Situated at 1074 metres in the stunning Les Chavants area of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley, Chalet La Dune occupies an enviable position with amazing views.
Just 3 minutes from the nearest 2 ski lifts and under one hour from Geneva airport. Airport transfers and in resort transport are all included in your stay. We also arrange ski and boot hire, lessons and ski passes in advance and restaurant bookings if required.
The chalet sits in it's own grounds and has an on site apartment so your hosts are on hand to ensure your stay is trouble free. A large deck area with a 6/7 person Jacuzzi/hot tub makes the most of the fabulous views of the Massif. The garden is a great place to enjoy a snowball fight or make snow angels!
The chalet is recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and whilst contemporary inside, offers a traditional log fire and cosy seating areas. A huge Oak table seating 12 makes for convivial dining and we offer two catering options. Enjoy a fully catered stay with delicious four course meal each night or our 'Best of Both Worlds', which is slightly more relaxed and a mix of three and four course dinners. Prices are reflective of the 'Best of Both Worlds' option. Please enquire for the fully catered rental rates.
Whether you are looking for a family holiday or organising a trip with a group of friends or some other special event, our aim is to provide you with a relaxed and hassle free experience so that you can fully enjoy everything that the Chamonix valley has to offer.
The Area Situated in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Chamonix sits directly under Mont Blanc which at 4810m is the highest mountain in western Europe. Bordering both Italy and Switzerland, the Chamonix valley is made up of several distinct villages including Les Houches, Servoz, Les Bossons, Les Praz, Les Tines, Argentières and Le Tour all offering spectacular scenery, a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities as well as excellent restaurants and nightlife.
Les Houches itself, is a bustling village just 10 minutes from Chamonix main town. It offers fabulous skiing with tree lined runs, which are perfect on blue sky day, but also great for low light skiing. The famous Kandahar world cup run is just a chair lift away. The mountain restaurants in Les Houches ski area are arguably some of the best on the mountain. We are very happy to recommend and book your lunch time eaterie for you. For the Skier The village of Les Houches sits at the entrance to the Chamonix valley and has its own ski area which can be skied on its own or together with the other ski areas in the valley using the Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski pass. Chamonix itself is a mecca for both Winter and Summer sports and was the site for the inaugural Winter Olympic Games in 1924.
With five main ski areas – Brévent, Flegère, Vallorcine Domaine de Balme, Argentière Grands Montets and Saint Gervais Les Houches as well as a beginners area in the centre of town, there is an endless variety of both on and off-piste skiing and boarding to suit all ages and abilities. There is also the world renowned Vallée Blanche run which at 18km long offers 4 seperate descents along the Mer de Glace glacier from the top of the Aigulle du Midi (3842km) to the top of the Montenvers rack railway (1913km) or, if the snow conditions are favourable, all the way back to Chamonix town centre. Should you opt for the Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski pass option, a weekly pass also grants access to Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, Verbier in the 4 Valleys and the Megève ski resort so there is ample choice when it comes to deciding where to ski.
For Non skiers If skiing or boarding on the mountain is not for you, there are numerous other activities to keep you busy during your stay. These include cross country skiing, glacier walking, ice skating, snowshoeing, paragliding, sledging, husky sledding, the alpine luge, indoor bowling and, of course, the excellent shopping that the town provides. A definite must is a trip by cable car to to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), the starting point for the world famous 18km Vallée Blanche glacier run and the site of the newly opened Musée de l'Alpinisme and with breathtaking views across the mountain ranges into Italy and Switzerland.
If you need any assistance in organising alternative activities during your stay with us then please let us know and we'll be happy to arrange things for you. Alternatively, you can just push back and relax in this wonderful environment and take some time for yourself to unwind and enjoy some well earned down time from the daily grind.
Chamonix is approximately 560 miles from Calais with a total drive time of between 8 & 9 hours using the French autoroute system.
The Geneva Cointrin airport in Switzerland is served by a number of major UK airlines including British Airways and EasyJet. Chamonix itself is 55 miles from the airport and, if you prefer to drive yourself, there are numerous car hire companies operating at the airport but be sure to organise to pick up your vehicle at the Swiss side of the airport. Rental vehicles are typically fitted with winter tyres and are supplied with snow chains.
