We booked La Grange as a place for extended family to meet for a summer holiday. The chalet has been beautifully renovated and is really well appointed. There are 5 good size double bedrooms plus a kids bunk room - beds comfy and nice linen. We were self catering and Clare put us in touch with a local lady who made some very nice and good value meals that we could heat up and eat in. The chalet is probably a 15 min walk into town so we often drove up as had small kids in tow. Would happily recommend.
La Grange au Merle is a beautiful traditional Alpine Chalet that has been magnificently restored to provide a luxurious base for a break in the mountains. The location offers wonderful views over Chatel and surrounding peaks and although, during our late spring visit, the ski lifts were closed we were still able to find walks in all directions. All of the bedroom spaces are superb, living areas are large and the balconies a real focal point. Wonderful hot tub and sauna - a real bonus.
I would highly recommend the chalet for a break at any time of the year.
A real luxury ski experience for me and my family - first time we have stayed in a catered chalet and we are converts! - fantastic food, delicious and hearty breakfast and a too-inviting afternoon tea awaiting after a day's skiing. Silka and Valerio, who manage the chalet made us all feel very welcome and taken care of during a memorable stay. Nice touch for hosts to organise ski passes, transfers and also ski hire to visit you at chalet on arrival - no dash to ski hire shop with kids in tow. My young children (10, 6 and 3) loved their snuggly bunk bed, the roaring log fire, the hot tub and the garden to play in / make snowmen in the afternoons. Great canapes in the evening once the children tucked up, with lovely selection of wine to choose. Valerio also doubles up as our taxi driver for the 3 minute drive into town or 20 mins to Pre la Jou (good for young ones), so plenty of ski variety. We were blessed with great sunshine during our stay but snow held up well on the slopes. A very memorable, sunny and happy holiday.
I should have been suspicious of all the excellent reviews for this chalet that were by people only submitting 1 review
When we arrived we were dropped off nobody came out to help us with our luggage – we didn’t even know where to go as there were no signs!
The other family staying were lovely but they had 2 children – 1 very young – they asked us if we had been told about the children before we booked and we were not!
The dinner on the first night was terrible – we had cooked frozen assortment of pastries, no starter and then roasted chicken – this was cut into pieces but they were more pigeon sized and certainly not enough to go round – the veg served was rock solid!
The food over the week improved slightly but the chef was certainly not Michelin trained as the web site states. Every night though the food came out barely warm – serving on cold plates certainly did not help this!
According to the website we should have had home baked afternoon teas! – this was not the case – they were shop brought cakes! Not great and not what we were expecting – when we returned to the chalet there was nobody there and no teas ready or even a fire going! We had to do this ourselves! Again not what I’d expect in a “Luxury chalet”
Breakfasts were ok but we had to ask for milk and butter on most days, I also had to ask for coffee every morning as the services really wasn’t that great! I was also surprised that there was no porridge?
We were also asked to stagger our showers as there were problems with the hot water – again not expected in a luxury chalet.
We were also told not to use the sauna as is tripped the electrics.
The hot tub was dirty and had lots of gravel in the bottom it also seemed like there was too much chlorine in it – the fumes from the water actually made our eyes water.
We were also made to feel very uncomfortable about transfers and pickups – never know anything like it – a 1 hour slot in the evening and the same in the morning is not great when you are quite a walk from the nearest slope!
The chalet itself is lovely it’s just a shame it’s not up to the standard described on the website and the chalet staff let you down, we were not made to feel particularly welcome and felt bad when we had to ask anything.
I know the other family were not happy
The chalet staff also did not seem aware of the website and what the expectation were for them.
It was so easy to book this chalet, the owner responds immediately, takes care of the ski hire, ski passes, transfers, etc etc. You arrive at the chalet and everything is ready. The standard of chalet is first class, an absolute winner.
The chef is the best we have ever come across for a catered chalet, its likes eating at a top London restaurant every night.
Our party consisted of 9 adults and 5 children under the age of 3 years old and as you can imagine it was extremely chaotic but our chalet host dealt with every challenge easily and professionally.
This chalet is a must.