed and ready for a glass of something chilled with friends and family, ready to regale them with tales of your mountain adventures that may get a little exaggerated for dramatic effect with each rendition. Enjoy the delicious canapés and amuse-bouche freshly prepared by your star in the kitchen.
Take a seat at your own private table - it's time for the main event – a delicious feast, masterfully crafted by your talented chef. With an emphasis on using hand-selected, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients you will be served a melt in your mouth three course dinner that wouldn't look out of place in a Michelin starred restaurant. Dinner is complimented by a tangy platter of divine local cheeses. Menus can be tailored to suit your tastes and your chef will be happy to prepare everything from a simple supper to fine dining delights.
The chalet has an extensive wine list and can provide beer, spirits and mixers.
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children. You can talk to your SkiBoutique PA about any specific requests from dietary requirements such as gluten free diets to birthday cakes and favourite dishes. We will do our very best to ensure that your wishes are granted and delivered in resort.
Please note: Food & drink costs are payable in resort
Winter 2016/2017 - THIS SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|February 2017||25 Feb 2017||EURO 18,900|
|March 2017||04 Mar 2017||EURO 12,900|
|11 Mar 2017||EURO 12,900|
|18 Mar 2017||EURO 12,900|
|25 Mar 2017||EURO 12,900|
|April 2017||01 Apr 2017||EURO 15,200|
|08 Apr 2017||EURO 11,200|
|15 Apr 2017||EURO 10,700|
|22 Apr 2017||POA||Unavailable|
Winter 2017/2018 - NEXT SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|December 2017||09 Dec 2017||EURO 7,890|
|16 Dec 2017||EURO 7,890|
|23 Dec 2017||EURO 16,700|
|30 Dec 2017||POA|
|January 2018||06 Jan 2018||POA|
|13 Jan 2018||POA|
|20 Jan 2018||POA|
|27 Jan 2018||POA|
|February 2018||03 Feb 2018||POA|
|10 Feb 2018||POA|
|17 Feb 2018||EURO 16,700|
|24 Feb 2018||EURO 16,700|
|March 2018||03 Mar 2018||EURO 16,700|
|10 Mar 2018||EURO 8,400|
|17 Mar 2018||EURO 8,400|
|24 Mar 2018||EURO 8,400|
|31 Mar 2018||EURO 10,690|
|April 2018||07 Apr 2018||EURO 7,890|
|14 Apr 2018||EURO 7,890|
|21 Apr 2018||EURO 7,890|