27 bedrooms for 43-48 guests
6 bath(s), 18 shower(s)
We have taken over Les Chardons, a sweet little family hotel in one of the best positions in Val d'Isère. We are running it as a proper YSE chalet.
Les Chardons is ten seconds' walk from the church, at the very heart of Val d'Isere's quaint and quiet old village. It is mere metres from the snow square, nursery slopes, drag lifts, ski schools, ski shops, bus stops, hairdresser, baker and candle-stick maker. Guests here will spend more time skiing, eating and drinking and less time travelling around than anyone else in Val d'Isère.
If you wonder why you've never noticed Les Chardons, it is next to the Hôtel Bellevue (which you've probably never noticed either) on that little lane which leads from the Tourist Office roundabout to the church. Very few people and even fewer vehicles use this road, and it really is astonishingly silent. Even the church clock doesn't chime at night.
Inside, the chalet is much more comfortable than one might imagine from its slightly plain exterior. Our first guests last year were bowled over by how nice it is.
The dining room has always been charming. We just removed the net curtains, table cloths and aspidistra, and put in good, solid, wooden tables and an industrial strength Nespresso machine! There are big tables for chatty people and little tables for grumpy people, and they all fit together, so if you meet other grumpy people during the week, we'll join the tables and you can all be grumpy together. Our regular star chef Scottish (so known because of all the Scotts we have employed, he is the only actual Scot) is leading a team in the professional kitchen which aims not just to match the food in our smaller chalets, but surpass it. We'll see...
The sitting room is 50% bigger than it was last year thanks to an extension which will accommodate an extra ten people in its deep sofas. We do not run a bar, but guests keep their own drinks in a fridge, and we can get it in for you if you tell us in advance what you'd like us to buy. It's all at supermarket prices and there is no cheaper or more convenient way in the Alps to develop cirrhosis.
And there's the snug, a second sitting area with full HD Sky+ for those of you who don't want to miss the Test Match/News/America's Next Top Model or whatever.
There's a ski/snowboard locker and a room containing nothing but boot-warmers and glove-warmers. If you are accustomed to the pleasure of slipping your feet into warm, dry boots, wait until you put on warm, dry gloves!
The bedrooms aren't huge, but they're very comfortable, with modern bathrooms, good lighting, brand new handmade curtains and big, thick duvets. Some have balconies, and all the rooms' views range from good to fabulous. If views don't do it for you, eight bedrooms (2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 15, 16 and 17) also have little flat-screen TVs with British Freeview.
Ten rooms have en-suite showers and loos (actually, some of them are baths, but those wonderfully short baths only an Oompaloompa could stretch out in, so most people treat them as showers).
Six more bedrooms are in sweet, almost fully en-suite suites, each room having its own shower-room and basin, but with a single loo for both rooms on the landing between them. To some people it is very important to have their wc in their bathroom. Others however, particularly of the long-suffering wife variety, are quite glad not to! Anyway, for having to share a loo we give the four guests in each of these 'suites' quite a generous discount.
And there are eleven single rooms, with no supplement. You may need to read that again. As well as having space for 32 guests in pairs or couples, Les Chardons has eleven rooms for people travelling alone, who are normally faced with the choice of sharing with a stranger (who may snore, bore or worse) or paying to keep the other bed empty.
In fact, the eleven single rooms comprise eight twin and three double rooms, but we are treating them as singles because they don't have the same facilities as the other rooms. Five have showers and basins, five have bidets and basins and one has just a basin. There are three communal showers and three wcs on the landings. The question is whether you'd rather have a loo and share your bedroom, or get your own room but share a loo!
Better still, during school holidays or when a single group books the whole chalet, a second person can stay in these single rooms half-price. We can't promise this extra person a flight, but with a saving of up to £700 he probably won't mind taking an easyJet or Jet2!
Chalet Les Chardons is unique in Val d'Isère: a large chalet for keen skiers who are also keen foodies. It is selling out very quickly.
Bedrooms with en-suite bath or shower and wc – Price A
Second Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc, TV and balcony.
First Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc and TV.
Second Floor. Double with shower, wc, TV and balcony
First Floor. Double with shower, wc and TV.
Second Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Second Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony. Please specify whether you would prefer the beds to be made up as a twin or double when booking.
First Floor. Twin/double with bath and wc.
First Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Third Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony.
Third Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
All baths mentioned above are half-size with shower attachment.
Suites, 2 rooms each with shower, sharing a wc – Price B
Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 21.
Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 20.
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 8.
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 9.
Third Floor. Twin with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 29.
Third Floor. Double with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 30.
Single rooms with shower – Price A
Room 17 Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 16 Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 5 First Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 4 First Floor. Single with shower and TV.
Room 6 First Floor. Single with curtained-off shower.
Single rooms with basin – Price B
Room 18 Second Floor. Single with basin.
Room 23 Second Floor. Single with basin.
Room 11 First Floor. Single with basin.
Room 27 Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 32 Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 26 Third Floor. Single with basin.
There is one wc and one shower on the first, second and third floors, and another wc on the ground floor.
Rooms 4, 6, 11, 16, 18 and 23 have twin beds. Rooms 5, 17, 26 and 27 have a double bed. The second bed in these rooms can only be used during school holidays by children, or when one group books the whole chalet at any time during the season. A maximum of 5 extra beds can be used.
Extra beds will be charged at 50% of the normal price of that room (subject to a minimum of £400) as we cannot provide a flight at the time of booking for anyone using these extra beds. If we do have a flight available at the last minute (and we often won't know until the Thursday/Friday before departure) we will charge a further 25% - ie. 75% in total. The applicable school holiday dates are: 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2013; 16 February 2014; 30 March 2014; 6 and 13 April 2014.
These prices are per person per week in sterling.