If you do choose to drive yourself, please be aware that the chalet is reached by a steep lane which, although cleared regularly during the Winter season, can often be difficult to negotiate without winter tyres &/or snow chains and ideally requires a four wheel drive vehicle. However, there is local parking and we can easily collect you and transfer you to the chalet should you encounter a problem.
Included in the price of your holiday:
- 5 luxury bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms to accommodate 10 – 12 guests.
- In resort transportation in a 4 wheel drive vehicles
- Continental breakfast including a choice of cereals, porridge, pastries, berries, eggs and juices 7 days a week.
- Afternoon tea with home made cakes & biscuits 7 days a week
- ‘Best of both Worlds’ or fully catered dining options
- Luxury hot tub for 6 – 7 people with daily hot tub
- Maintenance Concierge service including a daily cleaning service - - Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Sky+ HD Separate home cinema room Extensive DVD/Blu-Ray/Book & Games library
- High thread count pure cotton bed linens Luxury bath & hand towels - - Complimentary White Company bath and shower products
- Toweling bathrobes
The Chalet owners can also pre-arrange lift passes, skis, snowboards and boots.
Pre-booking of ski lessons and ski guides with Ecole du Ski Français if required * Concierge Service Being resident on-site in our own apartment means that we are ideally placed to make your stay as relaxed and stress free as possible and, to this end, we will endeavour to meet any additional requests that you may have during your stay. Please feel free to approach us at any time before or during your stay with any special requests that you may have.
During a fully catering stay you are provided with a continental breakfast including a choice of cereals, porridge, pastries, berries, nuts, seeds, eggs and juices as well as afternoon tea and coffee with a selection of home made cakes and biscuits. When it comes to the evening meal, we’ve been on plenty of fully catered holidays and whilst it’s fabulous to be waited on hand and foot, it can also be a little stifling having to be sat at a table by 7.30 every evening when perhaps all you want to do is take a longer nap, finish watching a film or lounge in the hot tub with a glass of fizz!
Best of both Worlds
Eating a four course meal six nights in a row can also be a little too much food, especially if you want to sample the delights of some of the excellent mountain restaurants at lunchtime. If this sounds like you, then our ‘Best of both Worlds’ dining option should be the perfect solution for you providing:
- All the services of a fully catered option (Fully catered provides full service 4 course meal 6 nights per week) On three nights we cater for your every need with a four course meal and clear it all away On three nights we prepare a more simple three course meal (including cheese board), set the table, but leave it up to you to serve yourselves and eat in a more relaxed way at a time that suits you and provides more flexibility for your group For your seventh night, a staff night off (usually Wednesday), we will book and transport you to a restaurant of your choice or simply leave you to cater for yourselves in our fabulous modern Italian designed kitchen; it’s entirely your choice. We provide complimentary beer and wines with your evening meal but, if you have a particular preference, we would be happy to source your preferred choices if available. (Extra charges may apply) For the children we can feed them at an earlier time and cook healthy appealing meals as well as providing them with yummy treats!
Typical 4 course Menu
Fresh pea soup served with crispy pancetta
Comté cheese and homemade bread Filet mignon of pork in a creamy white wine and mushroom sauce, fresh vegetables and Lyonnaise potatoes
Raspberry clafoutis with crème fraiche
Cheeseboard, coffee and chocolates
Typical 3 Course Menu
Beef Chilli with jacket potatoes, sour cream, cheese nachos and an avocado salsa
Tarte au citron with with homemade Limoncello ice cream
Cheeseboard, coffee and chocolates
Typical Weekly Menu Schedule
Saturday – Afternoon arrival, 4 course meal served by your hosts
Sunday – 3 course meal prepared and ready to eat when you are
Monday – 4 course meal served by your hosts
Tuesday – 3 course meal prepared and ready to eat when you are
Wednesday – Eat out in one of the many excellent restaurants in Chamonix
Thursday – 4 course meal served by your hosts
Friday – 3 course meal prepared and ready to eat when you are
Saturday – morning departure
Christmas at the Chalet During the Christmas week, in addition to the usual festive trimmings in and around the chalet, we will start your day with a special breakfast of scrambled egg, smoked salmon and champagne and also serve a traditional Christmas Dinner for you to enjoy either on Christmas Day itself or, as is the European way, on the night of Christmas Eve, which will allow you to enjoy a full day on the mountain on Christmas Day.