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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges Val d’Isere, French Alps, France

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges Val d’Isere


Back in Legettaz, a calm, elevated fringe of Val d’Isere at the beginning of the Manchet valley, in 1,900m elevation. Past the chalets is a avalanche zone, therefore there’s been practically no building further up the valley because the very first of this Chardon chalets opened 22 decades back. There is a piste 50 yards in the doorway, resulting in the Solaise and Bellevarde lifts, and powerful intermediates can ski house to the doorway. It is a 15-minute walk into the center, however a minibus shuttle has been put on virtually round the clock.

Style & personality

All five chalets, constructed in local stone, have enormous picture windows, vaulted ceilings, open-plan living area with fireplace, a guest house and at least one outside spa. Chalets Chardon and Lafitenia have uninterrupted views up the Manchet valley, with both windows and terraces configured to take advantage of them. (Throughout our trip we saw, from Lafitenia’s spa, a daily screen of avalanches thundering down the valley.) The insides incorporate chunky wood, exposed rock, Italian tiles and beautiful fabrics. Le Chardon includes a huge terrace, with an 18ft “swim spa” and outside sofas; its own top-floor living space, also, is magnificent.

Service & amenities

Round the chalets, 30 employees — such as hamburgers, hosts and motorists — take care of a max of 65 guests: a far cry from overworked chalet women of less classy institutions. Drinks from the spa, papers, morning tea along with a daily print-out of this prediction come as standard, and also the strategy is friendly, professional and discreet. The proprietor, a keen skier out of Edinburgh, and his loved ones are closely involved with conducting the institution — and it shows.

Room support


The 32 bedrooms comprise appealing slate or sandstone bathrooms (some with shower only), lots of hooks and storage, excellent beds and no tv. Some have giant windows, a balcony. Ours had a vaulted ceiling, Toile de Jouy drapes and ladder-steps into the restroom. La Bergerie is particularly suited to households, with an excess interconnecting room.

Food & beverage

Well presented, flavorful and abundant, but not thick, in the fruit, croissants and everyday hot unique at breakfast into the three-course dinner, in which seared salmon and tuna with wasabi were one of the highlights. Gooey chocolate brownies were also a winner in tea-time. The well-judged ski bites comprised Lion pubs and parcels of nuts.

Value for cash

Excellent for its quality of service, food and lodging: a week prices from #1,000 each individual, including breakfast, cake and tea, dinner on six nights, all drinks (not at dinner), ski snacks, fruit, sun-cream and Wi-Fi. Every chalet contains books, DVDs, toys and sledges. A few weeks, guests may reserve a space as opposed to an whole chalet.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?

No accessibility.



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