“A gorgeous chalet with beautiful views, ambrosial food and fabulous skiing and walking in the Portes du Soleil - B&B or catered rental for 8-14 + children”
Chalet Cannelle is an upside-down house, with the 4 main bedrooms below the lounge. Two are bigger, two have the view; all are spotless with an uncluttered contemporary chalet style (low ceilings, lots of smart wood). Comfy super-kingsize or twin beds are dressed in white linen, and stylish bathrooms come with Cowshed products.
Capra, the best room, is big and beautiful with doors onto a balcony for views of the valley and mountains. Inside, you’ll find an original wood-panelled wall and a big bathroom with an oversized power shower. It can be made up as a double or twin. Antler (double only), the other room with a valley view, is a little smaller, but this doesn’t matter - it’s a warm, cosy room with a chic feel. Expect lovely colours, pretty fabrics and a smart bathroom with a power shower over a big bath.
Owl, a double or twin, is the biggest room. It doesn’t have the view, but inside there’s a sofa from which 2 single beds emerge - perfect for young families. It has a bath with a power shower overhead, and you’ll find the odd piece of upcycled rustic wood. Bear is the cosiest room with a cabin ceiling and a vast shower. It too can work as a double or twin, and is good for older children who want a room to themselves.
The fifth room, Moo, is only available when booked in conjunction with another room or if the whole chalet is taken by one party. It’s at the top of the house and great for children, who love it as it’s away from their parents. It has 4 single beds but no bathroom, so you will occasionally have to round up your children, march them downstairs and clean them.
Andy’s fresh, local food is a lovely surprise - you don’t expect to find such accomplished cooking on a holiday like this. He’ll mix and match more creative stuff with delicious comfort food - roast chicken, a vegetarian Thai, seafood curry - all just as tasty as his formal dishes.
Breakfast sets you up for the day. You get fresh bread, croissants and pains au chocolat, then Savoie yoghurts, homemade muesli or local ham and cheese. There’s fresh juice and always something hot - home-cured smoked bacon and eggs from the chickens in the garden. For lunch you’ll probably eat at a mountain restaurant, but you can order packed lunches - a baguette sandwich, a homemade sausage roll, some fruit and chocolate.
As for dinner, the 4-course menu is preceded by aperitifs and accompanied by lovely wines. There’s no choice but dietary requirements are discussed in advance. We were served porcini mushroom and Gorgonzola arancini (fabulous), a pumpkin ravioli (light as a feather), a plate of Taleggio cheese (irresistible), then a Sicilian lemon and vanilla pannacotta (the best comes last). Fish and meat are served regularly, and accompanied by seasonal produce, much of it from their kitchen garden.
If you take the whole chalet during the peak ski season, dinner is included for 6 of the 7 nights, along with afternoon tea and drinks. This means you eat out once - Andy and Lorraine will make suggestions, book tables and order taxis. Their favourites are Les Cornettes (serving great food since 1894!) and Le Clos Savoyard (they do a mean fondue), both a couple of km down the mountain.
Otherwise, you can book B&B with dinner available a few times a week on request (at time of reservation). You eat at a big table under a beamed ceiling, or out on the terrace with the mountains looming above.
Children are very welcome; the gardens are safe for playing, and there’s a Nintendo Wii, a playroom and even an electric piano to keep them entertained indoors. There’s plenty for kids to do nearby, too - skiing for all levels in winter, and zip wires, bathing lakes, mountain lifts and biking in summer.
Owl has a sofa that cleverly turns into 2 single beds, and Moo has 4 single beds - ideal for children who want their own space, though this room has no bathroom so they have to rattle down and share their parents’. Baby cots can be added to all rooms. Note that Owl and Antler are the only rooms with baths; the others have showers only.
Available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Special meals are available for kids - you can discuss dietary requirements in advance. Packed lunches can be provided for day trips, too.